VX-1700 VFO mode

VX-1700 VFO mode

  The VX1700 is a fairly nice radio, but it has one shortcoming from a flexibility standpoint – the VFO is not enabled by default, nor is it a simple software operation.  In order to enable VFO mode on the radio, a “CK-11” “field programming plug” is necessary.  I’m sure there’s a reason for this, …

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Shack Reboot

Shack Reboot

I decided that it’s time to reconfigure the shack… this time using dispatch consoles. The main purpose is to limit the surfaces I can pile things on – and cut the clutter. This started when a couple of us stumbled across a set of 4 Motorola empty Centracom Series II consoles on www.govdeals.com. Since I …

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BC 780XLT IF Tap

BC 780XLT IF Tap

Several years ago, I modified a Softrock kit to operate at 455 kHz.   The main purpose behind this build was to add the ability to connect it to a receiver’s IF output (if it operated at 455 kHz, which is a common IF output), and gain SDR operation – spectrum display, various modes, etc. This …

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RSSI correlation

RSSI correlation

One interesting aspect of the BCD-996 and similar radios is the digital command and status protocol. In digging into the software, I learned that there is a RSSI (Relative Signal Strength Indicator) included, which delivers a numeric value relative to the signal strength of a received signal.   Given that I could command the radio …

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Photography

Photography

[ZFP_Photo id=’325a6f68′] Cameras are cool, too….  testing the zenfolio  plugin.. For the 100AW rally, I decided I wanted to catch some action photos…  which is not a horrible challenge, if one has a good vantage point – at that point, it’s all camera settings.  At night it becomes a bit more challenging – especially when …

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