Amazingly packaged and labelled kit that assembles quickly and easily. I am using it with a 2 metre tape measure antenna for fox hunting and it is quick and easy to set up and use.
I have used it with success on both the 2 metre band and the 70cm amateur bands.
I enclosed the kit in a diecast metal box - together with its battery and this is mounted on the handle of the antenna. Your antenna should have a good f to b ratio and should incorporate a choke made of a few turns of coax wound round the handle and this is a little insurance that you don't head off in the wrong direction.
Even seconds count in fox hunting and I cannot stress the need to take this kit out and using a fixed station to learn how to use it. Have your radio memories set so you can quickly hop up and down the band in 4 MHz steps and it is a great help that when you do this if you keep to attenuation to a minimum until you have found the correct frequency step.
Congratulations on a very well presented and effective kit.
I ordered this kit to use with an upcoming club hunt. The order arrived ahead of schedule! The instructions were clear, the parts came neatly organized! I worked with my 8 year old to put the kit together, great for kids of all ages! A big plus was having the STL files available for printing a case. I printed the case at my local library but ended up using a project enclosure instead. The attenuator was a big it at the hunt, it really allowed me to hone in to the TX when getting closer, other folks struggled with overloaded front ends. Big thank you John!
I found the Fox Hunt Attenuator kit an easy and relaxing build. Lack of an enclosure was not a problem but did require some care and head scratching to find the right on and to drill the needed holes. Not a problem but an observation. I will be recommending it to a middle school radio club as a great project for their students. Probably order a couple more soon.
Response from 3rd Planet Solar / KC9ON | May 6, 2019
Thanks for the review. The new V6 kits have an enclosure - still in low volume production due to the enclosure manufacturing steps involved. It's great for kids, I use animal tracking as an example and old hand held scanners (no transmit!). Many schools have 3D printers and a 3D printed enclosure for itandother fox hunting tips can be found here: https://kc9on.com/ham-radio/fox-hunting/ 73 John kc9on