9 Apr 2013

The KD1JV Survivor 75/80m SSB transceiver

A recent visit to Hendricks Kits shows they now sell a new (to me at least) 10W pep 80m SSB transceiver called the KD1JV Survivor inspired by the Epiphyte 80m design of a quarter of a century ago. Parts for the latter became increasingly difficult to find and this new radio uses modern parts and increases the power out. A very small, 10W pep, SSB rig for 80m is an attractive idea and is sure to be popular, especially for holiday and field use. In its basic form it is around $100 and a little more if the digital display option is added.

The specs are:
  • ~10W pep @ 13.8V
  • 0.2uV receiver sensitivity
  • 5 pole crystal ladder filter for selectivity
  • 325 or 175 kHz tuning range, selectable at build
  • Coarse and Fine tuning controls
  • 8 ohm - 500 mW speaker output
  • SSB, CW, and, "TUNE" mode
  • 50mA Rx current (with optional Digital Dial)
  • Inexpensive electret microphone input
  • All through hole construction
  • Professional silk screened and solder masked pcb
  • Full aluminum chassis w/bail, cutout for optional digital dial
  • Small size, 6" x 4" x 1.5"
  • Assembled weight, w/dd: 330g./11.6 oz.
  • 13.8 @ 2A, min. recommended power supply

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