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Subject: K2 Closure.
From: Ed Loranger (email@example.com)
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 -- -Ed AR Millennium Q's=>1200/2000 QRP-L#1068 Old NC#2227 72, Ed WE6W, A-1 OP; http://www.qsl.net/we6w Santa Rosa, CA QRP-Z#106 AR#112 HI-QRP#64 ARCI#9397 ARS#275