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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Dearly Beloved (put your own name here)

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 8:13 am in

You know the phrase: “Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today …” and just like in real life, you are getting a pretty photo of what my beloved Yaesu FT-707 looked like when she was younger, before she went SK. Today, sadly, she doesn’t look like that any longer. Poking around the insides far longer…

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My Footwarmer Works

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:49 am in

I don’t like linear amplifiers and I find my little Yaesu FT857D almost always puts out a hard, clean and clear signal that is good enough. I’ve never doubted the brave little radio would pull me through. Until Sunday. Earlier the day I worked the Unions End expedition organised by the Adventure Radio Club [click…

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Ham Radio Operators Do It

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 7:47 am in

And now for some engineering funnies: Ham Radio Operators do it with more frequency and less resistance. And: Three guys in a car: A mechanical engineer, a Ham Radio operator and a MicroSoft employee are on their way to a meeting when suddenly the car in which they were riding breaks down. “It’s probably the…

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