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Amateurs and Kits. “I love the smell of solder in the morning” (or, Why kits?) Robby WB5RVZ www.wb5rvz.com. For Note Takers. http://www.wb5rvz.com/presentations/KitBuilding.ppt. Why Build Kits. Convenience Economy Education Confidence Fun. History. Knight Kits (Allied Radio).

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amateurs and kits
Amateurs and Kits

“I love the smell of solder in the morning”

(or, Why kits?)

Robby WB5RVZ

www.wb5rvz.com

www.wb5rvz.com

for note takers

For Note Takers

http://www.wb5rvz.com/presentations/KitBuilding.ppt

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why build kits
Why Build Kits
  • Convenience
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Confidence
  • Fun

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history
History
  • Knight Kits (Allied Radio)

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history1
History

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history2
History
  • Heathkits

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history3
History
  • Lafayette Radio

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what you should expect in a kit
What You Should Expect in a Kit
  • Board
  • Schematic
  • Parts List/BOM
  • Construction Documentation
  • Enclosure
  • On-Line Support/Resources

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some kit sources
Some Kit Sources
  • NORCAL QRP Club
  • 4SQRP
  • Softrock
  • Genesis
  • Ten-Tec
  • Carls
  • Ramsey
  • Elenco
  • Velleman
  • Quality Kits
  • AC6V Home Page Kits/links
  • W1WC Kits/Links
  • Emtech
  • HF Products (“Packer”)
  • Jackson Harbor

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tools
Tools

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trouble shooting
Trouble-Shooting

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newbie strategy
Newbie Strategy
  • Start small and practical
  • e.g.:
  • Beginners - Solder starter kits:
    • Hobbytron
    • http://www.hobbytron.com/solder_kit.html
    • Velleman: http://www.vellemanusa.com/images/products/0/k-start2.jpg
    • Elenco: http://www.kitsusa.net/phpstore/html/AK-100-2-in-1-Learn-to-solder-kit-wtools-1037.html

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newbie strategy1
Newbie Strategy
  • Practical: Four State QRP electronic Keyer kit $17.00 (http://www.wa0itp.com/aa0zzkeyer.html}
  • Practical (SMD): Four State QRP Dummy Load SMD Starter Kit (40 2k 1206 resistors) $7.00 (http://www.wa0itp.com/dummyload.html)

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newbie strategy2
Newbie Strategy
  • Practical: Ten-Tec Thru-hole transmatch tuning bridge, $18.00, http://radio.tentec.com/kits/accessoryfun/1051

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newbie tactics
Newbie - Tactics
  • Be Prepared
    • Tools
    • Workspace and lighting
    • (Re)Read Documentation
  • Be Organized
    • Inventory Parts Against BOM
    • Organize Parts
    • Don’t trust colorcodes
  • Be Refreshed and Alert
  • Ideally:
    • Build a little,
    • test a little,
    • build a little,
    • test a little, . . .

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example softrock sr lite ii rx
Example – Softrock SR LIte II RX
  • $18 SDR 20m receiver from KB9YIG
  • Kit includes:
    • Components
    • Board
  • Documentation (via www.wb5rvz.com)
    • Six Stages
    • Schematic
    • Detailed BOM
    • Detailed Stage Steps & Tests
  • Support: Softrock40 Yahoo User Group

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Q&A

http://www.wb5rvz.com/presentations/KitBuilding.ppt

  • http://www.wb5rvz.com/presentations/KitBuilding.ppt
  • Pick up my card.

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