Discussion:
[Elecraft] Build a K1?
Rod Adams
2002-02-12 10:52:00 UTC
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Hi all,
I've been lurking around the list for a while now. My interest =
in CW and QRP has recently been re-ignited by the purchase of a FT817 =
which I like. However, I'm getting the urge to build something and I =
like the idea of a K1. It's been a long time ( the mid 80's) since I =
last built someting, a Pac-Comm TNC-200, so I'm thinking, should I build =
something like a Small Wonder SW+ or a Wilderness SST as a warm up?
Here's hoping some one on the list "might have been there, done =
that".
=
73,
=
Rod VK3CBO
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Jerry Kincade
2002-02-12 13:48:00 UTC
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Heck, no, Rod. Go for the K1 with the 4-band board. I built a Wilderness
SST-20 first, but I think the K1 I just finished was actually easier to
build, it just took a little longer. Piece of cake, and you will absolutely
love it, I guarantee it.
73, Jerry W5KP

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rod Adams" <***@iprimus.com.au>
To: <***@mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 1:51 AM
Subject: [Elecraft] Build a K1?


Hi all,
I've been lurking around the list for a while now. My interest in CW
and QRP has recently been re-ignited by the purchase of a FT817 which I
like. However, I'm getting the urge to build something and I like the idea
of a K1. It's been a long time ( the mid 80's) since I last built someting,
a Pac-Comm TNC-200, so I'm thinking, should I build something like a Small
Wonder SW+ or a Wilderness SST as a warm up?
Here's hoping some one on the list "might have been there, done
that".

73,

Rod VK3CBO



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D***@aol.com
2002-02-12 14:16:00 UTC
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In a message dated 2/12/2002 3:52:46 AM Central Standard Time,
***@iprimus.com.au writes:


so I'm thinking, should I build something like a Small Wonder SW+ or a
Wilderness SST as a warm up?


+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Hi

No need to warm up. Go for the K1-4! Use the warm up money on the K1-4
options like the KAT1, KNB1 or KBT1. Elecraft and this list will help you
with any problems or questions.

Have Fun

Don Brown
KD5NDB

K2 #1808 all options
K2 #2174 SSB NB AF
K2 #2468 SSB NB AF, ==FOR SALE==
K1 #542 all options

K2 #2153 sold
K1 #1000 sold
ZOOM
2002-02-12 14:58:16 UTC
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A K1 is a great kit to build even for a beginner. If you know how to
solder, you can build the K1. The manual is straight forward and if you
have questions, the Elecraft Crew or this list will be sure to get you back
on track.

Build a K1 it's truly an amazing Transceiver.

Regards,
Robert
VE3RPF

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rod Adams" <***@iprimus.com.au>
To: <***@mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 4:51 AM
Subject: [Elecraft] Build a K1?


Hi all,
I've been lurking around the list for a while now. My interest in CW
and QRP has recently been re-ignited by the purchase of a FT817 which I
like. However, I'm getting the urge to build something and I like the idea
of a K1. It's been a long time ( the mid 80's) since I last built someting,
a Pac-Comm TNC-200, so I'm thinking, should I build something like a Small
Wonder SW+ or a Wilderness SST as a warm up?
Here's hoping some one on the list "might have been there, done
that".

73,

Rod VK3CBO



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Steve Banks
2002-02-12 16:46:03 UTC
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Rod-

In 1994 I had been long-dormant in hamming...about 15 or 20 years, in fact.
The last thing I built was in the early 90s--a Heath SA-5010 keyer, which I
used to build up enough CW speed to pass the Extra-Class code element at
20wpm (plus the written element, of course). Prior to the keyer, I'd built
and operated numerous Heathkits, but I'd sold them all a long time ago in
order to take care of critical details like career and family. (My building
appetite all started with an HBR-16 Receiver in the early 60s.) I don't
consider myself an expert builder, but I'm very methodical and thorough
about the stuff I build, and that seems to pay off for me.

Using my license and hitting local VHF repeaters was fine with an HT I
purchased after I retired, but I still felt a strong urge to reenter the HF
bands. The Small Wonder Labs and Elecraft ads in QST (I'd rejoined ARRL)
caught my attention and I was hooked.

I assembled the PSK20 (a dandy little Xcvr BTW), exercized it on 20m PSK for
a lot of Qs and then followed up with my K2 (S/N 1599). I found (and still
am finding) the K2 experience to be a very rewarding and educational one;
the Elecraft reflector and website were, and still are, a gold mine of help
and information. Any mode on the K2 is a ton of fun, but I find CW to be
the most enjoyable.

I suspect you'd find either the K2 or the K1 to be very doable kits; both
are superb performers. They are outstanding products with equally
outstanding instruction manuals and a support staff which is legendary.

