Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...


David Barber
 


Hello To ALL: 

I like the discussion of kit or home brewing of HF amplifier for UBitX V6. 
The question is:
what off the shelf commercial make & model of HF amplifiers are being use with the UBitX V6/5/4/3?

Just Wondering! 

Thank You:

73 Dave WD8AJQ 

SE 


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Bob Lunsford
 

On Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 03:27:21 AM EST, David Barber <wd8ajq@...> wrote:



Hello To ALL: 

I like the discussion of kit or home brewing of HF amplifier for UBitX V6. 
The question is:
what off the shelf commercial make & model of HF amplifiers are being use with the UBitX V6/5/4/3?

Just Wondering! 

Thank You:

73 Dave WD8AJQ 

SE 


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John Faivre
 

I use the Softrock 50 amp. It is a 50w 80-10 amp. It is a kit. It has optional internal tuner. They are now introducing a 100 watt version 
--
John Faivre WA9SGD


Max
 

I can't seem to find the amp you are talking about. Can you post a link please.

Max KG4PID

On Saturday, November 19, 2022, 11:22:18 AM CST, John Faivre <wa9sgd@...> wrote:


I use the Softrock 50 amp. It is a 50w 80-10 amp. It is a kit. It has optional internal tuner. They are now introducing a 100 watt version 
--
John Faivre WA9SGD


Evan Hand
 

Max,

I believe that he meant Hardrock 50.  At least that matches the description and the press release on a 100wat version now available.  We have had some of our club build club builders build that amp and are very happy with it.

73
Evan


Max
 

Thanks Evan, since there are products from Softrock and Hardrock I was confused (easily done now days)

Max

On Saturday, November 19, 2022, 04:16:05 PM CST, Evan Hand <elhandjr@...> wrote:


Max,

I believe that he meant Hardrock 50.  At least that matches the description and the press release on a 100wat version now available.  We have had some of our club build club builders build that amp and are very happy with it.

73
Evan


ajparent1/kb1gmx
 

While I have built several amps the general thing is at home if I need more than
50W I just power up the 100W radios (TS440A/At, Tentec Triton, Tentec Eagle,
or IC7300).  I feel none of the QRP radios offer the user conveniences of
the 100W radios.  So QRP at home is a point tather than a reason to power
up a amp.

Then again building amps are in itself interesting.

In the field I have to consider the band and the planned operation.  The IC7300
or Tentec Eagle are both under 12 pounds with mic.  The FT817, SB1, KNQ7A
or others with outboard amp plus cables easily out run that for bulk and weight. 
The 100W radios offers more operating features and built in antenna tuner if
needed.

That was HF, VHF and up the game changes and I have some small bricks in
the 100w range I built for HB 6, 2M, or FT817, and Tentec 6n2.  Then again its a
portable vs station call for what used.   Its rarely just the radio.


Allison
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Please use the forum, offline and private will go to bit bucket.


John Faivre
 

That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock

here is the link: https://www.hobbypcb.com/index.php/products/hf-radio/hardrock-50-hf-power-amp
--
John Faivre WA9SGD


Dan Eggers N7DE
 

The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing.  Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.

          73, Dan, N7DE

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...
 
That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock

here is the link: https://www.hobbypcb.com/index.php/products/hf-radio/hardrock-50-hf-power-amp
--
John Faivre WA9SGD


David Wilcox K8WPE
 

Dan,

Soldering isn’t any different than bike riding.  The only changes in 57 years is the type of soldering iron (or pencil. We don’t use a Weller soldering gun any more).  They come in many flavors but I like to use a fine tip, high heat, get in and melt the solder and get out.  Larger tip for things like coax connectors, etc.  Don’t  even think of lead free solder. It works but has its own issues.  

Look at the manual and you should be able to see how many parts come in bags and needing to be soldered.  No difference between one part and a bag of parts except the time to do it all.

I have not built that kit but it looks easy. 

Dave K8WPE

David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Nov 22, 2022, at 8:35 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:


The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing.  Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.

          73, Dan, N7DE

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...
 
That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock

here is the link: https://www.hobbypcb.com/index.php/products/hf-radio/hardrock-50-hf-power-amp
--
John Faivre WA9SGD


Evan Hand
 

Dan,

FYI, $209 is for just the ATU board that fits in the HR50.  The total cost with ATU, non-QSK, is $568 without shipping or tax.

