Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Pete Eaton (WB9FLW), who shares pricing and additional information about the uBITX general coverage QRP transceiver:
Here are the details, if purchased before Christmas $109 delivered!
From uBITX creator, Ashhar Farhan:
1. The ubitx is now available for sale, for $109 dollars (includes the shipping), but only until Christmas. *After Christmas, the price will increase to $129 dollars. for this initial batch, a few ham volunteers and I pitched in to sort the crystals, test the coils, tune-up and box these initial kits, we won’t be able to do that any more. we will have to hire more people (which is not a bad thing) and get them to do it.
2. The ubitx is on sale at hfsignals.com, not hfsigs.com. it is easier to remember. we will soon point hfsigs.com to the new website as well. The new site is in wordpress, that means that we can have volunteers writing and updating it rather than waiting for me to hand code the content in html and vi editor.
3. We need help with proof reading the web content.* If you find any typos, please mail me on [email protected] address (not the bitx20 list),
These apart, the early buyers must be aware that they are beta users of sorts, the firmware will sure get updated. i hope there won’t be any revisions of the PCB.
Just as an aside the original price of the Heathkit HW-8 was $139.95 (in 1970 dollars) and it became a QRP Classic. The uBITX may become one as well and like the HW-8 there will be (and already are) all sorts of mods/additions one will be able to do. The uBITX is 10 dollars cheaper (after 12/25) works 80-10 M, does SSB in addition to CW, and is a Superhet to boot!
Farhan your hit this one out of the Ballpark!
Very cool, Pete! I am very tempted to purchase the uBITX transceiver before Christmas and have it delivered via DHL service. The only thing holding me back is simply the amount of projects I have on my table at the moment! $109 is an incredibly low price for a full-fledged QRP transceiver!
I’m absolutely amazed that it is also has a general coverage receiver. Perhaps the uBITX could serve the SWL as well as the ham radio operator? I suppose we shall soon find out!
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I want to order but when I click BUY, it simply gives me a choice to select DHL which I did. But from there, there is nothing to click. I tried the red notice about buying in Rupia but that is apparently for Indian buyers. I want to pay in dollars.
I ordered on Dec 17; received email on Dec 31. it seems a popular item. Orders will be shipped as soon as possible, which may be weeks or longer.
You can read all the instructions and put it together very quickly.
I just ordered on Wednesday. I have not received confirmation nor delivery information. Can anyone seeing this message tell me the status of delivery or direct me to an e-mail that I can check?
Frank Beafore / WS8B
5 January 2018
“These apart, the early buyers must be aware that they are beta users of sorts, the firmware will sure get updated. i hope there won’t be any revisions of the PCB.”
Will the early buyers be able to update (flash) the firmware to any possible new versions or will they have to stay with the version that came with the radio when delivered?
I get the impression firmware upgrades will be no problem, but if they have to make a PCB revision, it could require pulling out a soldering iron (assuming the PCB design doesn’t change drastically).
Yes, over USB to the Arduino Nano.
Ashhar has noted they sold out the first supply of uBitx “kits” in 2 days…… he thought they would last 2 months. Still available for Pre-order at the $109 price tag, but you might want to act quickly 😉
Just ordered one. Thanks for the heads up on the price drop!