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Thursday, 6 August 2020

The new Icom IC-705

With much thanks to the boys at LAM Communications in Barnsley I got my paws on a pre-production release of the new Icom IC-705. Here's my brief introduction to the RX capabilities of this tiny new rig:


It's amazing!

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Why can't Icom do this?

Well,

I've been critical of my IC-7610 and the lack of audio spectrum display centred around the CW pitch frequency - the Kenwood 890 has it.

I recently came accross a design in Practical Electronics for a simple audio spectrum analyser and decided to build one as an experiment. The DSP chip cost less than 3 GBP.

I wonder why Icom can't do this?


Monday, 29 June 2020

The CAT Macro

Well,

I've had a few folk contact me directly recently asking about rig control using macros and CAT commands.

I did a quick video to demonstrate the concept with Logger32 and then Ham Radio Deluxe:


I hope this is useful to someone!

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CAT control at its best:


Saturday, 27 June 2020

The old and the new

Well,

Whilst rummaging in the attic looking for something, I stumbled accross this old Direct Conversion receiver I built when I was a young whipper snapper. This is a design by Drew Diamond, VK3XU and is published a the G-QRP club book called "Radio projects Vol 1".

I did a video for my YouTube channel having a look back at my construction capabilities from all those years ago:


I hope you enjoy!

Monday, 22 June 2020

Funny old World

Well,

I've been having an e-mail exchange with a Radio Amateur in New Zealand - he has been trying to get one of my YouTube projects based on the STM32 blue pill boards to work.

Following a few emails back and forth, he sent me this:


which is nice :-)

My latest ramblings on YouTube are all about the classic Sudden HF receiver, you should check it out!


Fun, don't you think?

Sunday, 31 May 2020

CQ WW WPX - CW Contest Time

Well,

I've been having a play over the weekend in the CQ WW WPX CW Contest. Here's the log as a map:


There was interesting "blanketing E" propagation, but no real DX.

I did a quick video on the TS-890 in these busy contest conditions with Writelog, CW Skimmer and CW Get:


Fun, egh?