I love the Bit and
uBit. It brought some hams to actually look under the hood.
A legacy of Heathkit?
I got my license in
1961. Because of Ham Radio, I went on to college and
struggled for a BSEE.
Always an experimenter,
while posing for the dollar as an engineer. I could have worked
at the 76 Gas Station I worked for in
high school! Wow,
After all, look what
it has done to bring all these folks from EVERYWHERE together.
That's what working DX
has done for years. I love meeting folks from New Zealand or
England or Anywhere!
In one weekend
contest, I made 126 foreign contacts on a home made beam on
10M. Yes DXCC + in one weekend.
Long Live Ash and his
On 9/3/2018 5:37 PM, Warren Allgyer
I refer you to a famous story. It comes in many variations and
this is just one: http://www.dltk-teach.com/fables/stonesoup/mtale.htm
I am the last person to discourage experimentation.... it is
what I do, both for a living and for fun. But this is getting
We have here a platform that literally does nothing well.
Nothing. Its only claims to fame are 1) It is inexpensive and 2)
it is software configurable. The uBitx is a horrible
transmitter, perhaps a worse receiver, bereft of simple
operating niceties like AGC, ALC, preselection filtering, etc.
As it comes out of the box it is illegal for air operations in
most countries in the world. Its receiver has no front end, no
filtering, miserly overall gain, and lousy audio. The
transmitter cannot be put on the air legally and maintained
without thousands of dollars of lab grade test equipment. Even
as a core SSB generator it is 1960's technology executed badly.
And all of that would not be so bad if it were not for the fact
that it IS put on the air, in the vast majority of cases,
without the necessary lab equipment and testing simply because
it does a lot of bands very inexpensively. This is the Twinkie
offered to a starving child, the shipping container begging to
become a multimillion dollar condominium, the tricycle with
dreams of winning the Indy 500. All possible..... but all
ultimately futile for all but a persistent, doggedly stubborn
few. And the others who try will simply add to the noise and
junk that has become HF around the world.
Even the narrative that this represents employment for needy
women in a third world country.... even that does not justify
foisting this on amateur radio operators around the world.
Producing garbage does not lift a segment out of poverty..... it
just makes more garbage. It is very, very disappointing to see
the hobby I have loved for 50 years be reduced to this.
If there was ever an electronic analogue for "Stone Soup", it
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