Many years back I wrote an article about a “Uniden I’d make with SSB” which went on to have over 125,000 views. Now with the arrival of the smaller SSB board in many radios I’ve had a look at what changes could be made and indeed things added to this idea from way back. It was in fact 2014 when I was thinking of this concept for a smaller board. So a long or short 8 years ago!
Above was the idea or the base of my idea. It came from a uhf Uniden from Australia. Actually now I’d cancel Uniden from making it. Actually I’m not sure they could
A: Design it from scratch in these times
B: Would have the interest or desire
I guess Uniden would need more research and development than from Qixiang who already have the board ready! So could be Uniden design and manufacture from Qixiang. There is no doubt Uniden have changed BUT they do still have the flair to design maybe the handset or how it connects from base the head of the radio. Uniden displays, how the numbers are and how they move and the animation of them is always something special. I think a Uniden designed head, hidden feature idea on buttons and indeed some of the passion from a President EU radio imagination would be the best of all worlds and not just the best of one person idea. And again BUT in these times of chip shortage, hiked costs this is an idea that will fall of deaf ears only now in 2022.
The above board has the flexibility to have a no control face just RJ45 or similar socket connecting to a remote head. So this being said you can integrate TX and RX NRC, noise gate , eLEc and Dyna for modulation. All mode and usual things with echo, PC control and maybe also a way to use DATA such as FT8 or something. It’s simple to integrate with software but needs the programming capability and design to be checked. The usual CTCSS / DCS / 50w FM, 50w SSB and 20w AM with the slots for heat release like in the case that it now released. Not to reinvent wheel but to reconsider options and features. Yes it needs VOX and Bluetooth as it’s now almost all needed bar no exception.
Can we go smaller? I think it’s possible to make the board 1/2 again smaller but you’ll need drop the power as heat will be the problem for either remote head or integration into dashboard. Maybe keep power as 4/8/15w FM and 4/8 AM and for SSB maybe variable to 15w to cover amplifier usage. Plus can work 12-10m. By removing adjustments you can aware some component failure and leave it mostly to display, on off switch and squelch! And yes outputs can be fickle things. No end user service mode have it hidden and only available via diagnostic software like on new cars.
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