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Re: SOTABEAMS Pico Balun instructions?

John Lonigro
 

Jeff:

I successfully downloaded it for you.  See enclosed.

73,

John, AA0VE

On 07/16/2016 01:31 PM, Jeff Logullo jeff@... [4sqrp] wrote:
 

Hello,


Here I am with an hour set aside for some antenna work. An unbuilt SOTABEAMS Pico Balun kit is here on the bench... and Sotabeams' web site refuses to cough up the instructions!

By any chance does someone have the PDF of this file that they could email me? I've left a message on the SOTABEAMS web site but my clock is ticking... 

TIA,
Jeff N0MII


SOTABEAMS Pico Balun instructions?

Jeff Logullo N0̸MII
 

Hello,

Here I am with an hour set aside for some antenna work. An unbuilt SOTABEAMS Pico Balun kit is here on the bench... and Sotabeams' web site refuses to cough up the instructions!

By any chance does someone have the PDF of this file that they could email me? I've left a message on the SOTABEAMS web site but my clock is ticking... 

TIA,
Jeff N0MII


ATTN WAYNE

 

Wayne,
I saw your message but for some reason was not able to respond.
Looks like that site got hacked again.
Thank you for the nice words we all need
BOB  AF2DX  <><


Re: OT: 17" Dell Inspiron Laptop for sale

Gary KF7WNS
 

No worries Jim,  if it works out to ship today, that would be great.  If not, Monday would be fine.

73, Gary/KF7WNS

On Sat, Jul 16, 2016 at 7:37 AM, 'Jim Sheldon' w0eb@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Thanks Gary,
I'm working on cleaning things up so I can ship it. Local post office
closes at Noon, so I probably won't get it out today, but will try. No
promises though.

73,
Jim



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Sent: 7/16/2016 6:30:23 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] OT: 17" Dell Inspiron Laptop for sale

>My wife decided she wanted a smaller laptop so her17" Dell Inspiron
>N7010 is available if someone wants a really decent laptop. It is an
>older one, but the battery is a replacement that holds a charge well
>and
>runs the laptop for about 3 hours. We normally kept the computer
>plugged
>in to AC on her desk.
>
>Processor is a 2.53 GHZ Intel Core i3 M380, 64 bit dual core 4 thread.
>8 Gig RAM, 640 Gig hard drive built in WiFi and will come loaded with
>either 64 bit Windows 7 Professional or if you want to run Linux, I'll
>wipe the drive before shipment and you can set up your own OS. It will
>come with the original Dell power supply, a decent padded carrying case
>and a Microsoft wireless mouse which was easier to work with than the
>built in touch pad.
>
>Asking $165 for all of this, shipped via USPS anywhere in the U.S. (I
>can't ship it out of the States). PayPal would be the preferred method
>of payment.
>
>Anyone interested, email me off the list to w0eb@... with
>questions.
> Pictures are available by email as well.
>
>Jim Sheldon - W0EB
>Park City, KS
>
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Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

w7aqk <w7aqk@...>
 

Hi All,

I'll put my 2 cents worth in since I've owned a bunch of the rigs mentioned. The punch line is that I would probably vote for the K2 if we are talking about something less expensive than the current crop of similar radios like the KX3, etc.

I tend to beat up on Ten-Tec stuff these days, although at one time I was one of their biggest fans and most loyal customers. Depending on which Ten-Tec you are actually looking at, I really disliked the ergonomics of many of the later models. Having to go deep into the menus for relatively common adjustments, like power and keyer speed, was a real bummer. These days I would worry about tech support. Ten-Tec"s new owners have posted a rather ludicrous price sheet for service, and I haven't really heard much else that was good about it either. Anyway, it would take a pretty deep discount to get me at all interested in one these days.

The K1 is a good little radio, but only 7 or 8 watts. It's only 2 bands, or 4 bands if you can still find one with the old board for that. It's also only CW, but that suits me fine. I have one, but it doesn't get much use these days.

The KX1 is "cute", and a relatively good performer, but even less power and CW only. Still, if I want to take something really small somewhere, that is often what I use. Mine is 4 bands, but one of those is 80 meters, which I rarely set up for. As long as I have 40, 30, and 20, I'm usually happy.

