Kit radios

Jump to: navigation, search

So you'd like a radio, but you can't afford a $1300 IC 7000. What's the alternative? Build it yourself!

This is a research page for kit radios...


[edit] manufacturers, designers, and kit lists

[edit] Design our own kit

It would be neat to have a cheap fixed frequency FM receiver tuned to the repeater that we could loan to new members.

  • receive only
  • fixed frequency(s)
  • PL tone squelch?

[edit] PIC-A-STAR

DSP transceiver project

[edit] radio kits

potential narrowing criteria:

  • must do both CW and SSB
  • must support multiple bands or be very cheap
  • xmit > 1w ?

[edit] receivers

[edit] RX/TX

[edit] TX only

[edit] SDR

[edit] Reasons for buying a kit instead of copying it and building it

It's a kit, you can make it yourself and just go get the parts, right? Here's why you'd want to buy a kit instead:

  • Custom enclosures are cheap when mass produced; otherwise you gotta fit it in a box you found somewhere
  • Some parts are hard to find, or hard to buy in single quantities
  • Surface mount parts are more expensive to ship in single quantities than to solder on a PCB and ship the PCB.
  • PCB's are hard to make. Yes, we can mill them, that works for two layer boards. But most people can't do that, and multilayer boards are still out of our reach.
Personal tools