Date   
Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

Tony McUmber
 

Looking at the ghost in the mirror I noted two blisters on my nose. SOLDER blisters.”

 

Hans – the epitome of multi-taskers – recalls the image of that pioneer of the Industrial Age, the village smithy, striking his nose with the grindstone while the iron is hot!

 

I daresay we all appreciate your efforts.

 

73, Tony N0BPA

 

 

From: QRPLabs@groups.io [mailto:QRPLabs@groups.io] On Behalf Of Hans Summers
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 2:42 PM
To: QRPLabs@groups.io
Subject: Re: [QRPLabs] QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

 

Hi all

 

Probably the horses mouth needs to say something...

 

QRP Labs capacity

 

QRP Labs volume handling capacity is considerably greater than in August 2017 when the QCX kit http://qrp-labs.com/qcx was released. Back then, shipping was handled by two part-time ladies in Japan. They were unable to meet the demand and so additional help in extra locations was brought in to help clear the backlog. Since May 2018, we have a dedicated full-time employee who handles package shipments. We expect to be able to handle production and shipping volumes in excess of 1,000 units per month. Probably a lot more than that, if necessary. To put that in context - in the August 2017 the peak order volume for QCX kits was 589 kits (from 21st to 31st August inclusive). The average sales for the first 5 months was 500 kits per month. So you can see that we have a much greater production and shipment capability now and expect to be able to handle demand for QSX without the large backlogs which built up in the first few months of the QCX. 

 

QRP Labs kit runs

 

As someone pointed out - QRP Labs policy is not a limited kit run. We will continue manufacturing and shipping as long as it is economically possible to do so, and you can see this with all the 20-or-so kits in the QRP Labs line-up http://qrp-labs.com . To date, the only kits which have been retired, have been the kits in the progression from the original 2010 QRSS TX kit to the Ultimate, Ultimate2, and Ultimate3. Each one superseded its predecessor which was retired. ALL other kits QRP Labs ever produced, are still in production. When they run out, we manufacture another batch. 

 

QCX kit continues...

 

Although there is some overlap, I do not view the QSX as a replacement for the QCX. The QCX has been tremendously popular, to date selling 6,708 kits. The QCX has become a classic QRP kit in its own right, used for a wide range of purposes from student education, to SOTA activities, contesting, and of course casual shack operating. A CW-only transceiver always has a place, particularly since the highly efficient Class-E power amplifier stage is very battery friendly, which is not possible with an all-modes transceiver. I have no current plans to retire the QCX! The QCX kit will continue in parallel with QSX! 

 

QCX kit serial numbers

 

The original concept of the serial numbers was just to let people track where they were in the backlog of pending orders. At that time the serial number was included in shipment notifications. But once we had caught up, serial numbers weren't included in the shipment notification emails anymore. That was just to save me some time. Later I did recognize that many people like to know their serial number. So to make everyone happy: I have produced a list of all Order IDs vs Serial numbers and published it on the QRP Labs website see http://qrp-labs.com/qcx/qcxserial.html . This list includes web sales only. It does not include sales at hamfests, hamventions, rallies, or through certain other distribution channels. If you placed a web order, your Order ID will be in all your emails (confirmation, shipment notification, PayPal receipt if you paid by PayPal). I will try to remember to update this list from time to time. 

 

QSX ordering schedule

 

I get it that some people might view "fair" as 1 per person; and I like Chris OE1CGS' suggestion of collecting orders for a couple of days then selecting at random to fulfil from the available stock... however, these things would be time-consuming to administer. It will be far simpler to just satisfy orders on a first-come-first-served basis. Particularly since we do not expect to have backlog issues like with QCX. Also, whereas the QCX kit first batch was 500 kits (with ~90 going to YOTA 2017 summercamp buildathon attendees), this time I will make sure that the first manufactured batch of QSX is much larger. Therefore the most practical way of launching the kit, will be for me to announce a day or two in advance, a certain date and time at which sales will be opened. Then satisfy orders first-come-first-served. Apart from a small handful of kits which are already allocated to certain individuals on the basis of good deeds or other promises - which will go first :-)   I also do not expect any server traffic issue. 

