I purchased the 40m version of the QCX kit a while back. Seeing Hans Summers (QCX designer) at the recent Four Days in May event made me very excited about this little rig so I came home and built my kit. What an awesome little CW-only radio – for only $49!
Here are the basic tools that you will need for electronic projects. It’s a great time to tinker with electronics because there are so many radios, antennas, tuner, and other gadgets available as kits. Of course, you can “homebrew” your own gizmos, too!
I’ve got most of the (many!) capacitors installed, along with the crystals, etc. The kit is coming along nicely and I’m enjoying it.
My friend Doug Miller (W4DML) says. “Soldering is Therapy.” I think there’s some truth to that. When you’re soldering, you’re concentrating so much on what you’re doing that any other thoughts are pushed out of your head. So, anything that’s bothering you goes away when building something.
Handling any object (like a soldering iron) that is 700 degrees Fahrenheit will cause one to concentrate – or suffer the consequences.