Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The COMPLETED Chinese Super Rockmite/Octopus Clone
In the photo above, you see the finished result of all of the pieces and parts...fit together just right.
I originally went looking for Dupli-Color DE1618 to give it the "Heathkit" look, but settled on Ford Cayman green. It resembles the Heathkit green, with a little extra gold sparkle to it. The case accepted the primer and paint very well, and it has a smooth finish...much better than the raw aluminum case.
I even painted the MFJ CWF-2's box to match it. They are roughly the same size...so they look pretty neat sitting next to each other.
Also, I re-crystalled the board, as stated before, for 7.030. There is MUCH MUCH more activity on 7.030 than 7.023 MHz. Just yesterday alone I made 5 QSOs at random times during the afternoon/evening.
So...all together, I spent $40 for the radio...$22 for the case, $11 for the crystals (from QRPme.com), and $7 for the paint. Grand total: $80.
Next step is to build the "CT1IAO" portable single-lever paddle to use the internal keyer:
Next step...take 2: Testing it portable with the Opek HVT-600 antenna.