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Calculating crystal filter frequency : LSB USB FOR 10000.KHZ

While building an SSB transceiver we need to take correct reading of the crystals used  in a typical home brew crystal filter, as these readings will determine the correct frequency for the BFO.

What i noticed that many Bitx builders were adjusting the BFO freq as mentioned in the manual, now wait this frequency may not be the bfo freq of your set. as the builder had taken readings of his crystals and arrived at his BFO freq USB for 20mt.

You need to take readings of your crystals and find out the freq for the BFO.

Below we have mentioned how this can be done.


Many professional transceivers and transmitters used this scheme, as it simplified the generation of ISB, Independent SideBand.
Also, the Drake TR-3/TR-4/T-4 used this approach.

In amateur transceivers, it was more common that a single SSB filter was used, and the carrier frequency was shifted between USB and LSB.

Assuming a filter centre frequency of 10000.0 kHz, the USB carrier frequency would be 9998.6 kHz and the LSB 10001.4 kHz.
The assigned frequencies for both LSB and USB would be the same, 10000.0 kHz.

If the frequency display was to show carrier or reference frequency, it would be necessary to add or subtract 1.4 kHz to the centre frequency reading. Also keep in mind that some mixing schemes interchange the sideband positions relative to the reference frequency.


So take the example above the Xtal frequency is 10000.0 khz now if we subtract 1.4 khz from this as below for USB freq we get results.

Calculating a BFO. LSB.USB freq for a 10MHZ crystal filter

10000.0 khz
Minus 1.4 khz

freq 9998.6 khz is our USB freq

So now we need to take our LSB Freq which has to be above Xtal
filter freq 1.4 khz above 10.000 khz

10000.0 khz
PLUS 1.4 khz

freq 10001.4 kHz. is our LSB freq

So we have found out that by using xtal filter at 10.000 khz

our USB freq is 9998.6 khz and LSB freq is 10001.4 kHz.


The set above used 1.4khz bandwidth but standard is 1.5 khz .

So follow the above procedure and calculate your Xtal freq LSB and USB from the actual freq you get

from your Bitx VFO.

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Building Your Own Ham Radio Projects.

Building Your Own Ham Radio Project

What gets you excited about home brewing? Is it to get the ultimate satisfaction, of achieving the most from the hobby?  Making contacts around the world with your own build radio, or enhancing your skills to higher levels ?

The Science of Home brewing:

One could spend a lifetime trying to understand the science behind the working of a transceiver , if one just used ready to use commercial equipment and not attempt building one, on the other hand the science and art in building a transceiver could be realized by understanding the working of each stage only by doing it practically, and building one.
For a decade now we have been assisting radio amateurs to build kits and the response has been overwhelming, amateurs have successfully built our kits and enhanced their knowledge.
The Bitx ssb transceiver is such one kit  has been successful due to its simplicity and easy to build method.
The knowledge that is being shared about Bitx project is mainly coming in from the home brewers, who have added newer designs as add-ons to the BITX, and modifying it for other bands and modes, this knowledge is immensely benefiting the new radio amateurs in building the simple transceiver by sharing their building experience.
We shall be highlighting the advantages in building your own projects in our newer post
We wish all the radio amateurs around the world happy home brewing..
best of 73s