Monthly Archive: April 2017

Apr 19

BITX40: Vox for digital modes

Last week I talked about Going Digital with JT65 on the BITX40. In that article I mentioned that to key the radio automatically either a computer interface  or a Vox circuit would be needed. It was my intention to use a vox circuit. I posted to my usual haunt, the BITX40v3 group on Facebook and asked …

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Apr 14

Goodbye KC7RYS, it was nice knowing you. Meet W7RLF

One of the rather unusual challenges I’ve been dealing with since getting on the air is that since my signal is often down in the noise, my call sign is very difficult to hear. Even phonetically, it gets misheard quite a bit. The “Yankee” in “Kilo Charlie Seven Romeo Yankee Sierra” is constantly mis-heard as …

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Apr 10

BITX40: Going Digital with JT65

Last week I posted about adding Upper Sideband to the BITX40, which is not an Upper Sideband radio. Once I got that modification done, I could clearly hear the JT65 signals on 7.076mhz, but… what were they saying? It was time to dive into the world of Digital HF! What is JT65? Simply put, digital …

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Apr 07

Modifying the BITX40 for Upper Sideband

These are the capacitors to remove, c91 and c92

Because some digital modes require Upper SideBand (USB) to work properly, many people have been wondering how to get the BITX40 on Upper Sideband. Well, I’m here to show you- it’s pretty easy! First, we need to understand that to get the BITX40 on Upper Sideband, we just want to change from a negative offset …

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