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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Power line Cable Connections Bitx3B 3C

If you could not find comprehensive information on the cable assembly of Bitx3B/3C then you can now get
detailed information now.

We start of with the power connector assembly which is connected between the PA Board and the
Exciter.

The Power Connector is made up of  2 Nos of 4 PIN relimate connectors joined together,
The other modules like the Freq Counter / Audio Mute / AGC and a new option CW adapter can all be connected to the power assembly cable +12 Volts always on line.  The brown wire is the 12 volts always on line.

Black Wire =  Ground

Brown Wire = =12 V Always On

Orange Wire =  RX line

Red Wire = TX Line







  

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dead Bug Construction " Enclosure "

Some exiting new products are to be added to our inventory soon.  The first product which is ready to be sold is a Dead Bug Construction  Enclosure . This enclosure could be used for .

1. Ham Radio Projects. like receivers, transmitter, CW  tcvr, FM receiver, shortwave rx, and many more suitable projects

2. Audio Amplifier's DIY

Many other suitable Options.

The picture of our mini case is presented below:











The case could be bought with out accessories or with the accessories in the picture.

The other projects that will be added soon is a external CW adapter / Cum Morse code practice oscillator, which can be used with any ssb tcvr home brew or  commercial, which do not have facility for ssb mode.

The third project is a Digital Interface for using all digital modes with our Bitx or other tcvr's

The enclosure to be added to our store this week end. The other two products to be added by next month.

best of 73s

Sunil







Monday, June 8, 2015

BITX40 - PHILIPPINE edition

It gives us immense pleasure to see some Hams around the world building the bitx with great success and gaining much more experience and pleasure in doing so. This is a short summary of a similar experience by one of our friend from the Philippines Mr Jonathan / DV2NAH.

The Bitx40 Philippines edition is presented by Jonathan / DV2NAH in his own words as follows:

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BITX40 - PHILIPPINE edition
Here is the loooong story:
I have an itch to build something when I stumbled upon the BITX20. I previously built a 2W QRP rig and I am pretty much dismayed with its performance. Reading a lot of good things about the BITX (and watching countless hours watching on you tube) and reading K7HKL article and PY2OHH, I had an idea how to convert it to 40M. I ordered a kit from Mr Sunil.


I went to work immediately the moment I received the kit. I did not
follow the instruction manual, i built it starting from the audio amp
and went my way backward to the BPF/RF amp, testing each stage and
making notes as I went along.



The first snag was the RX since I played with the caps on the filter. To solve this, I simply used the original values and adjusted the BFO; measured the center frequency of the filter and programmed the DDS VFO (I did not use the original VFO) and was rewarded with a quiet but sensitive receiver. I am happy!
Completing the linear amp and testing it almost broke me and question my skill to build this radio. I only get 2W and worse it oscillates! I posted at the groups and was rewarded with helpful response from the experts. I also pestered Mr Sunil with countless questions and emails to PE1JXI.
Following WJ6C’s advice, I rewound the output coil making it trifillar then removed the PI filter (at the gate) and 220pF at the drain. This time I got about 4.5W max output.
With nothing else to do, I rewired the DDS to the input of the PA board and set it to have 7.2 MHz output at 250mV. Checked the output and the PA still oscillates! It seems that the PA is easily overdriven, I replaced the mic gain pot with a 10k resistor and 200 ohm trimmer in series.I rewired everything back together again and reviewed everything – parts, connections, voltages, waveforms- all checked out against the manual.
I went away from the project; I am now seriously considering of junking the PA and build another circuit. After several days, I found an 18Vac transformer by accident. I remembered something about the IRF510 behaving better at higher voltages so I quickly connected it and was surprised to have 7W before breaking into oscillation. It will only oscillate if I max out the mic gain adjustment (now it’s a 10k R in series with a 200 ohm trimmer).

Encouraged, I scavenged another AC transformer, this time it’s a 24V 3amps. Lo and behold I now have 15-20W output with no oscillation on a dummy load(my hopes of making this into a portable radio is now gone)! Excited, I connected it to my 40M antenna via a tuner ( I still don’t have a LPF). I made a successful contact to a station roughly a thousand kilometers away with a respectable 5X5 signal report! I am now a happy BITXer!