 

QSX progress and availability date

 

Yes, I know it has taken a lot longer than I expected. However, I am determined to get it right. Or at least, as close to right as possible. There is a world of difference between a monoband CW-only transceiver, and an all-modes transceiver which will later be multi-band covering all HF. It is a highly complex undertaking. 

 

This design also breaks new ground. It combines top shelf performance normally seen only in radios 10x the price, with a huge array of features, and all at very low cost. Three things together, simultaneously: high performance, many features, low cost. There is NO other radio available, kit or ready-made, which combines these three. There has NEVER been any radio which combines these three (not at anywhere near this low cost). The QSX radio truly cuts new ground. This is also why it is a very difficult project for poor me. If it was easy, someone would have done it already. But, nobody has. 

 

Rest assured, I am working hard on it, a proportion of every day (after all the emails and other tasks). When I go to sleep at night, my brain is working on it. If I wake up in the night, I find my brain has been dreaming about it. When I wake up in the morning, sometimes a solution is at hand. Work, night and day. Hairs growing greyer and fewer by the day. This evening I undertook the particularly tedious and unwelcome (but I am reliably informed, necessary) duty of my bi-monthly shower and shave. Looking at the ghost in the mirror I noted two blisters on my nose. SOLDER blisters. That's what happens when you peer through the Jeweler's Loupe to solder something tiny and concentrate so hard that you forget how long your nose is. Occupational hazards.

 

So please... bear with me, be patient. The wait will be WELL WORTH IT. 

 

73 Hans G0UPL

 

 

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

Christoph Schwärzler
 

Thank you, Hans for your very detailed and informative answer. I am totally aware that it is unusual for this group to raise any non-technical question but I had the feeling that ignoring such a topic has the potential to produce many very unhappy OMs.

As expected, you are aware of the potential issues arising and took adequate precaution. To me it is very reassuring to hear that the QRP Labs capacity dramatically increased and you are confident to fulfill demand in a timely manner.

Thank you for all the hard work you are going through and keep up the spirit!

Very best,
Chris, OE1CGS

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

geoff M0ORE
 

Don't forget the hundreds of man hours to write the instruction manual!!!

On 2/20/2019 6:48 PM, KEN G4APB via Groups.Io wrote:
The last post with a projected date was in Jan 2019;

The final slide from that Norfolk talk says: "Availability: 2-3 months (hopefully)"

I assume that is for the initial single band version of the QSX.
And now in this forum, he says the multiband option will be a couple months or so
after the initial single band kit.

So, we have to wait....
10% of the time to develop 90% of the design, 90% of the time to develop the last 10% of the design, then comes the time to shoot all the engineers and start production.....(my last company policy hihi)
73 Ken G4apb 

Re: QCX 40 Ammo can sub panel LCD mounting plate

jjpurdum
 

Prefect! Who needs 1Hz resolution on frequency anyway?

Jack, W8TEE

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 3:50:24 PM EST, Larry Przyborowski <k3peg@...> wrote:


Yes, but do it the easy way... just cut 1/4" of the panel away.
That'll move the cutout. Hi, hi!

It looks fine!!
73, Larry K3PEG

Re: QCX 40 Ammo can sub panel LCD mounting plate

Steve Raas - N2JDQ - FN13DD
 

I put the panel back in the box...just to get an idea of how it looks...n yea...rubber bands can hold radio parts together...who needs solder hihi! 

Oh..I almost forgot the cardboard VFO!
Anyways, it's snowing..and I need to clean up the bench.
73s
Steve Raas 
N2JDQ 

Re: 2nd VHF Super Confernece: Call for Papers/Presentations #antenna #vhf #uhf

Robin Midgett
 

deadline for papers: March 18th
submissions and questions to:
conferencepapers@...