The K2 is Elecraft's oldest product, but still a fine piece of gear. Mine is a relatively early model, and has been a faultless performer. Not many bells and whistles compared to newer models, and the specs are less eye catching, but in truth, you won't be disadvantaged much 95% of the time. The KX3 definitely made the K2 "obsolete" in many respects, but if you are just looking for good general performance at a more modest cost, or a good "back up" rig, I think this is one to seriously consider. I have several radios I really need to unload, but my K2 will NOT be one of them. Since I also own a KX3, the K2 may get a bit "lonely" sitting on the shelf, but it definitely serves a purpose as a back up, and still comes off the shelf at times just for fun. It's also a great Field Day radio.

By the way, I had a chance last week to get a really good look at the new KX2, and I played with it on the air as well. This is a marvelous piece of engineering with lots of features. I also learned a lot about the process that gave birth to this model. If you are a backpacker, a SOTA op, a pedestrian mobile op, or the like, this is probably the rig for you. I completely understand the fascination this rig is generating. Still, I came away with the distinct impression that this rig is all about how much they had to take out of the KX3 in order to fit it into this small package. There are some features they wanted to leave in, and tried, but just couldn't do it. What's left, though, is very impressive, and very functional. If you aren't needing the somewhat smaller size and weight, for another $200 or so the KX3 is still the right choice. However, the KX2, like the KX3, can still function as a home station rig if you want--it's that good and that versatile. So, the choice may seem even more complex. If you think about it, though, the KX2 really is the perfect replacement for the K2--even more so than the KX3. So, if I did unload my K2, this might very well be what I replaced it with. I'd still have my back up radio, but it would be one that would certainly get more "play" time depending on circumstance. Hmmm...........!

73,

Dave W7AQK


Re: OT: 17" Dell Inspiron Laptop for sale

Jim Sheldon
 

Thanks Gary,
I'm working on cleaning things up so I can ship it. Local post office
closes at Noon, so I probably won't get it out today, but will try. No
promises though.

73,
Jim

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To: "4SQRP Mailing List" <4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: 7/16/2016 6:30:23 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] OT: 17" Dell Inspiron Laptop for sale

My wife decided she wanted a smaller laptop so her17" Dell Inspiron
N7010 is available if someone wants a really decent laptop. It is an
older one, but the battery is a replacement that holds a charge well
and
runs the laptop for about 3 hours. We normally kept the computer
plugged
in to AC on her desk.

Processor is a 2.53 GHZ Intel Core i3 M380, 64 bit dual core 4 thread.
8 Gig RAM, 640 Gig hard drive built in WiFi and will come loaded with
either 64 bit Windows 7 Professional or if you want to run Linux, I'll
wipe the drive before shipment and you can set up your own OS. It will
come with the original Dell power supply, a decent padded carrying case
and a Microsoft wireless mouse which was easier to work with than the
built in touch pad.

Asking $165 for all of this, shipped via USPS anywhere in the U.S. (I
can't ship it out of the States). PayPal would be the preferred method
of payment.

Anyone interested, email me off the list to w0eb@cox.net with
questions.
Pictures are available by email as well.

Jim Sheldon - W0EB
Park City, KS


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OT: 17" Dell Inspiron Laptop for sale

Jim Sheldon
 

My wife decided she wanted a smaller laptop so her17" Dell Inspiron
N7010 is available if someone wants a really decent laptop. It is an
older one, but the battery is a replacement that holds a charge well and
runs the laptop for about 3 hours. We normally kept the computer plugged
in to AC on her desk.

Processor is a 2.53 GHZ Intel Core i3 M380, 64 bit dual core 4 thread.
8 Gig RAM, 640 Gig hard drive built in WiFi and will come loaded with
either 64 bit Windows 7 Professional or if you want to run Linux, I'll
wipe the drive before shipment and you can set up your own OS. It will come with the original Dell power supply, a decent padded carrying case
and a Microsoft wireless mouse which was easier to work with than the
built in touch pad.

Asking $165 for all of this, shipped via USPS anywhere in the U.S. (I
can't ship it out of the States). PayPal would be the preferred method
of payment.

Anyone interested, email me off the list to w0eb@cox.net with questions.
Pictures are available by email as well.

