|I like to build kits, I was hooked many years ago building Heathkit's I learned quite a bit about electronic design in the process and this lead to enjoyment getting into ham radio and eventually I got into electronics as a professional.|
When the Norcal 2N2XX series was introduced I was one of the early purchasers of all three bands 20,30,40M. I am impressed by The quality design work done by Jim Kortge K8IQY and Dan Tayloe N7VE on the pcb layout. It was a joy to assemble.
There is help online by Jim and many people that are sharing their experiences building the rig. This is not a beginners kit, It requires patience to identify the parts and soldering skills to assemble. There are comprehensive step by step instructions from Jim you will need to print from the web and Chuck Adam's K7QO created a nice step by step check list both remind me of Heathkit instructions.
There have been a few problems, not due to the design but some of the new components were not up to par. These issues have been resolved. Norcal sent replacement parts out to all builders.
I have completed the 20 and 30M versions and am in the process of completing the 40M version. I added the KD1JV digital dial offered by qrpkits to each of the units which provides an accurate display of the operating frequency.
The performance of the rigs with lab tests I have performed and on the air show a very good low circuit noise, high sensitivity and 500 Hz selectivity receiver and at least 4W of output from the transmitter. The rigs are designed to be used with a stable 12-14V power source.