ROX-2T ARDF RECEIVER
- 12-2009- New PCB.
Volume control, preset trmmer or 9mm panel mount.
Header pins added, for access to AGC line.
LED battery status.
- 06-2008 - Modification (for pcb dated 03:07)
Move 5v regulator to suppy SA602 only click here for details.
- 03-2007 - New PCB.Narrower board, a PP3 battery will now fit within the
The gain and tuning controls are side mounted offering better
protection against water penetration.
The fixing holes for the potentiometers do not require precise location
in the enclosure.
Some refinement of the RF and IF gain control has made the provision of
the 'brute-force' attenuator switch at the front-end unnecessary.
2m ARDF Receiver Description
Searching for old IFTs led me to disassemble a rusty AM/FM shower radio
an interesting looking 18 pin chip marked 'TA7613AP'.
A quick Google search revealed this chip to be a variant of the TDA1083
which is used in a well known ARDF design by OK2BWN.
The TA7613AP is a one chip AM/FM radio, complete with audio amplifier.
The 'donor' shower radio (shown left) was sold in stores in 2004/5 and
or the many variants has been around for a very long time so ICs should
not be too
difficult to obtain or salvage.
The ROX-2T uses a novel way of controlling the gain of the SA602 mixer
(as found in the Elecraft K1 transceiver) but
the SA612 must be directly feed by the stabilized supply voltage to the
or a through a RFC, to minimize pulling of the VFO.
The resulting ARDF RX is just about as simple as a superhet can get
with get two RF devices,
and no surface mount components, (apart from the varicap diode.)
The ROX-2T is not suitable for (FM) foxhunting. If the fox
stops talking, there will be no
modulation to detect! so it is squarely aimed at Radio O using MCW/AM
||The main winding L1 (3T+3T) must be wound in the same sense
for each half i.e. NOT mirrored
Use a piece of 26swg wire 100mm long, folded in half. Tin the ends and
centre fold. The easiest way to remove the enamell is to boil it off by
holding the wire ends in a solder blob.
The 3 element is based on the WB2HOL yagi described elsewhere on this
web site. On the version for the ROX2 there is no hairpin loop because
there is no requirement to match to a 50ohm feeder. The
antenna is directly connected to the front-end of the receiver. The
driven element is longer
than shown in the WB2HOL yagi.
The driven element connection to the ROX2 is the shown below.
|Yours truely (G3ZOI) starting out at Farley Country Park with
a ROX-2T on an experimental 2 element yagi.
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FOR PCB dated 12:09
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