$129 5 band SSB/CW rig

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  1. JohnFreeman

    JohnFreeman The bane of my existence Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Got this put together in a box over the Tday break. It's a uBitX that's semi-assembled from an outfit in India. The enclosure was extra (20-30$, I can't recall) and make boxing it simple.

    I'm mostly a CW op . First QSO was with a guy in Orlando on 40, we had a nice long ragchew. Next quick contacts were on 20m w Italy and Russia. Nice sensitive receiver. The lack of ALC will be the first thing I update. Power out is about 8W

    This is sold as an open-source project and there's a TON of updates both HW and firmware, making it a really nice hackable rig. I did have to rewire the keyer jack and I'd since bundled the wiring so it's not quite so ugly.

    Fun stuff. It's powered by arduino. The next upgrade will be to wire the external USB jack to allow convenient updates.

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    @JohnFreeman do you know the Knighlites? QRP group, mostly CW, in RTP. A subset of them were doing the uBitX radio. Modding the firmware I think.
     
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    JohnFreeman The bane of my existence Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Yes I do! A long time ago I maintained their website ... I didn't know they were messing with the uBitx. There are a LOT of people playing with them though, so it's not surprising. I'll go see if I can still find their website.
    73
    John
     
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    Heh, well then, do you remember the SMiTe? I did the PCB layout...
     
  5. JohnFreeman

    JohnFreeman The bane of my existence Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I still have my Knight Smite! I checked into the "Knightlite" net more than once with it.

    :)

    Small world
     
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    sigh, I might grab one of these.

    What you using for an antenna
     
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    JohnFreeman The bane of my existence Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Antenna is a dipole at 40' and a 3 element yagi at 40' . Sloper for 40/80/160.

    Fun little radio!
     
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    How is it on ssb?
     
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    JohnFreeman The bane of my existence Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Dunno! I'm a CW guy!
     
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    dorton Happy to be here

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    That’s pretty awesome!!