Go for either one; you won't regret either choice.

73

Steve Banks
K0PQ
K2 S/N 1599


Hi all,
I've been lurking around the list for a while now. My interest in CW and QRP
has recently been re-ignited by the purchase of a FT817 which I like.
However, I'm getting the urge to build something and I like the idea of a
K1. It's been a long time ( the mid 80's) since I last built someting, a
Pac-Comm TNC-200, so I'm thinking, should I build something like a Small
Wonder SW+ or a Wilderness SST as a warm up?
Here's hoping some one on the list "might have been there, done
that".

73,

Rod VK3CBO
Thor, n9ik
2002-02-12 17:21:01 UTC
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Rod,

I just recently built a K1-4, with all the options, and let me tell you -
the experience was very satisfying, fun and educational. This was my first
kit ever. Prior to building the K1, my "building" was limited to the odd
cable interface for tying my other HF radio to my laptop for digital modes,
cable adapters, and the like. I was as about as inexperienced as you could
get. Well, I completed the K1, and except for needing to redo the first
three toroids I wound (actually I just had to do the first, but I decided
that I'd do all three "just in case"), everything worked the first time, as
it was supposed to. The K1-4 Kit and all of the options are designed,
manufactured, documented and packaged for the neophyte builder like me, but
I'm guessing will still provide some fun for the experienced builder.

The point is, If I can do it, just about anyone can. Just follow the
recommendations, follow the extremely well prepared
documentation/instructions, and you will succeed the first time. For me,
the experience was such a good experience, that I've decided that the K1 is
my "warm-up" for a K2.

I'm willing to bet that once you have built your K1, you'll find it such a
pleasure to use that if CW is what turns you on, you'll find that you will
be using it _far_ more than you'll be using the FT-817.

73 & good luck!

- Thor, N9IK
Post by Jerry Kincade
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Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 4:51 AM
Subject: [Elecraft] Build a K1?
Hi all,
I've been lurking around the list for a while now. My
interest in CW
and QRP has recently been re-ignited by the purchase of a FT817 which I
like. However, I'm getting the urge to build something and I like the idea
of a K1. It's been a long time ( the mid 80's) since I last built
someting,
a Pac-Comm TNC-200, so I'm thinking, should I build something like a Small
Wonder SW+ or a Wilderness SST as a warm up?
Here's hoping some one on the list "might have been there, done
that".
73,
Rod VK3CBO
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Charles Greene
2002-02-12 20:18:40 UTC
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Post by D***@aol.com
In a message dated 2/12/2002 3:52:46 AM Central Standard Time,
so I'm thinking, should I build something like a Small Wonder SW+ or a
Wilderness SST as a warm up?
After you build the K1, you probably won't need it. You could try a PSK20
or PSK80 if you are into PSK, or something from the NJQRP collection of
accessories, or one of Bob Lewis' or Tom Hammond's accessories as a warm up
if you think you might need one. A some persons who had never built any
kit started on the K2; I don't know about the K1. It should be easier than
the K2.


73, Chas, W1CG
c***@extremezone.com
2002-02-12 22:14:54 UTC
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Charles -

I thought the same way as you are thinking and built an SWL40. In retrospect, I
would go straight for the K1 - in some ways, due to the excellent manual, it is
easier than the SWL40! And go for the 4-bander - it is out of site!!!!!!! 73/Tim
Logan KB7OEX
Post by Charles Greene
Post by D***@aol.com
In a message dated 2/12/2002 3:52:46 AM Central Standard Time,
so I'm thinking, should I build something like a Small Wonder SW+ or
a
Post by D***@aol.com
Wilderness SST as a warm up?
After you build the K1, you probably won't need it. You could try a PSK20
or PSK80 if you are into PSK, or something from the NJQRP collection of
accessories, or one of Bob Lewis' or Tom Hammond's accessories as a warm up
if you think you might need one. A some persons who had never built any
kit started on the K2; I don't know about the K1. It should be easier than
the K2.
73, Chas, W1CG
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Fritz Wagoner
2002-02-13 16:54:35 UTC
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Hello Rod,
I built a PixieII to warm up for the K-1, I wish I'd built the K-1 to warm up for
the PixieII. Save the money for K-1 goodies.
Fritz KD5OGZ
Post by Rod Adams
Hi all,
I've been lurking around the list for a while now. My interest =
in CW and QRP has recently been re-ignited by the purchase of a FT817 =
which I like. However, I'm getting the urge to build something and I =
like the idea of a K1. It's been a long time ( the mid 80's) since I =
last built someting, a Pac-Comm TNC-200, so I'm thinking, should I build =
something like a Small Wonder SW+ or a Wilderness SST as a warm up?
Here's hoping some one on the list "might have been there, done =
that".
=
73,
=
Rod VK3CBO
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