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Author Topic: Who is making decent kits now?  (Read 6642 times)
AB2YC
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« on: December 05, 2012, 12:56:13 PM »

I have built a number of kits over the years (mostly because it is
so hard for me to make nice PC Boards and a good looking chassis).

I have built an Elecraft K2 and it is a very nice kit (Though a bit pricey).

I would like to see who else is around making Good Complete kits now?

Thank you



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KH2BR
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 07:37:08 PM »

I also had that same question and have been searching every day. The only one I found was Juma kits out of finland. If you can solder surface mount parts, this I think would be the best.
I have purchased the TX1 80 and 40 meter transmitter with DDS VFO. I also built the RX-1 80 meter and 40 meter receiver. I built there TRX1 transciever, TRX2A transciever, PA100D amplifier.
All of the kits are very beautiful and work very well. The technology is not old school superhet, but modern upto date solid state design using the quadrature sampling
technique for demodulation and modulation. If you are unable to build these, there are hams out there that will do it for you. Go here and read all about the gear.
http://www.nikkemedia.fi/juma/
There are other cheaper kits out there, but there is nothing to compaire this company with.
Bob KH2BR
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KH2BR
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 10:05:08 PM »

Here is another one to look into. I built the SDR2GO and will do another one with the panadapter. All surface mount. The DSP chip is a humdinger. 36 pin QNF packadge.
I had to use goggle magnifier plus a jewelers loop and a very fine filed needle point iron to hand solder.  
http://www.qsl.net/k/k5bcq/Kits/Kits.html

the SDR2GO is a DSP back end with PIC control of the SI570 and QFN. Simply outstanding.
You need a softrock RXTX. With the SDR2GO and sofrock combination, you do not need a computer. K5BCQ is not a business. He may or may not have kits availiable, you need to contact him.

There is also KD1JV  ATS series rigs.  http://kd1jv.qrpradio.com/  His yahoo group is here.  
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AT_Sprint/
If you need some help with kit assembly, just ask.

Bob KH2BR
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NK7Z
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 05:52:39 AM »


I would like to see who else is around making Good Complete kits now?


These folks have some decent kits...  Not too complex, but fun...  

http://www.a1parts.com/newkits/

Also see:

http://www.midnightscience.com/kits.html

He has some pretty fun builds...  Instructions remind me of the old Heathkit days...  I have a review of the Ultrasonic Listener for Spark detection with some photos of the kit on my website listed below.
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Dave
For reviews and setups see: http://www.nk7z.net
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2012, 06:47:08 AM »

TenTec:

http://www.tentec.com/categories/Kits/
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W5FYI
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012, 07:31:35 AM »

Ramseykits.com, QRPkits.com, Vectronics, KangaUSA, Walford Electronics and Howe in England also come to mind. For non-radio kits, look at Canakits.com, and pick up an issue of Nuts&Volts magazine (nutsvolts.com) and peruse the ads. GL
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AB2YC
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2012, 09:46:30 AM »

I also had that same question and have been searching every day. The only one I found was Juma kits out of finland. If you can solder surface mount parts, this I think would be the best.
I have purchased the TX1 80 and 40 meter transmitter with DDS VFO. I also built the RX-1 80 meter and 40 meter receiver. I built there TRX1 transciever, TRX2A transciever, PA100D amplifier.
All of the kits are very beautiful and work very well. The technology is not old school superhet, but modern upto date solid state design using the quadrature sampling
technique for demodulation and modulation. If you are unable to build these, there are hams out there that will do it for you. Go here and read all about the gear.
http://www.nikkemedia.fi/juma/
There are other cheaper kits out there, but there is nothing to compaire this company with.
Bob KH2BR


The TRX2A transceiver Looks very nice.

Off to do a bit of reading

Thank you



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AD6KA
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2012, 09:28:12 PM »

GenesisRadio offers several SDR transceiver kits
(as well as a 10w amplifier) in both SMT
and through-hole formats. Great stuff,
though the documentation could be a little better:
http://www.genesisradio.com.au/

For those on a budget or looking for a 20m QRP SSB
monobander kit, the already mentioned QRPKITS.COM
offers the BITX20A, an excellent rig with tons
of great mods out there.
Varactor w/10 turn pot
tuning mod makes it almost a different radio.
Ten watts out is plenty of power. (I just wish they still
offered a "board and parts only" kit.) Angry
http://www.qrpkits.com/bitx20a.html

Radio-Kits.co.uk offers an outstanding 80m QRP
SSB kit rig at a very good price, which includes an
LCD frequency display. Again, lot of great mods out there.
An OUTSTANDING value and high quality kit!
http://www.radio-kits.co.uk/

GL ES 73, Ken  AD6KA
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AA4PB
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 06:45:01 AM »

The TRX2a is a great performing radio - simple to operate. Be forwarned however that it does NOT come with "Heathkit style" step by step assembly instructions. All of the information you need is on their web page but you've got to dig it out. Note also that many of the small parts are unmarked, except on the outer plastic bag. Do NOT take parts out of a bag until you are ready to install them.
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2012, 08:41:05 AM »

Quote from: W5FYI

Ramseykits.com...



I'm not sure I would put Ramsey in the "good" category that the original poster
specified.  I have a transmitter out in the barn to try to fix because the two
most technical hams in the club couldn't get it to work properly.  I did some
extensive modifications on a receiver kit to try to make it suitable for the
intended purpose.  In a transceiver the bias on the finals was not stable with
temperature.  Several hams have had problems getting their DF kits to work.

That's not to say that all of their kits are bad, of course, but I haven't been
impressed by the success rate so far.
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AA4HA
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2012, 10:24:43 AM »

One that has intrigued me is the Sienna by DZ Systems.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/8766
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2012, 11:55:33 AM »

The Pic-A-Star advanced, homebrew DSP based HF Transceiver, designed by Peter Rhodes, G3XJP operates between 160m and 10m on LSB, USB and CW only.

This is a challenging (more advanced) DIY Build, with many UK and AU builders.
http://radcomms.net/PicaStar.html

Glenn, VK3PE has a substantial web page and multiple builds.
http://www.carnut.info/star-parts/glennpcbs.htm

There is a Yahoo Group - PICA PROJECT
http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/picaproject/
This site is a repository for a series of G3XJP projects first published in RADCOM, the journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain.
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AB2YC
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2013, 11:57:34 AM »

I am just finishing up a BITX20A (needed to get myself back into the building mindset).

Now I'm looking more into Multi-Band radios

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