Joined: Dec. 2004
||Posted: Feb. 01 2005,02:50
That's a really nice ham shack you have there, ke4nt1. Thanks for all the tips, too. Is it the status of the sunspot cycle that makes 10 meter dead until 2009? It's an 11 year cycle, right? When the band opens up, how many years does it stay open? Are the lower frequencies affected too?
libretto, this is all new to me, but from what I've read, the Elecraft K2 is a top of the line multi-band QRP rig, and a fairly major building project. I'd love to try my hand at building one of those some day, but not anytime soon. It looks like a job for an experienced builder. Too expensive if you botch it, and I probably would.
I've been reading up on low power operations the past few days, and I find myself greatly intrigued. Imagine DX contacts on 5 watts and less.
I've found a variety of QRP kits from Wilderness Radio, Oak Hills Research, Small Wonders Labs, MicroMoutaineers, and Elecraft. I'm thinking about building a Wilderness Radio NorCal40A as my first foray into kit building. It looks like it would be fairly easy to build. I can look for ke4nt1 on the 7.100 to 7.150 MHz part of the 40 meter band once I pass my Technician test and my code test.
BTW, I haven't found a 6 meter kit. Ten Tec discontinued their model 1360 kit. They have a two meter kit, though, and a 6 meter transverter. Elecraft has a 6 meter transverter kit too.
Now, back to my ARRL books...