Simple functions, and LED tunnel display, but inserting a new 9V battery it sprung into life.
The best bit came when I read the back plate, yes it was made in the "United Kingdom".
This should give hope for us all in the West that we made quality products that last the test of time, and should prove production should return once again.
Of course being a ships ex Radio Operator, Len was also a very proficient CW operator, and this never left him throughout his Amateur radio years.
A few days ago Martin contacted me. who now is now 2E0LEK and following in his late Dad's footsteps with the hobby.
WOW !! I am amazed .... A British engineer has contacted me through the RSGB regarding my late Fathers CW Morse Key, and it is in Santiago Chile. I have been wondering where it had gone, and now I know.
Martin said the chap who has got the old key is Simon, and he said it can be a bit iffy .... His XYL is Angie who bought it from an antiques dealer in Santiago. The dealer found it in a secondhand market in the city, called Persa Bio-Bio……Apparantly a fascinating place to visit if you ever get the chance (but don’t carry any valuables and be very careful).
So Martin is now on the chase to find out how the key arrived in Chile? I know when Len left the old bungalow where he once lived, he cleared the garage out and filled up his VW camper van and took most of the ex MOD equipment to a place called Thackers at Cheslyn Hay (long time gone), Thackers were scrap dealers and breakers in ex ministry gear.
Leave comment below if you have come across the G3LEK CW key on it's travels. Martin would like to hear from anyone, who might know something.
Where could he take the uBITX from here?
Well you have only got to blink these days and things always get updated very quick!
The new V6 uBITX could be the wolf that eat the cat meooow!
Gone is the two line 1602 display, a new 2.8" LCD touch screen is it's replacement. No soldering required is part of the new uBITX sales statement, is this a rig that now plugs together like lego? Gone are connections that once had to be soldered with wire to the 3.5mm sockets for mic, key etc. These are now attached to the new V6 PCB, along with the variable resistor for the volume control, even the encoder doesn't need a soldering iron anymore it comes already attached and soldered up with a plug ready to push into the revised board.
There are two flavours of kit, as before you can just buy the tested PCB kit with raduino, display, hardware and stuff it in a box of your choice (Basic kit) . Or there is now a second choice of a professional predrilled case, (Full kit) which really takes the uBITX to retail standard and looks the part. Both kits, even come with a fist microphone ready to plug in and a speaker for those that purchase the full kit.
Those that have purchased V5 PCB can upgrade to the 2.8" display and update the Raduino firmware, and should read these notes:
I also found the displays are available on ebay.
Further details on it all read this thread here
Head down to HF Signals here for full details about the kit.
Sold as a Single channel 100MHz Scope for less than $80 with what does come with a few flaws, feebles and bugs, which makes it really a 20MHz workable unit. But it does go to show the Chinese are hot, and going places, where manufactures in the West would never enter a market for such a bargain price.
I did a bit of research afterwards and Banggood sell what appears to be the same model as the Dainu ADS5012H for less than £54 UK!! link here.
One person that always inspires me with his enthusiasm for Real HF Mobile radio, is Dave G4AKC.
Dave often takes off to the front of Blackpool promenade, on either his bike, or his recent electric trike towing a trailer load of equipment behind him, that puts most shack's to shame. His late night shift on the cold sea front, or early mornings well wrapped up, quite often produces some long path and rare DX surprises that you wouldn't get from the home QTH, due to a good signal bounce off the sea water and lower noise being out in the open making reception far easier.
The G4AKC website https://www.g4akc.co.uk/ where you can learn more about his exploits has now been added to my Blog right hand panel "Sites that do it for me links".
Another good Blog link EI7GL for Ireland has also been updated in "My Blog List" link again on the right hand panel.