Amateur Radio Kit Roundup – Updated 2/18/2013

The Splinter - from Breadboard Radio

The Splinter – from Breadboard Radio

Kit building appears to be on the rise again.  With so many people talking about it lately I attempted to research sources for kits, only to find out that there wasn’t a single-source for Ham Radio kit suppliers.

I decided to put together a good list of sources for kits that are currently available.  Many of these are for QRP operation, but a few are full-featured professional transceivers (Elecraft, DZ).  On the beginners side there are a few sources that stand out:  Hendricks has a great assortment of kits, including some SSB QRP equipment.  QRPme offers the inexpensive, easy-to-build tuna-can products, and I would like to make special mention of the Four State QRP Group NS-40 which has the coils etched right into the PC board!  What a great idea!  I’ve covered trasmitters, transceivers, and some receivers here.  Some accessories are mentioned in the source descriptions.

Revised 7/19/2012  Changes in Hendricks QRP Kits, YouKits, Genesis Radio, Tony Parks, and removed the coming soon designation on Heathkit.  I didn’t check ALL of the prices, so don’t hold me to total accuracy in that department.

Revised 10/22/2012  Changes in Hendricks, YouKits, Tony Parks, Small Wonder Labs, Wilderness Radio, and Four State QRP Group.  Removed Heathkit, Added HSC.

Revised 2/18/2013  Changes in Hendricks, YouKits, Tony Parks. Added CR KITS, and BreadBoard Radio.

Revised 2/20/2013 Added K5BCQ & K5JHF Kits

Enjoy, and feel free to add any corrections, or additions in the comments.  The list can always be found at RadioKitGuide.com–Neil W2NDG

 

-Hendricks QRP Kits http://www.qrpkits.com/

  • BitX20A/17A SSB Transceiver.  The BitX20A and BitX17A are complete SSB kits with board, all parts, digital display and custom powder coated and punched case that is based on the BitX20 that was designed by Ashlan Farhan.  Output is about 10 Watts.  $180.00 + S&H
  • PFR-3a 3-Band Portable Field Radio.  Bands : 40 meters, 30 meters and 20 meters. Tuning range: Full band coverage.  Mode: CW only.   $240.00 + S&H
  • NADC30/40 CW Transceiver.  Nearly All Discrete Component CW Transceiver for either 30m or 40m.  Tuning range ~ 60 kHz.  Power output: 3.5 watts.  Full Kit: $130.00 + S&H
  • Ft Tuthill 15 Meter CW Transceiver.   Two 60 KHz tuning ranges, ~ 21.000 – 21.060 and 21.075 – 21.135 MHz.  Power Output: 5 Watts.  Complete Kit (w/ case and digital dial) $130.00 + S&H
  • Ft Tuthill 160 Meter CW Transceiver.   Two 30 KHz tuning ranges, ~ 1800 – 1835 and 1830 – 1865 MHz.  Power Output: 5 Watts.  Complete Kit (w/ case and digital dial) $130.00 + S&H
  • DCxxB Board Only Trasceiver Kit.  These radios are the next generation of the popular DC40 transceiver that was also designed by Steve Weber.  The kit will come with 1 crystal for the band specified. 7.040 for DC40, 10.120 for DC30, 14.060 for DC20.  Board-Only kit with decals: $30.00 + S&H
  • Weber Tri-Bander.  The Weber Tri-Bander can be built for any three of these bands: 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, or 15.  5 Watts out on all bands at 13.8 VDC.  Built in Iambic keyer with 5 to 40 wpm code speed.  DDS VFO for rock steady stability with 50 Hz and 200 Hz tuning rates.  Many more features!  $200 + S&H
  • Scout Regen Receiver.  A simple 2 band regenerative radio receiver that is capable of receiving signals from 3.5 to 11 MHz.  A complete kit with L shaped aluminum chassis, quality doublesided silkscreened soldermasked board, all parts, hookup wire, board mounted battery holder.  This kit is ideal for the first time builder.  $50.00 + S&H
  • SMK-2 40m Surface Mount CW Transceiver.  The SMK-2 is a fully functional surface mount component 40 meter transceiver. It has an independently tuned transmitter and direct conversion receiver. Full break-in TX with sidetone, and a modest 350mW output. The crystal VXO on receiver allow about 3 kHz+ tuning range on the crystal frequency. It was originally conceived as the SMK-1, a platform to teach SMT construction techniques.  Transceiver Kit: $40.00 + S&H, Optional switched crystal board: $10.00 + S&H
  • -NOT DISCONTINUED AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED- TwoFer Plus CW Transmitter.  The TwoFer Plus is a simple transmitter that will be offered on 40, 30, and 20 meters. The kits come with crystals in the qrp region of the band. It will put out approximately 1 Watt using a 2N3053 transistor for the final. It has a crystal based VXO that will give about 1.5kHz on 40, and 3kHz on 20. It also has a built in T-R switch on the board that mutes the receiver during transmit. We have upgraded the kit with a custom prepunched case that was designed by Ken LoCasale, WA4MNT. The kit comes complete, with all parts, connectors, case, knobs, wire, and our usual commercial quality double sided, plated through, silkscreened solder masked board.  $35.00 + S&H
  • -NEW- KD1JV Survivor 75m SSB transceiver.  There is a long story about the history of this kit on the website.  This is a re-design of the Epiphyte transceiver from Norcal.  10 Watts output, SSB, CW, and TUNE modes, Covers a user selectable portion of 75 Meters, either 325 or 175 kHz wide, selectable at build time.  All through-hole construction.  Requires 13.8 volts @ 2 Amps min.  Basic kit:  $100.00 + S&H, or Kit with Digital Dial, and Mic for $140.00 + S&H

