Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Xiegu X1M: Kit

"My X1M "kit" finally arrived, and it is not what we all expected. I think we were expecting an Elecraft KX3 - style kit with no soldering involved, just fitting the boards together and assembling the hardware. 
Unfortunately, when I opened the box, I was greeted with bags of thru-hole parts, and all of the connectors. This wouldn't be too intimidating except for the fact that there was no board layout or assembly guide. Not even a chinese one. 
I'm not afraid of soldering really, but I haven't done anything like this in about 30 years, and I think I need to practice on something a little less complex, and with some instructions. 
I think we were expecting a "snap-together" type of kit because of the relatively small difference between the kit and assembled prices ($30). 
Oh well. 
I have worked something out to get an assembled version. More to follow..... 
--Neil W2NDG"

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