About an hour's worth of still-in-my slippers soldering and the kit was finished. The alignment went well and all the parts were smoke-free.
The snow on my Yagi (okay, no more mention of our snow) did nothing to hinder its SWR and, while my initial CQ with the new rig didn't yield a QSO, I did receive several reports on the Reverse Beacon Network. This was a bit of a surprise as I was using the built-in microswitch hand key.
The Morse decode function of the QCX had no problem decoding my outbound CQ or in displaying the text of other stations I tuned to although a bit of lag is noticeable when tuned to stations that are sending at 25+ wpm or so.
Power output with a 9V battery was 2.5 watts.
This kit also has the ability to operate as a WSPR transmitter with GPS control of timing, frequency calibration and grid square determination. I have not yet used it on that mode but will soon.
|Powered by a 9V battery for initial testing and alignment, my CQ as decoded. Microswitch key, lower-right|
|Results of QRP CQ|
Just had my first QSO with the QCX and it was an interesting one. My 14.060 MHz CQ was answered by Ron WA7GIL who was set up at a roadside rest area in Congress Arizona for a day of portable hamming with his brother. Ron was using an FT-817 on 20m and his brother (using a KX2 on 40m) has a 30m QCX under construction at home.