Project LOAP (Lipstick On A Pig) – Pixie XCVR Mods with Outboard CW Filter and Audio Amp

The 40 Meter Pixie (available at the time of writing for about $7 assembled on eBay) is an interesting minimalist transceiver design – crystal controlled, 2 transistors and an audio amplifier chip.    And you are on the air with a unit that you can make QSO’s with!  Naturally,  there is much room for improvement, and it can in fact be done for only a few dollars more.  Below I describe a set of additions that I think really enhances the Pixie’s usefulness.

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$3 to Quintuple the Output Power of a 40 M Pixie Transceiver

The Pixie is a fun and popular QRP transceiver kit.  However, typical output power on 40 M is only about 300 to 500 milli-Watts – a bit too QRPp at times…

In this article I’ll show cheap and easy ways to pump up the output power to around 1.2 or over 2 Watts, depending upon the power supply type and crystal activity.

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A Manual PC/Laptop Clock Sync Program for Digital Modes

From the WSJT-X online User’s Manual ===>

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
– A means for synchronizing the computer clock to UTC within ±1 second

Using digital communications formats like JT65/9, WSPR, meteor scatter MSK144, or any mode that requires clock synchronization, can be tough without access to network time or a GPS unit.

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