Call for Papers and Presentations for the second VHF Super Conference, April 26-28, 2019, in Sterling, VA, near Washington, DC.   
The the second Super VHF Conference is jointly sponsored by Packrats, NEWS Group, and SVHFS, and Hosted by the Grid Pirates Contest Group and Directive Systems and Engineering

details at http://vhfsuperconference.com/

Presentations or papers are welcome on VHF, UHF, microwaves, and higher.  All aspects welcome, technical and non-technical - operating, contesting, homebrewing, roving, software, EME, surplus, antennas, test equipment, amplifiers, SDR, 47 GHz superregen, whatever.  Your winter project might be a good candidate - take some pictures.

N2CEI and W1GHZ will be coordinating the proceedings book and CD.

submissions and questions to:
conferencepapers@...

Robin Midgett K4IDC


On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 12:51 PM Robin Midgett <K4IDC@...> wrote:

Call for Papers and Presentations for the second Super VHF Conference, April 26-28, 2019, in Sterling, VA, near Washington, DC.  

The the second Super VHF Conference is jointly sponsored by Packrats, NEWS Group, and SVHFS, and Hosted by the Grid Pirates Contest Group and Directive Systems and Engineering


details at http://vhfsuperconference.com/


Presentations or papers are welcome on VHF, UHF, microwaves, and higher.  All aspects welcome, technical and non-technical - operating, contesting, homebrewing, roving, software, EME, surplus, antennas, test equipment, amplifiers, SDR, 47 GHz superregen, whatever.  Your winter project might be a good candidate - take some pictures.


N2CEI and W1GHZ will be coordinating the proceedings book and CD.


submissions and questions to:

conferencepapers@...

Re: QCX 40 Ammo can sub panel LCD mounting plate

Larry Przyborowski
 

Yes, but do it the easy way... just cut 1/4" of the panel away.
That'll move the cutout. Hi, hi!

It looks fine!!
73, Larry K3PEG

Re: QCX 40 Ammo can sub panel LCD mounting plate

Larry Przyborowski
 

Yes, but do it the easy way... just cut 1/4" of the panel away.
That'll move the cutout. Hi, hi!

It looks fine!!
73, Larry K3PEG

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

Hans Summers
 

Hi all

Probably the horses mouth needs to say something...

QRP Labs capacity

QRP Labs volume handling capacity is considerably greater than in August 2017 when the QCX kit http://qrp-labs.com/qcx was released. Back then, shipping was handled by two part-time ladies in Japan. They were unable to meet the demand and so additional help in extra locations was brought in to help clear the backlog. Since May 2018, we have a dedicated full-time employee who handles package shipments. We expect to be able to handle production and shipping volumes in excess of 1,000 units per month. Probably a lot more than that, if necessary. To put that in context - in the August 2017 the peak order volume for QCX kits was 589 kits (from 21st to 31st August inclusive). The average sales for the first 5 months was 500 kits per month. So you can see that we have a much greater production and shipment capability now and expect to be able to handle demand for QSX without the large backlogs which built up in the first few months of the QCX. 

QRP Labs kit runs

As someone pointed out - QRP Labs policy is not a limited kit run. We will continue manufacturing and shipping as long as it is economically possible to do so, and you can see this with all the 20-or-so kits in the QRP Labs line-up http://qrp-labs.com . To date, the only kits which have been retired, have been the kits in the progression from the original 2010 QRSS TX kit to the Ultimate, Ultimate2, and Ultimate3. Each one superseded its predecessor which was retired. ALL other kits QRP Labs ever produced, are still in production. When they run out, we manufacture another batch. 

QCX kit continues...

Although there is some overlap, I do not view the QSX as a replacement for the QCX. The QCX has been tremendously popular, to date selling 6,708 kits. The QCX has become a classic QRP kit in its own right, used for a wide range of purposes from student education, to SOTA activities, contesting, and of course casual shack operating. A CW-only transceiver always has a place, particularly since the highly efficient Class-E power amplifier stage is very battery friendly, which is not possible with an all-modes transceiver. I have no current plans to retire the QCX! The QCX kit will continue in parallel with QSX! 

