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Reviews Categories | QRP Radios (5 watts or less) | DCXXB Transceivers Help

Reviews Summary for DCXXB Transceivers
DCXXB Transceivers Reviews: 11 Average rating: 3.3/5 MSRP: $50
Description: Kit distributed by Hendricks QRP Kits
Product is in production.
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K7VBY Rating: 2/5 May 6, 2009 09:59 Send this review to a friend
DC20B Needs Work  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The kit took two weeks to arrive and was assembled over a two day period. The kit did not come with hook up wire that is required to connect the case mounted parts to the circuit board. The two toroid transformers were the most difficult to wind and mount to the board.

I gave it a 2 because of design problems

1. The beacon mode on the 20 meter model does not work. You can store a memory location but the playback will not key the transmitter as programmed.

2. The trimmer capacitor used to tune the receiver produces no perceptible change in sensitivity and only very strong signals can be heard.

3. The frequency of the crystal is higher than stamped on the case (14.061 instead of the expected 14.060). The possibility of working another QRP station with this transceiver is doubtful unless in the immediate area.

A good use for the transceiver would be code practice, where all the stations are located close together in a building or small neighborhood. Beyond that I see no expectation of working a distant station unless used with a separate receiver. I understand the 40 meter model might be a better choice.

I exchanged messages with the Hendricks company concerning the beacon problem, but the support person was out of town for more than a month. It seems no other person has a clue to solve the problem.
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