  
However, after a few minutes my BITX40 suddenly went dead. The IRF510 was hot and much to my horror I now have a shorted IRF510! This pulled the power supply down killing my BITX!
Disappointed since the IRF510 is not locally available, I went back to my junk box. I still have a couple of IRFZ44V from –of all junk – a dead UPS, so with nothing else to lose I soldered the IRFZ44V in place of the IRF510.
Much to my delight, I now have close to 25W output on a dummy load even without adjusting anything! I don’t know anything about the IRFZ44N worse my multimeter’s ammeter doesn’t work so I can’t set the idle current properly. Just to be safe, I replaced the heat sink with something bigger; adjusted the gate voltage to 1.75V (it used to be 2.5V); reduced the driver stage gain by adding 1K across the 2.2K R. I now have 12-15w output and slight heating of the heat sink. Having several long QSO with other hams in the Philippines for several hours confirmed that it’s now working.
I honestly do not know if the IRFZ44V is a perfect replacement of the IRF510, I only remember seeing a linear amp circuit on the web which used an IRFZ24 and I asked the author if an IRFZ44V will work. His answer was yes, so I thought this will work for me.


Many thanks to Ashar, WJ6C, PE1JXI, AD5YE, Mr Sunil and everyone for all the support. I really learned a lot and this is what I love most with this hobby, 73!
Jonathan / DV2NAH


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We are thankful to Jonathan / DV2NAH  for his sharing  his experience and story of building Bitx3.

Do you have a similar experience?  send in your story so that we can share your experience with the world of Amateur Radio. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bitx 3C SBL-1 Schematic

After the Bitx3C ADE-1  we present the  Bitx3C  SBL-1 . The schematic is being published here.

The Bitx3C SBL  kit will be soon available on our online store.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tunning Range For The Bitx3b/3c

Two pictures being published which show the tunning range with 1sv149 being used in our Bitx series.

From 13.994 TO  14.418.  with the same schematic values for the VFO section.



Bitx3C With SBL-1 Mixer

Good News for people who are not being able to find ADE-1 ASK mixer and would still like to build the Bitx3C version. We now have a new pcb BITX 3C with SBL-1 Mixer.

The BITX3C with SBL-1  mixer has been tested completely and works great. we shall be providing the PCB soon on our website as well as on our ebay store.

Also is available  the BITX3C SBL-1  AS A KIT or just a pcb to buy.
we shall provide the schematic but no manual, the same Bitx3B manual can be used as most stages are same, leaving the mixers.

Some pictures below of Bitx3C with SBL-1 mixer, i have also mounted the BC549 in the mic pre amp for Q15 as mentioned in the last post.

BITX3C SBL-1 VERSION BUILT UP FOR DEMO

BITX3C SBL-1  PCB 
                 

Dynamic Microphone For Bitx

Lately I have been using a Dynamic microphone for Bitx3B as shown in pictures below.The audio seems to be quite good with it.

One important part that has to be installed in line of microphone is a 3.3uf  Tantalum capacitor, to block the positive 12 volts TX voltage.

Q15 which is 2n3904 in the mic pre amp stage can be changed to  BC549 which is a  low noise VERSION, 
The gain seems to be better then 2n3904 and much better audio quality, it has to mounted in reverse.




Monday, April 13, 2015

New Pictures Bitx3B

For our Bitx3b builders my priority was to build another Bitx3b tcvr , this one with mods on the PA and Exciter Board. The building up of a new Bitx3b ssb tcvr  for 20mt band has been  greatly  rewarding,

Recently i made many contacts on the air with DX and as well as Local stations in India. The stability of PA is excellent with the mod of cutting off  the RX antenna on Transmit, so NO oscillation's from the PA now.

I have attached some pictures of the new build set.

The audio mute board tends to overlap the PA board a bit, this happened because of adding few extra
components to the PA board mod of antenna cut of to RX on transmit. The audio mute board can be mounted with some extra spacers so that the board sits a bit above the PA Board.

A few of you may have problem with the screws size for the case sent, if you have not been able to find screws locally then kindly send me an email for a set to be sent for your Bitx 3b case.

Some pictures which i took of a new Bitx3B build by me recently.

If any one has problem in building the Bitx3b he can be free to email me

best of 73s




















Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bitx3B Modules Layout And Connections

                       Here is a complete layout of Bitx3B modules

                        Hope it helps all Bitx 3B Builders.



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bitx3B High Resolution Pictures

We are publishing some latest and very clear pictures of high resolution for Bitx3B Exciter-PA-AGC and Audio Mute modules.

Hope it helps the builders with location of part values etc.

Bitx3B Exciter-PA-AGC-Audio Mute

AGC 

Audio Mute

VFO Stage Bitx3B 

Bitx 3B PA
Bitx3B Exciter 


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