QCX kit serial numbers

The original concept of the serial numbers was just to let people track where they were in the backlog of pending orders. At that time the serial number was included in shipment notifications. But once we had caught up, serial numbers weren't included in the shipment notification emails anymore. That was just to save me some time. Later I did recognize that many people like to know their serial number. So to make everyone happy: I have produced a list of all Order IDs vs Serial numbers and published it on the QRP Labs website see http://qrp-labs.com/qcx/qcxserial.html . This list includes web sales only. It does not include sales at hamfests, hamventions, rallies, or through certain other distribution channels. If you placed a web order, your Order ID will be in all your emails (confirmation, shipment notification, PayPal receipt if you paid by PayPal). I will try to remember to update this list from time to time. 

QSX ordering schedule

I get it that some people might view "fair" as 1 per person; and I like Chris OE1CGS' suggestion of collecting orders for a couple of days then selecting at random to fulfil from the available stock... however, these things would be time-consuming to administer. It will be far simpler to just satisfy orders on a first-come-first-served basis. Particularly since we do not expect to have backlog issues like with QCX. Also, whereas the QCX kit first batch was 500 kits (with ~90 going to YOTA 2017 summercamp buildathon attendees), this time I will make sure that the first manufactured batch of QSX is much larger. Therefore the most practical way of launching the kit, will be for me to announce a day or two in advance, a certain date and time at which sales will be opened. Then satisfy orders first-come-first-served. Apart from a small handful of kits which are already allocated to certain individuals on the basis of good deeds or other promises - which will go first :-)   I also do not expect any server traffic issue. 

QSX progress and availability date

Yes, I know it has taken a lot longer than I expected. However, I am determined to get it right. Or at least, as close to right as possible. There is a world of difference between a monoband CW-only transceiver, and an all-modes transceiver which will later be multi-band covering all HF. It is a highly complex undertaking. 

This design also breaks new ground. It combines top shelf performance normally seen only in radios 10x the price, with a huge array of features, and all at very low cost. Three things together, simultaneously: high performance, many features, low cost. There is NO other radio available, kit or ready-made, which combines these three. There has NEVER been any radio which combines these three (not at anywhere near this low cost). The QSX radio truly cuts new ground. This is also why it is a very difficult project for poor me. If it was easy, someone would have done it already. But, nobody has. 

Rest assured, I am working hard on it, a proportion of every day (after all the emails and other tasks). When I go to sleep at night, my brain is working on it. If I wake up in the night, I find my brain has been dreaming about it. When I wake up in the morning, sometimes a solution is at hand. Work, night and day. Hairs growing greyer and fewer by the day. This evening I undertook the particularly tedious and unwelcome (but I am reliably informed, necessary) duty of my bi-monthly shower and shave. Looking at the ghost in the mirror I noted two blisters on my nose. SOLDER blisters. That's what happens when you peer through the Jeweler's Loupe to solder something tiny and concentrate so hard that you forget how long your nose is. Occupational hazards.

So please... bear with me, be patient. The wait will be WELL WORTH IT. 

73 Hans G0UPL


Re: QCX 40 Ammo can sub panel LCD mounting plate

jjpurdum
 

It would look really nice if the LCD to 0.25" to the right!   :>)

Jack, W8TEE

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 3:29:17 PM EST, Im Scuba <sjraas@...> wrote:


LCD is cut out now...and it took forever, but the fit is snug...and by my eye, straight ! WHEW!  It took a few hours...but worth slowing down. She's starting to look like a radio now! 

Steve Raas 
N2JDQ 

Re: QCX 40 Ammo can sub panel LCD mounting plate

Steve Raas - N2JDQ - FN13DD
 

LCD is cut out now...and it took forever, but the fit is snug...and by my eye, straight ! WHEW!  It took a few hours...but worth slowing down. She's starting to look like a radio now! 

