I just ordered the "SURVIVOR" 80 m 10 Watts, SSB/CW kit.
I'll keep this forum posted on speed of delivery, kit quality and etc. de Ray W7ASA ..._ ._
Thanks for the post Ray.
I wasn't aware of this 80m offering from Hendricks.
I have been out of the building scene for a while due to funds.
Please do keep us updated on how your "Survivor"
goes together, how it performs,etc. Nice to see Hendricks
going back to offering a "board and parts only" version again,
at least for this rig.
Looking at it briefly, I see it uses a Polyvaricon tuning
arrangement. These can be *very*
easily modified to
use a varicap and Ten Turn Pot for much
and often larger tuning range, depending on the varicap used and
other factors. But first build the rig "stock" of course.
I have modified both my BITX20A and MKARS80 from Polyvaricon
tuning to Varicap/Ten Turn Pot tuning. A super simple mod
(3-4 parts and 20 minutes max) that you can find lots of places on the Net.
I'm sure that the Survivor will spawn a Users Group, if it hasn't already,
and I'm sure that group will have that mod as well as others.
I am very curious how the Survivor will compare against the
very similar RadioKits.UK MKARS80
....a 75m SSB QRP monoband
kit rig (with a CW Adaptor Option) that is in the same class:http://www.radio-kits.co.uk/mkars80page.html
I have the MKARS80 and like it very, very much, especially
Some of these monoband kit rigs are real eye openers.
The BITX20 has a now almost cult like following around the world.
Anyway, good luck with the Survivor and keep us posted.
TNX AGN es 73, Ken AD6KA