Jim Sheldon - W0EB
Park City, KS


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

Curt
 

We should be thrilled by any rig set in front of us where we can tickle the ions and conduct a qso with someone.  Any rig is the result of someone's passion.  As a result,  most likely one can find something to critique.  

A few brief clarifications.  On the argo 5, by superhet I meant it is all analog in the receive chain.  In contrast, the argo vi uses dsp.  Somewhere on the web is my delightful report enjoying using one at a past FD.  Yes missing 12m is a quirk indeed.  On the K2 its AGC is implemented to require using the rf gain control on weak signals, it works fine but not everyone likes this style. Now that my k2 is qrv again, I greatly enjoy it for what is does and my own labor to its construction and many mods.  

We each have the ability to shape a unique experience to assemble and exercise a rig.  Enjoy this blessing.

CUL curt


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

John Lonigro
 

Well, truth be known, I offered to sell my K2 to Ed the other day, in a private email.  I bought a KX3 last year and told myself I should sell the K2 first, to help pay for it.  Never even tried, other than a vague reference to it being available to my local QRP club.  But Chas is right.  They are hard to let go of.  I put a lot of sweat and tears (of joy) into that rig.  On the other hand, it is mainly gathering dust and taking up space.  If I get a good offer for it, I'd probably let it go.

72,

John, AA0VE

On 07/16/2016 12:06 AM, Charles Moizeau w2sh@... [4sqrp] wrote:
 

I cannot recall the last, nay the first, I have ever seen an Elecraft K2 offered for sale on this list.  They must be keepers. 


Not unlike the TenTec rig that I believe was, and still remains, their top seller, the Scout (555).


72,


Charles (aka Chas), W2SH



From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of wb8yyy@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 7:34 PM
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr
 
 

Ed


If you must have an all mode rig, watch for either an argonaut 5 or 6, the last 2 models, on the used market.  The former is a 25 watt superhet, while the latter is a lower transmit power SDR that I remember operating with a solar panel at field day a couple years ago.  Check receive current on these to see if they might be something like 200 MA or so, you don't want several amps on battery power.  A lightly equipped k2 might be in similar price range.  Any of these rigs are an enjoyable ride, as is a lot of simpler qrp rigs.  

73 curt


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

w2sh@...
 

I cannot recall the last, nay the first, I have ever seen an Elecraft K2 offered for sale on this list.  They must be keepers. 


Not unlike the TenTec rig that I believe was, and still remains, their top seller, the Scout (555).


72,


Charles (aka Chas), W2SH



From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of wb8yyy@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 7:34 PM
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr
 
 

Ed


If you must have an all mode rig, watch for either an argonaut 5 or 6, the last 2 models, on the used market.  The former is a 25 watt superhet, while the latter is a lower transmit power SDR that I remember operating with a solar panel at field day a couple years ago.  Check receive current on these to see if they might be something like 200 MA or so, you don't want several amps on battery power.  A lightly equipped k2 might be in similar price range.  Any of these rigs are an enjoyable ride, as is a lot of simpler qrp rigs.  

73 curt


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

w2sh@...
 

I own both the Argo V (516) and the VI (539).  Both rigs have superhet receivers.  The former has a maximum power output of 20W (not 25).  Its main failing is that the RF gain control is not adjustable from the front panel.  The latter has a superb receiver.  Strictly in my opinion, its principal failing is that the predominant mechanical side of TenTec fashioned a box with given dimensions, passed this to the electronics side of the company.  Thus physically constrained, the 539 emerged without coverage of the 60 and 12 meter bands.  I have other 539 complaints, e.g., no XIT, no analog control of power output (there are times when I would like to do 950mW, but the wretched "all things digital" syndrome offers me 650mW or 1.05W on most, but not all, bands).  I repeat: it has a golden ear for what comes into it.


72,


Charles (aka Chas), W2SH




From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of wb8yyy@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 7:34 PM
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr
 
 

Ed


If you must have an all mode rig, watch for either an argonaut 5 or 6, the last 2 models, on the used market.  The former is a 25 watt superhet, while the latter is a lower transmit power SDR that I remember operating with a solar panel at field day a couple years ago.  Check receive current on these to see if they might be something like 200 MA or so, you don't want several amps on battery power.  A lightly equipped k2 might be in similar price range.  Any of these rigs are an enjoyable ride, as is a lot of simpler qrp rigs.  

