Home construction is alive and well amongst the ranks of today's radio amateurs and Building a Transceiver brings to life how making something as complex as an HF transceiver can be achieved with very simple equipment and techniques.
One of the benefits of building your own transceiver is that you will understand how it works and then you should be able to fix it or improve it in the future. Building a Transceiver is based on the relatively complicated HF transceiver project that has been broken down in to smaller modules that can be built and tested individually. Each module is described in cookbook fashion so that the constructor understands how it works before starting the build. The constructor may choose to build a complete transceiver based closely on this design, add in some of your own modules or you may prefer to mix and match by using parts of this design and integrating them into a completely different project. This modular approach means that you could, for example, take the VFO design and adapt it for use as a signal source in test equipment.
Building a Transceiver is based on the hugely popular 'Homebrew' column in RadCom written by Eamon Skelton, EI9GQ. Readers will find that the book covers the detailed electronic design process and practical constructional techniques necessary to build the transceiver. Most modules are in the dead-bug construction style and this is fully detailed along with a number of other useful techniques. Photographs are also provided to help the reader visualise the final layout of each section. Each element of the transceiver is described fully with details of components and any board layouts available.
You may never build the complete transceiver described in this book but the construction techniques and testing has been designed with the resources of an amateur radio shack in mind, so will be useful whatever your level of experience and whatever you decide to build.