73
Evan
AC9TU


John Faivre
 

It was not to hard to assemble. Most of the parts on the main pcb are already populated. The hardest part was winding the torroids. Jim offers a link where you can purchase the torriods  
--
John Faivre WA9SGD


Buddy Brannan
 

Heh. … That may be true, but, and especially just for informational purposes, I’d also be interested in no solder options, being a blind ham who never learned how.


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962

On Nov 23, 2022, at 4:26 AM, David Wilcox K8WPE via groups.io <Djwilcox01@...> wrote:

Dan,

Soldering isn’t any different than bike riding. The only changes in 57 years is the type of soldering iron (or pencil. We don’t use a Weller soldering gun any more). They come in many flavors but I like to use a fine tip, high heat, get in and melt the solder and get out. Larger tip for things like coax connectors, etc. Don’t even think of lead free solder. It works but has its own issues.

Look at the manual and you should be able to see how many parts come in bags and needing to be soldered. No difference between one part and a bag of parts except the time to do it all.

I have not built that kit but it looks easy.

Dave K8WPE

David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Nov 22, 2022, at 8:35 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

 The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing. Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.

73, Dan, N7DE
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock

here is the link: https://www.hobbypcb.com/index.php/products/hf-radio/hardrock-50-hf-power-amp
--
John Faivre WA9SGD


Dan Eggers N7DE
 

Well, blind hams are special.  I would hope that the ham radio community would take special care of you, and make sure that you had everything that you needed.  I gave away my Elecraft KX-2, but it sent the frequency in CW, and you might find a KX-3 or KX-4 to be helpful.  I have asked for a version of a WA2EBY amplifier that can be assembled with only a screwdriver, but so far I have not gotten any response about that from India.  If you need an amplifier for a QRP transceiver, and you know someone who will put it together for you let me know, and I will send him a kit for an EB63A.

Best wishes, and I hope that you have a real nice Thanksgiving.

           73, Dan, N7DE


From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Buddy Brannan <buddy@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:01 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...
 
Heh. … That may be true, but, and especially just for informational purposes, I’d also be interested in no solder options, being a blind ham who never learned how.


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




> On Nov 23, 2022, at 4:26 AM, David Wilcox K8WPE via groups.io <Djwilcox01@...> wrote:
>
> Dan,
>
> Soldering isn’t any different than bike riding.  The only changes in 57 years is the type of soldering iron (or pencil. We don’t use a Weller soldering gun any more).  They come in many flavors but I like to use a fine tip, high heat, get in and melt the solder and get out.  Larger tip for things like coax connectors, etc.  Don’t  even think of lead free solder. It works but has its own issues. 
>
> Look at the manual and you should be able to see how many parts come in bags and needing to be soldered.  No difference between one part and a bag of parts except the time to do it all.
>
> I have not built that kit but it looks easy.
>
> Dave K8WPE
>
> David J. Wilcox’s iPad
>
>> On Nov 22, 2022, at 8:35 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:
>>
>>  The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing.  Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.
>>
>>           73, Dan, N7DE
>> From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
>> To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
>> Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...   That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock
>>
>> here is the link: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hobbypcb.com%2Findex.php%2Fproducts%2Fhf-radio%2Fhardrock-50-hf-power-amp&amp;data=05%7C01%7C%7C1a544a7148e6459633be08dacd7cc3fa%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C638048232990855768%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=KJ2nqRL4Vfh9enrfag0Mh6OKafsO0ADzhVUOWrlYFdo%3D&amp;reserved=0
>> --
>> John Faivre WA9SGD
>







Buddy Brannan
 

Hi Dan,

Yep. I have a KX3 and absolutely love it! Bought it as a 25th hammiversary present to myself when it came out in 2012. Fantastic rig. I am unaccountably amused by operating it with a bug that weighs as much as, if not more than, the KX3. LOL

Vy 73,


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962

On Nov 23, 2022, at 2:16 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} Well, blind hams are special. I would hope that the ham radio community would take special care of you, and make sure that you had everything that you needed. I gave away my Elecraft KX-2, but it sent the frequency in CW, and you might find a KX-3 or KX-4 to be helpful. I have asked for a version of a WA2EBY amplifier that can be assembled with only a screwdriver, but so far I have not gotten any response about that from India. If you need an amplifier for a QRP transceiver, and you know someone who will put it together for you let me know, and I will send him a kit for an EB63A.

