Ham Radio Kits
Double Your Pleasure!

Ham radio kits bring the greatest sense of accomplishment there is ... well, OK, working DX on QRP is highly satisfying too!:-)

Yes! Amateur radio kits do indeed provide double-action pleasure.

  1. You obtain a valuable piece of equipment at a very affordable price.
  2. You build it yourself ... and it works!

I built my first kit in 1973, a Heathkit Morse Code Practice oscillator.

(The no-morse-code license did not exist back then!)

Vintage HW-101 transceiver from Heathkit ham radio kits. (Source Eham.net)HW-101 Transceiver Kit (Source Eham.net)

Then, I graduated to building the Heathkit HW-101 transceiver in 1974, just in time to go on the air with my newly obtained ham radio license.

I was hooked on kits by then ... and I still am!

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Ham Radio Kits
Come With A Bonus

There is an added bonus to the advantages already mentioned in the introduction above.

You can fine-tune and fix an amateur radio kit,
because you built it yourself, using
detailed assembly and troubleshooting
instructions and diagram!

That extra feature is worth money! It is also an extra source of satisfaction that commercially built equipment can never bring.

In short, you get a lot of value for your hard earned money by building your own equipment from professionally designed and engineered amateur radio kits.

Nowadays, ham radio kits are easier to build and more reliable than ever. The most critical and hard to assemble parts are pre-assembled and tested. An example are the modules that use surface-mount components.

What is left for you to assemble is always geared to be do-able by the average individual.


My Recommendation

Please note that I do not receive any money, advantages or compensation of any kind from the sources listed hereafter.

I make no claim as to the quality and usability of the products mentioned here. However, these manufacturers are well regarded by the amateur radio QRP community. As always, exercise due diligence before buying.

Make sure you learn how to solder components properly before you start building your first kit! There are many soldering tutorials available on the Web. Only a few are worth recommending. Here are three of my favorites. Each of them cover soldering from a different point of view.

Start with a simple kit, like an accessory for your ham radio station. Then, if you like the experience, don't be afraid to graduate to more complex projects.

Why not plunge into the wonderful world of Software Defined Radio (SDR)?

  • Look into the Softrock Lite II Project and the latest info on the Softrock RXTX V6.3 Software Defined Radio transceiver. You will find it more than interesting!
  • The Softrock family of QRP kits are available from KB9YIG.

Worthy of mention here is the new Elecraft KX3 10W XCVR which is available in "modular" form. It allows operation on 160 to 6 meters in the following modes: SSB, CW, Data (RTTY, PSK), AM, FM.

Even if you do buy commercially made, factory assembled and tested equipment later on, you will find that you will always have a special attachment - a "soft spot" - for the ham radio kits you built yourself.

This is especially true if your commercial rig breaks down and needs repair by a specialist.

In the meantime, you can always fall back on your "old reliables" to get back on the air! :-)


Ham Radio Kit Manufacturers

Most of the manufacturers listed below produce kits of low to moderate complexity. They come with generally clear instructions. Therefore, anyone - able to handle a soldering iron adequately - should have no trouble assembling them.

Reminder: If you don't feel comfortable soldering small parts, then I suggest you visit the sites on soldering mentioned earlier on this page.

You should first practice soldering parts that you won't mind throwing away when done. If they are not damaged when you are done with them, then un-solder them (it's good to practice that too). Store them away as spare parts. You never have enough of those. Trust me.

Midway Electronics

7726 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645

  • They offer three QRP kits: ME Series QRP Transceivers
    ME40+ ME80+ ME30+
  • The kits come with above average documentation and a (quote) "No B.S. Warranty".


PO Box 296, Tracyton, WA 98393-0296 USA

  • NW Series Monoband CW Transceiver (80, 40, 30, 20 meters)
  • ZM-2 ATU (Antenna Tuning Unit)


Home of the famous SoftRock family of software defined ham radio QRP RCVR and XCVR kits.

Bliss Radio QRP Kits

Sean Gordon, KA7MWL, PO Box 3141 Sedona, Az. 86340 Phone: 505-469-8109 and 928-300-2599


PO Box 160, Limerick, Maine 04048 USA

Rex, W1REX, is a one-man part-time business operator. He offers QRP transceivers, receivers and transmitters and fun accessories. Home of the "The 'Rock-Mite ][' Transceiver " - A Simple CW transceiver for 80,40,30 or 20 Meters.


Makers of electronic keyer kits since 1997.

Radio Kits Co. UK

Makers of the Hunter - SDR Receiver / Panadapter and MKARS80 Transceiver kit.

Spectrum Communications

Located at 12 Weatherbury Way, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2EF, England

A source of unique kits for amateur radio. Worth investigating.



2866 Deer Hound Way, Palm Habor, FL 34683 USA

They offer RF toolkits that are designed to be electronic building blocks. Think of these small kits as a "QRP Erector Set".

Quasar Electronics

PO Box 6935, BISHOPS STORTFORD, Hertfordshire CM23 4WP UK

Almost 300 kits to choose from. For hobbyists, education and industrial applications.


89 Victoria Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 3JA, UK

They make amateur radio antennas and kits "for the great outdoors".

I cover more QRP kits, as well as high-end ham radio kits, on this other page.


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