Re: Jim's questions and stability queries...


Thanks so much for the responses everyone, they've all been more than
motivating. Also special thanks to you Ashhar, for taking time out to
help thusfar.
This project does look truly unique in that I will really be able to
test every step of the way, and fully understand the very concept of
what makes a radio work. Should I encounter any problems, it seems
that it would be quite easy to identify and resolve.

Again, can't wait to get started, and really appreciate the help.


--- In BITX20@..., "Ashhar Farhan" <farhan@...> wrote:


there would be far less stability problems if you built modular style!!
you will have better isolation and the manhattan style also provides
a ground plane for excellent stability.

that said, i think i need to clarify somethings about the PA stability

ours is an open project that is largely driven by the community of
rather than
a single person or organization. hence, there is a difference
between how
issues are raised and
resolved here.

to begin with, let me say that the bitx's PA stability issues are not
serious. It is, in fact, one of the more stable power amplifier line
ups out
there. every stage has negative feedback except the power amplifier
and they
are all individually stable.

If we had mandated a single type of construction, same type of
power supply etc, we would have got repeatable performance from each

however, ours is a different approach, a quick look at the group's photo
section will reveal that everything from altoid tin boxes to boat
have been tried as enclosures. constructions have ranged from
done PCBs to rat's nest wirings.

the most redeeming feature of bitx is every one of them finally
works. this
is not due to any particular magic of circutry, but the nature of the
project. it is one of the most well understood homebrew projects,
hams with years of experience like leonard, dan, arv, etc. have
worked for
days at it, understanding the nuances and making us aware of the
issues, and
solving them.

like any other open source project, you will find several people
out to issues and others solving them. that doesn't mean that this
has more issues than others. it is a testament to the culture of
enquiry and
elmering that ham radio has stood for.

- farhan

On Feb 8, 2008 4:15 AM, JShroomy <jshroomy@...> wrote:

Hello all.
I've been looking for such a transceiver project for a while, and
finally came across the BITX20.
So far I've found about 50% of the components needed, and getting
to order the other half from mouser.
I've built several kits before including an ATS3A which were all
flawless, so I'm a pretty experienced kit builder, and not so much
a "from-scratcher".
I'm planning to build it manhattan style using the schematic from
Hendricks kits.
For now, I'm wondering if there are any RF/stability issues I might
encounter by building this in a modular fashion. I was wanting to
each section on its own small board, and then join them all
together as
I go along. Are there any issues w/ building this design in that
Is regular hookup wire sufficient to join module connections, or is
there a benefit to using shielded rg174, etc.
I'm really looking forward to taking on this project as my first
scratch built radio.
Thanks in advance,
Jim - AB9LM

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