Radio books Cobram

On Wednesday I had to make a mad dash to Cobram on the Vic/NSW border for work. I had seen advertised on vkclassifieds and at the local vk3 hamfests the radio book store. So I took the time to drop in and say hello and have a browse. http://www.radiobooks.com.au/ The book store is run by…

Idiots guide to 144Mhz WSPR

WSJT, MAP65, WSPR, and WSJT-X are open-source programs designed for weak-signal digital communication by amateur radio.  Normal usage requires a standard SSB transceiver and a personal computer with sound-card. WSPR (pronounced “whisper”) stands for “Weak Signal Propagation Reporter.” This program is designed for sending and receiving low-power transmissions to test propagation paths on the MF and HF and VHF/UHF…

Codan Land Mobile Radio

I’ve been planning a trip to the Kimberley for a while now, and part of this process has been setting up the car. Satellite phones are now common, and many people have moved to this technology for remote area contact, but many still use the good old RFDS/HF radio phone network. I was lucky enough…

Wouxun KG-UV6D

Cheap and Cheerful. The new world order in Ham radio gear. In the last couple of years, a range of cheap ham radios have started to come out of china. These radios were not great a couple of years ago, but now they offer good performance for not a lot of money. I was looking…

HoldMyPhone No Drill Mounts

We recently got a new car, and with this came the old issue of “where to mount radios” One of the forums i read, pointed me to this neat and nifty “no holes” holder system from HoldmyPhone The system uses brackets specifically designed to click on vents and dashes for a range of cars without…

Quick Mount IC706 Head

Modern cars are fantastic, but not always conducive to mounting radios. Its easy to take to them with a screwdriver, but modern plastic and resale value really takes a whack!, to solve this with my old car and my icom 706 head unit, I looked wider and came up with the below. Taking a screwdriver…

MacloggerDX and its iPad app!!

Being a mac user, the options for ham radio software can be limited, but in recent years the quantity and more importantly the quality of programs available has really increased. My logging program of choice is MacLoggerDX, this nifty native mac app allows logging, spotting, contesting and remote rig control (to my ic9100) http://www.dogparksoftware.com/MacLoggerDX.html Don…