From: Dah-Jyuu D. Wang (ddw2@Lehigh.EDU)
Had finally finished my 20m SSB QRP project (took almost 2 years since I
started everything from scratch, including PCB). It was a rig based on a
single conversion RX (MCL SBL-1 for mixer, 2 MC1350 IF, AGC and another
SBL-1 for detector) and a simple Tx (Ne602 Mixer, 2n2222, 2n5109 drive and
an IRF511 final) with an output of about 1 Watt on my Tek453 scope. Tested
the thing last Friday, no smoke just like the NN1G MKII I built last time.
I think building them slowly helps as I had found a lot of time when I put
stuff together hastily, I almost alway quaranteed for some smokes.
Calling CQ for a while w/o takers. Went camping for three days in a log
cabin at French Creek state park, PA. Took the rig with me plus a Hustler
ant on the car roof. Calling CQ still no taker. Went home Sunday, hooked
the rig up to my dipole in the attic. Calling CQ again for a while, nothing,
tuning the dial around and found a +20 db signal, decide to give it a try.
Bingo! W5ZR/126 in Louisiana came back with part of my call sign. Got a 55
report, not bad for 1 watt. He does have a good antena (an 4 element quad)
and a good pair of ears. My next project probably will either be the
"Hall Mark" digital voice record/player (QST article) or a booster amp
(5W or something) as running 1w on 20m is not as pleasant as 1w CW on 40m.
I would love to find out where does QRPer hang out on 20m, Is there an
official SSB QRP frequency on 20m? I am also interested in operating tips
from SSB QRPer who own/operated 20m SSB QRP rig like MFJ or QRP+.
Like to thank the folks for helping me out on this project by providing
infos and leads. Special thanks to LB/W4RNL for providing me a copy of an
20m transceiver article.
Looking forward to the 100+ Cascade kits that will be on the air soon (has
anyone received it yet?). I would love to order the Cascade but I am trying
to keep the ambient noise (from my XYL) down a little, 8-) .
That's all folks.
73 de D.J./ N2YKP
D. J. Wang, Ph.D./ N2YKP Lehigh University
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