Author: Razvan

Romania (YO) gets 60m access

Following the conclusions of the World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 regarding the 5MHz band, supported by two local Romanian amateur organisations, the Romanian authority for communications (ANCOM) is granting temporary access for radio amateurs to a channel in the 5MHz band (60 meters). The spectrum to be granted is 3kHz wide (from 5363.5kHz to 5366.5kHz) and will be made available on a secondary access basis, with no privileges. The access is temporary – it will come under review after one year, with the possibility to add a second channel. The main purpose is so that Romanian amateurs study propagation in...

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Icom IC-7300 and spectrum / waterfall on the PC

Icom IC-7300 is a great feature radio, but the main complaint about it is there’s no I/Q output (or at least video output like in the IC-7000) so you can see the spectrum/waterfall display on a larger screen. Icom IC-7300 waterfall I kept telling people the Icom IC-7300 already has an internal soundcard available through the USB port and the spectrum/waterfall display is available in the Icom RS-BA1 software, also via the USB connection, so there’s no need for I/Q (which is very sensitive to zero-hertz interference and amplitude/phase mismatch). Until I saw these videos:   It seems the...

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Yaesu FT-891 – new HF/50MHz transceiver ?

Yaesu FT-891 is the latest equipment the japanese manufacturer is working on. Although the details are extremely limited, it seems we are talking about a HF/50MHz mobile radio similar with the FT-857 in size. Update: Yaesu shows the FT-891 at Dayton 2016, seee the following link for more details: Yaesu FT-891 update A test report suggests the Yaesu FT-891 has 30kHz to 56MHz receive coverage, with TX being enabled in the amateur radio bands. We don’t know exactly what type of architecture is used and it may very well be possible not to share the same design with the...

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3 years later

I started this blog 3 years ago, a few months after I got my first amateur radio license and about the same time I got my @YO9IRF Twitter account. Looking back, I was less active thant I wanted (about one post every two weeks, on average) so I hope to improve that in the future. I posted stuff that I’d like to remember years later (like the YO SOTA Marathon or many other SOTA activations), interesting stuff that I wanted to keep my eyes on (like the Xiegu X1M cheap QRP transceiver), I posted a few opinions of my...

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Icom IC-7300 review

Icom IC-7300 is the first direct sampling SDR (software defined radio) available from one of the “big three” japanese manufacturers. This helps it bring a whole new level of performance at an accesible price point, a much more flexible configuration and a set of features only seen in top-of-the line equipment. Real-time panadapter or fully customizable filters are just the tip of the iceberg.   Sure, amateur equipment has been using for a long time various levels of digital signal processing (DSP), but usually this was done in the last part of the receive chain, where it mostly impacted...

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Icom IC-7300 schematic

Icom IC-7300’s schematic just became available, and you can get it here: Icom IC-7300 Schematic diagram Not everything is revealed, the RX-ADC is still a blank rectangle although many suspect the LTC2208 is used. Enjoy...

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Odyssey TRX – open-source SDR DDC/DUC transceiver

To be honest, there are so many important things I feel I need to mention about this project I don’t even know where to start ! Odyssey TRX is an DDC/DUC SDR transceiver covering 0.1-55MHz with a transmit power of 10mW. It is open source, wich means the community can (and probably will) develop it further to add particular functions and features. It is high-performance, claims VERY impressive receiver and transmitter figures and can control external filters, antenna selection, an automatic tuner or PTT. The Odyssey TRX supports 2 independent software receivers and is compatible with alot of the...

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Nice external power pack for SOTA

I just found the ultimate power pack for when going outdoors and working portable. It is called the  Goal Zero Sherpa 50, weights only 544 grams and has 5V USB (to recharge phones/tablets), 19V @ 5A (to recharge laptops) as well as 12V @ 8A (more than enough for any QRP transceiver) outputs. What I really like about it is the fact that it includes all the electronics necessary to manage charging, balancing and protecting the battery plus the converters that transform a wide range of input (14 to 25V) and internal battery voltages to 19V,  12V and 5V for the...

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