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New To Radio / Re: Edit: Looking for beginner...
Last post by N0AJS - September 25, 2020, 08:29:04 am
Im really excited about the mini. I have the original QCX in both 40 and 20. So the problem now becomes what band/s do i opt for. 40 has proven reliable with the cycle the way it is but everything i own has 40 on it so it doesn't make sense. 20 has been just about dead for me over the last year and i dont really enjoy operating on it. I have been interested in giving 17m a look. Wire antennas are fairly short and getting it up high enough to have a good radiation pattern feels like it is more doable than the lower bands. 
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New To Radio / Re: Edit: Looking for beginner...
Last post by gil - September 25, 2020, 05:43:16 am
Hello.
The QCX Mini should be released soon!
Gil.
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Classifieds / WANTED: Elecraft KAT1
Last post by N0AJS - September 24, 2020, 05:44:55 pm
Looking for an unbuilt/built internal ATU for the Elecraft K1.
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New To Radio / Re: Are there any simple (mono...
Last post by Vlaad - September 23, 2020, 04:41:38 pm
Quote from: N0AJS on September 23, 2020, 03:34:02 pmThe QCX is a great kit. Id also like to say its a little more advanced than a beginner kit but not so unreasonable that you need a lot of experience. Its $50 so if you do make a mistake its not going to break the bank (like an elecraft kit would). I have built 2 of them and am looking forward the the SMD version Hans is working on. General output is around 3-5 watts depending on your battery and how deliberate you wind your torroids. The board is also set up to experiment with add-ons and other things. 

Yeah, thanks.

I've found a few schematics for transmitters and amplifiers that I understand reasonably well. At least I hope!
I'm not quite sure about receivers, though, any recommendations?
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New To Radio / Re: Are there any simple (mono...
Last post by N0AJS - September 23, 2020, 03:34:02 pm
The QCX is a great kit. Id also like to say its a little more advanced than a beginner kit but not so unreasonable that you need a lot of experience. Its $50 so if you do make a mistake its not going to break the bank (like an elecraft kit would). I have built 2 of them and am looking forward the the SMD version Hans is working on. General output is around 3-5 watts depending on your battery and how deliberate you wind your torroids. The board is also set up to experiment with add-ons and other things. 
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New To Radio / Re: Are there any simple (mono...
Last post by KO4DNI - September 23, 2020, 11:15:40 am
QRP Labs QSX+. I am looking to build one of these myself. Not a kit for beginners (like myself)they say, but I'm not looking for a toy either. Great reviews. Gil has videos building and reviewing the earlier model QSX. If it gets his stamp of approval, you can't go wrong.
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Licensing / Re: How many here are already ...
Last post by vy2js - September 23, 2020, 06:37:23 am
Quote from: KB1YMI on September 07, 2012, 12:57:34 pmLet's find out where we all stand.
Quote from: KB1YMI on September 07, 2012, 12:57:34 pmLet's find out where we all stand.

3rd generation Ham.  My grandfather was one of the 1st licensed in Canada. He worked Hawaii from Vancouver before licensing was a thing.
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New To Radio / Edit: Looking for beginner-fri...
Last post by Vlaad - September 22, 2020, 05:59:38 pm
Edit:  Think I'm getting the hang of it now.
I have some decent understanding of the transmitter and amplifier circuits I've looked into. At least I think I do ;)

Not quite sure about the receiver, any recommendations in that regard?

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I'm new to this, and currently looking to gain a better understanding on how the whole circuitry works.

Now, I'm aware that there are some extremely simple devices, like the Mighty Mite transmitter and Pixie.
However, as far as I understand, these seem to be little more than novelty toys, due to very low output powers.

What I'm looking for is something inbetween these, and the more "fancy" devices, like the Mountain Topper, with a 3+ bands and a microprocessor plus firmware, and so on.

Something to tinker with, see where each part belongs, and figure out why it belongs there and what it does.

Closest thing I've found so far would be this: https://www.qsl.net/kd7rem/5wpa.htm

A compact, comprehensive transmitter, with the fitting amplifier to make it more useful.
However, the whole site is rather light on instructions.

Is there anything to that effect that'd be more suitable for beginners?
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Batteries & Solar / Re: Solar energy
Last post by vy2js - September 22, 2020, 06:46:04 am
Have you checked Julian's site?

http://oh8stn.org/

A really good resource to start with
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