Current QRP CW Rig

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KD8EDC, Aug 23, 2021.

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  1. KD8EDC

    KD8EDC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for all of the comments!

    No, I'm not using a tuner....I simply fold the antena (1/2 WEF) to the correct length per my RigExpert meter, the SotaBeams linked dipole doesn't seem to need anything.

    Great looking setup KE8OKM!

    Mark KD8EDC
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  2. N1RBD

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    My SOTA rig. 29oz.

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  3. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Im using the 3b with EFHW antenna. Its set up to fit in an old portable hard drive case. Still using Nimh batteries. The lithium stuff sorta scares me!

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  4. KB1CKT

    KB1CKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Been fighting with an SW40+, gave up and put on the air and first q was NH to IL with a 559, so it must be working just fine with its 2 watts. Made another several q’s this evening, tickled at how well this rig works. Debating if I want another in this series for 20m or buy the KD1JV tribander instead.
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  5. KD7ICW

    KD7ICW Ham Member QRZ Page

    My current QRP rig is a Ten Tec 1340. It was built back in 1998.

    I just wish that I had started earlier in this hobby and had been able to have grabbed a Ten Tec kit to try and build myself!
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  6. W0AZ

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    I built this A&A rig back in the ‘90s and use it when I’m going to carry a radio away from the car:


    … and I use this Alinco DX-70 set at 5w and run it off of the car battery when I can park the car close to where I’m operating:


    Both radios have been with me for years, and I’m rather fond of them. The Alinco is actually a surprisingly capable rig. For years, I worked Field Day, Battery Operated QRP with my Elmer (W9KV) using the Alinco. Good memories. :)
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2021
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  7. W9RAC

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    I'm not a QRP Op. however the frequencies I hang out on seem to be attractive to them sine I work a couple every morning. That actually looks like I could be fun! Nice setup, 73 Rich
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  8. W9RAC

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    Nice portable set up. What antenna do you use normally while operating remote? 73 Rich
  9. W0AZ

    W0AZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    With the 20m A&A I use a hamstick mounted on a tripod with some radial wires on the ground (the radials are still coiled up in this picture):


    For multi-band operation with the Alinco on Field Day we usually put up a doublet where we had trees and used a tuner.
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  10. W4HAY

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    Elecraft K1 here.
    It's a shame they discontinued it as it was about as close to a Heathkit as one could get. A pleasure to build, you even got to wind the toroids.
    Understandable, though. The KX2 and KX3 made it obsolete. The K2 is still being offered for those who want a challenging build.
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