73 curt


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

Dean LaClair
 

K2
Never heard an owner complain. Rarely see one for sale. Well, you wont ever see mine for sale, anyhow...hi
72-Dean k2ww


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

Ariel Jacala
 

I have owned many an all-band QRP transceivers - EK1A, KX1, KX3, K2, K1 but the one
I enjoy the most is the K2.  An example is the video below -  a DX exchange with Saudi
Arabia which is DXCC #155 for me QRP.   The K2 has been put through its paces without
any trouble during my latest stint as a 13 Colonies operator as K2L.   If you want all bands 
without spending a fortune


Sent from my iPad

On Jul 15, 2016, at 11:39 PM, Don Wilhelm donwilh@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

I hope I am not "telling stories out of school", but Ed may be getting
his Elecraft K2 up and running properly again - I am currently helping
him with it via off-list email.
If that is possible, his cost will certainly be a lot less than any of
the transceivers that have been suggested, and the performance will be
better than the other alternatives - the K2 is a contest grade
transciever even though it is basically a 1998 design, but there have
been several upgrades to bring it up to the currently shipped level.
Of course, I am biased - I do repairs of the legacy gear for Elecraft
and I also do the same as an independent, and I think the Elecraft gear
is 'top notch' stuff.

From what I have determined already, his K2 problems are not extreme,
they just need a bit of attention and can be easily fixed.

73,
Don W3FPR

On 7/15/2016 10:58 PM, 'James W. Hodgson' va3hod@... [4sqrp] wrote:
>
> Hello 4sqrp,
>
> I have seen many suggestions.
> Is there any consensus or agreement?
> What is Ed, AD7GR, acquiring?
> Our dollar here is 77 cents
> of the Greenback - $1.30
>
> 73
> Jim
> VA3HOD (4sqrp) & VE3HOV
>
>


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

Don Wilhelm
 

I hope I am not "telling stories out of school", but Ed may be getting his Elecraft K2 up and running properly again - I am currently helping him with it via off-list email.
If that is possible, his cost will certainly be a lot less than any of the transceivers that have been suggested, and the performance will be better than the other alternatives - the K2 is a contest grade transciever even though it is basically a 1998 design, but there have been several upgrades to bring it up to the currently shipped level.
Of course, I am biased - I do repairs of the legacy gear for Elecraft and I also do the same as an independent, and I think the Elecraft gear is 'top notch' stuff.

From what I have determined already, his K2 problems are not extreme, they just need a bit of attention and can be easily fixed.

73,
Don W3FPR

On 7/15/2016 10:58 PM, 'James W. Hodgson' va3hod@yahoo.com [4sqrp] wrote:

Hello 4sqrp,

I have seen many suggestions.
Is there any consensus or agreement?
What is Ed, AD7GR, acquiring?
Our dollar here is 77 cents
of the Greenback - $1.30

73
Jim
VA3HOD (4sqrp) & VE3HOV


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

davemrtn
 

Dale (and all),

��� Last year I called Yaesu to ask some questions about the new Yaesu Fusion Repeater.� During the conversation I told him about the radios I own and told him of all the radios I own I have barrels of fun using the FT-817 and it is my favorite radio to use.

��� He responded by telling me he has talked to quite a number of people that own FT-817's and they all say the same thing to him !!

NA1MH


On 7/15/2016 22:18, Dale Putnam daleputnam@... [4sqrp] wrote:
�

the whole choice thing... is entirely decided.. by.. YOU.. what exactly you intend to do with it.. may help you choose.. but in the end.. it is all on you.�

For example.. I do a fair amount of contesting... at the tiny squirt gun level.. � with wire antennas and all qrp. ... so do I go buy a high dollar contest rig? Nope.. but I do check Sherwood specs.. because, if you can't hear 'em.. you �can't work 'em. For the portable ops.. I like a lot of the qrp radios.. because they are qrp, small, filled with fun stuff.. and they run on batteries... I have a Tribander.. than grabs Foxes.. on a 9v battery.... �I have a PFR-3.. that I won't lose in tall grass. .. I have a SS40 tx-rx.. that is very cool right there... on the op desk.�

� They all do their job.. oh.. and the contest rig?.. is a pair of K2s, all set up for puter logging and keying.. and cw ops in tuff places.. but the qrp radios do that too... so.. take your pick..�

It is all in the name of FUN!!! And without that.... we all give up and go home.�


Have a great day,
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy




From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of 'Ken Talbott' ktalbott@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 9:04 PM
To: 4sqrp@...; 'James W. Hodgson'
Subject: RE: [4sqrp] Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr
�
�

Consensus?� NEVER!� If so, we would all own the same rig. Ham radio is the ONLY endeavor in which everyone IS entitled to their own facts.� Enjoy.

