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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Baluns, Baluns, Baluns!

 How about this for a bit of bonkersness?

Fun, dont you think?

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?


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


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


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!