-YouKits  http://youkits.com/.  YouKits also has the well-known HB-1B QRP rig (assembled) and some accessories.  Note: All kits are out of stock and discontinued except for the TT1A.  Two new kits are on the way.

  • -Coming Soon- TJ5A 5 Band SSB Transceiver.  1- 50 Watts.  No other info yet
  • -Coming Soon- TJ2B SSB Handheld Transceiver.  This looks like an update to the TJ2A.  DDS Controlled, Mini LCD Display, 5 Watts, Dual VFOs, Selectable tuning rate (1Hz, 10Hz, 100Hz, 1kHz, 10kHz, 100kHz), 40 memories.  They say it will be smaller than the TJ2A.  No other info yet.
  • TT1A 2 Band CW Tube Transmitter Kit.  This is a 2-tube 4-watt transmitter kit.  Comes with crystals for 40 and 20 meters, but can operate from 60 to 20 meters with different crystals.  Power supply kit coming soon, as well as custom case.  $129 + S&H

-MFJ http://www.mfjenterprises.com/

  • MFJ-8100K World Band SWL Receiver Kit.  Regenerative general coverage receiver covering 3.51 – 4.31 MHz, 5.95 – 7.40 MHz, 9.56 – 12.05 MHz, 13.21 – 16.4 MHz, and 17.6-22 MHz.  $79.95 + S&H
  • MFJ-93xxK QRP Cub Transceiver Kits.  QRP Transceiver available in 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, or 15.  Output 2 Watts (except 1 Watt on 17 and 15).

-Vectronics (MFJ) http://www.vectronics.com/Categories.php?sec=209.

  • Too many kits to list here.  They sell several different Transmitter, Receiver, and Transceiver kits, as well as shortwave converters for the car.  A couple of the items seem to be kit versions of MFJ products.

-Ramsey Electronics.    http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/

  • Similar assortment to Vectronics above, with several transmitter, transceiver and receiver projects.

