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Low cost QRP station

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:01 pm
by TacAir
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBG2ZHwLjJM

NG9D has several vids - this one shows a station made of a Sony SW7600 and a cheap - and I mean cheap Ramsey kit TX. Like under $10 dollars cheap (http://www.ebay.com/itm/RAMSEY-40M-TRAN ... 2628275733)

The chirp is a free bonus that could be fixed with a better regulator.

Fun stuff - eh?

For a bit more $, but a better TX

http://www.ebay.com/itm/QRP-40-Meter-Cr ... 2681826263 $45 and includes shipping. SMT parts already mounted

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NS-40-40M-5-wat ... 3048630167 $30 + shipping. NO coils to wind - from the very well done group at 4 States QRP

Re: Low cost QRP station

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:27 pm
by teotwaki
Was this supposed to be a response to this other thread? viewtopic.php?f=42&t=120395

Re: Low cost QRP station

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:39 pm
by TacAir
teotwaki wrote:Was this supposed to be a response to this other thread? viewtopic.php?f=42&t=120395
Not in the least. It has nothing at all to do with that thread.

The topic didn't exactly fit in with my long running Trail-friendly thread - so this is a solo.

Many folks comment they "can't afford to get into ham radio"

A low-cost portable receiver (with ssb/BFO) such as a ATS 505 or 909 (Sangean) or even some of the low cost Tecsun recievers woud work nicely. A low cost transmitter kit as listed can provide a viable station for little real money. It will be CW, of course, but can provide hours of fun for very little $.

As other bands are added, only the antenna and tx need be worked on.


Have fun

Re: Low cost QRP station

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:14 pm
by teotwaki
Folks who say they can't afford to get into ham radio are full of excuses for most any challenge.

Re: Low cost QRP station

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:21 pm
by taipan821
TacAir wrote:
Many folks comment they "can't afford to get into ham radio"

A low-cost portable receiver (with ssb/BFO) such as a ATS 505 or 909 (Sangean) or even some of the low cost Tecsun recievers woud work nicely. A low cost transmitter kit as listed can provide a viable station for little real money. It will be CW, of course, but can provide hours of fun for very little $.

Have fun
when I was getting started, the radios I saw hams using were high end, high capability radios worth at least $1000 AUD. my club had a loaner radio which was something to get started on. when I've introduced people to ham radio I've fallen into the same spot (Codan 9323). the little single banders are great fun, easy to make and use and you can make at least 10 for 1 elecraft KX3

Re: Low cost QRP station

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:54 am
by teotwaki
When I started in ham radio I would haunt the swap meets for deals, convert old military or commercial rigs, look for castoffs from hams who had upgraded
to a more expensive rig or build something from scratch. It all has to do with a willingness to pursue the hobby and not the price of Brand X's radio.

Re: Low cost QRP station

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:00 am
by Mr_Sheesh
Also look at the bitx40 - https://www.hfsigs.com/ - $59 for a SSB 40m transceiver, add an antenna & power at least; Very moddable. Interesting and not that costly.

Re: Low cost QRP station

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:17 pm
by taipan821
Mr_Sheesh wrote:Also look at the bitx40 - https://www.hfsigs.com/ - $59 for a SSB 40m transceiver, add an antenna & power at least; Very moddable. Interesting and not that costly.
Also the Bitx40 has a support and modding community
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1850616678547526/