Category Archives: Projects

PD Powerbank for SOTA Radios

This post describes how the newish Power Delivery (PD) mode mobile powerbanks can be used to power a SOTA transceiver as well as keeping your other hiking devices charged. The PD protocol enables fast charging of mobile devices from a … Continue reading

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3D Printed Accessories for the FT-817

A few radio accessories printed out recently for the ‘817 transceiver (from Thingyverse, see links): DC plug adaptor using an XT60 connector.  I have been using these connectors for a while now, they are small and capable of a lot … Continue reading

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USX or uSDX QRP HF Transceiver

This build is based on the interesting design by Guido, PE1NNZ.  The transceiver originally used the very successful QCX as an initial platform, but it now has it’s own life and there are several scratch builds using dedicated PCBs on … Continue reading

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LoRa GPS Tracker

LoRa is a newish Internet Of Things communications technology.  It promises long range (LoRa), transmits a small amount of power and is designed for sensors that may need to operate from batteries for very long periods of time.  The air … Continue reading

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144 MHz for the KX2 Transceiver

Many times I have thought it would be nice to have 2 metres on the KX2, I do miss it from the FT817 days. This bare board transverter was on Ebay from a Ukraine seller, the feedback was very good … Continue reading

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Handles for the IC-7200 Transceiver

Grab handles are a good idea for the IC-7200  for when the radio is taken out portable.  The problem is that they cost something like $120 as an accessory!  This is about 10% of the cost of the radio itself. … Continue reading

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Lightweight 2m Yagi for SOTA

With HF conditions poor at the moment,  2 metres with a bit of antenna gain is a good backup or main setup for SOTA. I wanted to make this antenna very lightweight and easy to carry in the pack without … Continue reading

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MFSK16 APRS Tracker

Over the past couple of weeks I have been running this  MFSK16 APRS HF tracker in the car as a breadboard on 40m. I tossed up on whether to make a leaded or surface mount PCB, but ended up with … Continue reading

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Weak Signal Mode APRS

Over the past few weeks I’ve been experimenting with APRS Messenger, a great PC based application that uses weak signal modes for Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS). Traditional HF APRS uses 300 baud packet data for APRS messaging which isn’t … Continue reading

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Yaesu VX8-DR GPS Revisited

A while back I made a GPS receiver module add on for the VX8-DR so that it could be used for APRS while on SOTA hikes. The module worked well although it was not that practical for portable operation because … Continue reading

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