-Genesis Radio (Australia).  http://www.genesisradio.com.au/order.html not all kits are available. Many are listed as sold out, but I assume will become available again. Prices are in Australian dollars.  This is the only one currently available:

  • G11 5 band SDR Transceiver Kit.  Power output 10 W. SMT components factory pre-assembled, buyer to assemble only large through hole components. Price in AUS$: $299.00 + S&H
  • –LIMITED AVAILABILITY–G59 All Mode 160-6M SDR transceiver kit.  The G59 is an all-mode 160-6m SDR transceiver with 10mW of output power. The output is boosted to 10W with the GPA10 linear amplifier.  Genesis kits are produced in batches of 50 units at a time. Current demand for the G59 is much greater than our production capability.  The best way to get a hold of a Genesis kit is to subscribe to our GenesisRadio Yahoo group and watch for announcements.  G59: $349.00 + S&H, GPA10: $129.00 + S&H

-Tony Parks, KB9YIG.  fivedash.com/  Tony seems to have partnered up with someone to get kits out faster.  The new website lists 4 kits available currently.  NEW:  Although this is not kit-related, Tony is offering an assembled version of the Softrock RX Ensemble II for $92.00

  • SoftRock RX Ensemble II Receiver Kit.  The SoftRock RX Ensemble II Receiver Kit includes the components for building the kit for LF, 180kHz through 3.0 MHz, operation or for HF, 1.8 MHz through 30 MHz.  $67.00
  • SoftRock Lite II Combined Receiver Kit.  The SoftRock Lite II kit now includes the components to build it for one of the following bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m or 20m. This replaces prior Lite II kits that were set to a specific band when ordered. The SoftRock Lite II provides a simple to build SDR receiver with a fixed center frequency to be used with a sound card that can sample at 96 kHz, providing band coverage from 48 KHz below the center frequency to 48 KHz above the center frequency.  $21.00
  • SoftRock RXTX Ensemble Transceiver Kit.  The SoftRock RXTX Ensemble Transceiver Kit provides a 1 watt SDR transceiver that can be built for one of the following four band groups: 160m, 80m/40m, 30m/20m/17m or 15m/12m/10m.  $89.00
  • SoftRock 6m/4m/2m RX Ensemble Receiver Kit.  The SoftRock 6m/4m/2m RX Ensemble Receiver Kit may be built from the parts included in the kit for one of the three VHF frequency ranges.  $68.00

-Ten-Tec.  http://www.tentec.com/categories/Products-by-Area-of-Interest/Kit-Building/  Ten-Tec has 8 Radio kits available.

  • QRP Transceiver Kits (20,30,40, or 80 meters).  3 watts power output.  covers a 50 kHz segment determined by you at the time of construction.  With pre-labeled and painted case.  $124.00 + S&H
  • 9 Band Regenerative Receiver.  1.760 – 1.990 MHz, 3.3 – 4.150 MHz, 5.5 – 6.9 MHz, 6.9 – 8.5 MHz, 8.5 – 11 MHz, 10.1 – 13.2 MHz, 12.5 – 16 MHz, 14.7 – 18.5 MHz, 18.5 – 21.5 MHz  Integrated audio amp IC for clean robust audio from internal speaker or headphones.  includes parts, circuit board, assembly manual, battery holder, speaker, complete enclosure, and knobs.  $93.00 + S&H
  • 4 Band Regenerative Receiver.  5.9 – 6.4 Mhz, 6.9 – 7.4 Mhz, 8.5 – 10.2 Mhz, 11.5 – 16.5 Mhz.  Comes with finished front panel. No knobs or case.  $41.95 + S&H
  • Digital Readout Superhet Receiver.  100 Khz to 20 Mhz coverage.  This is the radio that Jay, KC2YSK built and wrote about in the Log previously.  Several option available to improve performance from 3rd parties.  $205.00 + S&H
  • Any Band Direct Conversion Receiver Kit.  Includes all of the parts and instructions to let you build the receiver (or change it to) ANY band of your choice (160, 80, 75, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 or 10 meters).  $39.00 + S&H

