Greetings Fellow QRP's.
As promised, here's a rundown of the new S&S ARK4, as described in the data
Single board, silkscreened glass-expoxy
Coils & xfmrs are prewound
Case: Steel & extruded aluminum
Dimensions: 5.5" x 1.5" x 7.5"
Weight: < 1.75 lb, fully optioned out
Synthesized PLL vfo, 1KHz steps.
Xtal controlled fine tune, detented control
Sine wave sidetone
RIT: +/- 600 Hz
Immediate Recovery AGC
Transmitter: 3-4 watts @ 12V
Transmitter Kit: 99.95
Receiver add-on kit: 49.95
RIT option: 6.95
400Hz audio filter opt: 9.95
Fine Tune Option: 12.95
Keyer Opt (Curtis Chip) 39.95
Complete rig, sans case & keyer: 169.96
Complete kit, sans keyer: 199.95
Assembled & tested, sans keyer: 269.95
As the price list indicates, just about everything is an option after the
basic transmitter, with price breaks with more options you get. The unit is
claimed to be available in May.
I've seen a prototype of the rig and it looks quite rugged. Two mini-thumbwheel
(actually the pushbutton-wheel switches like those used on the ARK-40) control
the 1KHz and 10KHz positions. A toggle switch sets the 100KHz position. The
fine tune control is used to pull the frequency +/- 500 Hz about the dial
Off hand, it looks a tad on the pricey side, especially when compared to the
NorCal 40. But, then again, it is synthesized. See it for yourself at Dayton,
where it will be formally introduced.
The standard disclaimers apply: I have no pecuniary interest in S&S Engineering.
I'm only reporting what I saw.
Bob - N3MBY
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