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Author Topic: Suggestions for QRP kit  (Read 3227 times)
K4EZD
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« on: July 15, 2013, 06:21:13 AM »

I have been looking at both the BitX20A and the Chinese KN-Q7A SSB QRP kits and wonder if anyone has had direct experience with either and if one has any advantages over the other.  Any observations would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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K8AXW
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2013, 08:53:41 AM »

It depends on what you want in a QRP kit.  From what I read the KN-Q7A is a SSB rig.  Most QRP operators prefer CW. 
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VE3GNU
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2013, 12:29:43 PM »

As far as a CW monoband kit goes---I would strongly suggest looking at the OHR kits from Oak Hills Research---available for 75, 40, 20, and 15 meters.  Quality kits with AF Gain, RF Gain, RIT, and Bandwidth controls, and an available 10-turn pot.
Good luck in your quest.
Ernie
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KB1GMX
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2013, 01:52:06 PM »

Both the BITX and the KNQ7 are mostly minimalist SSB transceivers.

I've built both.  They are fun but you know what you'd like to do and
one is 20M and the other 40M.

I've found the KNQ7 to be better behaved.  Neither run CW.

There are also the OHR, Elecraft and a few others.

Most QRP ops run CW... not. 
Some run phone, others run PSK31. 
Some don't run HF. Wink


Allison
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pmraiders

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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2013, 05:31:33 PM »

I'm absolutely in love with my Elecraft KX3. It does 10-12 watts on external power (12v for 10w and 13.8 for 12w). I use it at home with a linear to give me a little boost when I want it, but the radio is absolutely fun to operate while camping/boating/backpacking.
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WA2ONH
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2013, 06:38:37 PM »

For QRP SSB/CW Transceiver/QRP Radio Kits ...

LINK: http://www.qrptransceiver.com/

For Radio Kit Guide ...

LINK: http://fofio.blogspot.com/2013/02/radio-kit-guide.html

Good Luck!

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AA4PB
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2013, 04:47:18 AM »

The KX3 is a great QRP rig but it is in a completely different ball park (both price and performance) than either of the two relatively basic kits being asked about.
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