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Kit Building

OzarkCon QRP Conference
Kit Building Workshop
Friday Evening - April 8, 2022

This year's Build Session kit is the newest member of the Cricket family of kits. The 'Cric-Key' is an iambic squeeze-paddle key with integrated keying electronics, ideal for pairing up with your Cricket transceiveivers!


Voltage Input: 9v battery, clips mounted to board. We will be supplying the entire class with free batteries!
Speed: 5 to 50 WPM, adjustable.
Standby Current: Less than 1 microamp.
Paddle tension and spacing fully adjustable
LED Keying Monitor
Assembly time: With only 19 electrical components, all through hole, this is a simple kit, with a completion time of 30 to 90 minutes.

We will be providing the class with piezo beepers so that you can hear the keying of the Cric-Key and practice its operation. The price of the Build Session kit is $20, and is selected and paid for during the registration process. You must attend the session for this special price.

This is a great fun & fellowship activity for all, experienced builders or not, so plan to attend and enjoy AND you will get to carry home this years nifty kit selection that you built. Pre-Registration is necessary as there is a limited number of the kits available for the building session.
Attendees will need to bring their own hand tools for the session.

✔Soldering iron with a stand. A small tip on the iron is suggested. This could be a simple 25 watt iron with a bent coat hanger stand.

✔Damp sponge to clean the soldering iron tip

✔Rosin core solder - Kester "44" or similar. Note that we will have some spare solder available

✔Small wire cutters

✔Needle nose pliers

✔Magnifier and/or light

✔Hilighter to mark off parts as they are installed

✔Cookie sheet with upturned lip to catch stray parts, to reduce static discharge damage to components and to protect the table surface

Four State QRP Group volunteers
coordinate and supervise the
OzarkCon Friday Night Build Session.

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