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QCX+ kit manufacturing update

Hans Summers
 

Hi all

As mid-June approaches, which is the new QCX+ kit's approximate due-date - see http://qrp-labs.com/qcxp - time for a progress update!

Manufacturing of the QCX+ enclosures, PCBs (QCX+, Dev kit and TCXO) and the assembly... is all completed! "Assembly" being the SMD soldering of the Si5351A and FST3253 parts, and assembly of the optional TCXO module SMD parts http://shop.qrp-labs.com/qcxptcxo . All the other components are also sourced and ready, including the US origin ones which we imported already.

The PCBs, enclosures and several other components were all packed up in QRP Labs' Shenzhen warehouse. 295kg in 15 boxes! They were picked up by FedEx' local partner today (see attached!). 

Now they are travelling to Shanghai where they are currently scheduled on a Turkish Airlines direct flight to Istanbul on Monday15th June, then a domestic Turkish Airlines flight to Izmir where import customs take place, then a road trip for the last 300km to QRP Labs HQ. Here they will join the remaining components for final packing (that should be quick) and meanwhile I will as usual build one to make sure everything is fine. Then we will ship out chronologically by order placement date.

Meanwhile I am working on the QCX+ manual and will try to finish it this weekend. 

73 Hans G0UPL 

Dave
 

A Global Supply Chain at its finest!

I look forward to the build!

Dave


On Jun 12, 2020, at 15:39, Hans Summers <hans.summers@...> wrote:


Hi all

As mid-June approaches, which is the new QCX+ kit's approximate due-date - see http://qrp-labs.com/qcxp - time for a progress update!

Manufacturing of the QCX+ enclosures, PCBs (QCX+, Dev kit and TCXO) and the assembly... is all completed! "Assembly" being the SMD soldering of the Si5351A and FST3253 parts, and assembly of the optional TCXO module SMD parts http://shop.qrp-labs.com/qcxptcxo . All the other components are also sourced and ready, including the US origin ones which we imported already.

The PCBs, enclosures and several other components were all packed up in QRP Labs' Shenzhen warehouse. 295kg in 15 boxes! They were picked up by FedEx' local partner today (see attached!). 

Now they are travelling to Shanghai where they are currently scheduled on a Turkish Airlines direct flight to Istanbul on Monday15th June, then a domestic Turkish Airlines flight to Izmir where import customs take place, then a road trip for the last 300km to QRP Labs HQ. Here they will join the remaining components for final packing (that should be quick) and meanwhile I will as usual build one to make sure everything is fine. Then we will ship out chronologically by order placement date.

Meanwhile I am working on the QCX+ manual and will try to finish it this weekend. 

73 Hans G0UPL 
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George Korper
 

Good going Hans😎


On Fri, Jun 12, 2020, 4:05 PM Dave <VE3GSO@...> wrote:
A Global Supply Chain at its finest!

I look forward to the build!

Dave


On Jun 12, 2020, at 15:39, Hans Summers <hans.summers@...> wrote:


Hi all

As mid-June approaches, which is the new QCX+ kit's approximate due-date - see http://qrp-labs.com/qcxp - time for a progress update!

Manufacturing of the QCX+ enclosures, PCBs (QCX+, Dev kit and TCXO) and the assembly... is all completed! "Assembly" being the SMD soldering of the Si5351A and FST3253 parts, and assembly of the optional TCXO module SMD parts http://shop.qrp-labs.com/qcxptcxo . All the other components are also sourced and ready, including the US origin ones which we imported already.

The PCBs, enclosures and several other components were all packed up in QRP Labs' Shenzhen warehouse. 295kg in 15 boxes! They were picked up by FedEx' local partner today (see attached!). 

Now they are travelling to Shanghai where they are currently scheduled on a Turkish Airlines direct flight to Istanbul on Monday15th June, then a domestic Turkish Airlines flight to Izmir where import customs take place, then a road trip for the last 300km to QRP Labs HQ. Here they will join the remaining components for final packing (that should be quick) and meanwhile I will as usual build one to make sure everything is fine. Then we will ship out chronologically by order placement date.

Meanwhile I am working on the QCX+ manual and will try to finish it this weekend. 

73 Hans G0UPL 
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Ricky
 

Many thanks Hans for the update. :)
Looking forward to getting stuck into building it and using it on my travels 😁
73 de
Ricky (GM0VUY)

Hans Summers
 

Thanks Ricky

The QCX boards and enclosures didn't leave Shanghai on Monday, but they are booked on Turkish Airlines cargo flight TK6527 tonight, and will arrive in Istanbul tomorrow morning; the onward domestic flight to Izmir is TK2334 on Thursday. So I am expecting import customs procedures on Friday and a few days onward by road 300km South to me. Some time early-mid next week arrival here! 

