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Still waiting for my uBITX to be shipped.  :'( :'( :'(
Technical Corner / Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
« Last post by Andywragg on March 08, 2018, 05:48:28 AM »
I finally got my QRPGuys CW paddle assembled this weekend just gone. The paddle screws supplied were way too short for the task, but I managed to scrounge something suitable out of my parts bin. I've emailed them about it so they are aware.

I've started my intermediate license training and also started to re-learn morse  and did some training with one of the club 'elmers' achieving 80% copy rate at 20wpm for exercises 1 and 2 in the morse book. I also had a go at sending earlier (12wpm) this week but I found out that I was in the wrong mode for the frequency i had dialled in. Pity they don't tell you that you need a morse oscillator to send slow morse over 145.250 and use FM.
Any how - lesson learned. Here's some pics of full rig using a borrowed FT817.

Technical Corner / Re: I finished my Weber Soda Pop!
« Last post by Andywragg on March 08, 2018, 05:03:47 AM »
Nice work there Gil.
Technical Corner / Re: I finished my Weber Soda Pop!
« Last post by CroPrepper on March 07, 2018, 05:57:12 PM »
Nice job. Looks like a soviet geiger counter from early cold war era :D

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Well I finally received the enclosure for the uBitx, this was the hardest part of this whole project. I crossed the first hurdle and measured and drill the holes for the main board. Now to cut the display into the front panel, this is my least favorite thing to do :'(. I came to a sad conclusion on this project, I will be separating the display from the main board so that the display can be in the middle of the panel. I just couldn't have looked at it with the display over on the left side of the panel. So now I need to devise a method of short jumper wires or a custom made flat ribbon. If I dont mess up the cutout this is going to look very good.

Antennas / Re: Windom Antenna Analysis With The MR100.
« Last post by gil on March 06, 2018, 05:45:15 PM »
Awesome. I'll tell you, I came back from anything not fed at the center or at the end. Too much trouble with stray currents...

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Technical Corner / Re: I finished my Weber Soda Pop!
« Last post by gil on March 06, 2018, 05:41:32 PM »
Yep, that will be a major build!

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Technical Corner / Re: I finished my Weber Soda Pop!
« Last post by caulktel on March 06, 2018, 05:32:20 PM »
Looks great Gil, time to enjoy it now before the Slop Buckets get here :)

Technical Corner / I finished my Weber Soda Pop!
« Last post by gil on March 06, 2018, 05:09:36 PM »

I finally got it all done!

  • Added an acrylic green screen.
  • Three 18650 cells in the case.
  • Inboard balanced charger.
  • Inboard MPPT solar charge controller.
  • Balanced port and lead for external charger.
  • Mini speaker.

I destroyed two acrylic screens and one speaker before getting it all packed up :o
The plug near the speaker is the balanced charging port.
Time to get my ass outside now  ;D

Antennas / Re: Building a 2m Slim Jim Antenna.
« Last post by CroPrepper on March 06, 2018, 06:33:50 AM »
I thought about getting the MR100 but in the end I discarded that idea. As far I understand is you can't use it in series with the rig? Another point is that a lot of people talk about calibrating, so the initial calibration is questionable and it does not cover VHF.

I will get a simple SWR meter (Diamong SX-20C for 80) that will be hooked up in line with the antenna. As soon I get my 817ND I intend to make a linked dipole for not yet determined bands in combination with the SWR meter. I still dont know if a tuner is necessary if I cut to resonate lengths, I guess SWR will vary everytime I install that thing on a different location.
SX-20C 3.5-30MHz, 50-54MHz,130-150MHz, 300 W

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