As many of you know, I’ve been testing the Xiegu G106 over the past couple of months for a review that will be published in the May 2023 issue of The Spectrum Monitor magazine.
One criticism of the G106 is that its front-end overloads when there’s an AM broadcaster within a few miles of where you choose to operate. The Xiegu X6100 is identical in this regard.
One quick way to remedy this is to build or buy a BCI filter. We’ve mentioned in the past how you can homebrew them and I planned to do so. After checking my parts drawer, though, I realized I needed to buy a capacitor, toroids and at least one of the two BNC connectors needed if I wanted an in-line filter in a small project box.
I decided it would be much easier to simply buy a kit and, based on a tip from a reader here on QRPer.com, I purchased one from Dan (K9DP).
I snapped a few photos as I assembled this kit and thought I’d share them just to show how simple and easy this kit is to build.
The kit is contained in this small poly bag. Simply scan the QR Code or go to this page on K9DP.com.
Here are the kit contents:
Next, I soldered on the three capacitors. Make sure you check the values of the capacitors (per the instructions) before soldering!
Next, I wound the toroids–quite easy to do:
K9DP uses magnetic wire with a low-heat enamel, so it’s actually pretty easy to scrape and clean the ends to solder to the board:
One tip is to twist the ends of the toroid wire to hold them in place as you solder them:
Et voilá! A complete BCI filter:
All that’s left is to apply the heat shrink tubing to protect the board when it’s in your field kit and backpack. K9DP cuts it to length. Follow his instructions for ideal placement:
This kit maybe took 30 minutes to assemble and that was mainly because I took my time to carefully count the 24 windings on the toroid.
This is a very easy build and a quality kit. Even a beginner can tackle this one with a little patience.
In fact, I think the K9DP BCI filter kit would make for a brilliant club build because it’s affordable ($19.99 shipped), can be built by anyone within an hour, requires basic tools (soldering iron, heat gun, cutters), and is incredibly useful!
If you don’t care to assemble the kit (I would encourage you to give it a go!) you can buy the kit pre-assembled and tested for $39.99.
Important note about BCI filter placement
If you are using a built-in or external ATU with an in-line BCI filter, the BCI filter must be placed between your transceiver and the antenna tuner (ATU); not between the antenna tuner and the antenna!
This means that with radios like the X6100 that have a built-in ATU, you need to use either a resonant antenna (or an antenna like an end-fed half-wave with a matching circuit) and make sure your internal ATU is in bypass mode.
With a radio like the Xiegu G106 that lacks an internal ATU, it’s simple: either use a resonant antenna, or place the BCI filter between the radio and your external ATU.
BCI filters don’t like a high SWR which is why placement is important.