Ryan Flowers writes, “A fun project for every QRP enthusiast is an L-match tuner. We’ve built a couple here at MiscDotGeek and our latest build inspired Billy Dunn (AF5HD) to build a similar tuner. We have to say, this one turned out better than ours did!” More details on MiscDotGeek blog.
A nice write-up on Sheldon’s (N6JJA) version of N1BYT’s WBR regenerative receiver: This article is broken into two parts. First comes the “Oscar” preselector/preamplifier. As I said, I intended it to be either part of the overall receiver or used as a standalone where desired. The second part deals with the WBR upgrades. Both designs […]
Here’s a demonstration of the MFJ-1708SDR transmit/receive automatic relay switch from YouTube channel HamRadioConcepts . Here is an interesting device, for use with your SDRplay or other SDR dongle for receive. You can share your current antenna with your 100 watt HF rig and an SDR for receive.
A simple DIY dummy load project from Flathagen: I have created a simple 50 Ω dummy load to test transmitters. I also added a simple RF diode detector so I can measure the peak voltage, and calculate the power. The dummy load consists of eight 100 Ω resistors rated at 2 W so the load […]
Flathagen has published a new build: The WA2EBY amplifier is a famous linear amplifier project published in QST in March and April 1999 by Mike Kossor WA2EBY. As this amplifier can give up to 50W out with 1W drive, it is a perfect pair for my Softrock RXTX amplifier. The articles can be found on […]
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 […]
Flathagen blogged about his DIY directional coupler: It is simple to construct the directional coupler. The transformers are FT50-43 toroid cores with 32 turns of 24 AWG enamel wire. The primary winding is simply a piece of RG58 through the torioid (i.e., one turn). Different designs use different toroids and number of turns. I settled […]
Flathagen made a 30m lowpass filter for his Softrock Ensemble RXTX tranceiver: I just finished a 30m lowpass filter for the Softrock Ensemble RXTX tranceiver. I used the schematic provided by WB5RVZ. L200 and L201 is wound to about 0.9uH, whereas C200 and C202 is 100pF and C201 is 330pF. Everything is soldered to a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Drone found this while perusing the Southgate ARC site: Here is the 176 page E-book “Image Communication on Short Waves, ham radio handbook for SSTV, WEFAX and digital SSTV”, by Martin Bruchanov, OK2MNM. The book is offered as a free .pdf download. But a contribution is requested, and is well deserved. The book is a […]