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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 Each one superseded its predecessor which was retired.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

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: 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

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: 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: 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: 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

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

 

 

Help with 1.00g QCX Firmware Upgrade File #firmware #qcx

Curt M.
 

Hi guys, I'm struggling with getting the T1.00g firmware file.  I realize that I have to goto this link. http://qrp-labs.com/images/qcx/firmware/T1.00g.hex

When I paste that into my browser as recommended I get one long string of data unlike if I goto the 1.00f.hex file and download the file and open it up in Notepad.  I'm afraid if I try to upload that one long string of data  into the QCX that it will corrupt something.

What to I have to do to get this file to look like one would expect it to look?

Curt M.

Re: Help with 1.00g QCX Firmware Upgrade File #firmware #qcx

Steven Weber
 

You might need a program which displays the data correctly and knows to put a line feed in the proper places.

You should be able to just save that file someplace. The programmer knows  how to read it and deal with it properly.

 

Steve KD1JV

 

Hi guys, I'm struggling with getting the T1.00g firmware file.  I realize that I have to goto this link. http://qrp-labs.com/images/qcx/firmware/T1.00g.hex

When I paste that into my browser as recommended I get one long string of data unlike if I goto the 1.00f.hex file and download the file and open it up in Notepad.  I'm afraid if I try to upload that one long string of data  into the QCX that it will corrupt something.

What to I have to do to get this file to look like one would expect it to look?

Curt M.

 

Re: Help with QCX 1.00g upgrade

Charles W. Powell
 

Go as far as /qcx/firmware then right click on T1.00g.hex and “save as”.  You should get a file instead of a screen full of strange characters.

73,

Charles - NK8O

On Feb 20, 2019, at 6:56 PM, Curt M. <Kc3hjp@...> wrote:

Hi guys, I realize that I have to goto http://qrp-labs.com/images/qcx/firmware/T1.00g.hex  to get the upgraded firmware for the QCX.  For some reason when I paste that into my browser and hit enter I get one long string of data unlike if I open up the previous version firmware file in Notepad.

I'm afraid if I put that file into a hex file and try to upload it to the QCX I will corrupt something.  At one point I was able to get it to appear as three lines of data separated by a :  Not sure if maybe that is right or not?

Where am I going wrong?

Curt M.

Re: Help with QCX 1.00g upgrade

Curt M.
 

I have avedude on my computer and I flashed my two clock kits. I can’t find the command to type in to flash this. I feel like I’ve never done this before and that was just a few months ago. 

Re: Help with QCX 1.00g upgrade

Curt M.
 

Does anyone have instructions on how to do the upgrade?  I bought a Pocket AVR programmer and I installed all of the drivers when I upgraded my clock kits. It worked great. Somewhere I had saved something that was pretty much step by step instructions with the command lines for the clock kit firwear upgrade. I can’t find that anywhere but I’m not sure if the clock kit and QCX use the same command(s). I see in my AVRdude folder I put the ,hex file for the clock kit so I know I’m going to have to put the hex file in there for the QCX.  Unfortunately that’s as far as I’m able to get on my own. 

It seems odd that that there is no decent writeup on this. My guess is that this is just commonplace for these chips if you work with them all of the time. For some of us this is our first and maybe only introduction to this and we require a little help. 

Thanks,

Curt M.

Re: Help with 1.00g QCX Firmware Upgrade File #firmware #qcx

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Its intel hex checksummed format and should like as follows.
Least on Chrome and firefox.    Soem browsers and text editors
try to interpret it and that beaks the content.

The key thing is to capture it and save it in a file.  the tool to burn the
micro is supposed to know how to handle it.

:100000000C94EF020C940C030C940C030C940C1243
:100010000C9464350C940C030C9435350C94A32883
:100020000C9424310C945C280C940C030C940C0359
:100030000C9422350C944B280C940C030C940C0358
:100040000C940C030C940C030C940C030C940C03F4
:100050000C940C030C94AB350C940C030C940C0313
:100060000C940C030C940C030C0D0E0D100D120DC2
:10007000140D160D180D1A0D1C0D430D460D490DCE
:100080004C0D4F0D520D550D580D5B0DFA1DFD1DFC

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

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Mike,

I've done the PTT and even converted one for another band its fairly easy.
Its hard to find one to convert.

Allison

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

 

What has this got to do with QRP Labs kits ?

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

Michael N6MST <mst72481@...>
 

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 06:04 PM, Andy G0FTD wrote:
What has this got to do with QRP Labs kits ?
Straight from the group description: "This group is for QRP Labs products owners and constructors."

As the Ultimate3S does VHF, there are possibly (I'd say likely) members who are very interested in this topic. There is nothing in this group that prohibits discussing VHF.

Re: Help with QCX 1.00g upgrade

Curt M.
 

Ok guys, I’m up and running. Was able to get the file into the proper hex format and found someone that showed how to test the connection via avrdude and download a hex file. 

As simple as this was I would have thought that someone would have posted an example here in the past. Here are the commands that I used. 

This is the code that I used to test my connection:
avrdude -c usbtiny -p atmega328p

This is the code that I used to write the 1.00g hex file into the QCX:
avrdude -c usbtiny -p atmega328p -U flash:w:T1.00g.hex

The T1.00g.hex file has to be located in the same directory as avrdude.exe

I’m sure there are other switches and things that can be used with those commands but these worked for what I needed to do. I even had a test QSO on 40m with a station 2100 miles away. 

Curt M.
 

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

john nichols
 

Hans

I a way I feel bad, sending you a note that add to your work load. But just keep doing what you are doing we can all wait! 
You can not receive nearly enough praise for what you are doing!

Top man go well, and rest up also!

All the very best 
John
73 M7JZN

Sent from John's iPhone 

On 20 Feb 2019, at 8:42 pm, Hans Summers <hans.summers@...> wrote:

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