Not too long ago, W6KLE informed me on the repeater we hang out on that he had purchased the Elecraft KXPA100 100 watt HF amplifier to go with his KX3. Of course, I was interested in seeing it since I also have a KX3. He offered to bring it over for me to try out, so of course I took him up on the opportunity. When he showed up the other night, he also was carrying his Elecraft K2 and K2 Autotuner. So, I took the opportunity to put them all on the bench for a photo op
Here are three generations of HF rigs from Elecraft. From left to right, the K3, KX3, KXPA100, and K2 sitting atop the autotuner:
After taking pictures, it was time to hook up the KXPA100. Don had never even taken it out of the box it was shipped in, so this was going to be the first smoke test! The hookup is very a very simple procedure, but you need to make sure your KX3 has recent firmware. This is because the KX3 talks to the amp to turn the amp... [Read More]
Not my cup of tea, but interesting for D-Star users:
Osaka Hirano, president of Icom Inc., recently announced a new VHF/UHF D-Star transceiver, the ID-5100. Two versions will be released at the end of February 2014: a 50W version, the ID-5100, and a 20W version, the ID-5100D.
Dual-band, dual receive
According to the preliminary specs this will be true dual-band radio with two separate VFO’s. This makes it possible to receive two signals simultaneously, and it doesn’t matter if the signals are analog or digital – any combination is possible.
First seen on the IC-7100, now migrating to other models too: a touch panel. In an era where color touch screens are default on almost any device, Icom’s black & white screen seems a bit odd, out of place even. Readability seems to be good though.
Nearest Repeater Search
An interesting feature is “Nearest Repeater Search”, which acts a bit like the roaming function we know from cell phones and DMR radios. Strangely, this only works in analog mode.
The past couple of years have really been bad for me. First I got sick and spent some time in hospital. Then after getting better I been working 12 hours a day 6 days a week! Lost a lot of "fun" time in the shop/shack. Life is funny some times.
Any way other than the standard repairs I do in the shop I always have several projects going on for myself. I started collecting Yaesu 101's, now I have 4 of them. The latest one is a 101EX. In decent shape and will be a keeper. I already started replacing a lot of caps and resistors. Installed a AM filter. May use this one on 40 and 80 meter AM mode.
And speaking of AM I am restoring a Heathkit Apache TX-1. I have 2 of those now. Still looking a Mohawk to go with it. The old scratch apache and mohawk should make a nice boat anchor AM station.
Another project I am working on is a Kenwood TS-430S. Picked this up non working a couple of weeks ago. Real cheap too. Was told the display was the only thing wrong with it. After removing the display board I saw lots of bad solder joints. You could actually remove a whole socket from the board without de-soldering. Repaired the... [Read More]