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Baofeng low power mod

I have a few baofeng UV5R handhelds sitting around that only transmit, the receiver is damaged. What I would like to do with these is build a foxhunt transmitter. Sure, I could set it to low power (...
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Video transmission between ATV and SSTV

I'd like to experiment with amateur video transmission in a setup halfway between ATV and SSTV. 480 lines of B&W image would be sufficient with 10 FPS, and I'm interested in both digital and ...
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Help with readings on schematic

I am in a Kenwood TK805D and a Kenwood TM241A to interface some of the hidden inner circuitry with the outside world so I can use the radios to do more than just talk on (ex. AllStar node, cross band ...
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Why are many FHSS / DSSS transcievers limited to 63 mW?

While researching a DIY digital video streaming solution for an outdoor quad-rotor project, I've noticed that a lot of the popular digital transceivers seem to be limited to 63mW transmit power: http:...
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Ideas for a simple VOX circuit for packet?

I want to build a simple circuit, preferably only a few transistors which simply activates when it hears a low level audio, and deactivates when the audio signal does not exist anymore. No pre-delay ...
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Receive Data on Specific Frequency

So if I were to build a simple AM radio transmitter just using say, my Arduino, an oscillator, and wire for an antenna (this is all crude I know, but work with me here) and use it to transmit data ...
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How to measure received signal strength, using DIY circuit

I use 2.4GHz receivers for flying my RC planes via FPV. So i can get best reception i use multiple antennas on multiple video receivers. I have a diversity controller that uses noise in the video ...
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How do I integrate XStream RF modules with any microcomputer (Rasp Pi, Beaglebone)?

I have selected XStream RF modules due to their price and their range (7 miles). I am part of a car team and hence need to transmit and receive data between the car and the ground station (follower);...
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Can I touch the ground of a PWR/SWR meter?

I'm planning to build a 5W PWR/SWR meter very similar to this design by G3YMC, but with two meters: I'd like to put it in this metal box, and use the box as ground. However, the bottom of the box ...
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What is an cheap and easy to build kit for a sw ssb transceiver? [closed]

I have a licence since I was 14 which is exactly half of my life, but honestly with the advent of the internet I somehow lost interest and sold my equipment. Now I really start to think, I should ...
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Building a portable event repeater

How does one go about building a portable repeater for use at events? Preferably at low cost, and with a minimum of bulky parts (so it's travel friendly). Obviously you'd need a pair of radios to ...
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Where does one find high-voltage variable capacitors and inductors for RF? [closed]

I'm looking to start building various antenna tuning circuits, but I'm limited by my parts inventory. I have pots and mag wire for winding inductors and a nice spectrum of fixed-value capacitors, but ...
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Simple FM low power UHF transmitter circuit

I want to build an low power transceiver on 33cm or 23cm (or 2 meters, but not recommended because of all the other activity interfering with my stuff) I would like to use FM and just have enough ...
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Will I harm batteries by only trickle charging them, or connecting them to a power supply?

I have some 12V, 12Ah Enercell batteries from RadioShack, RS part number 2301219. As far as I can tell these are AGM SLA batteries. I picked up this 3-stage charger from Harbor Freight and as far as ...
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Using square loop VHF antenna for two different stations/frequency?

I'm using a square loop antenna on the rooftop of approximately 15 square meter area. I use it to communicate with a group of mobile VHF radios using a station room. Right now I'm planning to build ...
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How can I establish a wireless link between my PC and TenTec 506 / chipKIT UNO32 using USB port?

I have a TenTec 506 HF transceiver that uses a Digilent chipKIT UNO32 microcontroller. My PC running Teraterm (serial connection) or the MPIDE monitor is connected to the microcontroller's mini B USB ...
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2m Homebrew Receiver - Chip for frequency [closed]

I am a new HAM trying to design a small, cheap 2m receiver. I've been looking up different circuits and homebrew tutorials, but the closest I seem to find to what I'm looking for seems to always use ...
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KN-Q7A - A good place to start? [closed]

I have decent circuit knowledge and would like to get into some homebrew operating, specifically voice. Would the KN-Q7A be a good place to start? If so can I just get the parts and do the circuit ...
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Where can I find HAM forum, newsgroup, etc? [closed]

Where can I find HAM forum, newsgroup, discussion, chat room, etc., either formal or light hearted, apart from this one?
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Replacing hand-wound inductors with store-bought versions

I'm wading through some schematics for a direct conversion I-Q SDR receiver, and there is an L-C band-pass filter on the input. Each inductor is specified by an inductance, a toroidal core material, a ...
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Should the capacitance or inductance be varied to achieve resonance?

A resonant circuit is typically composed of some resistance and reactance, the latter being provided by inductors and capacitors. The resonant frequency being calculated as the inverse square of their ...
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Under what circumstance does non-toroid former lend itself to HF?

Many HF circuits posted in my copy of the ARRL manual (1972 edn - Yes, it's a vintage) appear to use a toroidal former with a coil. The same applies to HF circuits posted on the internet. From what I ...
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Kenwood TM-241A direct discriminator out

I am going to do a simple SIMPLEX all-star node, using the URIx USB radio interface, which I just got. I have a Kenwood TM-241A transceiver. I was told the speaker out jack is not sufficient: The ...
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How can I calibrate a SWR meter?

I would like to build my own HF (1.8 - 30 MHz) SWR meter, however I'm not sure how I can calibrate the meter without an accurate power source. I'm targeting a power capacity of 150 W so I can use it ...
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What is the expected microphone input voltage level of a handheld transceiver?

