This new transceiver - the uBITX - from Ashhar VU2ESE seems to offer a lot of radio for very little money and I can't wait to get my hands on one.
You might expect an all-band HF transceiver for only $119 to be a bare-bones radio but it offers quite a lot for that, or any, price (and the $119 includes shipping via DHL from India):
- Sensitivity: a 0.2uv signal is clearly audible
- Selectivity: 2.4 KHz, low ripple SSB filter with 8 crystals
- RIT (Receiver Incremental Tuning)
- Continuous coverage from 500 KHz to 30 MHz
- Sideband selection
- Dentent-less encoder tuning. Tunes with larger step rates when tuned quickly
- More than 10 watts up to 10 MHz; 7 watts up to 21 MHz; 2 watts on 28 MHz
- CW transmit with the built-in keyer
- Uses IRF510s x 2 as PA and 2N3904 x 4 drivers in push-pull mode for low distortion transmission
- Dual VFOs
- Manual override of LSB/USB selection
- CW Keyer Speed and tone selection
Tune-up is a simple 3-step operation that requires nothing more than a multimeter and a reference frequency that can be generated by your main station transceiver.
For the price, this kit would seem to make for an ideal introduction to the hobby for a young person with an interest in electronics. If, after building the kit, their interest wanes, you still have a fully functional HF rig with not a lot of money invested. In fact, the price is low enough to offer as part of a ham radio class that culminates not only in a ham ticket but the transceiver to go with it.
A uBITX is on its way to me and of course I'll post details of the build, tune-up, photos and usage of this radio soon after it arrives.