Re: Blown by nearby transceiver #bitx40help

Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...>

​Thanks for your comments!   I have built now one Bix40 (dualbanded to 80 with a switch) inside of an upside-down bread making pan from a thrift store ($1).   

Another on a plastic desk organizer ($1)

I've built I think TWO "external VFOs" based on the Raduino for older Heathkits and both of them went into upside-down metal cookware from a Thrift Store ($1 or less, each) --- the prices on new metal enclosures I agree are out of my interest range.   The people I teach locally won't even buy a Signalink so we built our own sound-card interfaces on our own PCB (thank you for teaching me to use China --- that will cut my costs by 75%) -- and used $5 Adafruit sound dongles.

Cheaper is always apprecaited by retired folk on Social Security and the Thrift Store offers enormous options for smaller gear like this.


From: <> on behalf of Jack Purdum via Groups.Io <jjpurdum@...>
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 12:18 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Blown by nearby transceiver #bitx40help
No, I was dead serious.

Suggesting that someone has to be crazy to use a plastic case for an xcvr is uncalled for. Much of my work is done with an eye to the ham (or potential ham) who has limited income for our hobby. (See my intro to the Forty-9er article, March, 2016, QST.) There are a lot of people who cannot afford a $50 Hammond aluminum case. There are others who don't have the tools to work with aluminum; even a $30 nibbling tool is out of reach. Some who choose a plastic case may do so for economic reasons, but it could also they want it as light as possible and, when working a SOTA location, they're not overly-concerned about stray RFI. It may be they just like the way a plastic case looks. The popularity of 3-D printed cases is an example. Indeed, we all have read about hams who have mounted their BITX in the plastic case it came in. Others have used cigar boxes. I used an acrylic case for the Forty-9er because I wanted the visitors at the next Field Day to see that a viable rig does not have to be complicated.

So, no, I don't think it was called for because there are a lot of viable reasons for not using a metal case and to imply that someone who does needs to wear a foil hat is uncalled for.

Jack, W8TEE

On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 07:27 am, Gordon Gibby wrote:

Hi Jack, I hope your response was in jest!

From: Jack Purdum <jjpurdum@...>
To: "" <>
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Blown by nearby transceiver #bitx40help

Fashion a hat with any leftover [aluminum foil] scraps.

Uncalled for...

Jack, W8TEE

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