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2N2/20  - A 20 Meter, Discrete Component CW Transceiver Built Manhattan-style

Designed by: Jim Kortge, K8IQY


The 2N2/20 is the latest incarnation of the rather long list of 2N2/XX designs. Departures from2N2/20 Front View the all "2N2222 transistor dictate" provided an opportunity to use a variety of discrete semicondutors to enhance performance. Within the IF chain, MPSH10 transistors were used, a J176 FET was used in the audio mute for very clean QSK keying, and a 2SC2166 final amplifier, used in the transmit strip allows the rig to put out about 7- watts. Commercial DBMs were also used to make construction easier for the beginning builder. Another departure from other 2N2/XX designs was the use of a commercial frequency display (KD1JV product) to show the operating frequency.

This rig features a Norton "Noiseless feedback" RF Amplifier, electronic RF gain control, RIT, 6-poles of crystal filtering with a 500 Hz bandwidth, and 100 KHz of band coverage from a voltage tuned, stable VFO.

The debut of this transceiver was at Pacificon 2004, hosted by NorCal, and held in San Ramon, CA over the October 10th weekend. Slightly updated versions of this presentation were also given at Atlanticon in March, 2005, and again at Ozarkcon in April, 2005. The latest version of the presentation is available in .PDF format on this page, along with other pertinent information about this rigs design, construction, and performance.

Block Diagram - the pieces of the puzzle
Schematics - a complete "road map" for the project
Pictures - details that show how this rig was constructed
Parts List - everything you will need to buy or scrounge to build the rig
This link has the most recent 2N2/20 Block Diagram,  full set of printable Schematics, and Parts List. (100 Kb)
This link has access to the 2N2/20 Ozarkcon, 2005 presentation .PDF file. (2.9 Meg)

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