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Been reading the forums here and it amazes me at some of the stuff you guys build. I have also seen quite a few rigs people have homebrewed on youtube using some of the parts available from kitsandparts. Before anything else I should maybe give you an idea of my experience level. I have 30 years of SWL and have always had an interest in taking my test to become an amateur. I just did this and passed the tech exam and am in the process of studying for my general.
I have completed a few smaller projects such as a few crystal sets and a couple 2 tube receivers and recapped an old Hallicrafters or two. I have a somewhat fair to middling understanding of how radio in general works. My father homebrewed a good few projects and I suppose I saw some of the stuff he did and it truly amazed me. His favorite band has always been 10 meters and working QRP CW for the most part.
So within the next little while I shall be buying a nice new Icom to play with. Thats all well and good but by nature I am a tinkerer and I love to learn and love a challenge and find I learn better if I am holding something in my hand I can look at versus just taking it out of a book. I dont want to just plug in a rig I have bought and operate it. I want to know how it works.
To that end I thought I would start off homebrewing a 10 meter receiver primarily to cover the entire band SSB and CW. Then maybe at a later date as I learn a bit more I may turn it into a transceiver. I plan on learning CW but not yet. I do not want to take on too much at one time. The whole idea is to use this project as a learning curve build on it as I go and end up one day with a decent homebrewed rig.
So I suppose my question to you all is what would be a good starting point? Any ideas or hints,tips or suggestions would be most welcome.
Thanks. Ian KB3YJM
I would start off homebrewing a 10 meter receiver primarily to cover the entire band SSB and CW. Ian KB3YJM
That's a tall order for a first receiver project. The entire band is about 1700 KHz wide.
Too bad you can not concentrate on CW, as the CW portion of the band would be the easiest first time receiver construct project.
Take a look at http://kitsandparts.com/minipig/
73, Diz, W8DIZ