Icom IC-7100 Omnirig INI File

Peter, VK5KX has modified my IC-9100 INI file to work with the new Icom IC-7100. He has modified the radio address (hex) only, and the same operation and limitations as my original IC-9100 version of the file. I don’t have a IC-7100, thus have not tested this file, but their is no reason it should…

Squid Pole Antenna’s

A cheap and cheerful way to mount wire antennas and verticals when portable is a cheap Squid Pole. These fibreglass poles are available in many sizes and styles from fishing stores all over the country. One example antenna using the squid pole as a base is this simple multi band vertical from VK7JJ. I plan to…

PK’s Loop Antenna’s – AM Loop

I enjoy getting out into the Australian outback, but i like to keep connected to the going’s on of the world via AM broadcast band radio when I’m travelling, listing to the morning news helps keep me connected. I recently upgraded my camper trailer AM Broadcast band radio to a very capable Sangean PR-D7 am/fm…

TV Tuner SDR on a Mac!

Software Defined Radios are all the rage these days, and with a cheap USB digital tv tuner card with the RTL2838 chipset, its very easy. My dongle cost $10.99 and took a week to arrive from Hong Kong via this eBay seller. You can find these dongles cheaper, I choose this seller as a friend…

Minikits Components Adelaide

Just a quick post to help promote a company in Adelaide who I recently used for some parts that will go into an antenna project that I have underway. The company is run by Mark, VK5EME. I was after a T106-2 Toroid core. And found one on the mini kits website. I also took the…

SelCall Tone Generator App Review

Black Cat Systems has produced a simple iOS and Andriod App that will let you send Codan* (and other tones such as DTMF, CTCSS and many HF radio communications formats) from your smart phone over the radio to connect to and interact with many radio communications standards. *23/8/13 the app has seen a version update,…

Icom IC-9100 Omnirig INI File

One of the reasons I purchased my icom IC9100 was for VHF/UHF contesting. Being a shack in a box, with 160m-23cm bands in a small package, it was the ideal rig for my limited space. and has been a wonderful performer. In Australia we have a number of active higher band contests throughout the year,…

Icom IC-9100 Firmware Update

Icom has Released a new firmware update for the IC9100 radio overnight. IC-9100 Firmware Rev. E2 is now downloadable form the Icom Japan website. It is a stand alone .exe file that will install the E2 firmware update. IC9100 E2 Firmware link The new firmware corrects a number of Issue and offers improvements to the…

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…

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…