15 Jul 2008

Pipit20 rig on air

This last week I have been building again. Not much, just another DC transceiver built ugly style. The rig covers 14048-14070 VXO controlled and puts out about 500mW using the OXO design. It uses an SBL1 mixer on RX followed by 3 stages of AF gain. Only station worked so far is M0BXT but hoping for some Europeans maybe at the weekend. It suffers a bit from AM breakthrough and the 2N3904 transistors used in the AF sections are too noisy really. This is really not a perfect radio, more a work in progress.

Why the name? The Pipit was a similar (better!) radio design I put in SPRAT many years back for 15m.

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