The Elecraft KX1
I did built a couble of QRP tranceivers all of them monoband, or even monoband monofrequency (Rockmite) rigs. What i now was searching for was a Rig that covered at least 2 bands was easy to carry and no "Birdfood" (SMD) on the PC board. After long research on the internet and after i saw the Elecraft KX1 in real at the Ham Radio fair 2004 in Friedrichshafen i decided to get a Elecraft KX1 QRP tranceiver kit. In Germany it is sold by QPRProject in Berlin and comes with an German manual. This tranceiver covers 2 bands (40 and 20 meters (with a optinal board even 30 meters)), comes with an optional ATU and is super small with 6 "AA" Batteries inside for powersupply. And the SMD parts of the PC board are presoldered by Elecraft.
I decided to get the "full treatment" with all the units: the tranceiver itself, the 30 meter unit, the automatic tuner (ATU) and the keypaddle whitch can be screwed to the front of the rig.
The kit came 2 days after i orderd it in Berlin and i started soldering the same day. Here are some pictures of how the project grew in only a few days.
The empty board on my workshelf
The logic unit is ready to run
Just before the first QSO
Here is a list of worked DXCC with the KX1:
|G||G4NVP||16.VIII. 2004||20 m||3 ele|
|SM||SM/DL6FBK||18.VIII 2004||40 m||LW|
|SV0||SV0XAO||16.VIII. 2004||20 m||3 ele||in Pileup|
|TA||TA4EB||31.VIII.2004||20 m||3 ele||1st QSO outside EU|
|YO||YO7AHR||16.VIII. 2004||20 m||3 ele|
List not up to date any more!