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Does the Icom IC-705 Drift? Test and Results HERE!

17 October, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Does the Icom IC-705 drift in frequency? The results may surprise you! In this video I put that to the test with my IC-705 using WSPR.

The radio was set to transmit 5W and received by my GPS locked IC-9700 at my remote station.


A Review of the WSPR Desktop Transmitter from Zacktek

12 October, 2020 - Reading time: 3 minutes

The WSPR Desktop transmitter is a standalone multi-band WSPR transmitter with built in GPS for the radio amateur/experimenter available from Zacktek.

https://www.zachtek.com/product-page/wspr-desktop-transmitter

Some quick features:

1. Standalone operation, PC required for configuration but not for operation.

2. For transmission on a variety of HF Bands (2-5), based on model and user-choice.

3. Is powered from USB.

4. Comes with built-in GPS module and includes external GPS antenna with long cable for easy installation.

5. Use the PC configuration software to set up your call-sign and band-choice and after that it can operate in standalone mode.

6. Timing and Maidenhead position is automatic from the GPS network.

Take it camping, move it to another QTH, use it mobile.

Needs only 5V 250mA so can be powered from a phone charger or USB power pack.

7. Contains an Arduino with open source software.

Software and Schematic is published on documentation page.

8. Available in three models.

Model Low for bands 2190m and 630m (136kHz and 474kHz)

Model MidPlus for bands 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, and 20m (1.8MHz, 3.5MHz, 7MHz, 10MHz and 14MHz)

Model HighPlus for bands 17m,15m, 12m, 10m and 6m (18MHz, 21MHz, 24MHz, 28MHz and 50MHz)


Icom IC-705, IC-7300 and IC-9700 Waterfall Setup for Weak Signals

6 October, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

In this video, I show the waterfall display options I use on the Icom IC-705 to find weak signal stations. This not only works for the IC-705 but also the IC-7300 and IC-9700.

What settings do you use?


My New HF End Fed Antenna

6 October, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

A quick #shorts video on my new end fed half wave antenna. As you can see it seems to be a good start, but requires a bit more tuning.

A more in depth video coming soon.


Icom IC-705 Basic Setup and Overview

6 October, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

In this video I go over some basics of the Icom IC-705 setup and provide an overview of some settings that are present in the radio.