Snippets

This page is for posts about things which I’ve not necessarily created, so mainly covers mods and thoughts.  These don’t really live in my Projects page…

GT3PYE/P DX’Pedition – Isle of Man 2019

The 2019 Camb-Hams DX’Pedition is over, and to me this year again clearly demonstrates how much easier VHF is from the right location. This year, with little Sporadic E, GT3PYE/P managed 160x QSOs on 6m, 24x QSOs on 4m &…
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UK MGM Events Overview

I posted this to Facebook in response to someone asking about if FT-8 was popular on VHF, I thought the information might be useful for others so I’ve copied the same message below; FT-8 is very popular in Region 1…
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IC-7300 CI-V Voice Keyer [Undocumented] Command

Manufacturers have had built-in Voice Keyers for some time now, Icom have had it in various radio models with varying functionality.  Voice Keyers are useful for many types of operating, contesting being the main one. As mentioned, Icom, have implemented…
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Getting the DX Cluster to Work on KST2Me

KST2Me is an application written by Bo OZ1M, and makes using the ON4KST chat pages much simpler.  It uses the Telnet connection to the ON4KST server so it’s also much quicker on slower connections. One aspect which always bugged me…
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Eltek SMPS 1800SI Connection Mod

The Eltek SMPS 1800 SI 48v switch mode power supply is capable of supplying 37.5A (1800w) so is great for powering 48v amplifiers. The only issue, which is common to most rack mounted SMPSs is they have proprietary connectors on…
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Woodbox Radio TMate 1.0 Windows 10 Driver

I bought the TMate v1.0 “VFO Tuning Knob” a few years back at Friedrichshafen for use with my Flex-1500 as the TMate was much cheaper than Flex’s own “FlexControl”. When I bought it I was probably still using Windows XP,…
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Getting started in Meteor Scatter (MS) – Pre FT-8

NOTE: This article was written before FT-8 and even MSK144, became popular. Many of the principals I mention are applicable to both, where I mention FSK441 then MSK114 can be substituted, and where JT6m/JTMS etc is mentioned then FT-8 can…
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Playing Radio in GM over Easter 2015

For Easter 2015 Bex and me decided to visit my parents in Dumbarton.  While there I took the time to catch up with Stevie MM6ZFG a couple of times to play radio. Kilcreggan – IO75OX – 3rd April 2015 The…
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Ecoflex-15 Degradation

The Problem As a member of the G3PYE contest minions, I bought two 25m runs of Ecoflex-15 back in 2011. A year later we started to notice less power at the antenna end of the runs, we initially put this…
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RTL-SDR R802T – SMPS Mod

My mod was based on this article here http://www.rtl-sdr.com/improving-hf-reception-disconnecting-switching-power-supply-rtl-sdr/ I had no success using diodes myself so instead I used an LD1117A 1.2v regulator, which I think is a better solution too. This is the RTL-SDR (R802T) after fitting the…
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Repairing the Brake and Motor on my Yaesu G400 rotator

The brake in my G-400 rotator bell fell off and got jammed in the gears, this is not the first time this has happened and previously nothing was damaged, other than the brake disk, and I managed to get new…
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Yaesu FT-817 IF Tap for SDR

As with my other radios (IC-756pro3 IF Tap page, IC-910H IF Tap page & IC-706mk2G IF Tap page) I wanted to tap the IF (Intermediate Frequency 68.33MHz) out of my Yaesu FT-817 to allow monitoring on an SDR radio and…
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Icom IC-706Mk2G IF Tap

As with my other radios (IC-756pro3, IC-910H & FT-817) I wanted to tap the IF (Intermediate Frequency) out of my Icom IC-706Mk2G to allow monitoring on an SDR radio and associated software. The IC-706Mk2G has two IF frequencies, I tapped…
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Homebrew Solder Dispenser

To save a bit of desk space and to save me getting annoyed at solder getting tangled in my projects I decided to make a couple of solder holders / dispensers.

