I was fortunate enough to beta test the first X1M in August 2012. Ed at had a newer version of the X1M come in and I again tested and reviewed and was impressed with what there was in such a small package, some things needed changing but what does not when new. I was then introduced to the X1M-Pro and was absolutely blown away by the changes of the front panel, ease of operation and overall look of the radio. Since then Ed and others have made remarkable headway in having software upgrades done on a frequent basis to make this a radio that hams want, others have added AGC and other mods to suit their needs. Many contacts on SSB at 5w have been made with huge success. Ed has proven himself as a trustworty and reliable distributor who is true to his word. Give the radio a shot, you wont be sorry you did, there is a lot of band for the buck in this little rig.
Fred Lesnick VE3FAL
Great little radio
First time used on 80 meters, had LOTS of static crashes that night and this small rig handled it like a pro! great receiver, and also was able to check in on a net which left the net control impressed. Thanks to Ed from Import communications for sales and support of this radio.
BEST ON MARKET FOR PRICE/SIZE/PERFORMANCE
I am absolutely thrilled and amazed at the fun and performance of this great little radio . I do mean little too on not just price ,but physical size.It is roughly 3/4 inch longer and 1/2 inch wider than a regular postcard and only 1 1/2 inches tall. Not much excites me after being a ham for 48 years , but this radio does . Can even interface several controls to HRD !! If you are new or an old timer this is the PERFECT starter or 4.5 WATT QRP TRANSCEIVER , for USB/LSB/CW . Ed stands behind these 100 % so buy from a USA dealer !!
Prior to this radio, I have owned a KX-3 and both models of the FT-817. This is not a kit, but I have built a Pico Keyer Plus and the Pixie 2.
If you buy this radio with the understanding that it is a pretty good receiver, will definitely work in the guaranteed bands, CW is fine and is only $350 dollars, you'll be a happy camper.
If you are willing to crack the case and do some minor work like setting side tone, mic gain and simple alignment or adding the after-market AGC kit or soon-to-come CW filter, you will LOVE this radio.
The X1M Yahoo Group is great and the radio has become a passion of mine and others. Because of add-ons from the Yahoo Group, it's a great combination of a commercial radio and "sense of pride-My Radio" that you would get from a kit.
It's worth every penny and more if you ask me. And, it's only improving.
Great QRP for outdoor.
I buy this rig in January 2013 with elecraft T1 tuner, its two smallest parts of my happy, x1m have quiet recever, I compare with yaesu-817, trx have 4W output power, but smallest yaesu. I want make new case and add T1 tuner inside new case, and add LIFEPO baterry. Its little manpack. Dmitry Tatarchenko RW3AUI.