-Elecraft.  http://www.elecraft.com/

  • K3 Modular Kit.  The K3 is Elecraft’s top of the line.  Available in 10 and 100 watt versions and with a multitude of options.  The modular kit comes with mostly pre-assembled boards that need to be plugged in.  The K3 kit starts at $1549.95 and increases depending on what options you choose.
  • KX3 Modular Kit.  The KX3 is Elecraft’s newest transceiver.  Similar to the K3 in features, but in a compact portable package.  This is a modular kit like the K3 that requires you to assemble the pre-soldered boards.  Many options available.  Starts at $899.95
  • K2 Kit.  The K2 is available only as a full kit.  This is not a modular kit like the two above, but a full kit for the advanced kit builder.  The K2 is a full-featured transceiver available in 10 and 100 watt versions, and with many options.  Basic kit starts at $739.95
  • K1 Kit.  The K1 is a small portable CW transceiver available as either a 2 or 4 band rig.  You choose which bands you want at the end of the kit build.  Adjustable output from 0 to 5 watts.  The 2 band model starts at $299.95
  • KX1 Kit.  The KX1 is an ultra-portable CW transceiver.  Available with 2 bands in the basic model, and upgradeable to 4.  ! to 4 watt output.  Starting at $299.95

-Hamtronics.  http://www.hamtronics.com/menu_products.htm

  • Hamtronics offers a variety of VHF and UHF receiver and exciter kits as well as many other interesting items.

-Emtech.  http://emtech.steadynet.com/index.shtml

  • Emtech is currently out of stock on their NW-series radios.  Check back.  In the meantime, they have the excellent ZM-2 QRP tuner kit.

-JUMA.  http://www.jumaradio.com/juma/  All prices are in EUROS €

  • Series one kits.  Three kits available.  All DDS controlled, covering 80, and 40 meters.  RX1 Receiver, 74.80€,   TX1 Transmitter, 80.33€,  and TRX1 Transceiver, 169.00€.\
  • Series two kits.  Two kits available.  Both are high dynamic range, 10W output, SSB and CW transceiver kits, using quadrature sampling techniques for demodulation and modulation with low noise phasing. VFO is DDS controlled for a good frequency stability.  TRX2 2-band model (80 and 40) 395.00€, and TRX2A 80 thru 10 model with general coverage receiver, 499.00€

-North Country Radio.  http://www.northcountryradio.com/index.htm  NCR is a source for many amateur related kits.  Too much to list here, but they have several ATV related items.

-Radio Adventures Company.  http://www.radioadv.com/

  • R1 Code Practice Receiver.  High quality fixed frequency CW receivers designed for simple operation. Standard models are available for W1AW frequencies in the 80, 40 and 20 meter bands.  $29.95 + S&H

-Small Wonder Labs.  http://www.smallwonderlabs.com/

  • Rock Mite CW Transceiver.  The Rock-Mite is a crystal-controlled direct-conversion transceiver available for 80M, 40M, 30M or 20M.  $29 + S&H  some accessories available.

-Wilderness Radio.  http://www.fix.net/~jparker/wild.html

  • –OUT OF STOCK– Simple Superhet Receiver (SST).  The SST is an optimized, superhet rig with an extremely low parts count . This may be the easiest to build superhet ever, and it comes with a miniature custom enclosure.  2 Watts output.  $90 + S&H
  • Nor Cal 40a.  The revision B NorCal 40A is a third-generation 40-meter QRP transceiver kit, designed by Wayne Burdick, N6KR. The rig covers any 40KHz portion of the CW band, with a very stable VFO operating in the 2MHz range. The receiver is a superhet with crystal filter, AGC, and RIT.  3 Watts output.  $145 + S&H
  • –OUT OF STOCK– Sierra.  The Sierra is the only compact, low-current, multiband transceiver kit available. Designed by N6KR and extensively field-tested by the NorCal QRP Club, the Sierra has been completely upgraded for Wilderness Radio–including a painted and silk-screened enclosure and improved performance on both transmit and receive. Uses plug-in band modules for 80, 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 meters.  1.5 to 3 watts depending on band.  LCD display.  Starts at $245 + S&H with 1 band module.

