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Author Topic: QRP and can't solder...  (Read 13857 times)
KD6KWZ
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2012, 11:54:13 PM »

Jason:

I can feel for you since I have something similar. My handwriting is crummy, due to trouble with my fine motor control. I can solder larger stuff, but the fine pitch SMT/SMD boards are a nightmare for me. I suspect I have a cracked solder joint in my Radio Shack HTX-10, since it needs time to "warm up" before working, but I'm afraid I'll ruin it if I try to fix that.

Low cost & already built are kind of exclusive of each other. I do see the Alinco radio for around $600 new. It's 100 watts, though.

QRP may not be able to "pound" through a pile up, but you can still go a long ways with a good antenna.
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KH6AQ
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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2012, 06:10:40 AM »

Learn to solder.
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VA3TSK
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2012, 08:19:59 PM »

Don't know if this will help, but you might want to try using a magnifier or microscope for fine work.  Most technicians working on surface-mount components find that their dexterity is hugely increased if they solder under a microscope, since it dials up the "eye" part of hand-eye coordination.  Maybe it would compensate a little for your tremors.

Oh yeah, and I second the IC-703 recommendation!
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ZENKI
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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2012, 12:46:07 AM »

Get a K2 and get one of the K2professional  builders to build the rig for you.  The K2 is an excellent QRP/battery operated radio.

I  will try the KX3, however I dont like the sound of SDR radios on CW.
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