Re: QSX radio feature requests

Fred Piering

FOCUS. Finish what you started, in the manner you intended.
All the other stuff can come later.
And, walk out of the corporate headquarters at 5 pm and spend time with your wife and children!

On 8/22/2018 10:56 AM, Hans Summers wrote:
Hi Alan, all

I am enjoying the discussion on LF, VHF proposals. All nice ideas and perhaps in time, some can be made reality.

It is useful to remind ourselves that designing and producing a 10-band 160 to 10m all-mode radio kit is not exactly a trivial task. It is not easy even for a large company with large teams of proper electronic engineees at their disposal. 

The task does not become any easier when you are planning to deliver very high performance and a long list of functionality, and simultaneously at a very low price. 

Nothing even CLOSE to this level of perfomance-and-features to price ratio has EVER before been offered. Nothing like this is available now, nor ever has been. 

QSX will be a first. The task is very very difficult already. If this was easy at least someone would have done it already. So I'd like to keep it initially as described, 160-10m. 

However, I have already designed in expansion capabilities, both in hardware and in software; and there is physical space available. 

Therefore whilst an all-in-one-box walking talking 2200m to 2m all-mode transceiver with 7-inch graphic OLED screen and a rear panel full of different connectors and interfaces is not likely to be possible at this price... I CAN imagine future expansion modules, and/or future QSX variants, which do cover many of the requests and ideas.

73 Hans G0UPL 

On Wed, Aug 22, 2018, 16:03 Alan de G1FXB via Groups.Io <> wrote:
Being mindful of Hans statement in the QSX preliminary info thread.
I read that as:- LEAVE ME TO IT.....

Now even before the first Kit ships.... Perhaps we should at least just see what the final specification is actually stated to be?

Perhaps limit ourselves initially to Brain storming & Feature request only for topics that CANNOT be otherwise solved by other means ?
LF/ MF, VHF and beyond use. Chances are transverter designs exist, suitable products are available cheaply off ebay's shelves that will satisfy most and a "standard" 10 Band HF QSX will make a potential exciter.
Exotic user interfaces and specific controls, via CAT interface

The QRP Labs mantra is:-
     Maximum performance, for the least cost..
It's tempting to make the QSX  a swiss army knife of radio's
We all have our own wish list, how does yours fit as being a QRP Labs product....

(When the Jr. techs are old enough we can get them interested in LF and +VHF operation
and they can kit some deluxe transverters that will work with their fathers QSX design.
It will not be many years.....)

The Summers family will go down in radio history.


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