Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The self-building version of the QCX transceiver kit

I had the honor honour of beta-testing the new self-building version of QRP Labs' QCX kit.

I'm not sure what the final price will be but am quite happy with the finished result. It was especially fulfilling to see the toroids wind themselves, especially T1, which I was not looking forward to with its multiple windings. Pro tip: be sure to wear ear plugs during this phase of the self-construction process.

If you've never considered a self-constructing kit, I urge you to reconsider - the toroids alone make it worth the extra (small) expense despite the high-pitched noise of the magnet wire whipping about.

The kit arrived vacuum-packed and assembly commences once the kit is exposed to air.

Be sure to open the kit in a clean area with no other electronic parts within half a meter or so. If this step is skipped, the QCX will incorporate any nearby parts into its construction as it dances around the table during the process.

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