A Buyers Guide to the FT-817ND and X1M

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm in

So, you want to know about my X1M? Why I bought it? Actually, I wish I could tell you any bad news, and yes there are some annoyances, but generally speaking for the price I paid I have a very good radio. Do you mind if I tell you some background? I have a Yaesu…

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Weather Station on Raspberry Pi

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm in

What a nice picture of a weather station – but it is not mine. My little guy is a La Crosse WX-2315 that I picked for relatively cheap and it has been running on my Windows XP laptop for a few weeks, using WUHU. It works well. But, being the inquisitive kind, I decided I…

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WSPR is open on 10 meters

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm in

I am as excited as a child in a toy shop! My favourite band is 10 meters and on my recently set-up WSPR station I am hitting anywhere from 5 to 9 stations across the grayline. That is the coolest thing! My station is as follows: Radio: A Chinese Xiego X1M Platinum (puts out 5…

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Working PSK31 with a X1M and Digimaster Pro3

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm in

Interfacing a Xiegu X1M 5 watt QRP HF transceiver to a G4ZLP Digimaster Pro3 to go digital and portable on the HF bands, by Leon Uys ZR6LU. I recently obtained a Xiego X1M HF radio from OM Rory in Port Elizabeth. Nice package and works SSB out of the box. I took it with me…

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The “P” in QRP stands for Pocket with the X1M Platinum

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 8:47 am in

The new QRP is here – where the “P” stands for In-My-”Pocket” and not for Low-”Power”. In days gone by one would purchase a Yaesu FT-817, or if you had a few more buckaroos you might consider a pricey Elecraft KX3 if your budget can stretch that far. While they were low-power, they were far…

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Going Digital with G4ZLP DigiMaster Pro3

Posted on November 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm in

The next critical piece in my quest to become completely QRP-Portable arrived on Friday afternoon. No sooner did I arrive home than I ripped open the box, ignored the instructions, and promptly proceeded to connect and use my new sound card and CAT interface – a DigiMaster Pro3 from G4ZLP. Happiness knows no boundaries! Now…

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VHF/UHF Mobile in the Mobile

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:35 am in

I must be more careful, Sam does it again! So I walk into Radio Accesories innocently, just wanting to say Hi to Sam and Bertrand and check up on things. For some reason the conversation drifts to the new special that he is running for the new hams that just passed their RAE exams –…

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SignaLink SignaLink Where Art Thou?

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 9:59 am in

A few days ago I was super-excited when Kobus Conradie ZS1K notified me that my newly purchased SignaLink USB was in the post. I built a few homebrew interfaces and they worked very well, so well in fact that I was ready to consider working mobile and QRP while on holiday. My research indicated the…

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New Call Sign ZR6LU

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 8:21 am in

My new call sign arrived today – ZR6LU. Shorter and easier on PSK31 which is my favourite operating mode. Hope I don’t get tonge-tied the first few times! From now on I am ZR6LU and not ZS6ALU anymore. I invested a lot in the old ZS6ALU call sign, I created this website, I built a…

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Homebrew Vertical Antenna

Posted on September 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm in

Are you like me and most other Hams, where your needs far exceed your budget? Where your have-to-haves stretches far further than your pocket money? And on top of that, if you are inquisitive and like experimenting like I do, the shortage of money really hurts. Now please understand what I am saying: I have…

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