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So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!
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Author:  W4HIJ [ Sun May 26, 2019 4:27 pm ]
Post subject:  So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!

I saw mention of it before Dayton but haven't heard or found anything online about it since. Nothing on site either. Did I imagine the whole thing? Any details you can share?

Author:  jimveatch [ Sun May 26, 2019 7:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!

Sure, here is a photo of the prototype:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k421ditwdozj8zv/IMGP5398.JPG?dl=0

I'm working on tuning the LPFs for lower loss and the AN-1819 should have a touch more gain. In the next couple weeks will get a sign-up list together.

73,
Jim WA2EUJ

Author:  W4HIJ [ Mon May 27, 2019 11:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!

Thanks Jim,
Looking good! I doubt I can sign up just yet, it takes me awhile to save money up for things but it's definitely a goal for me. Anxiously awaiting my Pi-SDR-IQ + and trying to find some breaks in this unseasonably hot Georgia heat to do antenna work and repairs.

Author:  AB2YC [ Thu May 30, 2019 10:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!

Interesting will it be a kit?

Author:  jimveatch [ Fri May 31, 2019 5:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!

Yes, the HR500 will be a kit, similar in skill level to the HR50. We will probably supply the toroids pre-wound because a common kit-building issue is failure to completely remove the enamel from the toroid wires. In a 50W kit, this simply make the amp not function, in a 500W amp it can end in flames.

73,
Jim WA2EUJ

Author:  gerryk [ Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!

Wow. Time to start saving, I guess.

Author:  kz1x [ Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!

I'm hoping the tiny little 'trick' firmware update that allows the HR50 to be directly compatible with the Elecraft K2 will also show up in the rig interface on the HR500.

This feature will allow the thousands of K2 rigs sitting idle in shacks around the world to gain a QRO voice and take to the airwaves once again, in this age of low sunspots.

Of course I am volunteering to test this, as well! 5 watts in, 500 out is a step in the right direction, and is THE key missing implementation line-item for cost effective, remotely-operated stations.

Author:  ae5x [ Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!

jimveatch wrote:
In the next couple weeks will get a sign-up list together.


Any updates on when that list might be available? :)

John AE5X

Author:  jimveatch [ Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: So, I'm dying to know what the Hardrock 500 is about!

Should be in the next few days. Everything is approved just have to send it out.

Jim.

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