So, it’s been quite a while since I did any significant electronics construction. The reason is probably that it’s been a while since a new kit has come along that interested me enough to want to build it. Sure, there are plenty of ham radio kits out there, but I’ve built plenty of CW transceivers and really don’t feel like I need another one. But when Doug, KI6DS announced a new SSB/CW transceiver kit over at earlier this year, my interest peaked. Dubbed the “Survivor,” it’s a fairly compact but usable rig for the trail. I decided to take the plunge and placed my order, and I’ve just begun the building process. I’m documenting the build as I go, trying to learn a few things about its design along the way. You can follow along if you’re interested:

Building the Survivor

I’ll be adding to the content as I get farther along on the build. Comments and corrections are always welcome!

2 thoughts on “The Survivor 75-meter SSB/CW Transceiver Kit

  1. I just finished building my 75Meter Survivor transceiver kit from

    Results: compact 10 watt SSB transceiver which seems to work OK but haven’t yet had a qso with it as need better antenna. Receiver seems noisy when volume cranked up with no signal. Can’t get anyone to talk to so not sure if it’s cockpit trouble on my part or alignment or a design issue.

    Problems with the kit:
    1. Missing and wrong parts
    2. Non-existent customer service – not sure why as no emails and no answers to phone calls…???
    3. Had to end up sourcing missing and incorrect parts myself.
    4. Schematic is wrong in a number of instances and does not agree with PCB making cross-checking a real bummer.
    5. No replys from designer when asked about component values issues.
    6. Instructions OK but not for beginning builder as parts list and PCB and schematics don’t agree.


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