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Monday, 30 November 2015

Progress, Really?


I've concluded its tricky being DIY Dan whilst popping back and forth to Singapore. No matter how many times I travel, the distance and time zones do me in considerably!

The new shack is finally taking shape:

Some new bits n bobs too, new 'scope:

And also found this old Marconi Powermeter on my travels:

This was complete with waveguide to N-Type transition, attenuator and power head. A very nice addition to the test gear setup here. All I need to do now is learn how to use it!

Local conditions...

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

MB6GX - Experimental Wires-X Node


In my new shack I have set up a dedicated Wires-X internet gateway.

I hold two internet gateway NoVs; MB6GX for 2M and MB6IGX for 70cm. As the 70cm NoV stipulates that there is no unattended operation allowed (not even if I am in the house but asleep), I have opted for the 2M Node.

So, MB6GX is on-air and is an experimental Wires-X node in IO93GA on 144.8375 MHz; reports very welcome.

Fun egh?

Monday, 16 November 2015

Shack Move!


Do you ever take on a job and then regret it way before it's done? Here's my shack (old):

So it's basically destroyed!

Here's the new taking shape:

Cats already playing "shelf swat":

Local conditions. 

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Repeater Filter


You may remember last time I mentioned we were setting up a repeater.

I've come home from some work related travels to find the duplexer for the repeater at the house. It looks like this:

I've hooked it up to the spectrum analyser to see what the frequency response looks like, here's the result:

It's impressive, isn't it?