Wednesday, January 30, 2008

It passed the smoke test!

The Elecraft K1 kit passed the smoke test today, the smoke test being when power is applied, you don't see or smell any smoke, nor does anything really heat up. I had to wind another toroidal inductor and two toroidal transformers. They are the round things wrapped in wire and pretty tough to make, but mine seem to have turned out nice. The crystals have been installed on the board, those are the large silver things. They are tough because you need to solder a small wire to the top of them to ground them to the board. Some major components have been installed that are starting to make it look like a radio, the antenna connector, headphone jack, & key jack. I sure am looking forward to getting on the air with this radio!

RF Board Top

RF Board Bottom

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