09 December, 2005

25 part transmitter for the QRP Minimal Art Session

My Minimal-Art-Session rig shown here was made for class B of the QRP-MAS competition which is in May every year. In class B the transmitter should have a maximum of 50 components, and the fewer the number of components, the more points one will get per contact. With such simple rigs, only CW is viable.

This rig was made by combining ideas from several designs that I had seen and it was finished the same day as the competition. I ended up with 22 components in the transmitter except for the output filter. The rules say that no matter what, the output filter counts as three components. I guess this is in order that no one is tempted to simplify the filter too much and start emitting harmonics.