Falklands is a mere WSPR away

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 10:55 am in

The last thing I did last night was to make peace between my laptop, my Flex-1500 SDR, and the various VAC and VSP drivers and whatever else was struggling to co-exist in the apparently too small memory of my Windows 7 computer. So can you imagine the delightful surprise I got this morning: I switched…

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Flex-1500 – Starting the SDR journey

Posted on May 31, 2015 at 9:20 am in

I might be older, but I’m very young at heart when it comes to technology. I love playing with all the latest gadgets and adopting my hobby to the emerging technologies. One example would be that I only run solid-state amplifiers (watch out for my series of articles on building my own). I also talk…

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Nixie Tube Clock

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm in

Nixie Tube Clock I’m sorry in advance if I’m going to hurt somebody’s feelings here, but you cannot be a radio ham if you not like small glass bottles that glows in the dark. Even if you are a die-hard solid-state amateur like me, you absolutely HAVE-to-have something that indicates or flashes or twinkles in…

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Tarheel Antenna Controller

Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm in

I have lately been taking some family holidays at the coast and this presented me with the ideal opportunity to play with portable and/or mobile antennas. Initially I used a standard 108″ whip antenna, tuned with a tuner. I bolted it to my towbar with a custom bracket. It kind-of works but deep inside I…

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QRSS on 30m with Arduino

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 8:43 am in

QRSS is not something I knew anything about, until I stumbled across a useful use for my Arduino: A small daughter board (called a shield) with a few components to turn it into a QRSS transmitter. I admit I am lazy and morse code is way out of my reach – know the joke? did…

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Mobile in Hibberdene KF59gk

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 7:39 am in

I had the privilege to go on holiday for a few days to the coast, staying in a lovely woodenframe cottage with my dogs for 4 days. My wife allowed me to pack a small radio, and so on the Saturday I managed to catch a few contacts with my new/old (that’s another story!) IC-703,…

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Getting my Yaesu FT-857D on the new 60 meter bands

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 8:20 am in

I purchased my Yaesu FT-857 a few years ago, way way before the new 5MHz (60 meter) allocation was available to hams, so it wasn’t a consideration then. However things have changed and last weekend the SARL organised a whole weekend’s worth of playing on the new frequencies. Oh what is a man to do…

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Yaesu FT-726R

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm in

Tired of struggling with pressing buttons on the new radios to get to deeply embedded menu systems even if you want to change a simple thing like Clarify? And, well, forget about working cross-band satelite! Well, the Yaesu FT-726R VHF/UHF Amateur Transceiver must be the last and ultimate all-mode VHF/UHF radio for afficinados who prefer…

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Yaesu FT-221R

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 5:08 pm in

I fell in love with this baby immediately – it has every mode a ham can ask for, and if you lift the top cover you can reach every adjustment you want to make. She is a classic, manufactured during the late 1970’s when everything was tidy and used a computer back-plane with plug-in modules.…

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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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