It took a while, but I now have "a few" kits to build.
Some SoftRock II kits, different bands, each can be made directly for 160,80,40,30 or 20m, all components in the kit. Some SMD soldering necessary, but should be possible, even with my eyes.
Some "Funkamateur" single frequency kits, among those a 10.7MHz kit to connect to my VHF-UHF RX (R7000, possibly AR-8600).
Two kits for 9MHz, one will be modified for use on 10MHz
the other 9MHz might be made "wideband", so a multitude of LO signals could be used, possibly a Si570 synthesizer or the DDS60 kit
Two lower band kits, to be decided
The FA wideband SDR TRX, will need a PA and a programmable LO, not yet ordered. Covering 1.7 - 30 MHz with preselection, so seems quite usable.
The "standard" 1W PA could probably easily be replaced by a home made solution, but I will see if I do not get to order the standard one at some stage. The local oscillator, the so-called FA-SY may be the way to go for full band coverage. A housing is also available, I may order that one, too.
The FA-SY oscillator has been ordered, along with a housing fit for the FA-SDR TRX
More Update :
The FA-SY kit and the housing have arrived
Lots of kits to build, not too much time, so let us see what comes up here.
The intention is to use some of the fixed frequency stuff for simultaneous WSPR and QRSS monitoring.
VU3XVR's BEAUTIFUL Morse Keys - Truly a thing of beauty. Farhan gave me one of these. They are crafted by VU3XVR. It is enough to turn a phone-guy like me back to CW. Thanks Farhan! ...
15 hours ago