Ham Radio: Workbench- 33 Hacking the Bit-X 40

The BITX40 is a $60 Arduino controlled 7 watt QRP SSB 40 meter transceiver designed and built by Ashar Farhan VU2ESE.  They are available as a “kit” from http://www.hfsigs.com/ .  The assembly only involves soldering wires for things like speakers, power, and microphones and also finding a suitable case.  We originally spoke about the BITX40 back in Episode 26

Mark “Smitty” Smith KR6ZY is back with us again to share with us the modifications and upgrades he’s made to the original BITX40 over the summer.  In this episode, we discuss adding upper sideband capabilities, adding an IF shift, and even multibanding the radio!  Smitty shares lots of great resources and ideas in this episode of the Workbench.

Smitty KR6ZY can be found online on twitter @smittyhalibut (https://twitter.com/smittyhalibut) and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/SmittyHalibut

Cale K4CDN is taking a much deserved break for the rest of the year!

Workbench Autodesk Eagle board layout tutorial with KF7IJZ, KJ6VU, W6KWF, and KR6ZY –

OSHPark Board Manufacturer – https://oshpark.com/

ESP01 / ESP8266

QRP Labs Filter Kits

D-STAR QSO Party – https://www.icom.co.jp/world/dqp/

Silicon Dust HDHomeRun OTA TV to IP Box – https://www.silicondust.com/

Smitty’s BITX40 Intro Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ESph5JCOpw

BITX40 Mods

Groups.io – https://groups.io/g/BITX20

BitX Hacks – http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com/

Raduino Software – https://groups.io/g/BITX20/wiki/Raduino-Topics

Allard’s Software – https://groups.io/g/BITX20/wiki/Allard%27s-Raduino-Code

Software upgrades https://github.com/amunters/bitx40/

Make it do CW http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com/2017/03/nd6t-bitx-cw-update.html http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com/2017/02/putting-bitx-raduino-on-cw.html

USB and LSB (for digital) – https://groups.io/g/BITX20/wiki/USB-LSB-operation

Front panel and case – https://www.banggo