Just finished my Pixie 2 transceiver (pics)

Discussion in 'Homebrew and Kit Projects' started by VK2ZYZ, Jul 13, 2008.

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  1. VK2ZYZ

    VK2ZYZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just finished this little rig, took all of about 2 hours and $10. I am blown away by the performance, I used 2N2222A transistors instead of the 2N3904s recomended. I also added volume control and a 600kcs RIT switch. So far I have been heard loud and clear 10klms away and can receive SSB very clearly, it's very stable as well. For an antenna I was using my 80M dipole and a tuner I built inside of an old computer case. I haven't worked a QSO as of yet because I am using a colorburst crystal and here in Australia cw usually stays down at the bottom of 80M so nobody is looking on my frequency. I am ordering a crystal in the cw portion of the band so that should increase my chances. My friend is excited and is building his own Pixie 2 and we are both building BITX20's. I'm also including a picture of the QRP Random wire Antenna tuner I'm building, it has a AM tuning cap in it but I am changing that to a small air gap cap, and also changing the Phono plugs at the back to BNC. ANyway, back to the soldering Iron.

    73's all
  2. KC4UMO

    KC4UMO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good job OM.
    Looks nice.
  3. WF7A

    WF7A Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hats off to you! Have fun!!
  4. K8WPJ

    K8WPJ Banned QRZ Page

    That's a neat little radio charley!

    great job!

    Got a link to the schematics? I'll bet there's a few around here that might want to try it for themselves.

    Fine work all the way, and I hope to work you on the bands sometime.



    *Budget concessions have forced cutbacks in all areas until conditions improve.:rolleyes:
  5. W4INF

    W4INF Ham Member QRZ Page


  6. AG3Y

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    That is so KOOL ! ! ! Great example of "ugly construction". I bet your friend and you will have a grand time with those rigs!

    It shouldn't be all that hard to make a VFO for 80 meters. Check out Doug DeMaw's QRP handbook for excellent schematics and advice on going about it!

    My hat's off to you and your buddy ! 73, Jim
  7. VK2TIL

    VK2TIL Ham Member QRZ Page

  8. KB3PXZ

    KB3PXZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great job. Somebody tell this guy about breadboard. He must be going crazy soldering all those component leads together like that. It really is amazing though
  9. AB8RO

    AB8RO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ugly construction is fast. Breadboard is not always better and for RF circuits is often worse.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2008
  10. W8ZNX

    W8ZNX Ham Member QRZ Page

    its called ugly construction
    its relaited to dead bug style

    cheap easy and works

    lots of qrp rigs are built using these building styles
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