Tag: equipment

Antenna Tuner “Hand Capacitance” ?

I recently setup my shack after moving to a new home. I have found that when following the tuning instructions of the manual, whenever I touch the Antenna Knob, the noise floor goes up. In addition when power is applied the SWR drastically changes (goes up) when I let go of the knob. This happens on 20, 40, 80 meters. (is this a clue?)

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A recent article on the popular Hack-a-day website showed readers how to build a very simple ADS-B ‘Cantenna’ to use with their SDR USB dongle radio

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HR2.0 Episode 127: TYT MD-9600 DMR Mobile Radio, Version 3


Version 3 of the MD-9600 Dual Band DMR Mobile radio from TYT has fixed most of the issues that were present in the first 2 versions. In this video I show you the radio menu, make a couple of QSOs, and record the first part of the Texas Statewide DMR Net on our local 3148 Talkgroup

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Blue VNA Android App

Blue VNA Android only application to control Bluetooth enabled Antenna analyzers or VNAs (Vector Network Analyzers). Supported devices are the miniVNA, the miniVNA Pro Antenna Analyzers (with or without the matching Extender) and the new miniVNA Tiny

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MFJ-1708SDR review – Share your antenna between your transceiver and an SDR

With all the low-cost performance SDR available these days, we can have a lot of fun experimenting with it. But we need antenna, with the MFJ-1708SDR you can share your favorite HF/VHF/UHF antenna with an SDR.

This arrangement allows you to simultaneously watch and listen. Then, when you are key up to transmit, the MFJ-1708SDR cuts off and grounds the SDR antenna line, providing your SDR with bullet-proof protection from damaging RF. It`s the perfect plug-and-play solution for upgrading…

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IC-7300 Menu Overview (Video Manual)

Dear Ham Friends,

I’ve put together a Menu Overview for the IC-7300, given the popularity of this radio hopefully it will be of use to our community :)

You can bookmark it and then throw away the manual (or leave it in the box in mind condition for when it comes time to sell) :)

Here it is, be sure to open it in youtube for best quality (click play then on the Youtube logo bottom right):

73, Jarrad VK3BL

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