With the advent of Solar Cycle 25, many radio clubs, or group of clubs are gearing up their community involvement, and youth based radio orientation programs. Hendricks QRP Kits <http://www.qrpkits.com/> gained permission from Charles Kitchin (N1TEV) to offer his popular regenerative receiver in kit form, and is being released at Dayton this year.
Kitchin's design provides a basic regenerative shortwave receiver capable of receiving AM, SSB, and CW signals from 3mHz to 11mHz. The coverage enables the listener to hear amateur radio operators in the 80m, 40m bands, and foreign AM broadcast stations in the 49m and 31m bands.
Dan Tayloe (N7VE) adapted his design to a small, self contained, unit that is easily assembled with normal low cost tools. It is a basic, easy to assemble kit, with all the components supplied. The metal chassis, front panel decals, professionally fabricated, silk screened circuit board, electronic, and mechanical components are all included.
Builders are required to supply commonly available earbuds, an onboard 9v battery, and some random wire for an antenna. Antenna requirements are just a simple wire antenna, thrown up into a tree or tied to a structure. The only tools required are an inexpensive 20 watt soldering iron, rosin core solder, small side cutters, needle nose pliers, small phillips, and straight screwdriver. Complete detailed assembly instructions and schematic can be viewed or downloaded from the files section of <http://www.qrpkits.com/>.
This kit would be an excellent Elmer project for any ham radio programs targeted at increasing technical interaction with youth programs, schools, or attracting newcomers to the hobby.