Best wishes, and I hope that you have a real nice Thanksgiving.

73, Dan, N7DE

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Buddy Brannan <buddy@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:01 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... Heh. … That may be true, but, and especially just for informational purposes, I’d also be interested in no solder options, being a blind ham who never learned how.


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 4:26 AM, David Wilcox K8WPE via groups.io <Djwilcox01@...> wrote:

Dan,

Soldering isn’t any different than bike riding. The only changes in 57 years is the type of soldering iron (or pencil. We don’t use a Weller soldering gun any more). They come in many flavors but I like to use a fine tip, high heat, get in and melt the solder and get out. Larger tip for things like coax connectors, etc. Don’t even think of lead free solder. It works but has its own issues.

Look at the manual and you should be able to see how many parts come in bags and needing to be soldered. No difference between one part and a bag of parts except the time to do it all.

I have not built that kit but it looks easy.

Dave K8WPE

David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Nov 22, 2022, at 8:35 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

 The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing. Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.

73, Dan, N7DE
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock

here is the link: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hobbypcb.com%2Findex.php%2Fproducts%2Fhf-radio%2Fhardrock-50-hf-power-amp&;data=05%7C01%7C%7C1a544a7148e6459633be08dacd7cc3fa%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C638048232990855768%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=KJ2nqRL4Vfh9enrfag0Mh6OKafsO0ADzhVUOWrlYFdo%3D&amp;reserved=0
--
John Faivre WA9SGD






Dan Eggers N7DE
 

Do you have someone who would put together a EB63A 50-watt amplifier for you or do you need one?  If you have an address for me to send it to, I will send it without any charge.  I sent with a bug when I was in the Army during the War in Vietnam.

      73, Dan, N7DE


From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Buddy Brannan <buddy@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 4:20 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...
 
Hi Dan,

Yep. I have a KX3 and absolutely love it! Bought it as a 25th hammiversary present to myself when it came out in 2012. Fantastic rig. I am unaccountably amused by operating it with a bug that weighs as much as, if not more than, the KX3. LOL

Vy 73,


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




> On Nov 23, 2022, at 2:16 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:
>
> P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} Well, blind hams are special.  I would hope that the ham radio community would take special care of you, and make sure that you had everything that you needed.  I gave away my Elecraft KX-2, but it sent the frequency in CW, and you might find a KX-3 or KX-4 to be helpful.  I have asked for a version of a WA2EBY amplifier that can be assembled with only a screwdriver, but so far I have not gotten any response about that from India.  If you need an amplifier for a QRP transceiver, and you know someone who will put it together for you let me know, and I will send him a kit for an EB63A.
>
> Best wishes, and I hope that you have a real nice Thanksgiving.
>
>            73, Dan, N7DE
>
> From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Buddy Brannan <buddy@...>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:01 AM
> To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...   Heh. … That may be true, but, and especially just for informational purposes, I’d also be interested in no solder options, being a blind ham who never learned how.
>
>
> --
> Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
> Email: buddy@...
> Mobile: (814) 431-0962
>
>
>
>
> > On Nov 23, 2022, at 4:26 AM, David Wilcox K8WPE via groups.io <Djwilcox01@...> wrote:
> >
> > Dan,
> >
> > Soldering isn’t any different than bike riding.  The only changes in 57 years is the type of soldering iron (or pencil. We don’t use a Weller soldering gun any more).  They come in many flavors but I like to use a fine tip, high heat, get in and melt the solder and get out.  Larger tip for things like coax connectors, etc.  Don’t  even think of lead free solder. It works but has its own issues. 
> >
> > Look at the manual and you should be able to see how many parts come in bags and needing to be soldered.  No difference between one part and a bag of parts except the time to do it all.
> >
> > I have not built that kit but it looks easy.
> >
> > Dave K8WPE
> >
> > David J. Wilcox’s iPad
> >
> >> On Nov 22, 2022, at 8:35 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:
> >>
> >>  The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing.  Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.
> >>
> >>           73, Dan, N7DE
> >> From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
> >> Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
> >> To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
> >> Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...   That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock
> >>
> >> here is the link: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hobbypcb.com%2Findex.php%2Fproducts%2Fhf-radio%2Fhardrock-50-hf-power-amp&amp;data=05%7C01%7C%7C446405d262dd4ac1aaf608dacdb1b03e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C638048460297531504%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=k%2Bud7oQW22wzVvWAsLZn5o3cxlV1oCYFgSSGS2%2BnuDQ%3D&amp;reserved=0
> >> --
> >> John Faivre WA9SGD
> >
>
>
>
>
>
>
>







