Operation of YouKits HB-1B

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KD8ZM, Jan 27, 2019.

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  1. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    By the way, I see now that your link is the same website where I first got the news that Palm had gone out of business and therefore the Palm Pico is no longer available. What are you seeing on this page that tells you that they still are available? Regards.
  2. KU3X

    KU3X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh My Goodness ! I just posted the link not reading what it said. I had no idea they are not being made anymore. That's sad. I am glad I have three sets of them. Two sets go with the KX3 and KX2. The third set goes with the YouKits. I was thinking of getting another set for the FT991A. I like to keep packages together so when I go portable I am not hunting for items.

    Sorry for the misinformation.
    Barry, KU3X
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  3. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    No damage done, I was also hoping they'd been resurrected!
  4. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got burned on a youkits radio. got just out of warranty and the keyer stopped working. No provision to disable it and use your own so it was just a receiver.
  5. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Right, it seems to me that's a big downside to the "auto-detect" so-called "feature." For a Chinese radio it's OK, but it's still a Chinese radio at the end of the day. It's been superseded by better things for about the same price, so not sure why anyone would buy one, now.
    Do you think MFJ would be able to make it workable again, for a reasonable price?
  6. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    MFJ replaced a 9040 QRP rig for me a number of years ago no problem. May be a bit different with the youkits rig since they dont actually make them. The MTR 3b is a blast to use! I havent had 1 problem in over 2 years now.
  7. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just got my MTR-3b (LCD) last week, and am having a blast with it, making contacts all over the US. Here is a photo of my "hamshack on a clipboard" which has everything I need velcroed to the board. ATU, voltage regulator, paddle, battery, radio. Loads of fun. Can't wait for warmer weather to take this setup portable. Definitely the best fun per dollar ratio in ham radi 20190213_161041.jpg o.

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  8. VE7JBX

    VE7JBX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just picked up a used but nice condition HB-1B (Mk.1) and Elecraft T1 this morning.... looking forward to trying them out this evening. I'd prefer a MTR or KX2 but those are all a bit $$$$ for me :)
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  9. VE7JBX

    VE7JBX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Correction... after reading up on the nuances... I have a "Mk. 2 Mod 2". 80/40/30/20 and has LiPO internal battery with dedicated charger port.
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  10. W3KW

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    That’s a sweet portable set-up. I just bought the very regulator you are using from eBay in anticipation of buying the new MTR-3B. I have the same key in my sights now as Palm is out and my other two Pico’s are otherwise utilized. All attached to the clip board is clean and leaves room for a little note pad. Well done. May I ask what antenna you’ll use when portable? I’m ordering the EF-MTR with the rig but there aren’t any reviews available (That I can find). I prefer to travel with a mag loop (Alex Walkham) as it’s small, easy, and requires no trees or complicated rigging. I’m waiting for the remote tuner/rotator to come out in May and I’ll be adding the preciseRF mag loop to the arsenal. I’m also co spidering the Spiderbeam GoPak set-up. Looks effective (and cool).


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