-Four State QRP Group.  http://www.wa0itp.com/4sqrpkitindex.html

  • Ham Can Transceiver.  A crystal-controlled CW transceiver, delivering 1/2 to 1 watts.  Easy thru-hole kit.  Crystal for 7122 included.  $30 includes shipping.
  • NS-40 Transmitter.  Ideal first kit.  There are only 14 electronic components, and NO TOROIDS or COILS of any kind to wind – NONE! All inductors are incorporated directly on the PC board as etched spirals.  5 watts at 13.6 volts.  $30 includes shipping.
  • SS-40 High Performance 40M Receiver.  The SS-40 high performance receiver is the latest design effort from Jim Kortge, K8IQY. SS stands for “Stable and Sensitive”. It exhibits the signature IQY extremely quiet amplifier chain. Disconnect the antenna and the receiver’s noise floor is almost undetectable. A matched crystal IF filter provides a steep sided 500 cycle bandpass and outstanding opposite sideband rejection. Covering the 40M QRP “watering holes”, a Super VXO provides 25-30 kHZ of smooth stable tuning, and no perceptible drift even from a cold start.. While easy to build, this is not a trivial kit. There are 150 parts, and when completed the resulting high quality receiver is a pleasure to use.  $60 + S&H

-Kanga US.  http://www.kangaus.com/products_by_type.htm

  • Several inexpensive kits for the radio hobbyist, mostly supplied as a “bag of parts” with a schematic.

-Electronics USA.  http://electronicsusa.com/productsham.html

  • A nice collection of kits including keys, keyers, and clocks.

-Dan’s Small Parts and Kits.  http://www.danssmallpartsandkits.net/  Mostly parts here of interest to the radio hobbyist but there are some kits about ⅔ of the way down the page.  This seems like the place to get parts for some of these QRP kits above, like crystal-socket pins, and variable capacitors.  Great assortment of stuff!  In additon to the transmitters below there is an amp kit, an RIT, ans S Meter kit, and much more.

  • Little Joe Transmitter Kit.  A small kit with board and parts from the book QRP Classics.  Available for 80, 40, 20, and 10/15.  Does not include crystals.  $19.95 + S&H
  • -No Longer Available- Cubic Incher Transmitter Kit.  A small kit available for 40 or 80 meters.  Crystals not included.  Currently on closeout for $6.50 + S&H

-DZ Kit.  http://www.dzkit.com/

  • Sienna Transceiver Kit.  This is a high end, full-featured transceiver with many options.  The Sienna can be a full-control stand-alone rig, or a computer-controlled-only rig.  Available in 10 and 100 watt version.  Kits start at $2098 + S&H for the computer-only 10 watt model.
  • HT-7 7Meter AM Walkie Talkie.  The HT-7 is a simple AM handie-talkie that operates on the 40M AM calling frequency.  $149.99 + S&H

-Fox Delta.  http://products.foxdelta.com/  A great collection of ham radio kits.  Includes computer interfaces, APRS kits, and more.

-Oak Hills Researchhttp://www.ohr.com/

  • OHR 100A single band CW transceiver kit.  Offered in 80, 40, 30, 20, and 15 Meter versions.  Each can be aligned to cover 70-80Khz.  5 Watt output.  $149.95 + S&H

-QRPme.  http://www.qrpme.com/  Several kits and accessories here.  They also have an intriguing kit of the month club”  delivering kits to you every month.

