Haven’t said this in a while

but "Thank You" to all of you who read this blog.  It would be foolish and time wasting for me to do this if you weren't out there. From the e-mails, photos and comments I receive, I know that you all are, indeed, out there. Again, thank you so very much.

On the QRP side of things, I see from an e-mail by Doug KI6DS to the QRP-L list that the QRPGuys have a new kit offering out. The following is their description:

The QRPGuys Multi-Tuner is a Z-match design that will match a wide range of coax fed, long wire, and balanced line antennas, like high-impedance, low-loss UHF twinlead or ladder line for 40m-10m. 

It uses the N7VE integral led swr indicator with an absorptive bridge to protect your final transistors from a poor match. In the TUNE position, you cannot damage your transmitter caused by a high SWR. It is looking at a 50 ohm load and the LED is indicating only the reflected power. At full brilliance your SWR is 4:1 or greater, at half brilliance your SWR is approximately 2:1, and the LED will completely extinguish at 1:1. 

Rated for 5 watts continuous, 10 watts intermittant, weighs (4.3 oz.) and comes with female BNC connectors for the input/output, with S.S. hardware for the long wire and balanced line connections. There is no point to point wiring. All connections are accomplished by mounting the components on the PCB. This kit can be built in a couple of hours. On a difficulty scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the most difficult, this is rated at 3.

For more information, and ordering, you can go to  http://www.qrpguys.com/

I don't have to tell you (but will, anyway) how important it is for us to patronize concerns like QRPGuys, QRPMe, QRP Kits, SOTA Beams, and the numerous other QRP vendors around the world that are out there. Blogging is my way to give a bit back to the hobby. Offering kits is the way these guys give back to the hobby. Yeah, they are there to make a buck or two; but they're definitely not in this with visions of becoming the next Elecraft. You keep me "in business' by reading; and we keep them in business (and as a result, keep the QRP hobby alive) by purchasing their wares.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!
Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

7 Responses to “Haven’t said this in a while”

  • Dave WD8CIV:

    I’ve got a box from QRP-Labs right here on my desk, a KD1JV Tri-Bander from what is now QRPKits on the bookcase next to me, a NorCal QRP Club electronic kit keyer sitting next to that, and a QRP balanced line tuner (from I can’t remember where) with an N7VE SWR indicator in my travel radio bag. Oh, and an AZ ScQRPions kit paddle.

    For me, that’s part of the fun of being a ham, seeing the unique designs that other hams come up with – stuff that the big manufacturers wouldn’t be interested in producing.

  • Randy Prewitt, K4LJA:

    As usual .. right on the money, Larry. A nice reminder. Thank you. Randy – K4LJA

  • Jeff - K9JP:

    Thank You Larry, I always learn something from your blog posts and enjoy reading them. I may not post a reply or comment and sorry that I should have been doing that to let you know you are appreciated. 73 and Good Health, Jeff – K9JP

  • Larry NY7Q:


  • Bob KK5R:

    I read all the newsletters and keep them in my Amateur Newsletter folder. Yours is the only newsletter in it, by the way. Also, thanks for the tip on the offerings of QRP Guys. I see some things there that I must have…!

    By the way, the newsletter has many interesting articles. They reflect the range of interesting hams that have ideas and want to share them. Thanks again.

  • davey glad neversad:

    hi more than likely having a high power high profile bad ass antenna array station will remain to me a dream never know though so i won’t count it out so for now qrp works for me

    thanks for the info

    seventy threes


    Thanks for the call-out Larry! We are a small working hard on developing new “toys” for the ham radio community and it means a lot to be recognised.

    73 Richard, Aaron, Martin and Mai-Ling @SOTABEAMS

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