New QRP Rig? Looks like a winner!

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  1. KM9G

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    I'm happy to see some new blood doing well in the hobby, check out this new Gem. Should be available around July. The feature set looks promising.
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  2. WD4ELG

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    Steve, you look a lot younger without the goatee. But with it, you looked like a sage.

    Thanks for the video!

    This is starting to remind me of the "pocket device" wars back in 1999; does the consumer want a phone with some simple computing capabilities (small screen, limited functionality)...or does the customer want a pocket PC that has the capability to make phone calls (too big for the pocket, but can do the computing).

    That debate never we have flip phones, smart phones that are small with limited functionality, iPhones with different sizes, Android devices with a wide range of capabilities.

    Back to ham radio; do we want a mini-shack-in-the-box like a 705, or are we looking for something ultra-portable like a KX2 (without FT8), or do we want the capability to add a keyboard and mouse? Do we want built-in wireless? Everything is a trade-off, nothing fits all requirements. I think I will stay with my IC-705, but I am not selling my MTR-3B or my Yaesu FT-817.

    With my QRP rigs, it's the same as with need options.
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  3. KM9G

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    Thanks! I just want all the radios!
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  4. N6SPP

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    Specs- Is the 7- 7.2 MHz a typo?
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  5. 2E0TWD

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    Could be, however that is the allocation in the U.K.
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  6. DO1FER

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    Thanks for the preview. Personally I miss the full range in the HF section. So the long wave and especially the VLF, isnt fully to reach. Here for example the time signal of DCF 77 (0,75 kHz) in Germany and Grimeton (0,17 kHz) in Sweden isnt to hear.
    At next the automatic tuner isnt always the best choice. Here in cause of the RF exposure, which is sometimes to be controlled manually. So that the best settings of the antenna are not really wanted. But the rest of this new QRP transceiver could be nice and the BNC connnector for low power is ok.
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  7. SP9TKW

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    It looks like rather power hungry unit, RX=550mA and TX=3A, I use mcHF QRP which also is SDR transiver and current consumption is much lower, RX=290mA and TX=2A @ 10W . Another noticable difference is RAM 512Mb in Xiegu and 1024 in mcHF, being SDR I would expect it will have impact on features and speed of processing.

    73 de Marek
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  8. G8FXC

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    For something that small, I think you really need VHF/UHF. Hand portable HF is pretty pointless, so a pocket size transceiver without at least 2m and 70cm is of little use - may as well have a bit more size and some increased power or battery life.

    Martin (G8FXC)
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  9. AD0AR

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    Still not a single pic of a functioning screen.... Vaporware until I see a functioning product.
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  10. KK1LL

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    705 Killer?
    Ha Ha
    Harbor Freight.
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