Re: A QRP+/QRO- rig (was Simple rigs)

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From: Kevin Anderson (GGANDERSON@Augustana.edu)
Date: Thu Sep 01 1994 - 12:03:34 EDT


Jeff and Jim's posts are pointing out a void I feel, and
illustrates the severity of a loss Heath's demise was. There
are not kits in the 5 - 50 watt range as there was years
ago. I know it's not QRP, but it would more adequate at
starting people, resists the $1,000-2,000 appliance
operator mode, and wouldn't take people too far afield from
QRP such that they couldn't join us in spirit. This a void
the Ten Tec Scout fills, but I know I couldn't afford a
Scout right now (and I'm not a student, but a teacher of
students). I have my solution already, a used Heath HW-16,
but what about the modern kit builders? It's just adding
higher power PA's on a stable circuit, right? How much more
expensive can that be? Wondering.... 73 de Kevin, KB9IUA

> >I was thinking about this concept of a simple rig. I have talked recently
> >to 2 young hams who are in high school on 2 meters. They both passed
> >their code tests for Novice and one passed the code test for General. The
> >limiting factor here is the cost of a HF rig. Even the cost of a used rig
> >like my Atlas 210X that I bought for $150 is beyond their means. They
> >were very interested when I said that with low power rigs they could work
> >the world. I also told them they could build the rigs fairly cheaply. So
> >should we design a simple rig that a high school student could build
> >cheaply? How about a simple transceiver that puts out 1 watt and then a
> >power amp that puts out 5 watts or a small linear that pumps out 20+
> >watts that they could hook up to it? Just some more to chew on...
> >
> >Jeff
> >AB6MB
> >jeffj@crl.com
>
> I'm extremely interested in getting new young hams into hf ... think it's the
> only way to keep the hobby from becoming cb with repeaters (NOT intended to
> initiate a pro/con cw flame war!).
>
> But I'm worried about starting them OUT in qrp. Certainly some youngsters would
> find our part of the hobby fascinating from the beginning, but I'm afraid many
> would just find the relative difficulty of making and sustaining contacts
> frustrating, and would lose interest. For that reason, when I meet youngsters
> in the hobby I always show them my qrp gear, but I also show them a qro
> station, and recommend that they start out with second-hand gear that runs
> around 100 watts. $300 spent wisely through rec.radio.swap will kit you out
> nicely.
>
> 72!
> --
> If RST > 519 Jim Speer, K5YUT
> Then cut_power; f_speerjr@titan.sfasu.edu
>
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Kevin L. Anderson, Geography Dept., Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois 61201 USA phone: (309) 794-7325
e-mail: gganderson@augustana.edu or kla@helios.augustana.edu
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