Its kind of scary: my BITX 20/40 is starting to look vaguely appliance-like! Once again I find myself missing having the rig exposed -- sans-cabinet -- on the bench. For me, the contacts made under those conditions, with solder smoke still in the air, are the most satisfying and memorable. But anyway, it is in the box now. I think it looks pretty good. I enjoyed working with the copper foil. I did some trial and error testing and found that ordinary Krazy Glue is the best adhesive for joining the plastic material on the back of the foil to the wood of the box. I like the look of the foil -- it reminds me of the copper (or gold?) foil covering that they put on some spacecraft. There is always the danger that a rig that works well on the bench will go into rebellious oscillation when confined to a metallic box. That didn't happen with mine. We discovered that the wood in the box is not actually walnut. But I'm not complaining because whatever it is, it is very easy to work with. BITX or Minima builders should consider these boxes (available via Amazon).
In response to popular demand, "SolderSmoke -- Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" is now available as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle.
Here's the site:
For the print version:
For shipping from a printer in the U.S. (probably better for N. American buyers) Click here: SolderSmoke USA Version
For shipping from a printer in the UK, Spain, or the USA (probably better for UK and other European buyers)
Click here: SolderSmoke EU Version
The two versions are identical, except for a minor difference in the paper used. That's why the prices are a bit different.
Bill's OTHER Book (Warning: Not About Radio)
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