I’m a new ham looking to start SOTA activities. I have a couple of nice CW rigs to (TenTec Rebel, KD1JV MTR), but responsibilities have not allowed me learn my CW, and I want to get outside activating.
Would appreciate an opinions/experience on two small SSB rigs:
- ILER-40 40 Meter Kit
- $150 out the door with DDS, AGC module
- Report-ably simple to build
- Single Band/SSB only
- LNR Precision FX-4A
- $399 (may break my budget)
- 40/20/30/17M bands
- 2 VFOs (has RIT)
- CW and SSB modes
I want to start activating Southern California peaks, probably afternoon on weekends, eventually peaks up and down California.
It it reasonable to expect success with these 5W SSB rigs on 40M? Should I be looking at 20M?