Low cost kits
See http://www.aliexpress.com/store/331885 . This website has some very low cost rigs for sale. An example is a 40m Pixie at around $10 post free. You’d be hard pressed to buy the individual parts for less!
UPDATE 1430z: I have just ordered a 40m Pixie kit from them. Should be here in 2 to 3 weeks time. I hope I can manage to build it with my clumsy soldering currently.
UPDATE 2000z: G1KQH has found the same Pixie at an even better price:
Greetings RogerI could of saved you a fiver out of your pension but you had to rush in:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DIY-
KITS-PIXIE-HAM-RADIO-HF-40M- CW-QRP-TRANSCEIVER-7-023-7- 026MHz-/121521131018?pt=LH_ DefaultDomain_0&hash= item1c4b394e0a
Nice kits, but I am not inclined to send my credit card number overseas.
If they took Paypal, I would buy a few kits.
Well, Alibaba is a giant ecommerce site. That said, if you’re concerned about putting in your credit card number, many banks allow you to go onto their website and get a one-time credit card number good only for that transaction (and limited in amount) so you don’t expose your actual number.
I bought a power supply from Alibaba a while back for my Jetstream 2mtr/70 cm radio. NO problems! Good price, quick service.
73 /paul W3FIS
Matt/Roger: I’ve ordered some components via Alibaba with no issues and was satisfied, but it was hard to order from a company whose name was associated with “Forty Thieves”. –73, Mike
they accepted my proposal, 3 bucks for 2 LM386 kits (always useful if you play with QRP rigs). As you say, no way to buy part of the parts for less. Free shipping, e-bay buyer protection, PayPal….
Matt……..Thanks. Good info. I may try that.
I’d like to hear more about European kit producers if you don’t mind…. ..