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General Discussion / Re: Hi - I'm the new guy M6UAW
« Last post by gil on December 12, 2017, 07:04:49 AM »
Congratulations Andy! Don't forget to add your call sign to QRZ.com.
Not sure how far you are from the vicinity of Lille... I wish I had a permanent 2m antenna. Maybe I should install a Yagi on the roof, pointed towards England...

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« Last post by gagcon on December 11, 2017, 07:48:31 PM »
Sounds like the KX3 in a waterproof box.


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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« Last post by cockpitbob on December 11, 2017, 05:10:26 PM »
Does anyone know how much power the uBITX draws during receive?  Battery life is important and nearly an obsession in this forum 8).
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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« Last post by Andywragg on December 11, 2017, 04:39:06 PM »
I was just reading the BITX40 group pages and they've already sold out the first batch of UBITX kits. It's going to be a minimum of 3 weeks before any more are available.
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General Discussion / Re: Hi - I'm the new guy M6UAW
« Last post by Andywragg on December 11, 2017, 03:58:32 PM »
Thanks and Hi CockpitBob.

I'm in Sheffield IO93HI so unlikely to get Gil on SSB, I do 2m and 73cm contests at our club (Worksop ARS IO93KH) and have never got a french station. We can sometimes get stations on the south coast but not the other side of the channel. The 2m Yagi at the club is optimised for contest work as well. I have no SSB capability at present at home.

That radio (in the second link ) is the UBITX, the next step on from the BITX40. I was planning on getting a BITX40 in the new year just as soon as funds allow, but I may now wait until I can afford the UBITX, as it contains some of the mods I was planning for the BITX40 once I get my 2E0 callsign.

I've got got myself an arduino starter kit and have some bits on the way to allow me to experiment with rotary encoders, VFO's and TFT displays.

When I first started messing with radio's it was powered by lightning in a bottle (valves).
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General Discussion / Re: Hi - I'm the new guy M6UAW
« Last post by cockpitbob on December 11, 2017, 02:35:21 PM »
Hi Andy,
Welcome to the board!  Welcome to the hobby!

Depending on where you are in the UK, there's a chance you and Gil (in France) could hit each other on 2m if you make yourself a cheap Yagi.  Gil has been getting into the weak-signal stuff (SSB on VHF).  Here's his YouTube on building a portable 6-element 2m Yagi.
https://youtu.be/6quIk_X3QIE

Hi guys, Just received my UK Foundation Callsign over the weekend - M6UAW. I only have FM capability on 2m and 70cm at the moment but looking forward to moving into HF comms when the finances allow.
Go see this thread that caulktel just started.  A fully built board-set for a 3MHz - 30MHz SSB & CW rig for $109!  The rig is brand new, so I don't think much is known about it, but it's done by the crew that does the BITx kits, and they have a solid reputation.
http://radiopreppers.com/index.php?topic=1384.0

We truly are in the glory days of ham radio ;D
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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« Last post by caulktel on December 11, 2017, 01:24:45 PM »
Hi Andy,

I was just going to suggest the same thing. I ordered one and will report on how well it works.

Joel
N6ALT
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General Discussion / Hi - I'm the new guy M6UAW
« Last post by Andywragg on December 11, 2017, 11:56:28 AM »
Hi guys, Just received my UK Foundation Callsign over the weekend - M6UAW. I only have FM capability on 2m and 70cm at the moment but looking forward to moving into HF comms when the finances allow.
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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« Last post by Andywragg on December 11, 2017, 11:53:24 AM »
Have you seen the UBITX? Just released for sale, and would appear to hit a lot of the features you are looking for. I look like having to sell another kidney......
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Wow!  Fully built and tested surface mount boars!
Nice find.

No mention of current draw in Rx, but just looking at the board and circuitry it can't be bad.

I'd be ordering one right now, but I'm literally 3 projects behind right now ::) and promised myself I wouldn't buy another kit until I got at least 2 of these done :-\
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