K2 Closure.


Subject: K2 Closure.
From: Ed Loranger (we6w@qsl.net)
Date: Wed Sep 22 1999 - 13:22:10 EDT


Gang, I finished the K2 yesterday.  I was on the air earlier
than expected.

I've made 6 QSO's on 40 meters with outstanding reports.
Albuquerque, NM last night gave me a detailed report.
"So stable, like a XTAL rig... Nice tone, clean and crisp".

Summary details:

Total Time to build, including alignment: 26 Hours.

Unique information:I built the rig while I was standing
                   at the 3'-4" work bench, "I don't take
                   building a K2 sitting down!"

Impression:Not difficult to build.  Easier than expected.
           Works perfect as advertised.  Hardest part is
           finding a decent stable signal source, zerobeat,
           and set the IF filters up.  The 7000 KHz internal
           signal did the job.
           
Got-cha's:The 150 pF capacitor marked 151 on one side
          and 821 on the other.  The manual tells you abt it.
          I recommend new builders sort parts before building.

Tools:
The Swedish diagonal cutters with clipping retainer is perfect.
Gets in tight and keeps leads from flying around the room
or into one's safety glasses.

Silver solder and regular 63/37 plus some larger diameter 63/37
for tinning the iron periodically and always before turning
iron off.

To expedite building I used a plastic lead-former for the
resistors.  It is a useful tool.  I've also used small
flat files to form lead on smaller outline parts.  Also
nice to use wooden dowels to form test loops in ground wire.
A lead former is just a plastic, vee shaped device, more like
a perspective drawing of radio tracks into the sunset.

That's my summary and closure on the K2 project.  I gather
some are tired of the stories so I kept it short :)

K2 S/N# 000268, Born 9/21/1999. 

K2 beanie babies?  Imagine mini beanbag replicas, rigs, 
keys, etc!  Ant. beams?  Wow.  Let the XMAS rush begin!

  
72/Ed we6w

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