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by VK7PD
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Silent Keys
Topic: VK7JG SK
Replies: 0
Views: 10

VK7JG SK

Joe Gelston VK7JG (SK) OAM A posthumous OAM has been awarded to Joe Gelston VK7JG (Silent Key) in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours for services to amateur radio. Joe was known to many people in amateur radio in Tasmania and around Australia and was a regular at the Gippstech Microwave Weekends He wa...
by VK7PD
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Beacons
Topic: VK7RAE Beacons
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: VK7RAE Beacons

The maintenance work was being done to the site, not to the beacons; it meant disconnecting the power for a few hours. I'll forward VK1KW's suggestion to the beacon owners. All working gain now. Peter
by VK7PD
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Beacons
Topic: VK7RAE Beacons
Replies: 3
Views: 353

VK7RAE Beacons

Off air for site maintenance. Down time is unclear at this stage. I'll post updates as available.
by VK7PD
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Transceivers, Transmitters & Receivers
Topic: Icom IC-9700 users topic
Replies: 130
Views: 4944

Re: Icom IC-9700 users topic

Has anyone tried to lock it to an external 10MHz source?
by VK7PD
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Silent Keys
Topic: VK3AKK Dedication
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Re: VK3AKK Dedication

If I lived closer I'd attend this event. Well deserved. Peter
by VK7PD
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: 1296, Microwaves and Opto
Topic: VK5 Microwave Road Trip
Replies: 12
Views: 837

Re: VK5 Microwave Road Trip

Hi Iaian, With Hepburn looking reasonably promising for the weekend I'm prepared to set up portable gear on Saturday at QE38ro operating 23cm, maybe 13cm, 9cm and 3cm. It was from this spot I had contacts with VK3ALB on 9 and 3 for the Summer field Day this year. Worth a try if you're going to be in...
by VK7PD
Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Transceivers, Transmitters & Receivers
Topic: Baojie BJ-218
Replies: 0
Views: 601

Baojie BJ-218

Does anyone in VK have one of these? It's a compact dual band 10W FM mobile rig but I'm told it only uses CTCSS on receive, not transmit; this seems incredible. Does anyone know if it's true?
by VK7PD
Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Transceivers, Transmitters & Receivers
Topic: Baofeng BF-A58
Replies: 1
Views: 537

Re: Baofeng BF-A58

Obtained prog software from 409 shop (supplier of rig) and after finding out which Chinese characters to click on was able to program it quite easily.
by VK7PD
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: Transceivers, Transmitters & Receivers
Topic: Baofeng BF-A58
Replies: 1
Views: 537

Baofeng BF-A58

Has anyone tried to program this model? A cable came with it but no software. Chirp doesn't mention the model and the UV-5R software won't read it. Prior to buying it, I read on one of the forums that it was programmable with Chirp. I've been unable to find that forum post again. 73, Peter
by VK7PD
Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Transceivers, Transmitters & Receivers
Topic: FT 857 DTMF mike stopped sending
Replies: 0
Views: 166

FT 857 DTMF mike stopped sending

After using it for a couple of years, the MH-59 microphone stopped sending the DTMF tones, in fact, none of the numbered keys would work in any mode. On trying the original MH-31 mike it was discovered the 'down' button would no longer work; this turned out to be a helpful clue because it was discov...
by VK7PD
Sat May 25, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Transceivers, Transmitters & Receivers
Topic: Older FT 100 Circuit diagram
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Older FT 100 Circuit diagram

This is the original FT 100 with 3 valves. I have lost the schematic in one of my house moves. Would anyone have one? I'm not aware that Yaesu ever produced a service manual as such. I have never seen it. I have problems with the 2, DP4T relays. A friend would like me to get it going so he can use i...
by VK7PD
Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Regulatory, Licencing & Exams
Topic: Non receipt of renewal notice
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Non receipt of renewal notice

A couple of weeks ago, a friend (of retirement age) received a letter from ACMA stating that his licence had expired. He rang ACMA and explained that he had not received a renewal notice and would like to pay it. The person he spoke to sounded rather officious and told him it was too late to renew a...
by VK7PD
Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: wall wart
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: wall wart

Thanks Mike, Maybe if I watched enough commercial TV I'd have known that already. 73, Peter :wink:
by VK7PD
Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: wall wart
Replies: 2
Views: 263

wall wart

Is 'wall wart' American for plug pack? I only heard the term for the 1st time today
by VK7PD
Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Ancillary, Test Equipment, Components & Parts
Topic: 6AQ5
Replies: 5
Views: 388

Re: 6AQ5

Well photographed too David. If I had one here I'd have tried peering into it too. So why is it depicted differently from all the other beam power tetrodes in the data sheets?
by VK7PD
Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Ancillary, Test Equipment, Components & Parts
Topic: 6AQ5
Replies: 5
Views: 388

6AQ5

Yes, that's right: a valve! Some of you might even be old enough to have worked on or (dare I say it) even built equipment that used them. My reason for listing it here is to ask if anyone ever pulled a 6AQ5 apart? Something I've been wondering for years is: Is it really a beam power tetrode or is i...
by VK7PD
Tue May 08, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: Transceivers, Transmitters & Receivers
Topic: FT817 and FT 897 V/UHF use
Replies: 25
Views: 4805

Re: FT 897 birdy as posted by ZL2WHO

I have an FT 857 and 817 and both have spurious responses when trying to receive 45.250 MHz, so this appears to be normal for that series of receivers. No doubt the manufacturer would point out that this frequency is not in an amateur band. It's just a shame that this problem is so close to the visi...
by VK7PD
Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Transceivers, Transmitters & Receivers
Topic: Kenwood TS2000 use on 27MHz
Replies: 4
Views: 1132

Re: Kenwood TS2000 use on 27MHz

I'm pleased to report that the amateur concerned did not go ahead with this project.
by VK7PD
Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: Ancillary, Test Equipment, Components & Parts
Topic: Trailer plugs
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: Trailer plugs - the answer

This morning I called at a local auto accessory outlet and the bloke behind the counter was able to solve the mystery: The later version of 7 in-line (flat) trailer plugs have 2 extra (flat) pins added (one each end) for the purpose of disabling a reverse sensor when a trailer is plugged in, otherwi...
by VK7PD
Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: Ancillary, Test Equipment, Components & Parts
Topic: Trailer plugs
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Trailer plugs

My Isuzu ute has a standard flat 7 pin plug connected the usual way for caravan/trailer but in addition to the 7 round pins it has 2 extra, flat pins, one at each end. Does anyone know what they are for? They each have a smaller white wire going off into the wiring loom. Everyone knows that 4WD utes...