What's New at Durham Radio - April 11th, 2011
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All About the HB-1A QRP Transceiver
For those of you who are not in the loop, the HB-1A is a relatively new QRP rig sold worldwide. In Canada it is carried exclusively by Durham Radio. In the USA it is sold as a TenTec R4020. It covers both the 40 and 20 metre bands on CW and receives from 5 -16 MHz on CW and SSB.
What makes this QRP transceiver so unique is that it has many of the features found in big rigs, yet it weighs in at just under a pound and is so small that you can easily throw it in a backpack or suitcase and bring it with you on your next adventure.
This is definitely not your Dad's sardine-can QRP rig. You'll still enjoy the thrill of QRP however you will be able to do it in style! Just because it is feature-rich doesn't mean that performance has been compromised. You'll get over 3 Watts of power when operating with alkaline batteries and up to 5 Watts with a 13.8V power supply. The sensitiviy is very good for a compact QRP rig and there are four bandwidth settings for SSB and CW. The transceiver is very easy on batteries too!
The radio is surprisingly easy to use. There are only a handful of buttons and most buttons only have a couple of functions so the learning curve is not that steep.
The transceiver features a built-in adjustable keyer circuit and can even be programmed to call CQ with your callsign with the push of a button! If you prefer to hammer out your message the old-fashioned way, the radio will accept a straight key too.
The last time I checked this little rig had a rating of 4.75 out of 5 on eHam and that's higher than the ratings on many of the big brand name rigs! (The TenTec version gets a respectable 4.5 out of 5)
One of the most attractive features of this radio is it's price! It currently sells at the introductory price of $259.95 making it cheaper than the price of almost any used HF transceiver. Start having fun on HF wherever you go with this sub-compact QRP rig.
The HB1A comes with a compact owner's manual that's easy to read.
In the February 2011 issue of QST, Chuck Skolaut, KØBOG said "I would urge those who say “life is too short for QRP” to take another look at what’s available now and give it a try. The R4020 is a good way to get started. Overall it’s a very nice performing radio. Since it comes assembled, tested and with a warranty, it should prove to be a winner."
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