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Author Topic: Need a small HF CW rig ---  (Read 488 times)
NU0R
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« on: January 28, 2008, 03:50:38 PM »

I have a friend who is looking for a small portable HF rig that will do CW. Any other modes would be ok too. He needs it to be small enough to fit in a suitcase for traveling and backpacking. I found a few on E-Bay, but I know that there are companies that make dedicated CW kits for trancievers.I just can't remember the names of them. Anybody got any ideas? The 2 absolute criteria are--- CW is a must and ----fitting in suitcase is a must. Any help would be greatly appreciated,  Bruce/NU0R
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2008, 03:56:40 PM »

MFJ comes to mind and I think the Elecraft k1/k2 might be small enough. If you search for QRP rigs on E-Bay you should get a pretty good idea of what is out there. Of course I'm assuming QRP here but even if not the K2 might still fill the bill.

73 & GL,
John WB2TQC
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NU0R
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2008, 04:00:16 PM »

Anybody have any experience with Oak Hills Research? They make kits and rigs I think?Huh?
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2008, 04:08:21 PM »

I own a OHR Sprint. over 7 years old CW only 30m xcvr.
works great but now needs to be realigned. Good rcvr with decent antenna.
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2008, 05:11:48 PM »

Elecraft
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VE3GNU
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2008, 05:23:11 PM »

In terms of a suitable size check out the Wilderness kits such as the NorCal 40A and the SST series. All are monobanders, highly portable, and are given some very high ratings on EHAM by their builders and operators.  The Oak Hills Research OHR 100A series and the Ten Tec 1300 series are also great performers, but are not considered as 'portable' due to their size and weight.
I have the 40A, OHR 100A for 20M, and the 1300 rig for 40M---all fun to build, and they work just fine.
73---VE3GNU
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KC8VWM
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2008, 05:26:49 PM »

You never mentioned if he is a builder or if he is looking for something already manufactured off the shelf.

73 de Charles - KC8VWM
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2008, 06:27:24 PM »

Hey Bruce,

Since you mentioned other modes too, check out the Icom 703 (http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/6279).

It'll operate from 13.8VDC (10W max) down to 9 (5W) *and* has a built in tuner, SWR meter, etc.

Several reviewers mentioned powering it using a small 7A-H sealed battery.

Your friend can build a flyweight full-sized wire antenna for it - should fit right in the suitcase, too. Don't let him fall for one of those smallish suitcase 'qrp' antennas with it!

A 2 amp miniature float charger should fit in there, too.

Mark
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N6AJR
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2008, 06:48:25 PM »

yaesu makes a 417 which is 5 watts, and an ft 857 which is 100 watts and a ft 897 which is 100 watts with a built in battery pack.  I know they all do 2m/440 mhz/6m and 1160 to 10 m and ssb, cw digital am fm and so on.


ten tec also makse some low power rigs for cw only and cw/ phone so there ya go
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2008, 07:48:50 PM »

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John WB2TQC, Hello John, good to see you back into ham radio. Been a long time. Guess you are lost without the NTS?

73, W6TH
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2008, 11:34:49 PM »

If your friend has vision good enough to read the small display, the FT-817 is a nifty QRP transceiver. He should spring for a filter.
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2008, 04:53:24 AM »

Vito W6TH -- Thanks for the welcome back and No, Not so lost, as the NTS was becoming more of a job than a service. Missing the ability to erect a decent antenna (Restrictions). Especially at the bottom of the cycle. I'm working at it though.
73,

John WB2TQC

If you work at it there are a lot of small rigs, tuners and compacted full size antennas that can be found. We live in a world of miniaturization (is that a word?). I'm looking at my stn and I'm thinking that my IC-718, AStron SS-30M, Rat Shack SWR bridge, Small MFJ Tuner (not in use) and straight key would probably make up a pretty small package for a 100w multi-mode setup.
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NU0R
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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2008, 08:31:34 AM »

I spoke to my friend this morning and building is a possibility. He does need to keep the price low, whichever way he goes.  I appreciate all of the good input--as usual, I know I can always count on you guys. Thanks a million, Bruce/NU0R
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2008, 09:24:47 AM »

Since building is an option, I would check out Elecraft. For backpacking the KX-1 makes a great rig. It is entirely self contained - atu, paddles, power.. everything. All you need is to connect your antenna. Elecraft also has a great support email reflector. The K1 is another great choice. For backpacking, the K2 might get a little heavy and costly, but it's a top notch qrp rig.
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2008, 09:26:45 AM »

I've had a lot of fun on vacation and such with a K-1

73  W9OY
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