New General looking into QRP

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by W8MJL, Mar 21, 2019.

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  1. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    You know the radio you have has lots going for it. I was just reading about it. Mic compressior, DSP, Notch control. You dont have to be in any hurry for a new radio, if at all. Many folks have taken much larger radios with way more drain than that to the field.

    Look at one of these batteries it is the one I have. It blows all the other batteries I have ever owned for radio away. They are half the weight of the SLA battery.

    https://www.bioennopower.com/collec.../products/12v-12ah-lfp-battery-abs-blf-1212ab
     
  2. N8DAH

    N8DAH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would look into a mcHF v6. I have had a kx2, sdrs and many other rigs even bitx. The mcHF for the money is a lot of bang. You can run CW, digi and ssb very easy. It has a great display with a ton of features. For what you pay for a elecraft you are honestly not getting a lot.
    You can find them built on the mcHF yahoo group and sometimes on qrz. The FT-817 is also a tried and true rig.


    If you go looking for a mcHF DO NOT get a clone they are trash.
    73
    GL
    DAVID
    N8DAH
     
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  3. W8MJL

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    I've never really looked deep into these batteries due to the higher cost. But i did look into them today and i think the reduced weight and better discharge rate out weight the cost. All included i'm looking at $340 for everything to get me portable (ish); battery, charge controller and solar panel. Add in a Apache case from harbor freight and i should be upwardly mobile, and i'm currently getting things together to build a portable mag loop is icing on the cake.

    73 de W8MJL
    Michael
     
  4. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    cool... make sure and get their charger too. Call them they are hams that work there.
     
  5. KM4DYX

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  6. N4DJC

    N4DJC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I lived in an apartment the first ten years after I got my license, so fully understand the issues.

    My favorite QRP rigs were the Ten Tec Argonaut 505 or 509, loved the full break in on CW. After trying all forms of indoor and stealth antennas, I found it more productive to just go to the club house and set up my rig on the Club's tri-bander, I never saw another person using the station the entire time I was a member. I got some rarer stations on CW with the QRP after the call. The cycles were hot in those days, 15 was wide open.
     

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