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Author Topic: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.  (Read 8883 times)

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #45 on: October 23, 2017, 06:40:52 PM »
Well, I'm 2/3 through the QCX build and decided not to use IC sockets, hope it all works.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #46 on: October 23, 2017, 08:34:37 PM »
Well, I'm 2/3 through the QCX build and decided not to use IC sockets, hope it all works.

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I am not going to use sockets either... Just ordered the enclosure mentioned above from Ebay, We'll see...

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #47 on: October 24, 2017, 12:53:55 PM »
I got my kit this morning, well, late morning, and it's almost finished... Except that C17 is missing! >:(
Winding the 68 turns (for 80m) then 3x5T for T1 was a pain. It could have been explained a little better. Other than that the manual is great. I hope I can find a 39nF capacitor somewhere.. I am not the only one, another YouTuber had the same problem, same component I think.


Messy... I hope it works...

Gil.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #48 on: October 24, 2017, 01:40:08 PM »
Gil, that looks great.  I'm jealous!  Can't wait to hear your operating reports.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #49 on: October 24, 2017, 04:02:29 PM »
Finished!

It works without C17... I will test it later, but output is 5+W, everything works, amazing little radio for $49!

Gil.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #50 on: October 24, 2017, 06:43:38 PM »
Looks great Gil, I finished mine a few minutes ago but haven't done the alignment yet. I does work and I can hear many QSOs going on on 20 meters. That T1 was a bear alright, but I got it wound and installed. Sorry about your missing parts, that's a bummer. Here's mine.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #51 on: October 25, 2017, 03:44:47 AM »
Well done Gil, can't wait to hear your reports on the workings of the radio.  Mine is serial number 1668 and should be sent mid November. Excited

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #52 on: October 25, 2017, 08:27:02 AM »
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That T1 was a bear alright, but I got it wound and installed. Sorry about your missing parts, that's a bummer. Here's mine.

Good work Joel, your T1 looks much better than mine but no way 68 turns was going to look good.

Now I need to put up that 8010P end-fed on the roof...

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Mine is serial number 1668 and should be sent mid November. Excited

Which band Steve?

Gil.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #53 on: October 25, 2017, 11:18:14 AM »
I finished the alignment this morning and I was impressed at how simple it was. I have been copying quite a bit of activity on the 20 meter band. The power output seems a tad low though, 1.6 watts at 13.8 V and 1.4 watts at 12.8 V. Maybe that is all to be expected at 14Mhz. Anyway 1.5 watts is plenty to communicate with.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #54 on: October 25, 2017, 05:46:12 PM »
Just updated the 1.00b firmware to 1.00c using a Arduino ICSP made out of one of my many Arduino UNO clones. Worked great. I'm having a blast with this radio. Got to figure out how to install in a enclosure next.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #55 on: October 26, 2017, 04:35:48 AM »
I just ordered an AVR programmer, super cheap on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/USBTiny-USBtinyISP-AVR-ISP-programmer-for-Arduino-bootloader-Meag2560-uno-r3/400368767664

Unfortunately, the missing C17 has to be 39nF, so Hans is sending me one..  :(

This postpones my video unfortunately, but then I will be able to add a bit on upgrading the firmware.

Gil.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #56 on: October 26, 2017, 06:53:14 AM »
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That T1 was a bear alright, but I got it wound and installed. Sorry about your missing parts, that's a bummer. Here's mine.

Good work Joel, your T1 looks much better than mine but no way 68 turns was going to look good.

Now I need to put up that 8010P end-fed on the roof...

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Mine is serial number 1668 and should be sent mid November. Excited

Which band Steve?  Mine will be for 80 metres

Gil.

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #57 on: October 26, 2017, 07:01:43 AM »
Hello Gil
Mine will be for 80 metrs

Need to work out a decent antenna for 80 , while I wait for the radio,
Did have a dipole, but that was not very successful.
So will try with an end fed, and use my ZM 2 atu to begin with

73 Steve

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #58 on: October 26, 2017, 07:05:28 AM »
Hello Gil
Mine will be for 80 metrs

Need to work out a decent antenna for 80 , while I wait for the radio,
Did have a dipole, but that was not very successful.
So will try with an end fed, and use my ZM 2 atu to begin with

73 Steve
A W3EDP would work great with the ZM-2...

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Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Reply #59 on: October 26, 2017, 07:10:21 AM »
Gil

W3 EDP not known to me. So will research and let you know

Steve