WB3T - QRP
Bob Woish - Conshohocken, PA
QRP Since 1975 (Formerly WB3BBT / WR3K)
Rooster #1224 - Straight Key Century Club #2913
QRP Amateur Radio Club International #8090
East Coast Amateur Radio Club (ECARS) #30438
New England QRP Club
Flying Pigs QRP #2422
NAQCC Member #5365
G-QRP Club #14087
NorCal QRP Club
Preferred QRP Suppliers:
A nice assortment of evening/weekend kits based on the "Tuna Tin" chassis. Dozens of transmitter, receiver, transceiver, RF amplifier, interface, and audio kits just to name a few! Excellent service and graded A-Plus for FUN FACTOR! High quality PC Boards. These are QRP and QRPp kits for beginning, intermediate, and expert QRP ops. I proudly display my "QRP ARCI Thousand-Miles-Per-Watt Award" earned with milliwatt rigs from qrpme. Now supplying the legendary Rock Mite kit as well. By Rex Harper, W1REX.
"QRP Bob," another QRP legend, offers the very best in technical support. The Norcal 40, a classic QRP transceiver and its options are available. The Wilderness Sierra is now sold out. But if you can find a used one, as I mentioned on the WB3T Home Page, it is the best QRP-Class transceiver in the history of Ham Radio in my humble opinion - and I have tried most popular QRP rigs from 1975 to present. If you missed the Sierra, the Norcal 40 will give you the feel of this fine line of QRP rigs in monoband form.
Dave Benson's enterprise. Another QRP legend, but unfortunately Small Wonder Labs is closed. Dave leaves a definite hole in the QRP market, but is enjoying a well-deserved retirement. I played in the 2013 QRP ARCI "Pet Rock Sprint" using the Rockmite, and had a blast! Using a Rock Mite on 7.030 and a Tuna Tin on 7.040, I took First Place in the Single-Band (40m) Category. The Rock Mite is a VERY cool shirt-pocket rig and is now available through QRPME.com. The Freqmite, like the qrpkits.com SWR indicator (above) and the K1EL K12 keyer (below), has found its way into most of my QRP projects. With these additions, the QRP-To-Go experience is a joy. Hopefully someone will pick up marketing on these or similar products.
Ramsey's designs are intended for the "weekend warrior" and not the hard-core QRPer. These are simple kits. Still, I have over 30 of these cool little black boxes in the shack and in the storage closet. The instruction manuals are geared toward educating and do a nice job of it, with some clever humor thrown in here and there to add to the enjoyment of kit-building. Although I would not classify these kits as go-getter ham gear, they are easy to build, good looking, and do work, albeit with some compromises. So why do I keep building them? Because they are inexpensive, complete, and TOTALLY FUN! Excellent service too - both in tech support and sales (ask for Donna).
Ten Tec was a pioneer in the QRP realm with the classic Power Mate line nearly 50 years ago.This was followed by the still available Argonaut Series, a ground-breaking advance in QRP quality. The 13xx Series of QRP transceivers is also currently available here. Also there are superhet and direct conversion receivers, a BFO kit, project cabinets, even a regenerative receiver (or two!) The 13xx manuals could - and should - be revised, but the end result is a very sturdy QRP rig that works well. I have used the 40 meter version and have worked quite a few other stations using these. Ops are quite happpy with them! Frequency stability is noteworthy for an analog VFO - rock solid, near DDS stable. Loads of mods available all over the Internet and plenty of interior space to accommodate them, so for you tinkerers this is a good choice!
Keyers, PIC programmers, and more. The keyers are worth their weight in gold.
I only recently discovered this, and so far have only built their "Magic Box." Thumbs-up on that one.
Please check back soon as I add to the list of QRP Suppliers.