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Ideas for an Arduino Project

Posted on May 10, 2013 | Comments Off on Ideas for an Arduino Project

I’m always looking for something to do with my Arduino. Sure necessity is the mother of invention, but sometimes I just want to build something to learn what is going on inside the circuit and why a certain part is used in a certain place. Discovery and learning, I love that! Here’s some cool stuff going on. Now it’s a matter of deciding which one to explore. It’s always fun to explore. . . even if it does go ZAP! (let’s see now, red positive, black negative?) 11 Arduino projects that require major hacking skills—or a bit of insanity   And even more. . . . There’s an endless supply of ideas, designs, kits and more!   Related articles ArduTester – Arduino Component Tester Using Arduino in Bread Making at Home Book – “Arduino Workshop – A Hands-On Introduction...

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TS930s goes digital

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 | Comments Off on TS930s goes digital

After playing with the TS930 for a week or so, I found that I can not interface to a computer since there was no RS232 or USB interface. I wanted to use a computer based logbook, DXLab,  to keep records of my QSOs and keep track of QSLs. That was not to be. The big problem with the 930 is that it that the radio wasn’t designed for computer control, and lacks any sort of computer port.  That’s what I get for buying a 80’s style rig. . . .I’m re-learning as I go. I found a savior though. PIEXX TS-930SE enhanced microprocessor board, which is  plug-compatible replacement for the original unit in the TS-930. The new board takes advantage of the advances in microprocessor design that have taken place since the TS-930 was designed, first and foremost to do away with the requirement for backup batteries The...

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Got ’em

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 | Comments Off on Got ’em

I got my new call: W8AJV and I got my Kenwood TS-930s. The only thing missing is an antenna!  I’m excited with the new radio. All I did was connect a long wire to the antenna jack and started to tune around. Listened in to some QSO’s, a lot of them one-sided because all I could pick up was the close by ham but I could tell they were talking with a DX station. Oh man, I want that antenna even more! I’m on a small city lot so thinking that vertical will be the way to go. Lots of trees around also. Even the vertical will be a challenge. I’m cramming on antennas using the ARRL Antenna Book. You can get it directly from the ARRL or from Amazon. My first goal is a triband vertical and then...

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Still waiting

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 | Comments Off on Still waiting

Still waiting for my vanity call sign. But in the mean time I got the itch to go HF. . . .10, 15 and 20 meters were calling me. The cost of new rigs were way more expensive than I remembered so I trekked on over to eBay. Transceivers were available but still expensive. Patience is the key when shopping on eBay so I just set up some searches and watchlists and started reviewing the various items on sale. I did a lot of Googling of make and model numbers to investigate. There are several places to read reviews from other hams: QRZ.com,eHam.net, NK7Z.net and don’t forget to ask your fellow hams. After partaking in a few bidding wars, I was high bidder on a Kenwood TS-930s but upon completion I got a message “Reserve not met” and just kicked the filing...

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Got my license

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 | Comments Off on Got my license

Well it’s been about a week and I have received my official callsign from the FCC: KD8TGV. Let’s see now. . . Kilo Delta Eight Tango Golf Victor. Well it’s okay. I’m sure after a couple weeks in would be burned into my head, but I would like something easier to remember. . . .more personal. K8ZT has a great site for choosing vanity calls. First I went to QRZ.com and started putting in callsigns. I tried my old call-sign, WB8EGB. It was available, but it had the same rhythm as my new one. How about my initials? What? It’s available. . .W8AJV. So I jumped onto the FCC site for vanity calls and started an application. For $15 bucks you can get any call-sign you want, as long as it is available and its form is allowed for your license class. For example...

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Reconstituted Ham!

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Reconstituted Ham!

It’s been 27 years since I could last call myself a ham. I got my Novice licence in 1969 (WN8EGB) and quickly upgraded to General class amateur radio operator WB8EGB. Back then you had to travel to an FCC Field Office for testing, where first you were administered a Morse code test, 5 words per minute for Novice and 13 WPM for General. I think the 20 WPM requirement for Extra class kept me away from “going all the way.” I was very active in the early 70’s, my high school years and into college. But then came a time to get a job. . . .and get married. . . . and have kids. . . and forget about all the fun I had with electronics and ham radio. Although I was inactive in the early 80’s I should have at least kept my...

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Catching up on Electronics

Posted on May 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Catching up on Electronics

So I relapsed into electronics, my hobby as a teenager and my course of study in my 20’s. My how things have changed, so I looked for some refreshers. When I first got into electronics it was still a “tube” world. Now it is all solid state. . . unless you want to go “retro.” One thing for sure is that the Internet has put a lot of information at the hands of everybody on any subject. . . including electronics. I brushed up on the subject by simply Googling “electronics blog.” Page after page of sites, videos and information. Lots of sites, lots of info, lots of fun! This whole world of microcontrollers was intriguing. All kinds of projects, books and sites. Arduino Playground Arduino Cookbook Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius...

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