FX-2 Stories from the Field
“The FX2 worked perfectly right out of the box. I did have a bit of confusion over the display that shows power out. At the encouragement of the folks at LNR, I attached a watt meter and figured it out.
Power out was as advertised…4 to 5 watts on 40 meters, and 2.5 watts out on 30 meters. I do use an Elecraft T1 tuner with my FX2 which makes a nice companion for the rig. Most of the QSOs so far have been with my New Carolina Windom which with the help of the tuner, loads great on both bands. Here is a tip. Tune in a strong signal. They are more apt to hear you.
Here is another tip…keep the manual handy. Using the RIT, TUNE, and setting the CW speed is all explained and the internal keyer is really pretty good. A caution though with the keyer. You cannot switch the polarity of the key. So, if the dits are dahs, or vice versa, you will need to rewire the key because there is no command to switch what the tip of the plug does. I made up some “cheaters” that solve the problem.
The little kick out stand works great but I wanted a more permanent stand for use in the shack. I found the perfect stand at JoAnne Fabrics. I think it is a picture stand? Cheap. Less than $5. I also am using some right angle plugs on the bottom for the key and phones. I found an old speaker amp in the junk box that I use with the rig. I think they still sell them at RADIO SHACK and they might be designated “amplified telephone speaker?” Bottom line is this little rig is a perfect “trail radio.” It is small and with a 12 volt alarm battery, earphones, and a key, you have an extremely portable station capable of making tons of contacts on 40 and 30 meters. “
-Alan Pike, W4MQC