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Offline AA2JZ

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WELCOME
« on: December 07, 2013, 23:35:12 UTC »
Hi gang.....AA2JZ here...Carl, been ham since 1958   was KN2UZF, then WB2HZI, and now AA2JZ....enjoy building QRP gear from scratch using the Manhattan style of building....works for me ! Age is 71, so sometimes Im a bit slower than usual...CW is my favorite mode, but sometimes I work digital.....phone..almost never...just to say hello....
Carl, AA2JZ
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Offline W1SFR

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Re: WELCOME
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2013, 18:01:05 UTC »
Hi Carl,

Good to see you here on the forum. What would you suggest as the first scratch build QRP transceiver?

72
Steve, W1SFR

Offline AA2JZ

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Re: WELCOME
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 02:49:47 UTC »
Hi Steve
 I particularly like the NW8010 versions for scratch built.....It is easy to build, but then I also have been building for some time.
I would advise starting with something along the W1FB simple DC RX for 40 meters or the like. Not many parts, cheap to assemble and a good learning project. There are lots of designs on the web for a device like this...

I build using Manhattan construction (see photo) Each connection is made to a pad super glued on a base of board stock. The size I use for the case is/are old AB Switches, found at flea markets//// The pads are made using a "nibbler" for working with sheet metal. Radio Shack did have them but Im not sure anymore. The pads I make are about 1/16 x 3/16 inches. Sounds small, but construction goes fast.

Try building an LM386 audio amp on a small piece of stock first to see how it goes......expand from there when your happy

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Carl AA2JZ
Carl, AA2JZ
Solder fumes are GOOD for you.