Enjoy the world of QRP CW operation with one of our single band transceiver kits. Available for 20, 30, 40 or 80 meters. 3 watts power output. Easy to build and simple to operate. Each unit covers a 50 kHz segment determined by you at the time of construction. Kit includes all required components and professional silkscreened and painted enclosure. Single conversion superhet receiver performance is superlative and QSK is just what you expect from the hams at TEN-TEC.
TEN-TEC began in 1968 with the release of very inexpensive “QRP” transceiver kits. We thought it would be fun to revisit those roots. We explored today’s RF technology and components to see just how inexpensive, compact, and simple a quality QRP kit rig could be. The low price and great receiver design make these QSK VFO-controlled transceivers a great choice. Get on the air from anywhere! Each kit is priced at only $ 124.00.
Posted by Steven Bornstein on 18th Sep 2013
I have built several of these radios over the years. They offer good value. The biggest criticism of the kit is the poor printing of the manual. Many board drawings and the schematic are nearly illegible.
I also wish the power jack was the nearly universal 2.1 x 5.5 dc coax jack was the common 3.5mm mini phone jack. It is a simple job to drill the chassis and install the new jacks directly below the existing phono jacks.
It would also be nice to include a keyer chip. The additional cost would be minimal.
The steel clam shell cabinet is virtually indestructible but heavy. I use mine at home so it isn't an issue, but it may be a negative for the portable operator.
Posted by Andrew B. Steen K6STN on 17th Feb 2013
Several years ago, I built the 80,40,and 20M versions of this kit. The manual was spiral bound with full color fold outs of the circuit boards.
My new kit has a manual that appears to be a 5th or 6th generation of a poor Xerox copy. the pages fall out, the print is too faded to read on some page edges, and there are so many little black dots of the pages, one has to double check on the value component to make sure the dot is not part of the value.
I agree with the one review about the +12 marking. If one reads the manual, it is no problem, but the silkscreen implies that the connection is on the other side of the pad which is the ground.
Fit and finish of the case is still the best around.
I was hoping that the $35.00 price increase might include some improvement such a s chip keyer, but the technology seems to have not changed since the 90's.
Posted by AE4OD on 15th Aug 2012
I built one of these a while back, after picking it up while on a factory tour of Ten Tec. I took my time on the build. Everything went together nicely. Looks and works very well. My first contact was another QRP station in new england. I've bad a ball with this little rig. I recomend it to anyone looking to explore QRP.
Posted by GW4HBK DAVE on 6th Mar 2012
HAVE BUILT 80M AND 40M,INTERESTING TO BUILD AND A THRILL WHEN A CQ IS ANSWERED. A BIT EXPENSIVE IN THE UK, BUT ABOUT TO ORDER 20M VERSION.ONLY CRITICISM IS THE POWER MARKINGS ON THE PRINTED CIRCUIT, BEWARE!
Posted by KD8CJ on 14th Jan 2012
Most fun for the money spent of any ham equipment i've owned. Many helpful mods online to make it more interesting . Its just better and more fun when you build it yourself.
My only question is ,when and where is the 17 meter kit version ?
Worth every penny.