73 Hans G0UPL
http://qrp-labs.com


On Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 6:45 PM Ricky <woolfy1962@...> wrote:
Many thanks Hans for the update. :)
Looking forward to getting stuck into building it and using it on my travels 😁
73 de
Ricky (GM0VUY)

 

All,

Every time I see the name "Istanbul" I think of "Murder on the Orient Express", by Agatha Christie. As I travel by car a lot (well, I used to, "BC" - "Before COVID") I listen to audio books, and every now and again I listen to MOTOE narrated by David Suchet, who played Poirot for several years on the TV series. I believe David was the best Poirot ever. If you haven't heard him narrate MOTOE, your are missing an important experiene in life, IMO.

The magical impression I get when I think of the Middle East is old, traditional, romantic, and perhaps grossly unreaslistic and out of date, but I enjoy thinking of traveling there anyway. I'm sure Hans has lots of stories he could tell... (an egregiously transparent invitation ;-)  )

Julian N4JO.

On 6/16/2020 11:00 AM, Hans Summers wrote:
Thanks Ricky

The QCX boards and enclosures didn't leave Shanghai on Monday, but they are booked on Turkish Airlines cargo flight TK6527 tonight, and will arrive in Istanbul tomorrow morning; the onward domestic flight to Izmir is TK2334 on Thursday. So I am expecting import customs procedures on Friday and a few days onward by road 300km South to me. Some time early-mid next week arrival here! 

73 Hans G0UPL
http://qrp-labs.com

On Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 6:45 PM Ricky <woolfy1962@...> wrote:
Many thanks Hans for the update. :)
Looking forward to getting stuck into building it and using it on my travels 😁
73 de
Ricky (GM0VUY)

Brian George
 

Hans, Your update is a good reminder of all the organisational issues and work behind the scenes before those little brown boxes drop on the doormat. Much appreciated!

73

Brian G3ZOH

Ted 2E0THH
 

I believe David was the best Poirot ever. If you haven't heard him narrate MOTOE, your are missing an important experience in life, IMO.

Julian, I love reading your posts but on this one for me it's Albert Finney!

Hats off Hans, I am still deciding which band I'll go for the next build.

73s Ted
2E0THH

 

 

Ted,

Thanks for the kind words :-) I haven't seen Albert Finney's Poirot, but I will accept your opinion as strong motivation to investigate and report.

I really only know of the late Mr Finney from his role in the Jason Bourne series which, of course, was too little and too late in his career to permit any kind of comparison. I will rectify that!

I'm also in a quandary about bands: 30 would fill the space between my 20 and 40, but I hear that 80 is good for local work by way of NVIS. Decisions, decisions :-)

Julian N4JO.

On 6/16/2020 3:27 PM, Ted 2E0THH wrote:
I believe David was the best Poirot ever. If you haven't heard him narrate MOTOE, your are missing an important experience in life, IMO.

Julian, I love reading your posts but on this one for me it's Albert Finney!

Hats off Hans, I am still deciding which band I'll go for the next build.

73s Ted
2E0THH

 

Lawrence GJ3RAX
 

On 16 Jun 2020, at 20:27, Ted 2E0THH <qrp@...> wrote:

I believe David was the best Poirot ever. If you haven't heard him narrate MOTOE, your are missing an important experience in life, IMO.
Julian, I love reading your posts but on this one for me it's Albert Finney!
My favourite was Peter Ustinov:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077413/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083908/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090156/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090914/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091572/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094669/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3142094/

My apologies for continuing the off topic QSO but I could not resist it.

73, Lawrence GJ3RAX

 

Oh heavens, Laurence, OT is what we're really here for... isn't it? At least in part: always seems to pull a couple of bystanders out of the shadows :-)

So thanks for the opinion; now I have a large handful of movies to find and watch :-)

Thanks!

Julian N4JO.

On 6/16/2020 3:52 PM, Lawrence GJ3RAX wrote:

On 16 Jun 2020, at 20:27, Ted 2E0THH <qrp@...> wrote:

I believe David was the best Poirot ever. If you haven't heard him narrate MOTOE, your are missing an important experience in life, IMO.
Julian, I love reading your posts but on this one for me it's Albert Finney!
My favourite was Peter Ustinov:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077413/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083908/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090156/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090914/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091572/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094669/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3142094/

My apologies for continuing the off topic QSO but I could not resist it.

73, Lawrence GJ3RAX





Mark GØNMY
 

Have to wait for funds to clear in the bank before I can order one, thanks for the update Hans.

And Julian, David Suchet plays an excellent villian in FoolProof (2003)

Love that film.

Cheers Mark G0NMY

 

 

Cheers Mark, I'll certainly check it out.

Julian N4JO.

On 6/17/2020 3:52 PM, Mark GØNMY wrote:

Have to wait for funds to clear in the bank before I can order one, thanks for the update Hans.

And Julian, David Suchet plays an excellent villian in FoolProof (2003)

Love that film.

Cheers Mark G0NMY