Ok, so I'm looking to inject some computer generated CW into a little handheld rig by wiring direct into the mic input line. What sort of voltage is expected on this input, are we talking uV, mV or ...
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multiband mimo ad-hoc wireless connections from different spectrums [closed]

I'd like to create a multiband MIMO ad-hoc wireless network. Can I turn on every GPS, WIFI and Bluetooth radio of a mobile device and synchronize data transfers at extreme speeds between a small, ...
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How to construct a loop antenna for receiving HF?

I have a unused hula-hoop in my garage, and I ran some stranded speaker wire around it once, and attached one side of the wire to the coax shielding, and the other to the coax core wire. Is this the ...
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Low parts count CW HF receiver?

I'd like to be able to provide my kids with the opportunity to build something a little better than a passive crystal set, but still very, very simple in terms of individual electronic parts count. ...
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How do I design a round or square coaxial transmission line to have a specific impedance?

Certain Hex Beam antennas use a coaxial center support post to send the RF to each antenna section, which is superior, in terms of maintenance, to a post with screw terminals connected by short ...
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Simple DIY AM receiver for 25/28 MHz

I'd like to build a simple AM receiver for 25 and/or 28 MHz to receive DCF77-formatted time code. It doesn't have to be extremely sensitive or selective - the local clock oscillator will keep time ...
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How does one read a ferrite datasheet?

Datasheets for ferrite materials are usually filled with incomprehensible graphs with greek letters. For example, Fair-Rite's 73 material: What's a $\mu'_s$ and a $\mu''_s$? What do these numbers ...
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What does a first-time operator need to know when looking for a DIY kit?

When I was growing up, I lived about three blocks from a Heathkit, and envied every device on the shelves. Now that I'm older, am teaching myself electronics and have a background in film and ...
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Is there a simple, DIY, antenna suitable for HF receive only?

So the antenna I'm thinking about doing might be* way too large for my property. Is there another simple, cheap, DIY antenna I could try on my receiver? I know I'm going to want to hook it up and ...
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What impedance matching do I need between my 300Ω feedline and Softrock receiver?

I will be assembling a Softrock Ensemble II HF receiver, and I know I'm going to want it on air as soon as I build it, so I'm challenging myself to build an antenna for it first. The plan is to do a ...
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RF Transceiver for walkie talkie use

I'm close to my EE. BSc finale and I'm looking to play around a little bit with the stuff I've learned. To be honest, I'm a little bit upset that after 4 years of learning communications theory, I'm ...
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1200 baud packet radio can't communicate

I'm toying with a simple 1200 baud packet radio I built. I'm attempting for it to be compatible with APRS, which uses the Bell 202 signaling, 1200Hz for mark and 2200Hz for space, which I assume map ...
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Variable phase antenna

I'm thinking about phased antenna arrays, and am wondering if it's possible to have three fixed position antennas, and vary the length of their individual feedlines to the common point through ...
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Dummy load construction and heat dissipation

I'm building my own dummy load, consisting of resistors submerged in liquid paraffin (or something similar, not 100% decided). I had some questions around heat dissipation and how I can calculate ...
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How do I extend broken coaxial cable?

I have a piece of 75 ohm coaxial cable of unknown type (outer diameter is around 7 mm) which has developed a breakage in the center conductor (which is stranded). This cable is an adapter cable which ...
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Is bending the tips of the antenna wires going to affect the effective length?

I'm looking at designs for low cost DIY yagi antennas for a fox hunt, and pondering coat hanger wire and PVC piping. I'd like them to be built by the youth who will be doing the fox hunt, but that ...
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Homebrew 20M SSB receiver design? [closed]

I'm looking for as simple as possible homebrew 20M SSB receiver design. I just want to start listening, but at the same time learn some radio fundamentals. So rather than buying a shortwave receiver ...
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What type of solder is best suited for radio and electronic use?

Many types of solder are available today, such as acid-core, silver, rosin-core and aluminum solder. What kind should I use for building antennas and radio equipment? Why? From test question: T7D08
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How can I add amplitude modulation to this transmitter?

I recently built this circuit, and could hear a nice full quieting signal on my short-wave radio with a 7.2 megahertz crystal for the 40 meter band. What is the simplest way I could Amplitude ...
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Home-brew 10 meter walkie talkies?

"When I was in high school, we had 8 hams at once. (Probably rare) 4 of us built little 10 meter walkie-talkies and had great fun using them on Field Day, hiking or around town. It was ...
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Are there easier ways to make traps than coax and plastic pipe?

I recently built an antenna for my attic inspired by http://degood.org/coaxtrap/. I found making the coax traps very time consuming and frustrating to tune. I got to thinking about 3D printers, and ...
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How to build a remote control unit that works on amateur radio frequencies?

The only remote control units I have used before was those little cheap 27Mhz puny range cheap units. I would like to build some sort of RC unit, which has a range up to 1km line of sight. I have a ...
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SDR sampling bandwidth - do the bits per sample matter?

I'm looking at data converter chips for a homebrew SDR design, and I see that I can choose not just the sampling frequency, but also the bits per sample. Obviously the sampling frequency has to be ...
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Can two diodes be parallelled in RB to get double the capacitance?

It's a fact of life that air-gang capacitors, are increasingly more difficult to come by - having been superseded by the far more compact varactor diodes. My part of the world components such as the ...
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Can I listen to hams on a standard AM/FM broadcast receiver?

I am very much out of practice with amateur radio (like many others), so to some, this question may seem obvious. I don't have any specialised amateur radio equipment, but I do have a Sanyo AM/FM ...
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Is it a good idea to build your own radio transceiver today? [closed]

With all the advances in the field of electronics, microcontrollers, etc., is it a good option today to build my own amateur radio transceiver (or transmitter/receiver)? Why might one choose to build ...