Ultimate 3 S – part 1

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 7:52 pm in

My latest baby! I will write the full story in a few installments, from the back to the front so to speak, in other words I’ll show you the final result first before going back and showing pictures of the construction and so on. Of course I’m talking about my Hans Summers Ultimate 3S beacon…

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WSPRing is addictive

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 8:29 am in

Like the mermaid calling the sailor, this mode called WSPR seems to be calling me back every time. Circumstances pushed me out of the house into my new outside semi-underground shack which made me QRT for a while while I was painting and renovating, but the first thing I did (after making the few compulsary…

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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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