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Title: 40m Most Useful Single Band
Post by: cybersean3000 on August 11, 2017, 04:17:01 PM
In a recent video on the Radio Prepper Youtube channel, the opinion was expressed that the most useful single band is 40m.  I am not here to prove or dispute that claim.  What I would like to know is what is the "best" single band QRP 40m transceiver?  Has anybody compared these three transceivers?

Youkits SK-1A 40M single band SSB CW Transceiver:
https://youkits.com/products/youkits-sk-1a-40m-single-band-ssb-cw-transceiver

BITX40:
http://www.hfsigs.com/

MFJ-9440 with CW Adapter:
http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-9440
Title: Re: 40m Most Useful Single Band
Post by: gil on August 12, 2017, 04:31:02 AM
Hello,

I have the BitX40 and would not recommend it. It is more of a tinkering platform. If you want a kit look at the EA3GCY MFT-40. The Youkits looks very interesting. Also check out the QRPver 40m transceiver: https://qrpver.com/transceivers/qrpver_1_v_3.html (https://qrpver.com/transceivers/qrpver_1_v_3.html). The MFJ is a good transceiver, I used to own a 9406.

Gil.
Title: Re: 40m Most Useful Single Band
Post by: caulktel on August 15, 2017, 11:14:50 AM
I have used the MFJ and quite a few of the BitX's and Gil is right, unless your a techi kind of person, better steer clear of the BitX's. I have made some great DX contacts, (Antarctica on a BitX17), but not before a lot of work. The MFJs are great single band radios. My only gripe with them is they tend to drift a little bit as they warm up.

Joel
N6ALT