Here is a fun project

Make your own transceiver with a Dorji DRA818U or DRA818V

These modules have been around for a while, but they fascinate me. For only US $9.46 you get a fully functional 1 Watt transceiver working on either VHF or UHF. The last letter in the model number tells you which version it is. The modules are available on eBay see link below.

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Make your own transceiver with a Dorji DRA818U or DRA818V

Where to purchase the board:
https://www.ebay.com