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My digital shack turns one year old

Posted by Roel DV1VHK on November 18, 2011 at 1:25 AM

My digital shack turns one year old this week. It was exactly the same time last year when I was able to dive into the wonderful digital modes such as JT65, PSK, RTTY, and WSPR. Among these modes, JT65 and PSK are my favorite and these tops the QSO count in my logbook.

The following are the things which compose my modest digital shack:

1. Yaesu FT-817 Transceiver

- I got this little wonder from the PARA auction on a good bargain. This rig has been performing nicely even with the QRP power of 5 watts.

2. Tigertronics Signalink USB

- I bought this from DX Engineering. This digital interface is easy to use. It has built-in sound controller, so you just need a USB connection to the computer. The transmit and receive levels are adjusted on the knobs in front of the unit. Works flawlessly with my FT-817 and Lenovo X61 Notebook.

3. LDG Z817 Autotuner

- Got this from W4RT.com. A good compliment for my Diamond W-8010 5- band Trapped Dipole wire antenna. Tuning is done with one push of the button.

4. Elecraft W1 SWR/Power meter

- this is the first kit I ever built, I got this from Elecraft.com. It's a very good QRP SWR/Power meter. Sensitive enough to recognise the QRP signal of my FT-817. It has a data port that you can hook-up to a serial port to get real time SWR and power reading.

5. Ham Radio Deluxe Software

- feature-rich ham software which do stuffs like CAT control, digital mode, logbook and a whole alot more. I'm using a homebrew cable for CAT control.

6. JT65-HF Software

- main software for JT65 mode.

Please click the link to view my QSO activity and map.

My Activity (eQSL.cc)

My QSO Map (HRDLog.net)

My QSO Map (Google Map)

Catch you on the air soon.

Categories: Ham, QRP

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