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Have A Hankering To Build Another Kit Radio - Can't Make My Mind For What Band

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by AF9J, Dec 19, 2015.

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  1. W8ZNX

    W8ZNX Ham Member QRZ Page

    ahoy Ellen

    to be fair must note that 80 is my favorite band my bias may show

    few points
    when do you get on day or night
    are you more active in the winter or summer

    30 a great daytime band
    you don't have to fight stations running over 200 watts
    antennas are small enough to be easy to make and play with
    downside less action often it's dead at night
    have friends that love simply love 30 meters

    40 also great day time band lots more action open at night
    when it's hot it is great

    downside it can be crowded if you are running a simple DC style receiver
    strong QRO station set up shop 1.5 kc away will blow away your receiver

    this part of the cycle often the band closes down late night
    noted your antenna is not good on 40

    80 meters forget summer
    static crashes rule out much QRP activity

    winter nights the band gets nice and quiet
    during peak night time hours there is lots of action with plenty of room

    QRP calling freq is a whole 60 kc up from the bottom of the band
    you can often get away with a less than great receiver

    also noted your antenna works on 80

    often late late night, band will be open but empty
    ( where are all the late late night OPs they can't all be SK )

    have worked some DX but nothing to boast about
    stateside have worked ten states as far away as SC and MO running 125 mw

    on 75 meters
    have regular rag chews with a Chicago station KA9OQJ
    Mike has been running 12 watts pep ssb from a second floor apartment
    using a indoor antenna

    most active on late winter nights
    so for me 80 is a logical pick
    what i like is not what others like

    your results may vary
    void where prohibited by law
    offer not good in sectors R or D

    still in the stacks
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2015
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  2. W8ZNX

    W8ZNX Ham Member QRZ Page

    post script
    i would wait get the KD1JV tribander

  3. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am about 75% through a k1. I purchased the kit and the only additional I bought was the back light. I have about $350 in mine with the 40/20 module.

    It is a very high quality kit with a great manual. They knew what they were doing when they put this together.

    I have no idea what kits are out there but my vote is for the k1. It has been very enjoyable putting it together.
  4. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    (another thumbs up for 30m, seems to work 24 hours a day, always something on there)
  5. AF9J

    AF9J Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for additional input guys. At this time, I'm kind of leaning towards the K1 with and 80m/30m module. Why the K1? It's a bit more self contained than the KD1JV Tribander (or my TenTec R4030 for that matter), due to it having a built-in speaker (I'm not a fan of earbuds, and find small headphones uncomfortable for long periods of use), and the capability for add-ons of both an internal battery pack, and internal antenna tuner.

    The other thought - since I also like QRPp, and am feeling like a cheapskate - a 1 Watter for 30m.

    Ellen - AF9J
  6. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a youkits 30/20. 30 is a great band. I'm with you, I hate depending on earbuds and wanted a radio that did not require them to listen.You can get an amplified speaker, but that is just extra hassel. I question your selection of the 80 mtr band. It's a great band but not the best for qrp-IMO. For me it's 40 30 20. 15 is awesome but hard to find open.

    When I did my research it came down to the youkits offerings and k1. The youkits is an awesome deal, already assembled and pretty good performance. I just wanted something different.
  7. AF9J

    AF9J Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't plan on having a DX machine on 80, but I've done QRP on that band for about 30 years. I find it to be a nice regional communication band.

    F.Y.I. - I managed to scrape the money up, and I ordered an Elecraft K1 w/80m & 30m band module. I also ordered a 1Watter for 30m. It looks like I'm going to be busy soldering. :)

    Ellen - AF9J
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  8. W8ZNX

    W8ZNX Ham Member QRZ Page


    as stated before
    QRP work summer 80 sucks

    winter nights band is quiet
    it is a wonderful QRP band

    still in the stacks
  9. N5EIT

    N5EIT Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    30M... 30M... 30M... 30M..... It's the best 50Mhz slice o' the pie IMO !!!! Good day and night in my experience. Most hams spin the dial and just listen, but if you start calling they will come.

    Start calling CQ and be patient... It's a great Band !!!!!
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2015
  10. KC3MIO

    KC3MIO XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Have you considered a QCX Cw transceiver kit? Only one band, but only $49. I would start with a 40M rig and then a 20M kit. Add a tuner (QRPGuys?) and any kind of antenna and you’re on the air, cheap.

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