Ken ke4rg

�

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...]
Sent: July 15, 2016 22:58
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

�

�


Hello 4sqrp,

�

I have seen many suggestions.

Is there any consensus or agreement?

What is Ed, AD7GR, acquiring?

Our dollar here is 77 cents�

of the Greenback - �$1.30

�

73

Jim

VA3HOD (4sqrp) & VE3HOV

�

On Jul 15, 2016, at 7:34 PM, wb8yyy@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

�

Ed

�

If you must have an all mode rig, watch for either an argonaut 5 or 6, the last 2 models, on the used market. �The former is a 25 watt superhet, while the latter is a lower transmit power SDR that I remember operating with a solar panel at field day a couple years ago. �Check receive current on these to see if they might be something like 200 MA or so, you don't want several amps on battery power. �A lightly equipped k2 might be in similar price range. �Any of these rigs are an enjoyable ride, as is a lot of simpler qrp rigs. �

�

73 curt

�

-- 
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Seek to understand the difference.


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

Dale Putnam
 

the whole choice thing... is entirely decided.. by.. YOU.. what exactly you intend to do with it.. may help you choose.. but in the end.. it is all on you. 

For example.. I do a fair amount of contesting... at the tiny squirt gun level..   with wire antennas and all qrp. ... so do I go buy a high dollar contest rig? Nope.. but I do check Sherwood specs.. because, if you can't hear 'em.. you  can't work 'em. For the portable ops.. I like a lot of the qrp radios.. because they are qrp, small, filled with fun stuff.. and they run on batteries... I have a Tribander.. than grabs Foxes.. on a 9v battery....  I have a PFR-3.. that I won't lose in tall grass. .. I have a SS40 tx-rx.. that is very cool right there... on the op desk. 

  They all do their job.. oh.. and the contest rig?.. is a pair of K2s, all set up for puter logging and keying.. and cw ops in tuff places.. but the qrp radios do that too... so.. take your pick.. 

It is all in the name of FUN!!! And without that.... we all give up and go home. 


Have a great day,
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy




From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of 'Ken Talbott' ktalbott@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 9:04 PM
To: 4sqrp@...; 'James W. Hodgson'
Subject: RE: [4sqrp] Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr
 
 

Consensus?  NEVER!  If so, we would all own the same rig. Ham radio is the ONLY endeavor in which everyone IS entitled to their own facts.  Enjoy.

Ken ke4rg

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...]
Sent: July 15, 2016 22:58
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

 

 


Hello 4sqrp,

 

I have seen many suggestions.

Is there any consensus or agreement?

What is Ed, AD7GR, acquiring?

Our dollar here is 77 cents 

of the Greenback -  $1.30

 

73

Jim

VA3HOD (4sqrp) & VE3HOV

 

On Jul 15, 2016, at 7:34 PM, wb8yyy@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Ed

 

If you must have an all mode rig, watch for either an argonaut 5 or 6, the last 2 models, on the used market.  The former is a 25 watt superhet, while the latter is a lower transmit power SDR that I remember operating with a solar panel at field day a couple years ago.  Check receive current on these to see if they might be something like 200 MA or so, you don't want several amps on battery power.  A lightly equipped k2 might be in similar price range.  Any of these rigs are an enjoyable ride, as is a lot of simpler qrp rigs.  

 

73 curt

 


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

Ken Talbott
 

Consensus?  NEVER!  If so, we would all own the same rig. Ham radio is the ONLY endeavor in which everyone IS entitled to their own facts.  Enjoy.

Ken ke4rg

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...]
Sent: July 15, 2016 22:58
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

 

 


Hello 4sqrp,

 

I have seen many suggestions.

