Wilderness SST QRP XCVR

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This Christmas I received from my son, Robert, a Wilderness SST QRP rig. This rig is produced by Widerness Radio and was designed by Wayne Burdick, N6KR. As I understand it, Wayne is one of the original members of the NORCAL QRP group.

This transceiver is a single band, VXO(variable crystal oscillator) rig that will tune from 6 to 20 khz of a specified band. In my case, I have a 20 meter model and mine tunes from 14.053 khz to 14.062 khz.

The rig is actually a kit that you assemble, tune and test. The assembly, tuning and testing takes approximately 4 to 8 hours. I started my rig this past Tuesday evening (12/26/00) and completed it the following evening. It took me approximately 5 hours to build, tune and test. The quality of the components as well as the instructions were excellent. If one can pay attention to detail then there will be no problem building the kit.(Please see my review of the kit on eham.com)

I have been playing with QRP for the past year by running low power cw (4 watts) on my ICOM 746 and 756PRO. This rig however, will only run a maximum of 2.5 watts and I have purposely underdriven mine for less than 1 watt output. So far, I have been able to work many stateside stations with it and today I worked my first QRP ZL station (ZL1PB) in Tokoroa, New Zealand. Needless to say, I am excited about running QRP and I wait for warmer temperatures to try this rig in the field.




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