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Author Topic: Transmitter kit for 160 meters  (Read 9253 times)
WA9CFK
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« on: December 30, 2013, 01:35:12 PM »

From my previous post, my interest in 160m QRP has been tweaked. I built a 1.8 to 2.0 MHz VFO, now I am looking for a transmitter kit.

If I have to I will start from scratch but experience has shown me that it is easier and cheaper to purchase a kit than to chase down components.

So the question is; who makes a transmitter kit for 160 meters?       
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N4DSP
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2013, 02:51:58 PM »

Curious what your purpose is working qrp on 160? Why not 40 or 80?


From my previous post, my interest in 160m QRP has been tweaked. I built a 1.8 to 2.0 MHz VFO, now I am looking for a transmitter kit.

If I have to I will start from scratch but experience has shown me that it is easier and cheaper to purchase a kit than to chase down components.

So the question is; who makes a transmitter kit for 160 meters?       

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WB6BYU
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 03:19:44 PM »

The OXO and the Universal Transmitter, along with many others, should both work on that
band with the proper coils.  The OXO is one where the only band-specific parts are the
coils and capacitors in the output filter network.  Both of those were available as kits at
one time (I have several of the OXO kits) but I don't know who is selling them at the
moment.
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WA9CFK
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2013, 04:44:48 PM »

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I have a Sprint kit rig on 40 m but I have had my best luck with a home brew and a modified Howe kit rig on 80 meters.

This is because I am usually on in the evening with rather slow CW.

I recently put up a 160 meter antenna for my QRO rig an have had some success so I thought QRP might be fun.

As you might have guessed I like to diddle.  Wink
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W1VT
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 07:18:39 AM »

http://www.qrpkits.com/fttut.html
There is a 160M version of the Ft Tuthill transceiver.

I worked W1FMR, KN1H, and W3TS in the ARRL 160M contest--QRPers I've known for decades.

Zack W1VT
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2013, 09:54:18 AM »

Curious what your purpose is working qrp on 160? Why not 40 or 80?
Why not 160?

The propagation is different on all three of those bands...I used to operate 160 a fair amount and it's a fun band.  I just need to get up an antenna for the band so I can get on those frequencies again.


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N4DSP
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2013, 10:31:39 AM »

The question was to the OP not you.

Curious what your purpose is working qrp on 160? Why not 40 or 80?
Why not 160?

The propagation is different on all three of those bands...I used to operate 160 a fair amount and it's a fun band.  I just need to get up an antenna for the band so I can get on those frequencies again.



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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2013, 12:21:00 PM »

I always figured that QRP on 160 meant running only 100 watts. But K9YC seems to have a lot of fun with just a few watts there. He also has a very good transmitting antenna. In fact, Jim has "3 full-size" ones for 160, which you can read about at http://www.qrz.com/db/K9YC (about 1/2 way down the page, past his rants about QSL'ing).

What are you planning on using for an antenna, and what are your main interests on 160?
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N4DSP
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2013, 12:38:05 PM »

You have not stated what your goals are for 160. So I PRESUME it's not ragchewing but qrp dx. Therefore it's best you purchase "Low Band DXing" by John, ON4UN. And GOOD LUCK. You are going to need all the help, time, and money you can afford.

160 used to be the band for Dxer's who had great technical knowledge but has degenerated into a band that everybody and their mother is on having nightly chats like 75 meters just so they can say "I am on 160". The dumbing down of ham radio has greatly contributed to this and the lack of technical skills.

A band is a terrible thing to waste.



From my previous post, my interest in 160m QRP has been tweaked. I built a 1.8 to 2.0 MHz VFO, now I am looking for a transmitter kit.

If I have to I will start from scratch but experience has shown me that it is easier and cheaper to purchase a kit than to chase down components.

So the question is; who makes a transmitter kit for 160 meters?       

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AA4GA
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2014, 08:23:42 AM »

The question was to the OP not you.

Then perhaps you should have taken it offline if you didn't want other replies.
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N4DSP
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2014, 08:28:43 AM »

No perhaps I should not take it offline. The question specifically was put to the OP.

If I wanted your opinion I would have asked for your opinion directly. What part of
this don't you understand?



The question was to the OP not you.

Then perhaps you should have taken it offline if you didn't want other replies.

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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2014, 08:49:01 AM »

160 used to be the band for Dxer's who had great technical knowledge but has degenerated into a band that everybody and their mother is on having nightly chats like 75 meters just so they can say "I am on 160".

So you feel that 160 should be reserved for DXing and not ragchewing?  I don't do much ragchewing, but you're way off base here if that's what you're saying. 

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A band is a terrible thing to waste.
I haven't transmitted on 160 for probably about a dozen years or so, but I listen occasionally.  Other than during contests, it doesn't have a lot of activity...it's certainly not being "wasted" by rag chewers, which seems to be what you're saying.  Actually, when I was contesting there on a regular basis, there was still plenty of unused space on the band during the contest.

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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2014, 08:52:01 AM »

If I wanted your opinion I would have asked for your opinion directly. What part of
this don't you understand?
What part of "posting in an open forum invites others to comment" do you not understand? 

I'll repeat my question though, and this is to you directly, as well as anyone else who may want to chime in:  Why not operate QRP on 160?

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N4DSP
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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2014, 08:56:07 AM »

Are you always a Dickhead? My reply was specifically for the OP. I will not debate my question to the OP with you or anyone else. You are an agitator. Go fish with someone else. No further comments to you on any topic from this end.


If I wanted your opinion I would have asked for your opinion directly. What part of
this don't you understand?
What part of "posting in an open forum invites others to comment" do you not understand? 

I'll repeat my question though, and this is to you directly, as well as anyone else who may want to chime in:  Why not operate QRP on 160?


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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2014, 09:02:58 AM »

Are you always a Dickhead? My reply was specifically for the OP. I will not debate my question to the OP with you or anyone else. You are an agitator. Go fish with someone else. No further comments to you on any topic from this end.
That's the spirit!
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