Is there any consensus or agreement?

What is Ed, AD7GR, acquiring?

Our dollar here is 77 cents 

of the Greenback -  $1.30

 

73

Jim

VA3HOD (4sqrp) & VE3HOV

 

On Jul 15, 2016, at 7:34 PM, wb8yyy@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Ed

 

If you must have an all mode rig, watch for either an argonaut 5 or 6, the last 2 models, on the used market.  The former is a 25 watt superhet, while the latter is a lower transmit power SDR that I remember operating with a solar panel at field day a couple years ago.  Check receive current on these to see if they might be something like 200 MA or so, you don't want several amps on battery power.  A lightly equipped k2 might be in similar price range.  Any of these rigs are an enjoyable ride, as is a lot of simpler qrp rigs.  

 

73 curt

 


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

James W. Hodgson
 


Hello 4sqrp,

I have seen many suggestions.
Is there any consensus or agreement?
What is Ed, AD7GR, acquiring?
Our dollar here is 77 cents 
of the Greenback -  $1.30

73
Jim
VA3HOD (4sqrp) & VE3HOV

On Jul 15, 2016, at 7:34 PM, wb8yyy@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Ed


If you must have an all mode rig, watch for either an argonaut 5 or 6, the last 2 models, on the used market.  The former is a 25 watt superhet, while the latter is a lower transmit power SDR that I remember operating with a solar panel at field day a couple years ago.  Check receive current on these to see if they might be something like 200 MA or so, you don't want several amps on battery power.  A lightly equipped k2 might be in similar price range.  Any of these rigs are an enjoyable ride, as is a lot of simpler qrp rigs.  

73 curt


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

Curt
 

Ed

If you must have an all mode rig, watch for either an argonaut 5 or 6, the last 2 models, on the used market.  The former is a 25 watt superhet, while the latter is a lower transmit power SDR that I remember operating with a solar panel at field day a couple years ago.  Check receive current on these to see if they might be something like 200 MA or so, you don't want several amps on battery power.  A lightly equipped k2 might be in similar price range.  Any of these rigs are an enjoyable ride, as is a lot of simpler qrp rigs.  

73 curt


Re: Low Cost 10W All Band Xcvr

Ed - ad7gr
 

Hello Ben,

During my wife's and my last horse camp trip to WA I set up my solar/deep cycle battery powered station using a TS-590S into a screwdriver antenna. When she goes on her trail riding I remain in camp. The antenna has worked well in the past and the 590 has an excellent receiver. I turned off the LCD back lighting and all else I could do without and dropped the power to 10W but the 590 is still a power hungry rig and I heard very few... and weak... signals. I did send out CQs at 75W occasionally thinking that when I snagged someone I could always QRP. No luck... that fishing expedition was terrible. Either condx were awful, no one was listening, or if listening, did not want to respond.

Here's a link to my website where I describe what I set up for a field shack... http://edliko.net Of course what you see there was just the trial setup in my yard at home.

I also have and have used the ZM-2 tuner I built... a great little tuner.

When condx are good 5W is all that is needed.

73,
Ed - ad7gr
skcc #30T
www.edliko.net

On 7/15/2016 8:34 AM, ben@littleworkshop.com [4sqrp] wrote:

Might as well throw in my 2 cents. At Field Day I ran my Ten Tec Argonaut 6 off a battery quite successfully. Very comfortable at 1 - 10 watts and a really great receiver. It is not too picky on voltage either (9.5-14). It does require a battery with some capacity (3 amps draw at full transmit) but there are many options in that area.

If you want to have an amp along just in case then the Hard Rock 50 amp matches up nicely and gives you access to 50 watts in a smallish package at modest cost. And the HR 50 is not too demanding as to SWR.

For 10 watts I like to use the Emtech ZM-2 tuner which handles 10 watts comfortably and it offers antenna flexibility.

The Argonaut also matches up nicely with the Ten Tec 1208 6 meter transverter which puts out a little less than 9 watts for some VHF fun on weekends like this when there is a VHF contest.

All this is for picnic table use as I see it. If you want to hike and work off a rock along the trail etc then a smaller more rugged package is a better choice in my view but might not have 10 watts.

*** Ben KE3KQ

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