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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Homebrew SSB Portable from Australia

Peter Parker, VK3YE, is one of the true gurus of QRP phone. When I first started building DSB and later SSB rigs, I frequently found inspiration and ideas in Peter's articles and web sites. This morning I came across this amazing video, produced just days ago, showing Peter and his new SSB transceiver in operation from a beautiful Australian beach. The rig is a 40 meter version of Farhan's BITX-20. (I really like the frequency dial.)

Peter describes his rig this way:

It's made from scratch, ugly style, with 99% being from the original design.
It covers 7 to 7.2 MHz, using a 9.05 MHz IF and a 2 MHz VFO.
I used a different microphone amplifier (I got more and clearer output than
the original with my electret mic) and a BD139 driver transistor.
The PA circuitry is also slightly different.
It's been about my easiest and most trouble-free transceiver project to
date. Performance is excellent and a tribute to Ashhar. The furthest distance so
far was a 5/6 report from ZL (about 2000 - 3000km away).

The grand finale of the video is a four-way contact with homebrew rigs in use at all four stations. Excellent. Thanks a lot Peter.

Here is Peter's web site: http://home.alphalink.com.au/~parkerp/

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1 comment:

  1. That little rig sounds great! I like the use of scrounged components (imagine that).

    Our brothers way down south (VK and ZL) have always been big on HB SSB.

    Who here remembers the "Tucker Tin Two"?

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