One of those is the
DSW-series from Dave Benson of Small Wonder Labs. It is a VERY capable single band, DDS-synthesized,
superhet, 2W transceiver. It has a built-in
PIC-based keyer, and the PIC provides a number of other functions in
controlling the rig. You have an audio frequency readout, in CW; a really
nice RIT; two tuning rates that really do the job-using an optical encoder;
and an extended frequency range on receive, covering pretty much the entire
40M band and some beyond. DSWs are currently available for 40M, 30M, and
20M. All HF bands are planned.
*** See note
at bottom of page about availability***
As a kit, it LOOKS a bit
tough, but it really isn't bad at all. Alignment is a simple peaking job
starting with setting the BFO pitch (a simple by-ear-tune)-and then you
simply peak the RF-which you can base on a signal generator; a received
signal; or even just band noise-if you're as hot as I was to get it on the
is only 32ma
on receive!!! ALL the usual specs are outstanding.
The pc board looks like
and the completed front
At about $90 for the basic pc board and parts, and
another $35 for the cabinet, it's incredible. And that striking blue cabinet
with engraved front and rear panel legends makes the cabinet practically a
Lastly, Dave personally
takes care of his customers. You ask him a question, you'll get an
answer-usually within an hour or two. Go for it... it's well worth it!!!
Unfortunately: there have been problems
obtaining some of the components... and the DSW as a kit is now just a fond
memory. I also have a DSW-30. If you can find a used DSW-xx, snap it up!!!
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