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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)


The Baofeng UV-5R is the Cheapest Ham Radio in 2020!

15 February, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

New to ham radio and want to know what is the cheapest you can buy? The Baofeng UV-5R handheld is a good option for those eager to get onto the air quickly! The UV-5R is less than $30 and is the most popular Baofeng in their range of radios.

In this video I show what comes in the box and the reasons why this can be your first handheld to get on the ham bands with! I also do an on air test to show the transmission and reception of the radio.

Baofeng UV-5R on eBay (US): https://ebay.to/2vCzypH

Baofeng UV-5R on eBay (AU): https://ebay.to/39HhB83

Why People HATE The BaoFeng Ham Radio! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA7Elhfu9kQ

Is the Baofeng UV-5R Ham Radio Banned? Here are the FACTS! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJdSaFHdPYg

Getting Started with Ham Radio in Australia! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5eROubL6Jc


Everything You Need To Know About QRP in 2020 with VK3YE

14 February, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Want to learn about QRP radio? What equipment do you need to do QRP portable operation? Peter VK3YE gives an excellent presentation on all things QRP including rigs, antennas, batteries, kits, homebrew, tips, tricks and experiences he has had.

Check out Peter's website for more information http://vk3ye.com/  @vk3ye 

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vk3ye/videos

https://www.jaycar.com.au/australian-ham-radio-handbook/p/BM2492

Learn about Ham Radio in Australia! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5eROubL6Jc


2020 Summer Ham Radio VHF/UHF Field Day Contest

24 January, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

The 2020 VK Summer VHF/UHF Field Day, a ham radio contest was held on the weekend of January 18th and 19th. The contest is split into either an 8 hour or 24 hour section. Details on the contest can be found below. We operated the ham club station of the Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania - VK7OTC from the summit of Mount Wellington above Hobart.

Many stations around Australia participated either from home or portable. Thanks to VK4IF, VK3KQ and VK7TW for providing footage of their operations. In about 7 hours of operation we managed about 115 contacts, about 16 contacts an hour or a contact every 3 mins.


Eliminate Interference with the MFJ-1026 Noise Canceller

11 January, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Does your station suffer from the ever present and increasing noise on the HF bands? Think there is no solution to this problem? How can you overcome this QRM even in an urban environment?

Today Justin VK7TW reviews and demonstrates the effectiveness of the MFJ-1026 Deluxe Signal Enhancer/Noise Canceller. Main antenna was a G5RV and AUX was a 30m horizontal with counterpoise

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-1026

https://www.strictlyham.com.au/mfj-1026-signal-enhancer