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Saturday, October 26, 2013

BITX BUILD UPDATE #17 Arv's Discrete AF AMP


I've been kind of cheating with the audio output from my BITX17:  I've been using one of those little battery-powered computer speakers.   It sounded fine, but hey, this is supposed to be a homebrew project right?  I've already noted my ideological objections to the use of the LM386 CHIP.  The files of the BITX20 yahoo group provided a very promising and completely discrete AF amp circuit by Arv Evans, K7HKL.  I used a 2N3906 and a 2N3904, with a 2N2222 driving them. It works like a charm.    Not a bit of feedback or motor-boating.  It sounds great.  I've already had a contact with it:  Jack, W7YUM is a builder of big amplifiers out in Salt Lake City.  He seemed very impressed with the BITX concept so we may have a Utah BITX in the works. 

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