Enjoy the fun of trail ready QRP
If you are looking for the ideal QRP go package, this is it. This package contains all the equipment minus the key or paddles for a complete portable station. Just include your favorite key or paddles and take to the trail or park for hours of fun and excitement.
This package includes:
Posted by Steve KF7YRL on 3rd Apr 2013
I'm having a ball with this kit. The audio sounds better than my Yaesu FT-450 on phone and CW. My CQ's get picked up right away. Great output and signal reports. Nice to have battery voltage right on the battery display. Internal battery pack is just stupid. It's just a loose plastic battery holder that rattles around all over the back of the PC board. I just use external batteries, so not a big deal. Frequency sometimes reads 0.7MHz low when it's not warmed up, but otherwise reads true. Memory-dialing is cool. I just set up my major landmarks on the bands with the memory slots, then just hop off the bus by clicking over to VFO mode to get where you want to be.
The antenna is great, but I found it resonates in the phone band (it's too short). After adding 18 inches or so of wire to each end, the CW band of 40m is all at 1.2 SWR and 20m is 1.7 SWR, so I can use it without a tuner. I like to travel light, so that was important to me. I just use this go-pack and a 12 foot telescoping painter's pole and I'm ready for mountain-topping. The bag is wonderful. Sturdy and tons of pockets. Minor glitches, but REALLY happy with this. My next qrp radio will be another one of these for a back-up.