Intermediate - Kits


LIST OF KITS


BEACONS - AM Radio Kit and Audio Amplifier Kit


The Beacons 'AM Receiver . 

This circuit is based around the MK484, and is very simple to build.

Build time of around an hour.

All components are included in the kit, including a professionally produced PCB.

All you need to supply are the headphones!

Cost for each kit is £7.00 each and they are available from the Widnes & Runcorn Amateur Radio Club.


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The Beacons 'Audio Amplifier’ 

Thi circuit is based around the LM386 Audio Amplifier chip, and is powerful enough to drive the supplied loudspeaker.

Build time of around an hour.

All components are included in the kit, including a professionally produced PCB and patch lead.

Cost for each kit is £7.00 each and they are available from the Widnes & Runcorn Amateur Radio Club.

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All the Kits below are available direct from the Manufacturers

WALFORD ELECTRONICS - Catcott and Kilve

Tim Walford has been supplying kits for many years, I have built the 'Wurzel' (no longer in production) and the Kilve, both were very easy to build, and are good receivers.

From the current range I have suggested the 'Catcott' and the 'Kilve'.

The 'Catcott' is a regenerative receiver, working on 80m/40m/20m it has adjustable gain. Its built on a single PCB, however it can be case mounted, all you need to supply is some headphones (walkman style work best) and a 9V battery, build time is around 2 hours, and althought the RX can be calibrated quite easily, if you have acess to a shortwave receiver, it speeds up the calibration process!

Price is £24.00 - P&P is £2.00 Extra

The 'Kilv'e is a single band receiver, and is a direct conversion receiver. It can be set up for any band from 80m to 20m, again is a single PCB and quite a bit smaller, you can add a transmitter to it, CW or Phone, again all you need to supply is the battery and the headphones.

It can be built in around 2 hours, and costs £19 with postage £2 extra.

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KIT RADIO COMPANY - KRC-4 KRC-5 and KRC-8

Kit Radio Company is a recent addition to the UK kit building scene. They supply everything in the box, even the batteries!

THe 'KRC-4' is a MW and SW receiver covering 800kHz to 1.6 MHz on MW and 4MHz to 8 MHz on SW. It works with plug in coils so that with a little experimentation, you could probably move this!

The kit costs £24.99, and contains the batteries and the case!

The 'KRC-5' is a 80M Direct Conversion receiver and again, for the price you get the box and the batteries as well! - £25.99

If you want add an audio amplifier to this, KRC do the 'KRC-8' which is a combined amplifier and speaker, again the box is included in the price - £24.99

P&P is £4 on all kits

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RAMSEY KITS

Where do I start, theres so manby possibilities here! - The 2M Kit (FR146C) is good (One was built by MW1MDH many years ago) and the audio output is powerful! and for £39.95 (less P&P) you get the box and the knobs. Ramsey have a huge number of RX kits, that to list them would take most of the page, but they have a RX for almost every part of the RF spectrum!

Waters & Stanton list all the current Ramsey kits and the receiver kits are very good, the instructions are well laid out. Build time varies on the kit, but I would say about 2-3 hours, however this is all dependent on your level of experience!

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MFJ KITS

MFJ is well known for their ATUs but they do a small number of receiver kits, whilst I have no experience with MFJ kits, the reports I have seen seem to be positive. MFJs kits are more expensive, but you get everything (almost...you need to supply the batteries, and headphones!!!!!)

MFJ and Ramsey kits are available from Waters & Stanton - P&P will vary

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LINKS

WALFORD ELECTRONICS

KIT RADIO COMPANY

RAMSEY & MFJ KITS See Waters and Stanton Catalogue

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All prices given are for guidance only and the latest prices should be confirmed with manuafacturers.


© Stephen Roberts 2014