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Author Topic: QRP PSK rig  (Read 4462 times)
K4EZD
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« on: October 23, 2012, 11:24:42 AM »

Does anyone know where I could purchase a QRP PSK transceiver?  I can't build a kit at this point because of eyesight issues but are there assembled rigs available for this?

Thanks.

Vince
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KCJ9091
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2012, 02:41:07 PM »

I am satisfied with my FT-817 and Signalink USB combination.
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K4KRW
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2012, 04:39:33 PM »

The Elecraft KX3 does digital modes.
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LA9XSA
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2012, 06:10:25 PM »

The KX-3 decodes PSK-31 on-screen, but you have to use the morse key to enter the text. Unless you're fast at CW, until somebody "hacks" it to plug a keyboard straight into the radio, you still need an external modem or computer for practical operation. Any QRP SSB rig should be usable for PSK-31 with a modem, as far as I know.

NUE-PSK is a PSK-31 box that you just connect to the radio and keyboard - no extra computer needed. It is available pre-assembled and tested if you don't want to build it.

If you have an iPad, there are PSK-31 apps for it. If you have laptop or netbook, put flDigi on it.

North West Digital Radio are developing a 70 cm radio with a built-in Linux server; that might turn into something interesting for HF QRP'ers too in the future.
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K4EZD
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2012, 12:31:35 PM »

Thanks for the responses.  The KX3 looks like a good choice and might work for me. 

Vince
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AD6KA
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2012, 02:54:26 PM »

Hi Vince:

Just as an aside, if budget is a concern or
you are only interested in one band, consider buying
one of Small Wonder Labs "PSK Series" of
monoband QRP PSK31 transceivers. They were sold for years
as kits. (Now discontinued but Dave Benson says that
"There is a successor in the pipeline".)

(Oh Goody!) Grin

Anyway...they are excellent performers and you
can occasionally find a used one in the ham classifieds
for $75-$100. If by chance you find an un-assembled kit
for sale, BUY IT. They were super fun to build and operate.

The first one offered, the PSK-20, appeared on
the cover of QST back in the mid/late 90's when PSK
was just getting started. My PSK-20 is from this
era and is still running great.

Just something to consider.....
73, Ken  AD6KA
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KF5IIL
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2012, 09:25:54 AM »

I give a hearty second to the NUE-PSK rig.  It is small, very portable, easy to use, and is a great practical field rig to complement a rig like the 817.  I have had a lot of fun with it over the past year or so taking it out to some pretty remote back country areas in the USA and the Outback in Australia. 
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