Tag: homemade

Revising the “Lean Design Transceiver”

  The “Lean Design Transceiver” has been a project to build a simplified but effective 100% analog SSB QRP transceiver with minimum effort. The radio worked fine but there is never anything that can not be improved. So, this transceiver, originally built in 2018, also has been scheduled for a revision. The problems were minor, …

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“Gimme Five” reloaded – A compact 5 band QRP SSB transceiver in SMD technology: VFO, LO, MCU etc.

As mentioned in the introductory article to this radio the digital components in this transceiver are pre-manufactured modules that have only been put together in a more or less sensible way. ;-). These modules are: AD9850 as variable frequency oscillator (VFO), China made no-name board, Si5351 as local oscillator (LO) produced by “Adafruit”, Arduino Pro…

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Mixer comparison: “NE612” vs. “AN612”

Abstract The well-known mixer NE612 (NXP) will be compared to an AN612 (Matsushita/Panasonic) mixer that has been unsoldered from an old CB-SSB-radio. Comparison will include output voltage level and spectroscopic analysis of a 9MHz SSB signal. The NE612 When we talk about about integrated double balanced mixers (DBM) and say the number “612” we usually…

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Constructing a high performance transceiver for voice communication on 14MHz

  Abstract A general and good practice in engineering is a steady process of improvement. This  article describes the construction of a high performance transmitter/receiver for SSB (voice) communication covering the 14MHz (20 meters) high frequency amateur radio band. Various modules that have proven high performance, liability and ruggedness in recent constructions will be combined…

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SSB Transceiver, 7MHz, 50 Watts, with Dual-DDS-System

In this paper we will discuss a single sideband amateur radio transmitter/receiver for the 40 meter band that has been designed to ensure  good performance characteristics with reasonable number of parts (no “overkill” in component use), particularly concerning the receiver. Circuit simplicity and over-average performance were to be combined. The background: Some years ago I…

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