  • Micro 80D.  Small tunable 80 meter CW transceiver kit.  $35 + S&H
  • Lil Squall Transceiver.  A version of the Pixie Transceiver.  A tinkerers delight. It fits in a small tuna can. Includes a socket for the FINAL transistor for easy experimenting with output power. Likewise, the feedback caps in the oscillator circuit also have sockets making it easy to experiment with new bands. The crystal also has a socket for easily moving the operating frequency about a band. Comes will ALL the parts necessary to complete the transceiver and a 7122 crystal for operating the Lil’ Squall ][ in an area where other minimalist rigs hang out, AND the ‘officially unofficial’ TUNA NET frequency for tuna can gatherings.  $35 + S&H
  • Super Tuna II+.  A version of the Sudden Transmitter from the GQRP Club. Transmitter section is comprised of an oscillator, buffer and final driver transistor. Produces 2 watts at 12.6 volts. Frequency dependent components are mounted on an easily changed band module. The basic kit comes with a band module for 40 meter operation.  $40 + S&H
  • Tuna Tin 2 35th Anniversary Isuue.  A re-issue of the original TT2 transmitter.  Parts are laid out on the board in the exact same way the schematic is drawn.  Simple, and easy to build.  Comes with crystal for 7.030.  $25 + S&H
  • EZ Build Two-Tinned-Tuna Transmitter.  EZ build version with no toroids to wind.  Several socketed parts for experimenting and comes with 2 crystals for 40 meters.  $30 + S&H
  • Sudden Storm Receiver Kit.  Great companion to any of the tuna can transmitters.  Comes with components for 40 meters but can be operated on 80, 30, and 20 using the upgrade kit.  $35 + S&H
  • Reggie II Transceiver Kit.  A lesson in minimalist design.  The Reggie uses the Limerick construction technique.  Output is about 100mW.  $40 + S&H

-Xtal Set Society / Midnight Science.  http://www.midnightscience.com/kits.html  these folks have an nice assortment of crystal and basic am and sw kits, but also have a few kits for hams, like a dummy load and attentuators.

-Radio-Kits.com.uk.  http://www.radio-kits.co.uk/  These folks sell a couple of radio kits (listed below), and a few neat accessories including a CW kit that will work with many SSB-only radios. All prices in British Pounds.

  • MKARS80 SSB Transceiver.  This kit is based on the same design that is used in the BITX20 from Hendricks, but modified for 80 meter use. Main changes from Ashhar’s original design are the inclusion of a frequency counter and a Huff and Puff frequency stabilizer.  Covers from 3.5 to 3.8 Mhz with about 5 Watts output.  This kit is a bargain!  Ranging from a basic no-case kit for £55.00 shipped to the USA, to full kit with connectors, knobs, and an undrilled case for £68.50
  • Hunter SDR Receiver / Panadapter.  This looks like an interesting and economical SDR kit, that can also be controlled by an existing rig for use as a panadapter. £87.00 shipped to the USA

-Radi0shop (eBay store)http://stores.ebay.com/radi0shop  This eBay store is selling a couple versions of the Pixie II transceiver.  They currently have 80 meter, and 40 meter versions.  Looks like a very simple build.  $39.00 free shipping.

-Zao.jp.  http://zao.jp/radio/order/  Zao has one kit currently available.  He is also the source for the pre-built Soft66 SDR radios (currently selling new version LC4) which is one of the lowest-priced pre-built SDR receivers on the market.  Getting it running is a challenge I hear, but performs well for the money once you do.

  • Soft66Lite.  Small monoband SDR that can be built for different ranges depending on the bandpass components installed.  Easily switchable by plugging in homemade bp modules setup on IC sockets.  $18 shipped to USA

-Amateur Radio Kits.inhttp://cqbitx.blogspot.com/

  • BITX Kits.  I won’t list the kits individually because the website is a bit confusing.  They seem to have several different options from a basic kit with just the board and specialty components only for $18 to a deluxe complete kit with digital readout for $85
  • AVALA SDR board only.  There are a few sites supporting this SDR.  Not sure if I’m ready to tackle something like this, but it does look interesting.  Board only:  $10

-HSC (Halted Specialties Company).   http://www.halted.com/  HSC is a great source for components, but they also sell a Pixie II Kit w/o crystals.

  • Pixie II Kit.  This includes the components for 80 and 40 meter versions of the famous Pixie II kit.  It does not come with crystals, but HSC has them available individually or in a 6-pack.  $9.95 + S&H

-Breadboard Radio.  http://breadboardradio.com  Breadboard radio makes a few nice kits, all with a wooden breadboard –like base that the PC board attaches to when finished.  In addition to the kits listed, there are a few “coming soon” items.  A transmitter called the Wood Chip with variable RF output, VXO, T-R switch, sidetone, and more.  Designed to be a good companion to the Sawdust receiver below.  Also a new Tuner-dummy load-SWR meter combo, and 2 kits that have yet to be described planned for release later this year.

