Pete Eaton sent us links to an old article from the New Zealand magazine "Break-In." So many good, simple rigs come to us from New Zealand! Who can forget ZL2BMI's DSB rig? This one is the work of Fred Johnson ZL2AMJ. It is especially interesting and is in some ways similar to Peter Parker's "Knobless Wonder." It uses the phasing method of sideband generation. No crystal filters in this one. You need TWO balanced modulators. You have a 90 degree phase shift network for the RF (from the carrier oscillator) and a second 90 degree phase shift network for the AF from the mic amplifier. When you combine the signals from the two balanced modulators -- viola! -- one of the sidebands disappears. The balanced modulators take care of the carrier, and an SSB signal is launched. That is how my old HT-37 works, and similar ideas seem to be at work in modern SDR rigs. G3TXQ has the complete set of Break-In articles (it includes a VFO): http://www.karinya.net/g3txq/temp/tucker_tin/ Here is a Canadian article on the rig. A "Tucker Tin" is apparently what the Kiwis call a lunch boxes (shades of Benton Harbor...).
In response to popular demand, "SolderSmoke -- Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" is now available as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle.
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