Category Archive: Hacks

Jan 27

Arduino is so easy that MisDotGeek gets a new header

I sat down at my desk tonight not sure what I was going to do. Right now I’m between QRP projects, as my uBITX hasn’t arrived yet and I’m not quite ready to put up my new antenna (I’ve got some building to do). So I grabbed an Arduino from my parts bin and a …

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Jan 25

Ham Radio for $100 Part 1: VHF

It is often said that ham radio is a very expensive Hobby. It is my aim in this blog post to show you that while ham radio can be expensive, it doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive to get started and have a lot of fun on the air! We’re going to look at three …

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Jan 03

W7RLF talks BITX on Amateur Radio Roundtable with Tom, W5KUB and Dave KE0OG

On January 2nd 2018 I was honored to be a guest on Tom Medlin’s Amateur Radio Roundtable over at W5KUB.com.   Dave Casler KE0OG, Tom and I discussed various BITX40 and uBITX questions: Are the BITX radio beginner friendly? Is it hard to get contacts on the air? Are there cases available for those who …

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Dec 14

Low Budget Tools and Parts For The Budget Builder

The uBITX is now out, QRP Labs QCX is on the market, and the BITX40 is still a fantastic kit- Hams all around the world are preparing burn some solder and get on the air! If the BITX40 has taught me anything it’s that you don’t need anything fancy to get your radio on the …

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Nov 30

BITX40 PTT Enhancement for Digital or CW

The BITX40 PTT is a simple circuit: A switch grounds out the PTT Relay and the transceiver goes into transmit. As a stripped down SSB radio, this works fine and is simple and uses few parts. Why modify it? The challenge is that the PTT circuit is not solid state. The PTT circuit is just …

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