|HW-8-TR board||Parts Kit||Installed in an HW-8|
A few notes, good and bad, about the relay board:
- In receive there is a slight loss of < 6db, typically < 3dB depending on your setup. That may sound like a lot but it’s really about <1/2 to no more than 1 S-unit. For the weak signal hunting in the noise floor nothing beats a mechanical switch but for the casual QRP QSO you probably won’t notice the difference.
- Although the board was designed as a drop fit for the HW-8 relay, it was also designed as a general purpose 5-10W QRP T/R switch for separate receivers and transmitters. It will work up to 20W and even “smoke tested” to 100W! We have also tested to board from 160M-10M with good results. See the HW-8 page for more details!
- Normally our kit designs are fairly easy to solder with larger pads and parts spaced apart a little. But due to fitting into the HW-8 relay area we had to use smaller pads with parts spaced closer together. This may not be a kit suited for beginners (the HW-8 audio board is a great beginner kit!) but some kit building experience, or a nearby elmer, may be needed.
Check out the HW-8-TR-V3-Manual.
(or here for the older HW-8-TR-V2-Manual).