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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

From Sicily: An SSB Transceiver using only 5 tubes!

It's 5:30 am. I'm in the shack with a cup of coffee. The only sounds are birdsongs from the window and an Italian 80 meter SSB QSO from my Drake 2-B. Life is good.

And it got better when I found the rig pictured above. It is the work of Andrea IW9HJV and Johnny IW9ARO, two obvious victims of "The Knack" from Sicily.

It is a beautiful 20 meter SSB transceiver. And it uses just 5 tubes. While it doesn't have the bi-directionality of the BITX-20 (you can't really do that with tubes) it does share the BITX-20's simplicity and elegance of design.

The web site of Andrea and Johnny is another work of art. Check it out!
Bravo Andrea! Bravo Johnny! Bravissimo!

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