Gerald Sherman
 

I know what you  mean about the bug being heavier than the KX3. I have a genuine Lightning Bug, with its carry case.  The serial number says it was "hatched out" in 1956.  If I took it out of the case, I could probably get a couple of QCX-Minis, along with a set of batteries and a mini antenna tuner in the case.

Gerry Sherman

Sent by the Linux Thunderbird

On 2022-11-24 00:20, Buddy Brannan wrote:
Hi Dan,

Yep. I have a KX3 and absolutely love it! Bought it as a 25th hammiversary present to myself when it came out in 2012. Fantastic rig. I am unaccountably amused by operating it with a bug that weighs as much as, if not more than, the KX3. LOL

Vy 73,


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 2:16 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} Well, blind hams are special. I would hope that the ham radio community would take special care of you, and make sure that you had everything that you needed. I gave away my Elecraft KX-2, but it sent the frequency in CW, and you might find a KX-3 or KX-4 to be helpful. I have asked for a version of a WA2EBY amplifier that can be assembled with only a screwdriver, but so far I have not gotten any response about that from India. If you need an amplifier for a QRP transceiver, and you know someone who will put it together for you let me know, and I will send him a kit for an EB63A.

Best wishes, and I hope that you have a real nice Thanksgiving.

73, Dan, N7DE

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Buddy Brannan <buddy@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:01 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... Heh. … That may be true, but, and especially just for informational purposes, I’d also be interested in no solder options, being a blind ham who never learned how.


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 4:26 AM, David Wilcox K8WPE via groups.io <Djwilcox01@...> wrote:

Dan,

Soldering isn’t any different than bike riding. The only changes in 57 years is the type of soldering iron (or pencil. We don’t use a Weller soldering gun any more). They come in many flavors but I like to use a fine tip, high heat, get in and melt the solder and get out. Larger tip for things like coax connectors, etc. Don’t even think of lead free solder. It works but has its own issues.

Look at the manual and you should be able to see how many parts come in bags and needing to be soldered. No difference between one part and a bag of parts except the time to do it all.

I have not built that kit but it looks easy.

Dave K8WPE

David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Nov 22, 2022, at 8:35 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

 The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing. Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.

73, Dan, N7DE
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock

here is the link: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hobbypcb.com%2Findex.php%2Fproducts%2Fhf-radio%2Fhardrock-50-hf-power-amp&;data=05%7C01%7C%7C1a544a7148e6459633be08dacd7cc3fa%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C638048232990855768%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=KJ2nqRL4Vfh9enrfag0Mh6OKafsO0ADzhVUOWrlYFdo%3D&amp;reserved=0
--
John Faivre WA9SGD







Buddy Brannan
 

Hi Dan,

Taking off-list,

Bet I could find someone, thanks for the offer. I’m good on QRZ. I’ve actually got a couple 100-watt rigs (Kenwood TS-440, which doesn’t have a cw filter, and I’m mostly a cw operator…so haven’t been motivated to do much with it. Bought it because I wanted one when I was a teenager…) And a K2/100. Still, a bit of power for the KX3 wouldn’t be a bad thing.

My dad was in Vietnam. Army. That’s where he met my mom. That war broke a lot of people. I guess all war does.

Vy 73,


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962

On Nov 23, 2022, at 7:36 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

Do you have someone who would put together a EB63A 50-watt amplifier for you or do you need one? If you have an address for me to send it to, I will send it without any charge. I sent with a bug when I was in the Army during the War in Vietnam.

73, Dan, N7DE

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Buddy Brannan <buddy@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 4:20 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...
Hi Dan,

Yep. I have a KX3 and absolutely love it! Bought it as a 25th hammiversary present to myself when it came out in 2012. Fantastic rig. I am unaccountably amused by operating it with a bug that weighs as much as, if not more than, the KX3. LOL

Vy 73,


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Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 2:16 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} Well, blind hams are special. I would hope that the ham radio community would take special care of you, and make sure that you had everything that you needed. I gave away my Elecraft KX-2, but it sent the frequency in CW, and you might find a KX-3 or KX-4 to be helpful. I have asked for a version of a WA2EBY amplifier that can be assembled with only a screwdriver, but so far I have not gotten any response about that from India. If you need an amplifier for a QRP transceiver, and you know someone who will put it together for you let me know, and I will send him a kit for an EB63A.

