Splinter II kit released

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Fellow club member Bill, W4FSV, has released an update to his original Splinter radio kit. The Splinter II improves upon the original in the following ways (from www.breadboardradio.com):

  • 40 meter DC receiver with improved audio.
  • Sidetone volume is now variable.
  • Higher RF output with cool running final (500-650 mw).
  • New switching transistor allows use of keyers.
  • New VXO is easy to use and pulls HC-49 crystals 5 to 7 kHz

The price of the kit remains the same as the original at $54.95.

Bill has been teasing us with news of this release for a while, and I can certainly see some welcome changes, particularly in now being able to use a keyer, and the variable sidetone volume. The original rig had a very low sidetone, although it could be boosted using his “Toothpick” audio filter kit.

The original Splinter was the first kit I ever tackled, and I learned how to solder while working on it. I went on to build all of Bill’s kits and had a blast in doing so. They are great for beginners and are comprised solely on through-hole components on a nicely-spaced board.

I may build a Splinter II for the heck of it, although I’d really like to get the SoftRock RX II up and going first, and move to another surface-mount project, like one of those scarce Mountain Toppers.

Here are some previous postings I made about my Breadboard Radio kit builds:

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