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Author Topic: What QRP rig can I build in this nice tin?  (Read 5972 times)
HS0ZIB
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« on: September 05, 2013, 10:26:48 PM »

I enjoy building QRP rig kits - I previously squeezed a Rockmite into an antique typewriter ribbon tin.

My local minimart is selling mint sweets in this very appropriate 'Radio Memories' metal tin for about 80c USD.

http://www.bbr.asia/tin.jpg

It's a 'standard' Altoids tin size.

What commercial QRP rig kits (CW, digital, SSB etc) are available that will fit into this tin?

Thanks

Simon
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NU4B
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2013, 03:15:11 AM »

Simon,
 Check out this user's group:

 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AT_Sprint/


 73, Larry NU4B
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AA4GA
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 07:46:57 AM »

Hey, neat tin!

As Larry mentioned, the ATS series rigs (mostly) work great in an Altoids tin...unfortunately, you've normally got to find someone selling one used, as their availability is limited.

Will a Rockmite fit in an Altoids tin? 

I've got a Tuna Tin 2 transmitter built that I'll (eventually) put in an Altoids tin - that was done Manhattan style all from scratch and not a kit, and is only a transmitter.

You might be able to find a little DC receiver design that could be built up in one of those - maybe even using a DDS for a mini-SWL RX.

Let us know what you build!
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GILGSN
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 10:16:04 AM »

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Will a Rockmite fit in an Altoids tin? 

Sure does! And you won't have to cut out holes on the top or bottom of that nice tin.
That said, if you can find a Weber MTR, they are the best QRP rigs I have see, and built!

Gil.
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2013, 04:28:55 AM »

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Will a Rockmite fit in an Altoids tin? 
Sure does! And you won't have to cut out holes on the top or bottom of that nice tin.
If someone does have one of the ATS rigs (well, not the ATS4 - it's too big!) you can actually put it in an Altoids tin without cutting the holes in the top or bottom - see what I did to preserve the lid of my "Sindy" tin that I used for an ATS-3b:  http://www.aa4ga.com/2012/04/steve-webers-ats-3b.html

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That said, if you can find a Weber MTR, they are the best QRP rigs I have see, and built!
I'm using the KD1JV MTR case for my MTR instead of an Altoids tin - much easier and nicer looking, as well as more robust...although a little bulkier and heavier.  But the case was not included in the first run of MTRs, so that would be something to ask about if you get one on the used market.

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GILGSN
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2013, 08:04:58 AM »

I use the MTR case as well. I think steve Weber has a few left for sale.. It's a little thicker but looks like you could step on it with no ill effect..

Gil.
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2013, 01:45:03 PM »

http://www.coffeepower.net/ham/pixieII/pixieII.htm

Of course there is the classic Pixie II design.  Gobs of info on the net about its strengths and weakness and various mods to improve it.

http://www.halted.com/ccp13844-enhanced-pixie2e-qrp-cw-transceiver-kit-pixie2e-kit240.htm

HSC/Halted has sold Pixie kits for years.
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