My first QSO was with Guy, N7UN, who was also watching the feed. I was on battery power and had not set the battery alarm to 8.5V as suggested so I was getting the BATT LOW note and turned the power down to just 2 watts. Was nice to have the first QSO be 2xKX3!
You can watch the entire video of the build below (the action starts at 8 minutes). The entire video is 3 hours and the calibration step is cut off at the end. Calibration is really simple though. I would say that the build should take no longer than 3 hours. I was taking my time and I did have to stop and solder together a BNC connector to replace the one that was not sent so that took some time.
The radio really is a gem. I'll write a full review when I've had more time with it but so far, not much to complain about. More to come.