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Thursday, January 23, 2014

BITX 20/40 Build Update #5: It is ALIVE!

I got the BITX 20/40 on the air this morning.  The receiver has been working for a week or so, but as usual it was a bit of a struggle to tame the transmitter.  I got up early this morning and started poking and probing.  I played with the driver and final coils a bit.  I had used the same trifilar toroids that I'd used in the BITX 17, but this rig didn't seem to like them. So I went with FT-50-37 bifilars -- that seemed to work better.  That IRF-510 seems to put out about seven watts on 40.  (I still need to tame the transmitter on 20).  The 40 meter signal looked great on the 'scopes (RIGOL and Tek!).  Shortly before 8 am I worked AD4SY who reported that I was filling his shack with booming audio.  Life is good.  

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bill,
I would be interested to see the signal using the FFT mode on the Rigol.

Would you do some images on one of your postings.

Patrick Skerrett said...

Hey Congrats! Hope to see a video of it soon!

W9PDS

wf7ihomebrew said...

Great accomplishment Bill. I like that you made this your own with some custom mods and two bands.

Unknown said...

Great blog, started listening to the podcasts and they're great, keep it up :)

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