Mobilinkd Bluetooth TNC Auto Power on Mod

In my car I use an Icom IC-2820 which is a dual band (dual receive) mobile radio, but only ever monitor one side at a time (the other side has the volume down) and in the previous car I used…
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Icom IC-2820 DC from Packet Port

In the car I use an Icom IC-2820 as my VHF/UHF radio.  This has a packet port on it and previously I used to use an APRS tracker on it which would be switched on and off with the car…
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Icom IC-756pro3 IF Tap

The Icom IC-756pro3 has 2 options for tapping the IF, one is at 64.455MHz and the other is at 13.345MHz taken from the bands scope circuit.  This article covers tapping the IF at 64.455MHz which I found more useful for…
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Reflection on 2014

In reflection (which is a good thing to do) and in regards to my ham radio activities, my attitude is changing. I find myself questioning my skills and abilities and on DX’Peditions I get the feeling I irritate people more….
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Ascension Island (ZD8UW): 2013

From Monday 2nd – Friday 6th December 2013, G3VFC, G3ZAY, M0BLF, M0VFC and M1BXF will be operating as ZD8UW from Green Mountain, Ascension Island. We’ll be active on 40m-10m, mainly SSB and CW. (Being equatorial, there’s little point in taking…
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OY/M1BXF Faroe Islands DX’Pedition

As bunch of us from the CUWS (Cambridge University Wireless Society) headed to the Faroe Islands for a weeks DX’Peditioning between Monday 17th June 2013 and Monday 24th June 2013.  We are currently staying in a hostel in Torshaven. I’ll…
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Camb-Hams Mull 2013 DX’Pedition

Off back to Mull we went for the 2013 Camb-Hams DX’Pedition. Flickr Images…

Fixing 2m Tonna Dipole with Polymorph

What is Polymorph? Polymorph’s full name is Polycaprolactone which is basically a mouldable plastic when heated, normally in warm water. The problem I had, which seems to be a common one, is the threads for the thumb-screw which holds the…
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Parrot Asteroid + UNIKA in my Nissan 350z

So I recently changed cars from a Volvo S60 to a Nissan 350z Roadster.  The 350z came with the GT pack which includes a Bose sound systems however surprisingly the standard double DIN head unit had a tape deck!  It…
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Adding 70MHz (4m) Allocation To Flex PowerSDR

I had a question about how to ‘remove’ the “Out Of Band” message you see in PowerSDR when using it with a transverter on 4m.  Natively Flex do not have the 4m allocation in their .XML config file so PowerSDR…
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Yaesu’s Quadra VL-1000 Will do 70MHz

So I had noticed a while back, when developing my Icom (CI-V or band Data) to Yaesu BCD Band Data Converter that occasionally I could get 70MHz to show up as the band. I always had it in mind to…
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SCAM12 Installation

So I was convinced for my new mast I would use a SCAM12 after seeing G4ERO’s installation (picture on his QRZ page).  I had done some antenna work round at Colins QTH and seeing how simple it was to erect…
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40m 1/4 Vertical [Epic] Antenna

So the antenna farm at M1BXF QTH just got larger with the addition of a 40m 1/4 vertical.  I’d been thinking about this antenna for while as verticals are good for DX, more in this in a moment, and require…
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Using Power Point for Project Decaling

So I build loads of project which in the end require labelling, but how to do it so it seems professional?  In the past I used to just make lines of text which was more or less the project name…
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Shack Panorama

So after sending a quick picture to Twitter showing my clean shack I got quite a few replies.  I thought therefore it would be good to show the shack in its entirety. I first Googled to see if Picasa could…
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6m DX Window

So I can’t get it out of my head all the grief I got after operating within the top 3 KHz of the DX window on the 6m band…  The conditions were such that there was a chance of some…
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DX’Peditions and shack improvements!

It has been a busy month.  First I was on holiday for 2 weeks, one week at my parents in Scotland and the 2nd I was on the Isle of Arran for the Camb-Hams 2011 DX’Pedition.  The DX’Pedition was sponsorship…
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PC Trouble

So about a week ago I tweeted that my PC had crashed and on boot-up I got error messages saying there were missing DLL and SYS files for the programs which were running when the crash happened.  All week the…
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For Those Moments When One Switch Won’t Do

So I’ve been after a few RF switches to allow me to switch various radios to various antennas. In this instance I wanted to switch antennas to my IC-910 radio (the 2m and 70cm side only), my funcube dongle and…
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Icom IC-910H IF Output Modification

I looked about on the net for how to modify my Icom IC-910H to bring the main band IF out on a connector at the rear of the radio but couldn’t find anything so I dug out my service manual…
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