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Quick Guide to WSJT-X on the Icom IC-7100

We had a great presentation today by Wendell, N4VLK,  on the digital mode FT-8 today at the CARS club meeting. I was asked if I have run FT-8 / WSJT-X on my IC-7100. Yep, I have, and it works quite well too. I know where are a number of guys in the club that have […]

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Interface cable for Icom IC-7100 to a PK-232 Packet TNC

I was trying to interface the Icom IC-7100 to a PK-232 MBX Terminal Node Controller (TNC).  On my Yaesu radios it is a pretty simple matter to put a 6 pin mini DIN connector on the end of the PK-232 cable and have everything working in a very short time.  However, it wasn’t that easy […]

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Noise Burst?

I see these bursts of noise from time to time on 40 meters. I have expanded the spectrum display and it is fairly broad band but it varies in amplitude across the spectrum. It doesn’t look like typical noise and sometimes I wonder if it is a sampling Phenomenon in the SDR as a reaction […]

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K9AY Receiving Loop Antenna

I have an acre lot and that sounds like a pretty good size, but actually space for antennas is at a premium. The the house sits fairly far back on the lot and the lot is fairly long and narrow, almost a pie slice shaped, coming to a point in the backyard. Further complicating the […]

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TRAM 1480 Dual Band Antenna

I was looking for an inexpensive dual band VHF/UHF antenna to use with my go box radios.  I came across a dual band antenna from TRAM on Amazon that was half the price of similar Diamond and Comet dual band antennas. The specs for the Tram were advertised as follows: Gain:                                    6 dB […]

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