Sunday, March 31, 2013

A new page added on Toroid winding

You could buy a 10,000 machine or read  the toroid page
For many kit builders the fun stops when it comes to toroids!! My first Elecraft kit was the KX1 and it had the dreaded toroids as well. I can remember going all over the web and YouTube to get the whole process down. I will admit I wound and rewound many a toroid, to the point were I had to order more wire from Elecraft. I can honestly say there is no trick to winding these little babies...BUT....in time and with practice trust me it will become a non issue. In this page I highlight some ways (all of which I have tried) in which you can practice and refine your art of winding toroids. This I found to be the secret....find the way that works for you! Check the page out and see if you have any ideas of your own and pass them along I will update the toroid winding page.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Kit build has begun!!

Starting the control board
The other night I finished all the prep work that I wanted to get done before I started building my K2. I am working on the Control board at the moment. The resistors and most of the Capacitors have been placed, soldered and leads trimmed. Once the build is started it sure does not take long for the K2 to take shape. I am sitting down each evening for about an hour heating up the soldering iron and plugging parts and pieces in. For me an hour is the perfect time, as evening rolls around I am tired from the days work and the hour of build time is just enough. It's important to pace yourself with the K2.  When you are tired and just wanting to get it done the fun is taken out of it and also frustration settles in as mistakes are made. Very soon a new page will be added to the blog entitled Control board. I will show assembly pictures, things to watch out for and some how to tips during this part of the build. The page will be updated as the Control board build progresses. There will also be short update post's as well.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rework SSB board complete.....

Completed SSB rework board.
This is the first time I have assembled the SSB rework board, in the past on K2 builds I have never seen the need for the SSB rework board as I never use SSB. This K2 once built will be sold so I have to take the buyer into consideration. If they plan on using the K2 both CW and SSB or just SSB this board will be a great advantage to them. If you are building a K2 and plan on using this board I advise you pay very close
Pay close attention to socket mounting
 attention to the assemble of the boards. Rework has provided some great pictures to help with the soldering of the kit. This is an add on were you don't want to rush, if you make a mistake with one of the multi pin sockets it could either mean time consuming re-solder or contacting Rework for new parts. There are 3 sockets and they have to be mounted on certain boards, certain sides and certain locations.........if you don't take your time it leaves room for error and headache. Now with having warned you about the attention to detail that is needed for this add on I will highly recommend.  If you are an SSB buff this is a MUST to have as it will allow you have have versatility when it comes to the mic you want to use with the K2.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A new page to the blog

The Rework Eliminator page has been completed I wanted to complete this page before the construction began as it's important to have this add on ready to go when you build the K2. If you are not sure what the Rework Eliminator is then check out the new page for an introduction!!