How to build a rig from N2CQR!Pete's Replacement for the Bitx40 Raduino
Replacement with Sideband Select and Two VFO's
|Replacement for the Raduino|
Check out N2CQR's blog at soldersmoke.blogspot.com for a roadmap on how to build a rig. It literally is a "roadmap" and most importantly five years from now when that rig needs a bit of help, the docs guide you through the troubleshooting.
I find that in the past my old memory was pretty good on the recall -- but today not as good. So Bill's approach is indeed an excellent solution to the memory cell loss.
Through some good fortune, I now have a Bitx40. (Thanks Bill!) I purchased one several years ago but soon passed that on to a ham friend. The prior one was pre Raduino; but did undergo some N6QW magic, where I used an AD9850 and a 8X2 display. As usual --kind cool looking!
Ran some tests today the Raduino is inop! But thanks to an analog PTO -- the Bitx40 board is good!
As was announced on the last podcast SS#215, The Bitx40 is out of production and so now is a collector's item.
For the one I just received from Bill, there are several plans afoot (but not today as my garage is 41F finally it did get up to 55F and we ran some tests.) to initially getting it to work as stock. Subsequently I will add some N6QW magic with dual VFO's, selectable sidebands, so you can work FT-8 and then provisions to use this with a 6 meter transverter for operation on 6 Meter SSB.
As Bill mentioned even though the kits may no longer be available one can still scratch build the Bitx40 and make the modifications I will be developing. Strap in -- a fun time.
If you are bored with your Bitx40 and would accept a $10 offer for what you have, use the email on the masthead to contact me and maybe we can make a deal.
Brain Quiz? How may words can you make from the word Tofurkey? eg Toke Fury. For kutey