I know this sounds like an advertisement (I get nothing, I am only a user), but I am EXCITED by what this could mean for kids!
If you have a friend, or a young adult, that likes computers and wants to get involved with Radio, and Shortwave Listening (SWL), the Ensemble Kit is a great start.
Computer controlled SWL from 1 to 30mHz (optimized for the Ham Bands)
All that is needed is:
- The Ensemble Kit - $58
- A Computer - ( it should have a reasonably good sound card)
- A 9 or 12 Volt Battery
- And an Antenna
I think most people will already have the computer.
Many, many years ago, my first good SWL Radio cost me about $600 (if I remember correctly), today, the above Kit provides much more flexibility and potentially holds more interest.
The only two down-sides are:
- It is a "Kit", with some very small parts that requires some special soldering skills.
- The Kits are only available when listed on Tony Parks web site, his production runs are sold out fast, check the link often.