I bought a Heathkit HW-8 (SN 09823) on 02/18/2017 at the Brownsburg Indiana Hamfest. The original owner and builder is Chuck KD9DVB and he sold it to me. So in my excitement I have decided to try and Work All States with the old girl. This will be my blog of that quest. Stay tuned, QRP is always fun!
Today we have been running around getting last minute items lines up for the big family cook out tomorrow. We had to go get some stakes and bungees to hold down the pop up shelter thing I am setting up by the grill, then we had to go get the propane tanks filled, hit the grocery store, and drive over to see my son Jason and his family for a little bit.
W9BZ QSL Card
Got home at about 4PM and in the mail box I found a new QSL card from Roger W9BZ from up in Greenwood IN, about 10 miles from here, AND my W8DIZ 30m One Watter Kit!! My friend Mike KD5KXF will be building one as well. We hope to find really strange cabinets to build it in.
The One Watter series from W8DIZ at http://kitsandparts.com are $49.00, including Tick Keyer chip, a solid watt of output and everything you need except a cabinet and the knobs. You can set it up for paddles or straight key or both!
Chuck Adams K7QO did a great 10 part video series on the assembly of this little kit, and honestly I think even a beginner would have little trouble with this one. See: 1Watter Transceiver Build, Phase 1 by K7QO
This is what I got in my goodie box today:
The printed circuit board is extremely high quality, and notice DIZ includes sockets for the IC's. Can't beat this deal for $49.00 If you are really interested in homebrew QRP radio...check out this website of Steve Szabo WB4OMM down in Florida. https://wb4omm.com/i-built-this
If you are so inclined, Google "W8DIZ One Watter" and you will find at least a dozen sites that have reviews and builder info on this cool little radio. I have known Diz for over 15 years and he is one of the founders of the Flying Pig QRP Club International and a member of the QRP-ARCI QRP Hall of Fame. His support is top notch.