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Remember my constant whining about the lack of suitable hardware for
spread-spectrum radio? No more!
The August 1993 issue of 73 Amateur Radio Today
contains an article and schematic for: JULIEBOARD. Woo hoo!
Ahem. The Julieboard is a Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) circuit built
around the 28-pin DIP Harris HSP45102 DDS chip. A software controller
program is shown using GWBASIC. Here is a summary of features:
"0 to 16 MHz coverage (*Note: can be used to modulate UHF/Microwave*)
0.007 Hz frequency resolution
Virtually instantaneous switching time
No drift/no calibration
Excellent spectral quality
Simple interface via PC printer port"
The following is music to my eyes (Wha?...Dhoh!):
"...there is no reason why an appropriately programmed single chip
microcomputer (such as a Motorola '68705 or Intel '8051) couldn't
replace the PC for those who object to having to drag around a
large, bulky *Homer-mungous* PC just to drive a tiny little board.
With a single chip microcomputer, an entire HF rig could be made
to fit into a shirt-pocket-sized package!"
A circuit board can be obtained for $25 U.S. from:
Bruce Hodgkinson, VE3JIL
Pakenham, Ontario, CANADA K0A 2X0
Phone: (613) 624-5247
A wired and tested 33-MHz chip system can be obtained from stock or
within a week for $120+$5.00 S&H. A wired and tested 40-MHz chip
system waits up to 8 weeks for availability of chips, and costs
$135+$5.00 S&H. Bruce told me that the 33-MHz chips he tested
worked fine at 40-MHz. It seems Harris is very conservative in
their chip ratings.
Of course, nobody would use these DDS boards for direct-sequence,
frequency-hopping, time-hopping, plus chaos-transmitted-reference
hybrid spread-spectrum transmitters to achieve signal hiding and
interference rejection. Nope. Last thing on MY mind.
Haa ha ha ha... eat flaming death statist scum! You are all doomed!
Kent aka WA6ZFY - <[email protected]>