Mitani Misaru JE4SMQ’s ubitx has been built in an ORIGAMI paper case (15 cm square) which cost just 100JPY(about US$1).
Mitani did not use an Encoder with a push switch but substituted a separate push switch for the encoder button switch.
Ver1.00R software has been installed and modified as follows:
1. The uBITx transmits on the Japanese Amateur bands only. If you tune out of the band the PTT/CW Break In simply doesn’t work. This is required to meet Japanese regulations.
2. The BAND Select mode follows the Japanese Band Plan.
3. In CW mode the Mic PTT is used for keying. This is always in straight key mode. If a Paddle is connected the keyer can be used by adjusting the menu menu setting.
Sajeesh VU3PSZ shows off his new uBITx case design alongside his older BITx40. A nice pair of rigs. His blog item shows all the details, including a home made jig to achieve the folds in the aluminium. This is definitely worth a look if you are considering a home-brew aluminium case for your uBITx.
Vic WA4THRI always enjoy seeing how others have built their BitX’s and has pointed out ideas that others might find useful:
1. Almost everyone places their tuning control to the right, but if you place the Raduino to the right you can easily update and play with the software by just plugging your computer into the USB port [EDITOR: With a penetration on the right hand side wall of the enclosure for insertion of a mini-USB-B connector.]
2. It is hard to beat the value of the Banggood EF01 instrument case. If you turn it upside down and eliminate attaching the hard plastic feet you have a smoother mounting surface for circuit boards and can use the vent holes for a speaker grille. Add some stick-on soft plastic feet on the “new” bottom.
3. Using the second line of the BitX display to label switches and controls saves having to find a way to place labels on the front panel.
Carl Beck W5BEK designed his own case for the uBITx and printed it out on a 3D printer. Check out his PDF: W5BEK uBITx case. It looks pretty cool!
Note that Carl is now Silent Key, so this case is no longer available for constructors.
And another aluminium case suggested by wishbone_aaa:
Jim Sheldon, W0EB says:
“I’ve got one on backorder for my third uBITX. The uBITX should ship pretty soon, so I hope the case backorder doesn’t take too long. I’ve used the smaller versions of this case on other projects and it’s really nice to work with, but the aluminum front and back panels are really soft aluminium. Be careful drilling holes and cutting out the LCD window.”
Another metal case (blue this time ) for your consideration in choosing an enclosure. These are available from a range of sources (see the thread) and a number of different size variants for this style of case.
Wishbone_aaa spotted in his workshop a Harbor Freight plastic ammo box that looks like it will do the job. With the lid open, the box is 6 inches deep,9 3/4 wide and 4 1/2inches high. Price $6.99
Meanwhile, Ken, N2VIP suggests that Harbor Freight’s ‘pelican-style’ case is also nice:
Those who have constructed BITx40 or BITx20 kits will probably be aware of Sunil Lakhani’s website https://amateurradiokits.in Sunil is known for his metal cases, but he sells other products as well. His new uBITx case will be released shortly, and can be pre-ordered now by emailing the store with a colour preference.
The website http://inkits.in has been made to take orders from customers in India only. This website is still not fully populated with products and some sections have still to be added.
Sunil VU3SUA says his main website for world wide customers will continue to be: https://amateurradiokits.in
Sunil is also constructing a new website for the uBITx. This is under construction, but keep an eye out for it on: http://ubitx.com
ubitx.com aims to provide complete info and updates about the uBITx, sharing information with all ubitx builders.
Sunil says that “it will be similar to other group websites like ubitx.net promoting ubitx info”. No doubt it will have a different slant and fill a distinct niche in the uBITx ecosystem.