Best wishes, and I hope that you have a real nice Thanksgiving.

73, Dan, N7DE

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Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:01 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... Heh. … That may be true, but, and especially just for informational purposes, I’d also be interested in no solder options, being a blind ham who never learned how.


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Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 4:26 AM, David Wilcox K8WPE via groups.io <Djwilcox01@...> wrote:

Dan,

Soldering isn’t any different than bike riding. The only changes in 57 years is the type of soldering iron (or pencil. We don’t use a Weller soldering gun any more). They come in many flavors but I like to use a fine tip, high heat, get in and melt the solder and get out. Larger tip for things like coax connectors, etc. Don’t even think of lead free solder. It works but has its own issues.

Look at the manual and you should be able to see how many parts come in bags and needing to be soldered. No difference between one part and a bag of parts except the time to do it all.

I have not built that kit but it looks easy.

Dave K8WPE

David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Nov 22, 2022, at 8:35 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

 The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing. Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.

73, Dan, N7DE
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock

here is the link: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hobbypcb.com%2Findex.php%2Fproducts%2Fhf-radio%2Fhardrock-50-hf-power-amp&;data=05%7C01%7C%7C446405d262dd4ac1aaf608dacdb1b03e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C638048460297531504%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=k%2Bud7oQW22wzVvWAsLZn5o3cxlV1oCYFgSSGS2%2BnuDQ%3D&amp;reserved=0
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Buddy Brannan
 

Oops. I meant to take it off list, sorry about that. I guess I didn’t do my cut/paste properly. As you were. …


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Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962

On Nov 23, 2022, at 7:47 PM, Buddy Brannan <buddy@...> wrote:

Hi Dan,

Taking off-list,

Bet I could find someone, thanks for the offer. I’m good on QRZ. I’ve actually got a couple 100-watt rigs (Kenwood TS-440, which doesn’t have a cw filter, and I’m mostly a cw operator…so haven’t been motivated to do much with it. Bought it because I wanted one when I was a teenager…) And a K2/100. Still, a bit of power for the KX3 wouldn’t be a bad thing.

My dad was in Vietnam. Army. That’s where he met my mom. That war broke a lot of people. I guess all war does.

Vy 73,


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Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 7:36 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

Do you have someone who would put together a EB63A 50-watt amplifier for you or do you need one? If you have an address for me to send it to, I will send it without any charge. I sent with a bug when I was in the Army during the War in Vietnam.

73, Dan, N7DE

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Buddy Brannan <buddy@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 4:20 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers...
Hi Dan,

Yep. I have a KX3 and absolutely love it! Bought it as a 25th hammiversary present to myself when it came out in 2012. Fantastic rig. I am unaccountably amused by operating it with a bug that weighs as much as, if not more than, the KX3. LOL

Vy 73,


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 2:16 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} Well, blind hams are special. I would hope that the ham radio community would take special care of you, and make sure that you had everything that you needed. I gave away my Elecraft KX-2, but it sent the frequency in CW, and you might find a KX-3 or KX-4 to be helpful. I have asked for a version of a WA2EBY amplifier that can be assembled with only a screwdriver, but so far I have not gotten any response about that from India. If you need an amplifier for a QRP transceiver, and you know someone who will put it together for you let me know, and I will send him a kit for an EB63A.

Best wishes, and I hope that you have a real nice Thanksgiving.

73, Dan, N7DE

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Buddy Brannan <buddy@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:01 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... Heh. … That may be true, but, and especially just for informational purposes, I’d also be interested in no solder options, being a blind ham who never learned how.


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Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 4:26 AM, David Wilcox K8WPE via groups.io <Djwilcox01@...> wrote:

Dan,

Soldering isn’t any different than bike riding. The only changes in 57 years is the type of soldering iron (or pencil. We don’t use a Weller soldering gun any more). They come in many flavors but I like to use a fine tip, high heat, get in and melt the solder and get out. Larger tip for things like coax connectors, etc. Don’t even think of lead free solder. It works but has its own issues.

