Sunday, May 13, 2018

Kit building time.

When the bands are slow it's time to build a kit! I have had this RF probe kit from  Pacific Antenna that has been gathering dust and just this past weekend I decided to put it together. It's a very simple and easy kit to build and can prove to be a useful tool as well. The circuit board was simply a cap, diode and resistor. It sure was nice to get the soldering iron out and again! This mini kit is nothing
Almost done
compared to the Elecraft k2's I have built in the past. It did get me thinking that when I retire in a year and a half and if the kits are still available another K2 kit would be a nice way to pass the time in retirement. This kit went very fast but I did take my time with it as I really enjoyed getting back into the kit building again. I did find with this kit the provided jacks that are used to plug into your multimeter were not a solder type but held the test leads in via a screw. In the past I have had issues with these loosening off. I went to my trusty "this and that" pile and found two solder type and subbed those in. I have yet to use the RF probe but it was a fun little project.

4 comments:

  1. Nice job Mike! If your looking for someone to build a K2 for, I’ll volunteer! Hope is is well, nice to see you blogging again.

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    1. Good evening Mike, I'm good to build the K2 I just want to retire first and this way the time is on my side. I have built 2 already and really enjoyed them. I just hope Elecraft will have them available for some time.
      73,
      Mike

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    2. Yep, that is the real question. In a day of SDR and waterfalls will we see the end of radios like a K2? I sure hope not! I’d also like to have an LNR mountain topper too if you can add that to my list? 72, Mike

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    3. Yes Mike the digital age comes with good and bad. The LNR mountain topper seems like a very nice rig!
      72,
      Mike

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