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Author Topic: Chinese to English Translation - And Why It's Tough To Buy This QRP Rig  (Read 3499 times)

RadioRay

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I am certain that we've all seen the $14 QRP "FROG" transceivers on E-Bay.  The detailed description, evidently translated directly from Chinese to English, by someone who spoke neither language - probably a computer does not inspire confidence.

"3, the changing structure of isolating switch, eliminate launch receiving "kaka... "

Look, I've made it a lifetime practice to never put 'kaka' in my ears, but do we REALLY feel good about transceiver descriptions like this?    I'm still tempted to buy one, just to play with it, but I'll be certain to wear some sort of protection the first few times.


73 de RadioRay ..._ ._
« Last Edit: September 09, 2014, 08:15:35 PM by RadioRay »
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cockpitbob

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Re: Chinese to English Translation - And Why It Tough To Buy This QRP Rig
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2014, 08:46:19 AM »
I bought their "Manual Days Tuner" kit.  The instructions were hilarious.  Apparently I should have used my oxy-acetelyene torch since the instructions clearly specified welding. ???   The design was fundamentally sound and the parts alone were worth what I paid.  However they had an error in the layout and errors in the instructions, so you really had to know what you were doing to have a working tuner when done.
No kaka in the tuner kit fortunately :o

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Re: Chinese to English Translation - And Why It Tough To Buy This QRP Rig
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2014, 12:00:45 PM »
Hi Bob -

Good about the 'no kaka'.  That's usually the first consideration.  Like you, I often look at these things as being less expensive than I could kit a project. As long as they are copied from a good design and the schematic , I can usually build it.

>>> I AM surprised that the Chinese market has not done a re-make of the 'Warbler' single-band, crystal controlled, PSK-31 transceiver. I've seen ten year old , used Warblers fetch $200 on Ebay, when available.


>de RadioRay ..._  ._
« Last Edit: September 09, 2014, 04:04:05 PM by RadioRay »
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Re: Chinese to English Translation - And Why It Tough To Buy This QRP Rig
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2014, 03:57:54 PM »
I thought worrying about letting the magic smoke out was bad enough. Now I also have to worry about letting the magic kaka out to!!  :o

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Re: Chinese to English Translation - And Why It Tough To Buy This QRP Rig
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2014, 04:06:01 PM »
New Q-signal?

QKK:  Your signal sounds like KaKa.

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Re: Chinese to English Translation - And Why It Tough To Buy This QRP Rig
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2014, 04:19:35 PM »
New Q-signal?

QKK:  Your signal sounds like KaKa.
I thought that's what the ARRL's QST stood for.  Your signal sounds like S_T
« Last Edit: September 09, 2014, 04:21:24 PM by cockpitbob »

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