2018 is Almost Here!
In a few short weeks we will be in a new year and thus I am taking a break from posting any information about radio/electronic projects. The past year has been chock full of SSB Transceiver projects and I am happy to report that the pile of projects that were successful and work reliably has grown significantly this year. I would like to take credit and say it is all about my skillfulness and homebrew "knack". But that is not the truth! It is technology that has been the real winner.
There is so much new technology that is now available to us that it is very hard to keep up. The other side of the coin --is that the technology is really "cheap". That is not a derisive "cheap" but a low cost (a high quality) cheap. Just bought two 160X128 Color TFT Displays -- $10 and 10 days to my door . You have seen these units before (below). So OK in the second photo it is a bit of in your face with the last line. But that is also a message --you don't have to be a Genius to use this technology.
To that end I did have to read up and study how it is done and I must acknowledge the many hams that really know how to do this stuff that are willing to help. That is what is so great about this hobby.
But to that end I did get an email recently where I was asked to redesign the Simpleceiver Plus SSB to fit what this ham had in his junk box and that I should provide him a schematic with the changes and artwork so he could have boards made in China. Well guys that is something I won't do and didn't do. You do have to invest some time in learning about the technology and there are tools to assist you --like LT Spice.
The very best of the Holiday Season to you and your families. I will be spending time with my family over the holidays --hard as it will be to resist sneaking out to the shop and heating up the iron. There are five transceiver projects on the bench awaiting my attention.