Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Won another e-bay - Vibroplex key #46681

Yeah... won the Vibroplex key with serial number 46681
and it isn't cheap...
It was sooooo.... niceee... love it...
Nice sound too....

And here is me practicing...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Code Question Answer or Statement
QFB Fine business? Yes, fine business.
QRG Will you tell me my exact frequency (or that of ...)? Your exact frequency (or that of ... ) is ... kHz (or MHz).
QRI How is the tone of my transmission? The tone of your transmission is (1. Good; 2. Variable; 3. Bad)
QRK What is the readability of my signals (or those of ...)? The readability of your signals (or those of ...) is ... (1 to 5).
QRL Are you busy? I am busy. (or I am busy with ... ) Please do not interfere.
QRM Do you have interference? I have interference.
QRN Are you troubled by static? I am troubled by static.
QRO Shall I increase power? Increase power
QRP Shall I decrease power? Decrease power
QRQ Shall I send faster? Send faster (... wpm)
QRS Shall I send slower? Send slower (... wpm)
QRT Shall I stop sending? Stop sending.
QRU Have you anything for me? I have nothing for you.
QRV Are you ready? I am ready.
QRX Will you call me again? I will call you again at ... (hours) on ... kHz (or MHz)
QRZ Who is calling me? You are being called by ... on ... kHz (or MHz)
QSA What is the strength of my signals (or those of ... )? The strength of your signals (or those of ...) is ... (1 to 5).
QSB Are my signals fading? Your signals are fading.
QSD Is my keying defective? Your keying is defective.
QSK Can you hear me between your signals? I can hear you between my signals.
QSL Can you acknowledge receipt? I am acknowledging receipt.
QSM Shall I repeat the last telegram (message) which I sent you, or some previous telegram (message)? Repeat the last telegram (message) which you sent me (or telegram(s) (message(s)) numbers(s) ...).
QSN Did you hear me (or ... (call sign)) on .. kHz (or MHz)? I did hear you (or ... (call sign)) on ... kHz (or MHz).
QSO Can you communicate with ... direct or by relay? I can communicate with ... direct (or by relay through ...).
QSX Will you listen to ... (call sign(s) on ... kHz (or MHz))? I am listening to ... (call sign(s) on ... kHz (or MHz))
QSY Shall I change to transmission on another frequency? Change to transmission on another frequency (or on ... kHz (or MHz)).
QTA Shall I cancel telegram (message) No. ... as if it had not been sent? Cancel telegram (message) No. ... as if it had not been sent.
QTC How many telegrams (messages) have you to send? I have ... telegrams (messages) for you (or for ...).
QTH What is your position in latitude and longitude (or according to any other indication)? My position is ... latitude...longitude
QTR What is the correct time? The correct time is ... hours

Have yoou seen something like this one?

Neither do I....

Friday, June 4, 2010

Base Station - FT-897D

I like this one... FT-897D.. all-band-all-mode


The FT-897D is a rugged, innovative, multiband, multimode portable transceiver for the amateur radio MF/HF/VHF/UHF bands. Providing coverage of the 160-10 meter bands plus the 6 m, 2 m, and 70 cm bands, the FT-897 includes operation on the SSB, CW, AM, FM, and Digital modes, and it's capable of 20-Watt portable operation using internal batteries, or up to 100 Watts when using an external 13.8-volt DC power source.
The new FT-897D version includes coverage of the U.S. 60-meter (5 MHz) band, along with the 0.5 ppm TCXO Unit, at no additional charge!

Base-Station Operation

The FT-897’s outstanding fundamental performance invites expansion into a full-featured base station.
The optional FP-30 Internal Power Supply provides operation from AC sources, and the clamp-on FC-30
Automatic Antenna Tuner option expands the impedance range of the transceiver. Round out your station
with the MD-200A8X Deluxe Desk Microphone and the VL-1000 Quadra System Linear Amplifier
for world-class performance at home!

