Q: How do I get on the waiting list?
A: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of: US waitlist. Please include your call sign.
Q: If I put my name on the list today, how long till I actually get the amp?
A: The expected delivery date for a waitlist addition today is more than 24 months.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The current price of the PA500 is $1050. Expect the price to increase by June of 2022 due to component price inflation.
Q: What adapter frames are there?
A: There are adapter frames for: TX-500, IC-705, and KX3
Q: Do I need CAT control cables?
A: No additional cables are now needed for the amp. The only cables you need are: power, RF in, and RF out.
Q: Why is the wait so long?
A: These are all hand built by Oliver. He has tried outsourcing, but the quality standards are far below what he considers acceptable. He also is focused on Europe for obvious reasons, and a small portion of his units make it to the US, where they go through final assembly at theQRPstore, and sent out to the people on the US waiting list.
Q: How long is the list?
A: We can’t really answer that for multiple reasons, but at the current rate of production, we are well into 2023.
Q: Why does it take so long for theQRPstore to answer my questions?
A: theQRPstore makes advanced 3D printed parts for QRP operators, but is assisting Oliver with PA500 distribution. I have to block of time to do it Sunday, because I won’t be able to do my day job, theQRPstore admin, printing my parts, and designing my parts; if I kept replying to PA500 inquires. For example, today, it took me over 4 hours to update the waitlist, reply to inquires, and work on this Q&A.
Q: When does theQRPstore answer inquires concerning the PA500?
A: I block every Sunday 1100-1300 eastern time to work on this. (this is when my XYL is out of the house, which gives me a little time to concentrate, without the you know what)