I've started construction of a HF (High Frequency vs UHF/VHF ham bands) radio that will cover ~ 1.8 to 30 mhz. it is a kit put together by Tony Parks and supported by a very active community: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40

I tell you, either my eyes have gone downhill (for sure) or those surface mount components got much smaller in the 20 years since I last worked in a lab every day.

This would be especially hard without community driven detailed construction notes: http://golddredgervideo.com/wb5rvz/RXTX_V6_3/index.htm

I'll make comments here and post pictures as I go!

Pictures at: http://geekswithblogs.net/dnoderer/gallery/8589.aspx

I'm almost at a stage where I can point some software at this thing but a while before I will be able to do much with  it.