The power source tray of the FT-897 is designed to accommodate the optional FP-30 Internal Power Supply,
allowing full-power operation from 100-120 V or 200-240 V AC power sources.
The quiet switching-regulator design of the FP-30 is tolerant of AC input voltage variations,
making it ideal for DX-pedition use! And to extend the impedance bandwidth of your antenna system,
the innovative FC-30 Automatic Antenna Tuner option clamps onto the left side of the FT-897 in seconds!

MODing FT-8900R - FT -8900R for extended TX/RX

1. Remove top cover of radio by removing all 8 screws.
2. Disconnect speaker and move top aside.                        
3. Locate the CPU on the radio, it has a crystal glued to the top of it and is located in the front left corner of the radio,it's the largest IC in the radio.
4. To the EXTREME left of the radio, you will see a row of pads, all empty except for a diode to the front, and one to the back. There are about 6 or 7 spots for diodes, but only 2 installed.

5. Remove the FRONT (closest to head of radio) diode with a small soldering iron or other tool.

6. Turn the radio back on, it will AUTOMATICALLY reset.
7. You now have ext coverage eg. TX 450-470, TX 150-170, etc...

The Picture...

MODing FT-8900R - Increase fm-deviation on 10m

The FT-8900 is a suberb rig, but has quite low transmit fm-deviation on 10m. This however can easily be adjusted in the hidden setup menu.

Just do the following:

   1. switch off the rig

   2. switch it on again, holding the LEFT v/m and the (RIGHT) hyper memory (6) buttons. Release the buttons.

   3. the display now shows "F1 SETMOD RESET"

   4. sequentially push the following buttons: (one after the other) LEFT "low , v/m, hm, scn", then RIGHT "low, v/m, hm, scn" (8 keys in total.!)

   5. the display now shows "A0 menu".

   6. Push RIGHT dial button ca. 2 sec. and release ---> A1 menu is displayed.

   7. Repeat this procedure until A4 menu is displayed.

      A4 is the 10m. deviation menu.!

   8. Turn RIGHT dial button untill DEV.3FH is on display, this is the max. adjustable deviation, ca. 2.8 Khz peak.

   9. Turn rig off.... and turn it on again...THAT'S IT.!

      Good luck with the mod..! (works perfectly with my FT-8900R) But remember, you do it on your own risk..

MODing FT-8900R - Change Display LED to blue colour

Here is how to change the display colour from orange to blue.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

UnBoXeD FT-8900R!

Finally.... made my decision and buy FT-8900...
soooo... marvellous.... I like this rig... of coz I like... it's soo expensive...
some people just say this rig mobile just a waste.. 10m & 6m on FM only...
hmmm... for me.. it's just a beginning... of what?? EXPLORING...
yup.. I like to explore...

Let's start unboxed the FT-8900..

1. Diamond CR8900 (antenna)
2. Toesu RG-58 A (antenna stand.. already mount it to my car.. kereta kebal..)
3. Yaesu FT-8900 (mobile rig)

What I like about this mobile rig Yaesu FT-8900R :-

1. Quad band FM Transceiver (29/50/144/430) or (10m/6m/2m/70cm).
2. Crossband repeater capabilities.
3. Dual-Screen monitoring on dual band.
4. ARS (Automatic Repeater Shift). It can detect the repeater setting.
5. WIRES (Wide-Coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System).
6. APO (Automatic Power Off) after certain period. (This will save your car batteries if you forget to shut it off).
7. Remote mount.. have to used the separation kit..

What I don't like about this mobile rig Yaesu FT-8900R :-

1. No backlit on the menu button (already test it at dark... very difficult to used the button.. I might want to remember the positions of the button)
2. 6M on FM only. Some said that you need to used ATAS antenna to get it work on HF.
3. Does not have many choice of the antenna.. (I like the Super Gainer antenna)
4. Overall cost?? RM 2k... (huh.. kopakk...)

Have to read the manual on the setting...
I might want to buy the programming kit.. but ahh.. let's do it manually..