New toy: Genesis Q5
- Hi all -while awaiting arrival of G59 and new SDR software,I convinced Tasa to design a small, simple quartz controlledQRP transmitter. If you wonder why in world are we wastingour time and resources on something so trivial thenhere is the philosophy behind this project:- number of potential Genesis customersare drawn to G40/G3020 but still unsure if they couldassemble kits. For them starting with something very simplecould be the way to go - and if components are still too smallor to difficult to identify then at least not much moneywas wasted- Q5 will provide almost instant gratification:in just 30 minutes (or less) you will have working oscillatorand in an hour the amplifier section can be completed:you'll be ready to go on air and ready for your QRPP contact!- components used in Q5 are identical to those inour other kits; voltage stabilizator, transistors, IC, capacitorsresistors and connectors. Also Q5 comes with choice of four QRP frequencies for crystal oscillator3.560; 7.030; 10.116 and 14.060 MHz so you can pick the band(or you can order all 4 crystals)- Q5 will easily provide 500mW - 1W output which ismore than enough for solid contact over distance of 500Kmor even much more - if you have efficient antenna.If there is sufficient interest, 3W PA with TX/RX controlcan be produced.- Price: since our goal is to use Q5 as promotional kitthe price is set to US $19.95 + $5 for postage, shipping worldwide.Set of 4 crystals is $4 (some QRP crystal vendors are selling single crystal for much more!)
If you still think this is expensive for a kit, let me just remind youthat metal BNC connector alone would cost you $5and 2N3866 and quality heat sink another $5 or so.The PCB is single layer with solder mask and print layout (70 x 55mm)and manufactured by same company that makes all other PCBs.Overall, we do not expect to make any profit on Q5so our reward is to make you happy :-)Today, very first Q5 went on air, assembled by Josh, VK2FJDX.Currently we have 30m and 80m crystal in stock (20m and 40m will be availablevery soon).If you are interested to try out our new toy and show the worldwhat can be achieved with less than 1W powerthen feel free to place your order.$19.95 for the ENTIRE KIT, as per photo including 1 crystal of your choiceExtras:$4 for set of 4 crystals$5 for additional PCB$5 for postage (worldwide).Paypal OK. Delivery 10 days.For more photos go to73 Nick VK1AA
Dear NickJust a short question - is Q5 able to work in PSK31 mode?I am interested in this kit.SergSingapore
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- Nick and all,
It would seem to me that the Q5, with a supplement to the schematic and instructions, would do double duty in the radio shack not only as a QRP CW transmitter but also as a low level signal source that is useful in early test and alignment phases of any of the Genesis radio kits.
So many hams have limited test equipment: DMM, power supply, another receiver... that a basic signal source (signal generator)like the Q5 would help fill out the complement of equipment that makes kit building successful.
John Petrich, W7FU