Any standard HAM radio exam asks for the building blocks of a simple transceiver, plus some details, to some extent.
I enjoy theory as much as the next guy, but I'd like to see how that applies in real life:
-How does a broadband amplifier behave at different frequencies?
-How to design such boards?
-If I want to modify my transciever to make it operate at different frequencies, how will I do it?
If you'd like a crash course on SSB radios, I can't recommend you enough this excellent HaD article series, written by Gregory L. Charvat.
To answer those questions (and more), I'm making boards for all those building blocks:
Now, this is not going to be my own work at first: I'd like to first replicate a very well-known design of transciever: the BitX, designed by Ashhar Farhan. That'll give me the opportunity to build something I know should work, then start modding from there (and hopefully learn something along the way)!The boards will be a mashup of Farhan's BitX40, Minima and BitX20; which would allow me to quickly swap the modules out to change the radio's final behaviour.
The aim is to build a working single-band, single-conversion SSB transceiver, and work form there, modify it to expand its capabilities.