This is the front panel of the 20-M CW/SSB transceiver. The antique National tuning dial solves the "reverse tuning" problem of the VFO. The VFO tunes down from 5.5 MHz through 5.0 MHz as the rig tunes up from 14.0 MHz to 14.5 MHz.

The dial not only reverses mechanical direction of the VFO shaft, but also provides a mechanical variable tuning rate. The tuning rate is selected by moving the silver ball detent, visible just above the main tuning knob.

It's "retro" technology, with ugly construction. But, it works.

The AI2Q log shows DXCC on 20-M fone with this rig, feeding 1.5-W into a doublet antenna at a height of 66-ft.

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Here's a view of the top of the QRP transceiver, revealing the highly modular nature of the assembly.

Each board-level module was built, tested independently, installed, and then tested in situ in conjunction with the other modules. No attempt was made at "beautifying" these assemblies.

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This view shows the receiver section RF amplifier multi-section miniature tuning capacitor.

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Here you can see the transmitter's mixers, RF drivers, change-over relay, and MOSFET power amplifier and output filter stages.

No attempt was made to miniaturize any of this circuitry, hence the great amount of unused real estate.

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This is the rear panel of the transceiver, dominated by the BFO board housing a 9-MHz crystal oscillator.

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The bottom of the transceiver shows the unshielded Ten-Tec 4-pole crystal filter daughterboard, as well as the Toko active noise filter (black multi-pin package at the lower left-hand corner of the main board).

A separate 9-MHz receiver-only BFO is located at the upper left of the main board.

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