  • The “Splinter” QRPp Receiver / Transmitter.  Direct conversion receiver that tunes about 100khz of the 40 meter band.  Has bandpass filter with attenuator, 2 stage audio amp with RC filtering.  Drives standard stereo headphones.  Also receives SSB.  The crystal controlled Transmitter puts out about 450 mW.  Has SPOT function.  Two position crystal switch.  One crystal is soldered in (7030kHz) and one socket for extras.  Sidetone oscillator, and VXO (about 3kHz).  Built in key, or jack for external.  Complete kit: $54.95, with free shipping.
  • The “Sawdust” Regen Receiver.  Tunes about 75 kHz of the 40 meter band.  CW, and SSB.  Will drive headphones or small speaker.  Fixed regen.  Can also function as a code practice oscillator.  Easy to build.  Complete kit: $24.95 with free shipping.

-CR KITS  http://www.crkits.com/  US distributor: http://www.QRVTronics.com  .  CR Kits makes the KN-Q7A Single band SSB Transceiver Kit, and the CRK-10 CW Transceiver Kits (which are currently sold out and being revised)

  • KN-Q7A SSB Transceiver Kit.  A popular 40m or 20m single band SSB transceiver kit designed by BA6BF. 8~10 watts PEP output (5 watts PEP for 20m). Sensitive and selective receiver. Multiple frequency options.  4- 40m ranges available, and 1- 20m range.  $120 + S&H

-K5BCQ & K5JHF Kits http://www.qsl.net/k5bcq/Kits/Kits.html  These Hams from the Austin QRP Club offer a page of accessories and support kits.  The most interesting thing on this page is the SDR2GO Kit.  This is a replacement for the computer and soundcard in a standard I/Q SDR setup.  You are meant to use this with an existing SDR board (like Tony Parks’ RXTX Ensemble) to create a complete standalone SDR.  They even have a graphics display kit option.  There is also a 20 Watt amp, an Si570 Controller with display, a programmable keyer, and much more.  Very reasonable too!

Neil Goldstein, W2NDG, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New York, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “Amateur Radio Kit Roundup – Updated 2/18/2013”

  • Matt W1MST:

    Great update, Neil. Thanks for maintaining the best info on this available online.

  • WA8MEA - Bill:

    And if you can’t build a kit due to disability, lack of time or your restricted from using a soldering iron (some schools and assisted living centers), don’t let that deter you from working QRP!

    MFJ offers the option of a wired Cub for several bands, along with other CW only and SSB/CW single banders:

    http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Categories.php?sec=240

    LNR has a neat little CW dual bander:

    http://www.lnrprecision.com/transceivers/

    Ten-Tec has a couple of different dual CW band versions:

    https://www.tentec.com/downloads/manuals/r4020/R4020%20manual%203-24-10.pdf

    And DWM Communications has a 40 meter assembled transmitter w/ crystals, modifiable for 30 meters:

    http://www.hamradiofun.com/peanut-whistle.htm

    73, Bill – WA8MEA

  • John E Mann-KK4ITN:

    Great to see many kit builders and an increased QRP ops.
    Summer will be here soon and nothing beats cw and camping. Key in one hand and a cool drink in the other.
    That is EXTREME MIDDLE class living.

  • Bill W7AAZ:

    K5BCQ of Austin QRP Club, has a very nice Si570 key, a software defined radio that uses a DSP PIC and doesn’t require a computer (it was in QEX), etc.

  • @Bill WA8MEA: Yes, there are a number of assembled products in these pages I have posted. YouKits offers the HB1B 4-band CW transceiver, which only comes assembled. This small portable is also sold by TenTec. Tony Parks is offering an assembled version of the RX Ensemble II SDR. There are more too. Many of these vendors have assembled versions.

    @Bill W7AAZ: I found the web page for these kits, and will add them to the list here as well as at radiokitguide.com Thanks!! It never ceases to amaze me how many more sources there are that are not easily found through Google.

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