Thursday, January 13, 2022

Incoming: (tr)uSDX kit

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Just this morning, Manuel DL2MAN announced that his and Guido's PE1NNZ fork of the uSDX series of transceivers are now for sale in kit form with the option to buy a completely built one coming in March/April.

This is not the uSDX from China, available in various ill-conceived versions on eBay.

Rather, it is the latest update to what used to be Manuel & Guido's uSDX Sandwich, so named due to the arrangement of the two circuit boards that comprise the transceiver.

The (tr)uSDX is tiny and capable - 30x60x90 mm. To my fellow 'mericans, that's 1.25 x 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Crammed into that minuscule volume is a 20, 30, 40, 60 and 80 meter, CW/SSB/AM/FM(?) transceiver that puts out 5 watts, weighs 5 ounces and has a built-in microphone. And keyer. And CW decoder.

5 bands, 5 watts and 5 ounces - a SOTA op's dream.

Here it is on phone:


And here on CW:


The kit as received:



A forum for the kit is available here - I'm sure it will become quite active once the kits begin to ship.

The first batch is sold out - those lucky buyers are expected to receive their kits by mid-February. I made the second batch of orders, with a predicted shipping date of 1 March.

Price, with shipping, to the US was 112 Euros or $133 via DHL.

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4 comments:

  1. Another interesting offering for backpacking. Looking forward to your build and review.
    73 Dave kx3dx

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    1. I'm dreading the long wait but it will be interesting to read the results as the 1-round builders get theirs up and running.

      73,
      John

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  2. Very interesting John. Looking forward to your review, once you get yours.

    Best 73,

    George
    K2WO

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    1. Hi George - I'm looking forward to a POTA activation that results in a K2WO log entry with the rig! But for now, my old Navy skill of "Hurry up and wait" is continuing to be honed. Is it March yet?!

      73,
      John

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