no ....... not the roller coaster at Coney Island - but a new kit from the Four States QRP Group, designed by Dave Cripes NM0S.
"The Four State QRP Group is pleased to announce the availability of the Cyclone 40 Transceiver.
This innovative and simple transceiver by NMØS is an enhanced version of Dave's QRP ARCI's 72 Part Challenge Design Contest entry in 2010. This is a complete kit, including the enclosure. The price is a buck a part plus shipping, $104 total, for domestic sales. Purchasing info and more details are on the kit's home page here http://www.4sqrp.com/cyclone.php Here are some of the design features:
. All through hole parts and easy assembly. NO SMD parts
. Less than 100 components
. Superhet receiver with very good sensitivity and selectivity
. "Perfect" QSK very high speed and absolutely seamless operation.
. VFO tunes the entire 125 kHZ CW segment of the 40M band at a comfortable
. Transmitter output is nominally 4W. Those built so far are running ~ 4.6W
. Frequency readout is included so you know where you are at all times.
. A very attractive PCB enclosure is included, asy to assemble, looks great.
. All parts are included, jacks, knobs, enclosure, transformers, everything.
This is a complete kit, including a black enclosure with white silkscreened
We hope you enjoy this high performance transceiver."
Looks like the Four States Group have come up with another winner. And at the rate these guys are coming out with kits, we're going to have to change that famous advertising slogan to: "Like a good neighbor .... Four States is there!"
On a side note, this weekend turned out to be even busier than I had first imagined. Other than my accomplishments of Friday evening, and an 8 minute QSO with Bob W3BBO on 40 Meters on Saturday afternoon to give a listen to his new HF2V antenna, I was not able to squeeze in any on air time at all. And that QSO with Bob was a bit disappointing as QSB was so deep that it made our QSO more of an adventure than either of us would have liked. Of course, now that I do have time this Sunday evening, we have thunderstorms off the horizon. So for safety's sake, instead of getting on the air, I have disconnected the antennas. The past four days have seen 90F (32C) plus temperatures, for the first real bonafide heatwave of 2013. According to the weather folks, the coming storms will break the heatwave, but will also have the potential for a lot of lightning, heavy downpours and gusty winds.
Ahh summer, you gotta love it!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!