Saturday, 17 December 2011

Flex-1500

Ordered a Flex-1500 QRP Software Defined Radio yesterday.
Since I mostly use low power and digital modes from home, I thought I'd try something different to the usual HF transceiver. I'll use it with my LDG auto ATU.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

PC Monitor

I've got PC Monitor installed on my main computer at home, which lets me check on running processes, event logs and hardware while I'm out of the house, using an Android app on my phone (also available for iOS and Windows).
It also lets me stop processes and shut down the PC, which is useful if anything has gone wrong and needs stopping.
The radio can be shut down automatically with the PC using one of the "standby saver" 8 way socket boards, which turns off all the slave sockets when the master socket current drops.
When I tried to put the PC to sleep with WSPR running, on waking up WSPR started transmitting and receiving at the same time, so probably not a good idea to remotely put a PC to sleep if its in the middle of doing something.

Got a RF Explorer (240 - 960 MHz handheld spectrum analyser) as an early Xmas present. One small problem with it is that the frequency displayed is about 40KHz too low, but apart from that it's a really good piece of kit.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

2m Contest

Made a few QSOs in the RSGB 2m activity contest tonight, getting 263 points. At the moment, looking at the claimed scores table I'm second to last but don't expect to get much being vertically polarised.
I got locked out of my car earlier tonight after parking too close to a local amateur who was using 433.550 MHz, the remote control wouldn't work while he was transmitting. The car next to me (also a Vauxhall) was being affected too, the owner was trying to get it to open. I've had this problem in the past and even if I use the key in the door, the alarm sounds as soon as I turn the ignition.
At least it's not a 70cm repeater transmitting for hours at a time.