Well I have the FOXX-3 built, but I don’t seem to have any power output. I spent several long hours checking and reheating all the joints to no avail. I’m guessing the transistor driving the relay is shot but I don’t feel like pulling it right now. I’m going to put the kit away and come back to it when I feel more motivated and can get a replacement.
So, I decided to put the Radi0kit-140 40m Pixie-like into an enclosure. I’ve had the finished kit sitting around looking all naked and not hooked to anything. I had bought the kit off of eBay and had put built it a while back. The kit is put out by Yiannis SV1EEZ, of Radi0shop (Note: it’s the number 0 in Radi0.)
The radio itself is an updated Pixie and much better quality than the available Pixie kits. I just checked and I don’t see any of these available on eBay right now, so I’m not sure if they are still available.
In any case, I decided to put the board into the smallest enclose I could find around the house, which turned out to be an empty plastic chewing gum container.
Here is the board in the container. At the top is a momentary switch I’m using as the key, and the audio out jack is to the right of it. The BNC antenna connector is clockwise from that and a power switch with a 9v battery snap connector to the left of that. The rig is fitting a square peg into a round hole, so to speak.
Here is a photo of the rig with the cover on and a 9v battery attached to indicate scale.
It definitely works and puts out about 600mW using the battery. This is definitely something you could toss into a backpack or a carry-on bag with a spool of wire in a similar container.