PCM Hawk Arduino VFO.


On snooping in a second hand shop, I spotted a lonely looking HF transceiver priced at $60, marked down to $30. Not too bad for a 100W SSB set!
This started my exploration of HF.

This is the first Arduino VFO I did. It ended up looking like this.
Front View.jpg
This set was only fitted with 2 channels so more coils are needed to add more bands. As yet, I do not have them.
After discovering the Si5351 tripple VFO board, and playing with that for a bit, I decided to start the conversion. The crystals have been removed and the PCB I drew up a to hold an Arduino Nano and the Si5351 VFO board is mounted on a 3D printed spacer screwed to the side frame.CloseUpTopView.jpg

A string of resistors fit nicely between the old crystal switch terminals to produce a resistive divider that feeds a stepped voltage to the Arduino so it knows what band is selected. The PCB has a couple of cuts to suit.


As I did not want to cut large holes in the front, a 3D printed display box fits over the speaker and is held in by magnets. Just a small hole is needed to feed the 4 wires out to drive the I2C LCD.
3D front1.jpg
The above is a quick introduction to this project.

Here below is a bit more detail, a pdf of the build, some Arduino code and the service manual.
And the info of #1 VFO.
This set is calling out for the Adaptive VFO talked about elsewhere in this forum.



Just out on interest, I hooked the "VFO Delux" to the Hawk for the club net tonight (20210106) and it worked well :)