EMRFD Direct conversion 40m receiver in a tea caddy

Flathagen has made a DIY EMRFD Direct conversion 40m receiver in a tea caddy: I woke up one day eager to build something simple (at least I thought is was simple) and opened up the first chapter in EMRFD and decided to build the 40m direct conversion receiver. I already had most of the components in […]

Embedded Linux APRS iGate tutorial

A detailed tutorial on how to make your own APRS iGate (Automatic Packet Reporting System)  from Andrew Milluzzi: With the super cheap embedded Linux platforms (Raspi, Beaglebone, etc.) and cheap TV dongles, it is really easy to make your own APRS iGate, just like the one in the photo above. This tutorial will give you […]

A signal amplifier module for HF

Marcus Jenkins blogged about his radio frequency amplifier project he made using DirtyBoard PCB’s In building QRP HF radios, having an RF signal level amplifier building block is handy. You want 50 Ohm output impedance, some reasonable gain, supply voltage of the usual 10-14V and ease of building using standard parts from your parts bin. Some […]

Using the RTL-SDR dongle to detect meteors

According to AMSAT-UK, “a new paper has been released by Dr David Morgan 2W0CXV on using the RTL2841 DVB TV Dongle as a SDR processor with SpectrumLab. The paper ‘Techniques for using the RTL Dongle for Detecting Meteors’ covers the setting up and use of the dongle to receive meteor pings from the Graves Radar […]

A Classie WSPR transceiver

joesugar over at Computer/Electronics Workbench writes: Because of my location, amateur radio operations are limited to low power and disadvantaged antennas. Therefore, the WSPR (Weak Signal Propagation Reporter) protocol immediately caught my eye when I first ran across it. My primary interest is building, so I put together a stand-alone beacon using an Arduino and […]

Listening to D-STAR digital voice with DSD 1.7

Brazilian amateur radio operator PU2VLW has written a post (in Portugese) detailing how to use DSD version 1.7 to decode amateur radio D-STAR digital voice transmissions. (Google translate may be helpful.) DSD can be downloaded as source from GitHub. His setup uses a Windows machine running SDR# to receive the D-STAR signal using an RTL-SDR […]

DCC/TAPR video: FreeDV, CODEC2 and “The HT of the Future”

In this presentation from the 2013 Digital Communications Conference, Bruce Perens K6BP discusses FreeDV, CODEC2 and “The HT of the Future”. Bruce is active in advancing interest in open-source digital voice to Amateur Radio on both HF and VHF/UHF. Here he also discusses D-STAR and Yaesu’s controversial new proprietary VHF/UHF digital amateur radio communications protocol.

DCC/TAPR video: HackRF – A Low Cost SDR Platform

In this talk from the 2013 Digital Communications Conference (DCC) co-sponsored by the ARRL and TAPR, developer Michael Ossmann discussed the origins and development of the HackRF Jawbreaker SDR transceiver. This is Michael’s first talk at an amateur radio oriented conference.

Digital Speech Decoder 1.7.0-dev adds D-Star support

DSD is a popular software tool for decoding various unencrypted digital radio protocols about which we’ve previously posted. We noticed that there is now a release of DSD which purports to be capable of decoding the amateur radio digital protocol known as D-Star. This is in addition to P25, X2-TDMA, ProVoice and NXDN offered in […]

Ham Radio Linux LiveDVD Ver. 14 supports RTL-SDR, HackRF and more

Andy, amateur radio operator KB1OIQ, has released the Version 14 of his Ham Radio Linux LiveDVD containing programs focused on amateur radio and SDR operations. This is a remastered version of Ubuntu Linux. As of version 13, there are 32-bit and 64-bit versions available, as well as an image for the PengPod 1000. This version […]

Nooelec RTL-SDR giveaway at AmateurRadio.com

AmateurRadio.com has teamed up with Nooelec.com to give away RTL-SDR packages to 10 hams. To be eligible to enter the competition, you must be a registered amateur radio operator, and you must comment on the competition page. The prizes are: Two (2) Complete HF sets including NESDR Mini receiver and accessories; Two (2) Complete Touch […]

Open source amateur radio programming software

If you own a modern amateur radio here’s an open source software project you’ll find useful. It’s called CHIRP, and supports programming of a large number of manufacturers and models, and provides a way to interface with multiple data sources and formats. Rigs included are ICOM (including D-Star models), Yaesu, Kenwood, TYT, Alinco, Baofeng and […]