Steve Raas 
N2JDQ 

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

N3MNT
 

The Answer is:
Hans will post that the order window for QSX is open
Folks will order them until the inventory is exhausted and window will close
those who miss the window will want to know when more are coming in
eventually everyone will get theirs and post what a wonderful kit is it.

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

KEN G4APB
 

The last post with a projected date was in Jan 2019;

The final slide from that Norfolk talk says: "Availability: 2-3 months (hopefully)"

I assume that is for the initial single band version of the QSX.
And now in this forum, he says the multiband option will be a couple months or so
after the initial single band kit.

So, we have to wait....
10% of the time to develop 90% of the design, 90% of the time to develop the last 10% of the design, then comes the time to shoot all the engineers and start production.....(my last company policy hihi)
73 Ken G4apb 

Re: QCX 40 Ammo can sub panel LCD mounting plate

Steve Raas - N2JDQ - FN13DD
 

Nice panels for sure! I just began cutting the LCD opening, but we have a snow storm in the forecast & due to how slow cutting 16ga steel is with a dremel, I may not get it done. Regardless & on another note, I have 'rigged' up a way to adjust the button alignment, and it's now within my acceptable limits and not driving me absolutely crazy. Hihi 
Steve Raas 
N2JDQ 

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

Michael N6MST
 

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 08:07 AM, <fred.g3srf@...> wrote:
Hans must spend hours every day reading these pointless emails
If Hans is as smart as we all know he is, I'd be willing to bet he's turned off email notifications. I did and it's wonderful! I use groups.io as a forum, not like an email list for exactly that reason, I don't want a bazillion useless emails clogging up my already spam-ridden email account. I suggest everyone do this if you can.

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

V Zecchinelli
 

Check QRP_LABS web site.  Hans updates notices on the progress of QSX.  Last update was 1/25/2019.
  Vince N1VIN

On 2/20/2019 11:03 AM, Dan Reynolds wrote:
I waited to get my QCX till Dayton so I could meet Hans in person. I really enjoyed that. Not sure that will happen this year but perhaps I'll pick up the linear amp then. If I understand things correctly the amp is part of the QSX - yes?
I've been in a hurry in the past and that's not turned out well for me. Though Hans tends to release kits that are already "mature" and is good to not use us as beta testers in kit releases. I think he goes the extra mile - or kilometer if you prefer. 
--
Dan Reynolds -- KB9JLO
<><

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

fred.g3srf@...
 

Hans will tell the group when the first batch of kits is available. Why not just be patient and wait for the announcement.
Hans must spend hours every day reading these pointless emails when his valuable time could be put to better use.

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

Michael N6MST
 

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 06:50 AM, Jonathan Bresler wrote:
Not all order confirmation emails or order information at QRP Labs contain the serial number.
For instance, the order below
 
73
Jonathan kc3kbe
 
please excuse the fat finger that resulted in an incomplete email being sent.
Link doesn't work if we are not signed into that account. My QCX order, however, VERY CLEARLY listed serial number in the order history. It surprises me yours wasn't.

toggle quoted messag

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

Dan Reynolds
 

I waited to get my QCX till Dayton so I could meet Hans in person. I really enjoyed that. Not sure that will happen this year but perhaps I'll pick up the linear amp then. If I understand things correctly the amp is part of the QSX - yes?
I've been in a hurry in the past and that's not turned out well for me. Though Hans tends to release kits that are already "mature" and is good to not use us as beta testers in kit releases. I think he goes the extra mile - or kilometer if you prefer. 
--
Dan Reynolds -- KB9JLO
<><

Re: QSX: What will happen if and when the kit is available? #qsx

N1EDC
 

I agree with Lindsey - The QCX backlog was handled fairly and transparently, and Hans went above and beyond in terms of tracking of backlog status and communicating it, IMO.

I am sure the QSX will be handled well, too.  I just know I may have to be patient and wait my turn in the queue.

As for a secondary market, I'll wait rather than let scalpers artificially inflate prices due to a shortage they helped create.  I have a radio that works - I can afford to wait a month or two for a new kit.