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This is just a site for playing around and testing. It has no real purpose.Some texts about my experiments with antennas and other things might show up here.

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Enjoying some vacation in the summerhouse. Invested in a KX3 and what a joy to operate. Running 5w and a 80m long loop antenna fed with ladder line.

logging in the IPhone with rumlog.

view from the operating position this morning

View of lake


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Remote setup

Long time with no activity on blog but a lot of activity in life.

img_0484I have been playing around with a new remote setup for the last couple of days. Finally decided to try to use my mobile phone for access to radio. This gives opportunity to make a few qsos when on lunch break at work or when driving the daughters for a shopping trip to the mall.

The setup I have tried and got to work with excellent results is Commcat mobile and qsxer made by Howard W6HN. Such a fun setup.

I have an app on the iPhone called commcat mobile and on a PC connected to the radio I have a program called qsxer. You have to register an account but it’s free. The qsxer controls the rig. Either directly or via Ham radio deluxe. I use it with direct control. That also gives me the possibility to operate cw.

I had some initial problems with the qsxer software. But Howard’s support have been excellent. We have sent at least 20 emails back and forth for the last days, even Saturday. I got a beta version of qsxer and found some bugs. Everytime I have reported a bug it has taken less than an hour until I have had a new version with the bug fixed. Amazing.

It also have built in audio support, voip. That is a subscription service and the only thing costing money in this setup. It’s not expensive and worth the price. I will not give the price here since I know will change. Using the audio in Sweden is usable but not perfect since it bounces on a server in US and delays are a tiny bit long.

Today I have used another audio setup with a sip client on the phone and a sip client on the PC with peer 2 peer connection. I have worked a bunch of stations on 17m and one station commented when I described my setup. I would never have guessed you were operating remote.  The audio is perfect. That was with 59 signals.

The iPhone client have dx cluster. Rig control, log book, cw keyer  and much more. Give it a go, it’s great fun to enjoy radio from anywhere.


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Evening view

Long time since last update. spending weekend in the summerhouse working some radio. This is the view from the temporary shack on the terrace. Running an IC-703 on 5w and antenna is a 90m horisontal loop connected with open feeder about 400 ohm.


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Soldering experiment

Have done some soldering. Spent sunday evening building a morse keyer. Not pretty but fun. Will be cotrolled by an arduino processor


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Some mornings are better than others.



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Pictures after the rain

We got some very bad rain beginning of July. The rumours talked about 200mm in 9 hours. This caused a lot of damage to the area with flooding and destroyed roads. Here are some various images of that.

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Playing with Arduino

Made my first arduino project today. Ok Í borrowed the software and tested a bit with an experimental board. it looks like crap  but actually is a great cw keyer. Unfortunately I cant get the Winkey emulation to work. Will continue to troubleshoot later. But its great fun to put something together and it works!


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First spring day on the terrace. A chair, sunshine and the smallest member of the family enjoying some freedom.


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Update on softrock

Promised a while a go a little update on the Softrock transciever. I is now put in a box and still working. I have some problems with side image rejection and still have not had the first QSO on it. Maybe this weekend if i will have time. At the moment its connected to another computer where I only use it as a receiver, Mostly remote. Using SDR-Radio software and SDR server. Fantastic software. Same creator as Ham Radio Deluxe.

Pic of the softrock in the box. Have not put any work in finishing the front panel yet.


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New toy

Sitting in the couch playing with a new toy. Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 I really like it.
This will not be a review, its more a test for me of the wordpress app.

Regarding the softrock rig. Well its alive and working. Both receiver and transmitter. Will post pics of the finished rig soon. I just have a few problems with it. I have to use one software when running ssb and one when running cw. And getting the right config on the sound cards is almost as hard as soldering everything together. Even if im working with IT as profession.

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