Re: Newbie, Settling on a new Bitx kit purchase. What would you recommend?

vince adams

To Curt:

Correct! that is what I am asking for. Purchasing the kit. IT arrives at my QTH. I assy it. It works or not. I take it out in the woods. Hook up my antenna, turn it on. Maybe it works maybe it does not Then what?

Am I getting up the creak to far or I should wait with more time to learn more about radios/transceivers?
Should I wait and learn more about it and save my money for a REAL transceiver? Is this going to waste my money if it DOES NOT work first time out in the woods? BTW I can't hang ANY antennas at my QTH. I don't own a single HF antenna... All this CW stuff is so new to me I am GREEN like St Patrick's day or a Pink Puppy. Yes, my plan is to learn CW. Someday? What I am looking for is to learn something new along the way. A learning experience is my goal. Not a shelf piece to be never used and in the woods with a Dipole Ant. Yes, I like to build stuff because I learn from it. NOT books, hands-on training.
Thank you


73, Vince KD7TWW

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Subject: Re: [BITX20] Newbie, Settling on a new Bitx kit purchase. What would you recommend?

I suggest pacing yourself as you plan your adventure. 

I have an off-center fed dipole I have used portable - it does require a matching network to use.  There are other antennas to consider, find a ham to help guide you as you work on an antenna.  yes many can be home constructed. 

If your plan is to learn CW - of course I suggest a QCX+.  okay it does feature a cw reader - it is cute - it does not really help you learn CW in my view.  just listen and learn is the way to go.  cool simple radios thrive in CW. 

I like my ubitx.  its a v4 - it has been an adventure.  some hams around the world have only means to afford a ubitx and they enjoy them.  I have an audio filter with my ubitx and it does CW just fine with this item.  But I would carefully see where it fits into your plan forward.  there are few inexpensive SSB transceivers around that are new. 

building stuff is cool - many options already - see my email.  unless you have prior building experience, I suggest starting with something simple before starting a QCX+ -- just one error means troubleshooting!  my first QCX had one error as I remember (a missed solder joint) - i found it using the test source inside and my finger (and some patience). 

patiently examine the landscape to figure out your path forward. 

73 curt

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