Author Archives: k4swl

CW Club lookup for logging programs

Many thanks to Paul Evans (W4/VP9KF) who writes: If you’re using a logging program and you need instant look-up of who is in what CW Club, you can use the following page, which I look after: CW Club Call History … Continue reading

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Initial impressions of the Mission RGO One 50 watt transceiver

On Monday, I took the new Mission RGO One transceiver to the field and attempted a POTA (Parks On The Air) activation. I just published a detailed post including a number of RGO One photos on my other radio blog, … Continue reading

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Elecraft introduces the K4 high-performance direct-sampling SDR

The following is a cross-post from my other website, The SWLing Post: Today we learned about the latest addition to the Elecraft product line, the Elecraft K4. This fills a niche in the Elecraft product line and is certain to … Continue reading

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The Hermes-Lite SDR: an open source QRP transceiver based on a broadband modem chip

Note: This is a cross-post from the SWLing Post. Many thanks to Pete (WB9FLW), who shares the following: Don’t know if you are familiar with this project, a full blown 5 watt HF SDR Transceiver for less than $300! No … Continue reading

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FT8 transceiver kit: CR Kits taking orders

Many thanks to Pete (WB9FLW) who writes: Thomas,Adam of CR Kits is now taking orders for his FT8 Transceiver Kit and the price is very reasonable. From Adam at CR Kits: FT8 transceiver kit Folks,I start to take email order … Continue reading

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How To Convert QRP Labs QCX Transceiver to SSB

Many thanks to Pete (WB9FLW) who shares the following: This is truly amazing, Guino PE1NNZ has converted the QRP Labs $49 CW Transceiver to SSB. Not much to add, a ATMEGA328P plus some firmware and a few component value changes … Continue reading

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EQUINOX: A novel that blends sci-fi with ham radio

Note that the following is a cross-post from my other radio blog, The SWLing Post: Many thanks to SWLing Post reader and author, DM Barrett (N4ECW), who recently shared the following press release which features his latest book: FOR IMMEDIATE … Continue reading

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The CR Kits FT8 DSB Transceiver: Some preliminary information

Many thanks to Pete (WB9FLW) who notes: Adam BD6CR of CR Kits is getting close to releasing the FT8 DSB Transceiver. Below is some preliminary information: D4D: A simple QRP transceiver for FT8 Adam Rong, BD6CR D4D stands for DSB … Continue reading

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FT4 digital mode now available in WSJT-X release candidate 5

(Source: Southgate ARC) The new amateur radio digital mode FT4 is now available for download as part of WSJT-X Release Candidate 5  You can download wsjtx-2.1.0-rc5-win64.exe (or for other O/S) from near the bottom of the page at http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html FT4 Protocol document http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_Protocol.pdf See … Continue reading

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New digital mode: Joe Taylor (K1JT) has announced FT4

(Source: Southgate ARC) Joe Taylor K1JT has announced a new digital mode, FT4, which is 2.5 times faster than FT8  FT4 is an experimental digital mode designed specifically for radio contesting.  Like FT8, it uses fixed-length transmissions, structured messages with formats optimized … Continue reading

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