SW-3B transceiver

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by AE5X, Aug 14, 2019.

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  1. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I went to the vendor sales site and to my surprise, I was able to down load a schematic for the rig.

    KUDOs to the vendor for bucking the trend of Chinese radios by providing at least something to help with troubleshooting/repair.
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  2. WU7H

    WU7H Ham Member QRZ Page

    Richard G3CWI has posted a nice follow up review of the SW-3B:

    Looks like a really great little rig.
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  3. OH1BOR

    OH1BOR XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Just watched the follow up video. So the 8s delay to change the keyer speed is fake news. Apparently you just need to push a button to confirm it instantly.
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  4. AE7YD

    AE7YD Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I did buy John's SW-3B and I love it.
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  5. K5GHM

    K5GHM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Has anyone worked JS8 or other digital with this?
  6. KC3RN

    KC3RN Ham Member QRZ Page

    It''s a CW-only rig.
  7. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    After contacting Dale and some discussion, he agreed to send a radio set to me for use in writing a technical manual. This is most kind on his part. .

    I've completed most of the SW-3B specific manual - the parts that require detailed photos will commence once I have the rig in hand.

    While I've enjoyed looking at the various reviews, I noted several things overlooked in the otherwise well done reviews.

    I've noted, for example, that the radio set uses a BFO injection signal generated by the Si5251 DDS chip. Owing to this, IMO, several positive things accrue.

    1) Reduced parts count = lower cost, fewer things to break.
    2) Offers CWR - offering a reverse option, it is possible to reduce nearby interference.
    3) RIT and XIT, both with considerable range.
    4) the BFO tracks the main injection frequency - I see this as a real plus in field operation.

    By example, the MFJ-9200/HS-1A has a stand alone BFO. While it can be adjusted, some care and test equipment is required to obtain optimum results. With the SW3B, this is a non-issue.

    I'll post a note when the manual is complete. How Dale will want to release this is something we haven't fully discussed.

    I put this note here in case anyone is on the fence for a decision to purchase one of these little rigs due to concerns over technical material. This manual contains both Operations and maintenance section with a parts lookup table to keep everything in one document. The Operations part expands a bit on the excellent document already available.

    In many ways this WIP manual mirrors my earlier manual on the MFJ-9200.
  8. ON6KE

    ON6KE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Are the typo's on the faceplate 'RF GAN' and 'AF GAN' corrected now?
  9. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Since I can assume you speak fluent Standard Mandarin, why don’t you call Dale yourself and ask?

    I’m writing a manual, not managing a production line.
  10. ON6KE

    ON6KE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why such a reaction? I was only enquiring. Pff..

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