NorCal and the Sierra


From: David Johnson (
Date: Tue Oct 18 1994 - 20:24:00 EDT

Hi gang! This is a response to the several inquiries
I received about the Sierra, following my recent
rave review on this list.

The Sierra is a multiband HF CW transciever, designed
for 1.5 to 2.5 w output on all bands. Covers 150 kHz
on each band. Bandswitching is done with plug-in
modules. I think you need to be a member of the
Northern California QRP Club to order one of these
kits, so I give below some info on this club, which
is known in 'shorthand' as NorCal. Not sure if any
more kits are still available, but if not then there
may be a second production run (?). I paid about
$160 for the basic unit without band modules,
and ordered all five band modules available as
complete kit units (for 80, 40, 30, 20, and 15m)
for a grand total of about $270 (so each band module
was about $22). Just saying these prices from
frail memory - they aren't exact.

A previous project of the club was a monoband CW
transceiver, the NorCal 40, and I heard of another
run of these, in the form of the improved NorCal40a,
to come shortly. I got a NorCal 40 partial kit and
it is almost complete, so will report on that when
it is finished.

The journal of the NorCal club is great! Called QRPp,
it contains a wide range of both technical and operating
news and info.

Membership in NorCal is free, but to additionally get
a subscription to the journal QRPp, send $5 to:

Jim Cates, WA6GER
3241 Eastwood Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95821

Checks and money orders should be made out to Jim Cates,
and not to QRPp or NorCal. Be sure to include the following
info: name, call, address (including city, state, zip), and
optionally include packet and/or internet address.

Oh, and let me include a brief statement about the
purpose of the club, from the page with the membership
form from QRPp. The club was formed in June 1993 with the
purpose of exchanging information and fellowship for and
about QRP. To this end, members are encouraged to
contribute to the journal.

I don't know about memberships from people outside the USA.
They are probably welcome, but contact Jim for details.

Cheers, and 72.


David W. Johnson                  Power is no substitute for skill
Amateur Extra WA4NID              QRP ARCI 6546
email:    G-QRP 4864
packet WA4NID@KB4WGA.NC.USA.NA    NorCal 355

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