Category Archives: EME

QO-100 Experiments – New Down-converter

Probably like most people starting out with QO-100 operation I initially used the Goonhilly QO-100 WebSDR to listen to the satellite down-link. This inspired me to experiment with an LNB, a 65cm offset dish, and a NooElec SDR module with … Continue reading

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Yaesu G-5500 Fault – No 2

I’ve been using a Yaesu G-5500 Azimuth and Elevation rotator for the last seven years. It has been used to rotate various Yagi antennas, initially a single 9 element DK7ZB  for 144Mhz, that was replaced with 2×8 element 144Mhz Yagi … Continue reading

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Enhanced USB-to-Serial PTT Interface

Many of the modern transceivers today support direct USB connectivity to your shack PC. This USB connection typically enables 2-way audio and CAT control allowing more or less full control of the transceiver, including PTT keying. Where CAT control for … Continue reading

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Fun on 10GHz – 1

Over the last 20 years or so I’ve rarely operated my radio equipment away from home. This has changed since I’ve caught the “microwave bug” and got started on the 10GHz band. My 10GHz setup comprised initially of just a … Continue reading

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Yaesu G-5500 Fault

  About two weeks ago my Yaesu G-5500 rotator controller developed a strange fault. The Azimuth (AZ) meter would not display correctly, the Elevation (EL) meter was working fine. The AZ meter showed only ~20 degrees but the EME antennas … Continue reading

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A ProgRock and a very old MMT 144/28 Transverter

Having got the 10MHz side of the ProgRock project working (see here for details) the next stage was to look at the 116MHz output. If this was also acceptable, I would have an alternative means of generating the two frequencies … Continue reading

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Building a ProgRock kit for use as a frequency reference for VHF / UHF Transverters – 1

The ProgRock is a kit produced by QRP-Labs. It is described as a triple GPS-disciplined programmable crystal, based around a Si5351A Synthesizer. Having read positive reports on the ProgRock I decided to order one, plus the optional GPS kit. I … Continue reading

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23cms VLNA Finally Installed at the Masthead

It’s been a long slow process but today I finally finished installing the G4DDK 23cms VLNA at the masthead. The extended timeline was partly due to some other improvements that needed to be done to the 2m EME setup and … Continue reading

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23cms EME

The challenge to try EME on another band was made much easier when I heard about the SG-Lab TR1300 transverter. I could see that this could be fairly easily integrated into my existing 2m setup. Things have and continue to … Continue reading

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A Fun Couple Of Days On 23cms

Having recently completed the ~20W PA for 23cms I was looking for some activity on the band to see what difference the extra few watts would make. Unfortunately I had just missed the monthly UKAC session. Reading the UKMicrowave Digest I … Continue reading

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