The RSP1A from SDR Play.

The RSP1A from SDR Play.

The latest offering from SDR Play has really hit the spot, with extra band filters including some for DAB and TXCO included..

SDR UNO has also had a a few tweaks, including the multi window start up instead of having to open each window one at a time.. there are also other tweaks with the addition of amateur band buttons..

I have a few ideas this month for projects using the RSP1A or RSP2 🙂

Don’t forget to have a look around the site as it has become very large! I am constantly adding things here and there, why not subscribe to my YouTube channel? 2018 is going to be a little more organised :-))

Gaz

FT-8 USING A KENWOOD TS-590SG AND HRD AS A HOST!

FT-8 USING A KENWOOD TS-590SG AND HRD AS A HOST!

If your after a fool proof digital presence, them look no further than ft-8.. you don’t have to do a thing once its set up.

I found the easiest way to configure the WSJT-X software is use HRD as a host to control the radio, its so simple once its set up the rest is child’s play.

with 5 watts, our TS-590 was heard all over Europe on 20mtrs.. great fun mode and very easy to use, macro based.. once you have made a contact the software finishes the QSO for you..

FT-8 WSJT-X and a Yaesu FT450 or FT-DX-1200!

FT-8 WSJT-X and a Yaesu FT450 or FT-DX-1200!

FT-8 is becoming very popular, the WSJT-X software can be a bit of a nightmare to set up.. Using the entry level radios its really easy to get going with the AMAZING! RigbBlaster Advantage.. The RigBlaster works fantastically well with either the FT-450 or FTDX-1200 using the very popular WSJT-X! So I’ve put together a little document to help get either of these great little radios working; you can find it here.

 

TYT Companion Disk

TYT Companion Disk

 

I’ve put together a disk of files for the TYT range.. to help I’ve included a simple web page which will navigate around the directories under radio headed titles..

 

Enjoy… feel free to share codeplugs etc so I can help others, if you improve mine that’s fine, but please ping me over a copy 🙂

 

As I write this we are updating the new northern repeater line up on Brandmeister, we have worked hard to make sure the Phoenix is working on both the 2017/RT82 as well as the new MD9600…

 

Again your help, comments etc are always welcome! the disk zip can be found here: DMR Companion.

MD 9600, RT90, RT82, MD 2017

MD 9600, RT90, RT82, MD 2017

So the MD9600 has been modified, the clicking has been reduced (not completely) but this is a very cheap little radio, and to be honest you get a lot for your money, so I’ll forgive a few small .. OK you will have to be creative with the Codeplug to get over the strange VFO, again this is just part of the quirky nature of the Chinese radio culture. The Retevis RT90 is the same radio re-badge’d hopefully this has had the mods done as I’ve not had one on test.

The MD2017 has been popular, though I am hopeful that TYT address the antenna mount issues that have plagued it, I have not seen the same issues on the RT82.. the great news on all of these radios is that modified firmware keeps coming along allowing for ever more advanced uses of these little handhelds..

I’m just creating a future video list of all these radios and many more! if you have specific questions PLEASE just comment I will get back to you 🙂

Gaz

I’m back after trapping a nerve in my shoulder, Dohhhh

I’m back after trapping a nerve in my shoulder, Dohhhh

 

who says exercise is good for you? I managed to trap a nerve in my shoulder meaning I’ve not been drawing or playing with electronics for a few weeks. not good, I’ve not uploaded any videos but do have a couple in mind for the very near future..

I’ve had a few questions via YouTube  and I hope I managed to answer them all, and as always please let me know if there is a particular radio etc you want me to look at.. I’m about to revisit the MD-9600 and RT90, 2 of the cheap DMR radios that hit the market a few months ago.. I have seen the updated model with improved function more detail in a follow up post..

I had a couple of folk ask me about drawing and painting, I’m not sure I’m qualified really to advise, however it was pointed out inspiration needs no qualification, I agree and will see what I can do.. 🙂