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[XV222] Ease of assembly?

Jim Lowman
I suppose this question pertains to any of the XV-series transverters.

I understand that there are no SMT parts to install; only through-hole
components.

How long should the assembly/alignment/testing take?
I've been assembling kits since the Heathkit days.

This looks like an excellent way to get on 222 MHz, although I'm a bit
on the fence.
I would need to buy the transverter interface module for the K3, so
we're looking
at almost $500 without an antenna for this band.
As I understand it, there is little activity on SSB on 222 MHz except in
contests,
which is surprising given the population of the greater LA/OC area.
At the SCCC meeting in September, our Division Director and Vice
Director said
that it wasn't this way 10 years ago.

Any help with my original question will be greatly appreciated.
I know that you can't help with the scarcity of stations on the band in
this area.  :-)

73 de Jim - AD6CW
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Re: [XV222] Ease of assembly?

Don Wilhelm-4
Jim.

Thru-hole only.  If you are reasonaly efficient, it will take you from 4
to 6 hours to finish the assembly.

73,
Don W3FPR

On 4/16/2012 10:38 PM, Jim Lowman wrote:

> I suppose this question pertains to any of the XV-series transverters.
>
> I understand that there are no SMT parts to install; only through-hole
> components.
>
> How long should the assembly/alignment/testing take?
> I've been assembling kits since the Heathkit days.
>
> This looks like an excellent way to get on 222 MHz, although I'm a bit
> on the fence.
> I would need to buy the transverter interface module for the K3, so
> we're looking
> at almost $500 without an antenna for this band.
> As I understand it, there is little activity on SSB on 222 MHz except in
> contests,
> which is surprising given the population of the greater LA/OC area.
> At the SCCC meeting in September, our Division Director and Vice
> Director said
> that it wasn't this way 10 years ago.
>
> Any help with my original question will be greatly appreciated.
> I know that you can't help with the scarcity of stations on the band in
> this area.  :-)
>
> 73 de Jim - AD6CW
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Re: [XV222] Ease of assembly?

James Good
In reply to this post by Jim Lowman
Somewhat related to this question.  Will the Elecraft line of transverters
work with other brands/makes/models of radios?  Specifically, I have an Icom
(seriously considering an Elecraft in the near future though) that is an
HF/VHF/UHF all mode radio but does not include the 222 MHz band.  There is
some limited activity on that band locally and I would like to try operating
there if possible.

Thanks in advance.
Jim KD5VXH


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Subject: [Elecraft] [XV222] Ease of assembly?

I suppose this question pertains to any of the XV-series transverters.

I understand that there are no SMT parts to install; only through-hole
components.

How long should the assembly/alignment/testing take?
I've been assembling kits since the Heathkit days.

This looks like an excellent way to get on 222 MHz, although I'm a bit on
the fence.
I would need to buy the transverter interface module for the K3, so we're
looking at almost $500 without an antenna for this band.
As I understand it, there is little activity on SSB on 222 MHz except in
contests, which is surprising given the population of the greater LA/OC
area.
At the SCCC meeting in September, our Division Director and Vice Director
said that it wasn't this way 10 years ago.

Any help with my original question will be greatly appreciated.
I know that you can't help with the scarcity of stations on the band in this
area.  :-)

73 de Jim - AD6CW
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Re: [XV222] Ease of assembly?

Thomas-174
You can use the transverters with most any radio, and the manual show how
to interface it.

73 de Thomas LA3PNA/AE5YS

2012/4/17 James Good <[hidden email]>

> Somewhat related to this question.  Will the Elecraft line of transverters
> work with other brands/makes/models of radios?  Specifically, I have an
> Icom
> (seriously considering an Elecraft in the near future though) that is an
> HF/VHF/UHF all mode radio but does not include the 222 MHz band.  There is
> some limited activity on that band locally and I would like to try
> operating
> there if possible.
>
> Thanks in advance.
> Jim KD5VXH
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [hidden email]
> [mailto:[hidden email]] On Behalf Of Jim Lowman
> Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 9:39 PM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: [Elecraft] [XV222] Ease of assembly?
>
> I suppose this question pertains to any of the XV-series transverters.
>
> I understand that there are no SMT parts to install; only through-hole
> components.
>
> How long should the assembly/alignment/testing take?
> I've been assembling kits since the Heathkit days.
>
> This looks like an excellent way to get on 222 MHz, although I'm a bit on
> the fence.
> I would need to buy the transverter interface module for the K3, so we're
> looking at almost $500 without an antenna for this band.
> As I understand it, there is little activity on SSB on 222 MHz except in
> contests, which is surprising given the population of the greater LA/OC
> area.
> At the SCCC meeting in September, our Division Director and Vice Director
> said that it wasn't this way 10 years ago.
>
> Any help with my original question will be greatly appreciated.
> I know that you can't help with the scarcity of stations on the band in
> this
> area.  :-)
>
> 73 de Jim - AD6CW
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Re: [XV222] Ease of assembly?

kp4md
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Having had Heathkit building experience, I would agree with the Oct 2004 QST review's estimated 15-20 hours for assembly. I am up to page 30 of the assembly manual after 7 hours, and can only imagine doing it much faster if my eyesight was sharp enough not to need a magnifying lens. I've posted an unboxing video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdJzRTR7DDU and still photos at https://picasaweb.google.com/114032640816757126398/ElecraftXV144TransverterKit
Don Wilhelm-4 wrote
Jim. Thru-hole only. If you are reasonaly efficient, it will take you from 4 to 6 hours to finish the assembly. 73, Don W3FPR On 4/16/2012 10:38 PM, Jim Lowman wrote: > I suppose this question pertains to any of the XV-series transverters. > > How long should the assembly/alignment/testing take? > I've been assembling kits since the Heathkit days. >....
Carol, KP4MD/W6
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