Pixie (40m) progress

40m Pixie kit
Pixie kit – being built

After carefully unpacking this kit today I checked all the parts were there and measured all values for correctness. The kit was very well packed and everything was there. Even at the price I paid ($10 with shipping by air included) it represents very good value.

The kit comes with a nice silk screened and well labelled PCB, crystal, all parts, schematic and a parts list. It would be hard to buy the bits for the price I paid. G1KQH paid even less!

I now realise that for close-up work I need better glasses!  Fortunately I have a small assembly aid that includes a magnifying glass. I am taking the build slowly and it is quite exhausting for me.  However, the actual assembly is going well. Last year, for me, this would have been impossible. I can still solder – big steps, HI.

Although the Pixie will be tested on the air, the important personal test is the building. It proves that, with some effort on my part, the world of experimental amateur radio is still there for me. You have no idea what this small step means to me.

Before too long I want to get out in the countryside and try again with my VLF and optical tests. It has been a long long long time.

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cambridge, England.

4 Responses to “Pixie (40m) progress”

  • Ernest AA1IK:

    Good for you Roger, You are not alone in realizing that you don’t heal quickly as you would if you were younger. I notice that too! Keep up the good work on the Pixie. Its fun to follow your progress with it.

  • al KM1U:

    Roger, good for you! Please keep us informed about your progress.

  • Jyoti vu3bgi:

    can you please send the link of the store where you got the kit from thanks

  • Ron ka2rrz:

    No side is the down side for me. Never gave it a thought till I tested it.

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