In May 2020 the QCX was killed off in favor of the larger, easier to assemble QCX+, and as a result, Hans over at QRP Labs found himself in a bit of a quandry! A lot of people loved the new radio, but a surprisingly large contingent of hams said “It’s too big!” Their primary use of the original QCX was Summits On The Air (SOTA) and other portable activities that favored the small size and weight of the original QCX. And here the new QCX+ was larger and heaver. What to do?
The Solution: QCX Mini
Hans listened, and he got to work designing another variant of the QCX, the QCX Mini. Smaller, Lighter, but the same circuit and firmware just as the QCX+ is. Many surface mount parts are used, and they’re preinstalled at the factory. Check out this photo from QRP-Labs.com:
Truly miniature indeed. And with this announcement over at the QRP Labs groups.io page, we learn that they’ll be ready for sale by December 2020. Great work, in a short amount of time! Be sure to go over to QRP-Labs.com/qcxmini.html to read about the development of this new, smaller version of the QCX.
As a side note, I think this is a very cool product not because of what it is specifically, but rather why it is. Hans really listened to the community has even involved the community in the development as seen at the links above. Well done, Hans. That’s a great way to run any kind of business!