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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« 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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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« 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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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« 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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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« 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.

Joel
N6ALT
I am not going to use sockets either... Just ordered the enclosure mentioned above from Ebay, We'll see...

Gil

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Antennas / Th Fabulous Moxon Antenna.
« on: October 23, 2017, 04:33:03 PM »

I really wanted to make one video, but had nothing for this week so there will be a part 2.

Gil.

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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: KX2 First Impressions.
« on: October 22, 2017, 06:38:09 AM »
Gil,
I already own and use the MTR 5b, but still trying to find the pefect battery pack for this radio, I am very nervious about going over the ( highlighted in RED ) 12 volts dc.  Even the 8 x 1.5 AA cells when new are over. And my re-chargeable 1.2 volt cells only give 10.6 in the 8x pack

Steve
I have used 12.6V with my MTR3b, but your SWR must be very low...

Gil

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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: KX2 First Impressions.
« on: October 22, 2017, 05:48:40 AM »
Ray, great, great info.  Thanks!

 I'm having a hard time coping with the idea of having about $1,000 tied up in a little box that fits in the palm of my hand LOL.

The KX2 has been on my wish list for some months now , but the quote from cockpitbob, sums up my reservations exactly.
I ask my self the question,  do I realy need this radio or is it just a wish for another shiny toy ?

Like my KX1 I have had to put it into a Pelican case, because of its fragile construction, and non water resistance ,for rugged use in the field. I would have to do the same with the KX2 !!!

I have owned an FT 817 for 3 years, use it with a couple of 7Ah gel batteries , one charge gives a couple of hours use if transmitting and 4 hrs if just listening.

Two things I do not like about the radio, first, its not a great CW platform, I have the accessory filters fitted, but still the bandwidth is too big to cut out the QRM from nearby stations, making copy difficult most of the time.
My two Elecraft radios are perfect for CW work which is the reason for considering a new KX2 but for pease of mind for rugged use in the field , maybe I should search for a K1.

My sleepness nights continue, until I can make the decision !!

73 Steve
Steve, have you looked into the Weber MTR 4b?
Gil

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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: KX2 First Impressions.
« on: October 21, 2017, 03:04:40 AM »
Great post Ray, thank you!

I should be more excited about my KX2... Pairing it with an MFJ-9402 would make the perfect portable station.

Gil.

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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« on: October 21, 2017, 03:01:46 AM »
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I was hoping eventually that we make contact on the airwaves, a perfect distance for trialing regional distance comms.

Definitely, I'll let you know when I get a more permanent setup...

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: New Elecraft AX1 Antenna.
« on: October 21, 2017, 02:20:24 AM »
But Gil -----

You could use it on your coffee table - like you did during one of our skeds ;-)
Those were the days Ray!

Gil

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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:56:07 PM »
My kit was returned to Japan! Sent again a couple days ago... Now I have to wait another two weeks!  :(

Gil.
Nuts!  Sorry to hear that.  It seems they have a problem with their supplier's shipping.  Not the first time this has happened, I believe.
Right... They probably sold a thousand... I hope I get it... You'd think the Japanese would be efficient... Seems like China is getting ahead for shipping reliability...

Gil

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Antennas / Re: New Elecraft AX1 Antenna.
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:52:36 PM »
Hello

I have a Miracle Antenna, this unit consists of a collapsable whip of about 1.5 m , with a tuning dial,
It is supposed to match any thing from 3 to 30 mhz.
It can connect direct to the back of the. Ft 817 via the so 230 socket, which I think it was designed for.
All looks familiar to the Elecraft ax1

Steve
How does it perform Steve?
Bob, I think when antennas get that short every inch counts... We'll just have to see how it will perform... CW, probably fine, SSB, I have doubts...

Gil

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Antennas / New Elecraft AX1 Antenna.
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:56:08 AM »
Hello gang.

I received a PDf from Wayne about the new Elecraft AX1 antenna, a dual-band 17/20m telescopic antenna. The whip collapses to 6". A tuner is required. It seems this antenna is mainly for HT type operations but also works for tabletop operating. I would put it in competition with the MFJ-1820T.



The PDF file is attached... No precise release date or price available at this time... I hope to get one for testing...

Gil.

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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:31:05 AM »
Hi Steve, where are you located in France?

My kit was returned to Japan! Sent again a couple days ago... Now I have to wait another two weeks!  :(

Gil.

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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: KX2 First Impressions.
« on: October 19, 2017, 01:12:38 PM »
Hello Bob,

If you want to mainly do CW, the KX2 is awesome. You get great filtering, much better than any other radio I've tried, except the KX3 which works as well. I did not get any options, though I wouldn't mind the internal tuner. I prefer an external battery but having no wires is definitely nice. The clock is useless to me, I wear a watch... I don't do contests and very little digital modes, so no clock for me. I don't think it's mandatory for digital, and I think you have to reset it every time you turn on the radio, but I might be wrong about that. The paddles would be nice.. Some day..

The only advantages of the T1 is that you can put it at the antenna feed point to eliminate long-cable losses, but then you need someone to press the tune button for you, unless you can run really fast back to the radio! It also of course works with other radios and will take 30W.

I don't think I'll sell my KX2 but I wonder sometimes, as I did for the KX3, if it just isn't too much radio, so to speak. I never got emotionally attached to my KX3, as much as one can get attached to a thing, and the KX2 is the same. I don't know why... There aren't any logical reasons for it, as the performance is excellent. It's just one of those things...

I wonder sometimes if I should have bought an FT-817nd, especially now that I really like 2m SSB/CW. If I had to do it again, I think I would, but the high current draw really, really bugs me. Maybe I haven't digested the $300+ importation tax on the KX2...

Anyway, you can't go wrong with the KX2. We go around only once... Maybe Ray can comment on his...

Gil.

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