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Author Topic: Need first QRP rig recommendation  (Read 9360 times)
AD6KA
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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2012, 05:11:36 PM »

Forgot to add:

I vote for the K1.
Great performer and holds it value
well on the used market. Not to mention
that building one is  the most fun you can
have with your clothes on! (Except for the K2)  Grin

Two Band Model: Get 40m & 80M.
Four Bands: 20m, 30m, 40m, 80m.


73, Ken  AD6KA
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GILGSN
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2012, 09:41:25 PM »

You can't get 80m on a four-band filter board..
It's 40/30/20 plus 17 or 15. Most people get 15m.

Gil.
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K8AG
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« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2012, 09:39:59 AM »

Very FB on your interest.  If your interest is exclusively 40m then the NC40A from Wilderness Radio would be nice.  Or a simpler rig, the SST.  I would also consider a tri-band rig such as the PFR-3 from qrpkits.com - I have one that I really enjoy.  It is a new and different experience to operate a rig that YOU built - so do consider it.  One does not need to overspend to obtain such a rig, but do carefully review any other options that you might consider.  Also watch the QRP clubs to their occasional kit offerings - 4stateqrp has a really nice keyer kit, and also a nice power meter.  But first a rig ....

73 Curt

I second this.  I have had the PFR-3 for a while now.  Kit needed a bit of care.  The radio has a 4-pole IF filter and internal battery and manual tuner.  Mine is used all of the time.

72, JP, K8AG
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W1JKA
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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2012, 06:19:13 AM »

    In answere to your question,40m qrp mostly cw.You may want to check out the MFJ cubs.Regardless of what others say these are nice little rigs,inexpensive,compact,easy/fun build and rugged.They will also drive a small 2 in. or greeting card speaker nicely.I have the 20 and 40m units and in real use comparison to my K-1  and SW-30 home rigs reception,signal separation,tone and amount of contacts are the same(it's all in your antenna system anyway).With these cubs you have to wait for about 5 mins. for freq.drift to settle (same with my K-1 and SW rigs)and tune with light finger tip taps since tuning knob is only 10 turns.My portable operations are sometimes extreme(kayak,canoe,ice fishing,winter camping,ect. in wet weather and I use the cubs exclusively,usally inside a quart zip lock bag with 3 small connection holes.
My K-1 would never hold up to these conditions.You can't go wrong with any of the previous post recommendations,they are all nice qrp rigs.    73 Jim
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KH2BR
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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2012, 05:43:11 PM »

I vote for the juma trx1. http://www.nikkemedia.fi/juma-trx1/
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N4FZ
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« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2012, 06:18:25 PM »

Just finished building the Hendricks KD1JV Tribander for 20,30,40m, 5W output and a very sensitive receiver. Build took about 15 hours. You need an ESD safe soldering iron, WES51 Weller with a 1/32" fine tip and .032 Radio Shack 60/40 tin/lead solder works well. You will also need a good magnifying glass to check the tracks for solder splatters after each solder joint.  Overall a fun kit to build! I have worked several stations in Europe already. Volume is enough for a small 8 ohm speaker as well, I use headphones. A straight key or iambic paddle is auto-detected when connected. LED frequency readout. Doug Hendricks, KI6DS, will make sure your build is a success, just check out his warranty policy. Price is $215 shipped USPS.  80,40,30,20,17,15m bands are available, pick any three when you order.  Grin
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GILGSN
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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2012, 09:33:52 AM »

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Just finished building the Hendricks KD1JV Tribander for 20,30,40m,

If I remember well, it does not allow you to listen between bands, correct?
That would be a great firmware upgrade...

Gil.
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KF4LXB
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« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2012, 06:59:30 PM »

I second N4FZ. I just built the tri-bander as well, 15,20 and 40m. This was my first kit and went together well. Great radio and budget friendly. I bought it for hiking and backpacking operations but I like it so much I may make it a part of the home station.
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