Category: Amateur Radio

The Bitx Easy: More Details Emerge!

5/10/20: Updated information here: https://miscdotgeek.com/bitx-easy-more-details-tentative-pricing-and-release-date/ In a recent post “The BITX40 is dead. Long Live the BITX40!” we talked about the demise of the HFSignals.com version of the BITX40, and offered some details about a different BITX kit that is coming out soon: The Bitx Easy. We’ve been able to get some more details about …

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The BITX40 is dead. Long Live the BITX40!

In December 2016, Ashhar Farhan and the company HF Signals in India released the BITX40, a simple SSB radio for 40 meter HF. For $45, one could buy the kit with its preassembled board and minimal soldering required to be on the air. Soon after, it was packaged with an Arduino/si5351 based digital tuning mechanism …

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DSB Digital: Friend, or Foe?

I recently became aware that there are companies selling Double Side Band radios for use on digital HF frequencies (FT8 specifically) on 40m, 30m, and 20m. In this post we’re going to take a look at what these rigs are, what they were originally designed for, and then you can decide whether these should be …

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Baofeng UV-9R on Sale

I like to keep an eye out for a good deal as much as anyone else, and my jaw about dropped when I saw this deal over at Banggood.com. It’s a dual band 10W HT for $23.99! Pair that with a genuine Nagoya antenna, and you’ve got a pretty decent radio setup for very little. …

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QSX Update: June 2019

Welcome to the June 2019 QSX Update. We’ve spent some time collecting information about the QSX and thought you’d like to read it all in one place. At the Four Days In May conference (FDIM), Hans Summers did a presentation about the QSX, and it’s been collected in audio. Both the audio and a slideshow …

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AF5HD’s L-Match Tuner Build

A fun project for every QRP enthusiast is an L-match tuner. We’ve built a couple here at MiscDotGeek and our latest build (shown here) inspired Billy Dunn (AF5HD) to build a similar tuner. We have to say, this one turned out better than ours did! The only trouble he ran into was that one of …

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Toroid Tip #4: Counting!

As a collector of tips and tricks that I can use when building radio stuff. I’m also a writer and I love sharing knowledge. When Todd, N0IP shared a tip that I can’t believe I didn’t think of myself, I just had to write it up! For the other three tips, see the link at …

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The DC40 is complete- and dual band!

In December 2018, we published 5 articles all based on the DC40 project, starting with Part 1. We last left off with a few pieces that definitely made up a receiver. But, it was just parts on the bench and really needed a case. Then in February 2019 we picked up a Panasonic AM/FM Cassette …

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MiscDotGeek talks Radio Homebrew on W5KUB!

Here at MiscDotGeek we’ve been pretty busy with Real Life Stuff, and it’s been hard to find time to hack on radios lately. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have time to talk about hacking on radios! And that’s exactly what we did last week on the W5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable broadcast. In fact, we …

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QSX Update: February 2019

QSX Update February 2019

It’s the last day of February 2019, and if you’re like me you’ve been waiting ever so patiently for QRP Labs to release their upcoming QSX all-band HF rig. It’s slated to be feature packed SDR based radio, starting out as a 40 meter radio but will be expandable to cover all bands between 160 …

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