I was surprised at how rugged the PC boards are. I won't go into details, but I ended up doing a lot of rework to fix my 2 big errors, and the board survived.
Website says it is a 3 hour kit, and it may be if you have put one together before. I spent 3 hours studying the instructions, schematic, etc. Then the build began, but the thru hole construction made it easy. The dummy load and bridge resistors are surface mount, but are large and easy to work with, even with my tremors. Just follow the instructions.
Complaints? The instructions, schematic, BOM, etc. are supplied on paper. Probably should have a note, "Don't socket U2." The schematic was almost unreadable, but I was able to finally make an acceptable copy. Building the case was a bit confusing until I actually did it (pictures would have helped), but it looks great!
Dec. 13, 2020
A remarkable kit with remarkable results. I use it everyday.
On receipt, I checked that all the components were included in the kit and checked the values of each one. All were included and were accurate values. The PCB's were of excellent quality and all through hole soldering went well with no problems. The written instruction were thorough and clearly identified what to install and when, and more to the point - what not to assemble at certain points of the assembly. The calibration procedure was clearly stated, was simple to do using a digital multimeter, and has been found to be very accurate. The case gives it a professional look like it was manufacturer produced, and was simple to assemble. I would highly recommend anyone who has soldered kits before to tackle this one, and for the price it is a great value.
Hello, i bought and soldered 2 of the boards. i love them. the technique is very simple and works very well. i bought different crystals to change the frequency. next i will test a programmable crystal. thank you very much for this great product.
The kit assembled good, and with no issues, except a few missing resistors that David, NM0S, mailed to me. It calibrated easily and works great! I can tune an outdoor wire with a homemade L network tuner easily now, and use it with my transmitter projects..
I learned of the QRPoMeter from a favorable review on eHam.com. I ordered it because the product seemed to fill a need for a compact and relatively rugged instrument for measuring power out and VSWR of my QRP rigs and antennas. Also, I am an avid and experienced builder of electronic kits.
The QRPoMeter went together without a hitch and it looks and works great. It will go with me to the field when I play with my QRP rigs and test portable antennas.
Purchased 5 of these for a tech class. The kits are straight forward and decent until you connect them to an antenna. The stock crystal puts all the ft-8 noise inside the receiver bandwidth. Pretty big let down now that they cant hear w1aw.