Look at the manual and you should be able to see how many parts come in bags and needing to be soldered. No difference between one part and a bag of parts except the time to do it all.

I have not built that kit but it looks easy.

Dave K8WPE

David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Nov 22, 2022, at 8:35 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

 The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing. Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.

73, Dan, N7DE
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock

here is the link: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hobbypcb.com%2Findex.php%2Fproducts%2Fhf-radio%2Fhardrock-50-hf-power-amp&;data=05%7C01%7C%7C446405d262dd4ac1aaf608dacdb1b03e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C638048460297531504%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=k%2Bud7oQW22wzVvWAsLZn5o3cxlV1oCYFgSSGS2%2BnuDQ%3D&amp;reserved=0
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Buddy Brannan
 

I own four different bugs, and none of them is a Vibroplex. Three of the four were had on eBay for under $100 each. I have a Cedar Rapids bug, a Les Logan SpeedX (I think it’s a 515), it came with the original accessories leaflet. Also a Lionel J-36, which I understand is the same design as a Vibroplex lightning bug. And an Electro radio bug, which I understand was the precursor to SpeedX.


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Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962

On Nov 23, 2022, at 7:46 PM, Gerald Sherman <ve4gks@...> wrote:

I know what you mean about the bug being heavier than the KX3. I have a genuine Lightning Bug, with its carry case. The serial number says it was "hatched out" in 1956. If I took it out of the case, I could probably get a couple of QCX-Minis, along with a set of batteries and a mini antenna tuner in the case.

Gerry Sherman

Sent by the Linux Thunderbird

On 2022-11-24 00:20, Buddy Brannan wrote:
Hi Dan,

Yep. I have a KX3 and absolutely love it! Bought it as a 25th hammiversary present to myself when it came out in 2012. Fantastic rig. I am unaccountably amused by operating it with a bug that weighs as much as, if not more than, the KX3. LOL

Vy 73,


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 2:16 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} Well, blind hams are special. I would hope that the ham radio community would take special care of you, and make sure that you had everything that you needed. I gave away my Elecraft KX-2, but it sent the frequency in CW, and you might find a KX-3 or KX-4 to be helpful. I have asked for a version of a WA2EBY amplifier that can be assembled with only a screwdriver, but so far I have not gotten any response about that from India. If you need an amplifier for a QRP transceiver, and you know someone who will put it together for you let me know, and I will send him a kit for an EB63A.

Best wishes, and I hope that you have a real nice Thanksgiving.

73, Dan, N7DE

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Buddy Brannan <buddy@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:01 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... Heh. … That may be true, but, and especially just for informational purposes, I’d also be interested in no solder options, being a blind ham who never learned how.


--
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV, WRVB670 - Erie, PA
Email: buddy@...
Mobile: (814) 431-0962




On Nov 23, 2022, at 4:26 AM, David Wilcox K8WPE via groups.io <Djwilcox01@...> wrote:

Dan,

Soldering isn’t any different than bike riding. The only changes in 57 years is the type of soldering iron (or pencil. We don’t use a Weller soldering gun any more). They come in many flavors but I like to use a fine tip, high heat, get in and melt the solder and get out. Larger tip for things like coax connectors, etc. Don’t even think of lead free solder. It works but has its own issues.

Look at the manual and you should be able to see how many parts come in bags and needing to be soldered. No difference between one part and a bag of parts except the time to do it all.

I have not built that kit but it looks easy.

Dave K8WPE

David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Nov 22, 2022, at 8:35 PM, Dan Eggers N7DE <N7DE@...> wrote:

 The kit for $209.00 looks all OK to me, but I would like to know how much soldering does it require for someone who has not been soldering for 57 years like I have been doing. Other than that, it looks like a winner to me.

73, Dan, N7DE
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of John Faivre <wa9sgd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:51 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Commercial Linear amplifiers for UBITX6 and other QRP transceivers... That is probably due the name of it is Hardrock rather than Softrock

here is the link: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hobbypcb.com%2Findex.php%2Fproducts%2Fhf-radio%2Fhardrock-50-hf-power-amp&;data=05%7C01%7C%7C1a544a7148e6459633be08dacd7cc3fa%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C638048232990855768%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=KJ2nqRL4Vfh9enrfag0Mh6OKafsO0ADzhVUOWrlYFdo%3D&amp;reserved=0
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