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Author Topic: Bought a QRP kit at a hamfest today.  (Read 2866 times)
AD9DX
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« on: July 21, 2013, 02:44:03 PM »

Well I was walking around a very small hamfest today, and happened to walk home with a NORCAL 2N/XX.  After resoldering a few components I have to say, I am impressed with this thing.  Very nice RX sound and other than the fact I have no idea where I am on the VFO, it does work well stateside.

Anyone want to give me their experience on the rig?   
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2013, 05:19:49 PM »

No personal experience here, but Google is your friend.
Here’s the assembly manual and schematic:

http://www.k8iqy.com/qrprigs/2n2xx/2N2XXV1.2AssemblyManual060909A.pdf

Norcal themselves might have some links and info:

http://www.norcalqrp.org/qrpp.htm

GL ES 73,Ken  AD6KA
PS: Norcal put out some good stuff over the years!
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AD9DX
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2013, 07:13:00 PM »

No personal experience here, but Google is your friend.
Here’s the assembly manual and schematic:

http://www.k8iqy.com/qrprigs/2n2xx/2N2XXV1.2AssemblyManual060909A.pdf

Norcal themselves might have some links and info:

http://www.norcalqrp.org/qrpp.htm

GL ES 73,Ken  AD6KA
PS: Norcal put out some good stuff over the years!

It was purchased assembled and does seem to work fairly well with an endfed on 20m.  Was able to contact several states.  While it isn't my every day rig, I will admit that I am shocked at how pleasant it is to listen to.   My whole object for buying it was most likely to flip it and get some more goodies for my K3.  But that may be changing now
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2013, 02:42:53 AM »

Congrats on your acquisition. Quiet? Possibly lack of internal rfi generating circuits. My FT-817 is "noisier" than my OHR100A. I have an MFJ 886 frequency counter. Very handy for determining where-you-are on non-digital readout QRP rigs. And, useful for other purposes.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013, 03:59:50 AM »

No experience with a Norcal 2N but for tuning indication on my MFJ Cubs I put a few white dots(white out marker) around the tune knob for my most used frequencies as indicated from my IC-7200,not exact tuning on the cub of course but close enough for government work.
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2013, 06:28:45 PM »

You found yourself a very nice, high performance rig.  Many were homebrewed without a PC board before this project was kitted.  What started out from a competition to build a nice rig with only 2N2222 transistors has been refined to include a few JFETs.  Yes you may find its VFO is quieter than some commercial rigs in regard to weak signal reception.  What you have is the work of an enthusiastic designer and a similarly enthusiastic kitting team. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2013, 11:10:56 AM »

I've made sever contacts with it. But really think I am going to sell it. I still get more joy out of my K3 and turning the power down. 
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