QRP

(Even) New(er) version of WSJT‑X is available!

A new­er ver­sion of WSJT‑X is avail­able from Joe Tay­lor K1JT’s site. The cur­rent ver­sion avail­able is ‘wsjtx‑1.5.0‑rc1-win32.exe”. I have installed it and it seems less quirky – more sta­ble – than the pre­vi­ous ver­sion (RC4). WSJT‑X includes the JT9 mode, and I am quite a fan. It is a bit more effi­cient weak sig­­nal-wise than JT65A for ter­res­tri­al HF, and much more effi­cient spec­trum-wise. I made …

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Maybe life ISN’T too short for QRP

I was tun­ing around my dilap­i­dat­ed and total­ly neglect­ed sta­tion (more on that lat­er) and came across a bunch of slow­ish, hand-sent, con­tin­u­ous wave sig­nals on 20M send­ing “CQ NA”. What? A quick look over at the WA7BNM’s web­site (THE author­i­ty on con­tests hap­pen­ing regard­less of coun­try of ori­gin or spon­sor­ing enti­ty) con­firmed I was hear­ing the month­ly …

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Ft. Tuthill 80 Transceiver Build — Update 2

Ran into some dif­fi­cul­ties exac­er­bat­ed by my own stub­born­ness. Volt­ages were not good on the NE5532 U4 and U5. Upset, I asked for help on the Yahoo forum. I decid­ed to step away for a week (had work com­mit­ments in any case.) Cooled down, heed­ed advice and got it fixed! Trou­bleshoot­ing thread fol­lows (tl;dr) …