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Tuesday 26 May 2009

Binocular soldering scope

Anyone know where you can get one of these microscopes?
(I do believe that is M0BLP driving the iron building something for 3cm I think)
Answer was quick.... Farnell.

Monday 11 May 2009

23cm ATV

Whilst rummaging for 'things' in the shack I discovered a plastic box containing a collection of 23cm ATV 'stuff' I was going to try and build into something back in 2004. Anyway I discover I have two unmodified, original COMTECH modules RX and TX (G1MFG, not platinum or gold completely unmodified) and a controller board by G6ALU. I think some modifications are needed.

I bought a couple of SMA to BNC connectors for the antenna sockets and there is a relay in the box as well as a couple of small cameras from FArnell, one colour and a couple B&W. With microphones I think. Also there is a complete Mitsubushi Brick 20W PA kit.

The local repeater is GB3PV (23cm) so I might try and get a station up and running.

Wednesday 6 May 2009


Just about finished the AA0ZZ HF VFO and still working on the IQPro but started on working one of these into a TCVR.
Based on the R2 and T2, then Micro R2/T2 going to attempt a prototype T2Pro. Just etched the boards from W1KF to see what is possible.

Sunday 3 May 2009

WinKey USB

Took a break from SMT stuff for a bit (IQPro) and just finished building a kit that arrived Friday. The WinKey USB from K1EL. Took just over an hour to complete and worked first time, into dummy load tried out with Wintest. I have gone for the option to add batteries so I can run it free standing as well as with a PC.

I have the old Winkey Serial interface that I built a while back but I do not travel with a laptop with a COM port so as per many operator I have updated this. Not that I operate CW much from QTH or /P but I am sending more and hopefully this will help.

These are the official images my own build is identical.

Two gripes though...
1. What is with the damned phone connectors? Why not 3.5mm jacks. Anyway I guess I'll be making up some leads too.
2. The rest of the enclosure is printed so why not the 4 buttons on top?