For portable use I eventually want to build a QRP xcvr. Any suggestions for a first kit to build (xcvr or other)?
I really like the SW40+ series for backpacking: small, cheap, light, and easy to use.
After hauling my old Argonaut (which is light but takes up a lot of space) and HW-8 around
in my backpack I found that, even with multiple bands available I mostly worked 40m anyway.
I've tweaked the receive current down below 30mA so it is fairly stingy on battery power,
which helps to reduce the total weight.