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Questions tagged [transceiver]

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WWV, WWVH, and WWVL may be shut down. Are there any alternatives?

The US government is proposing to shut down the NIST standard time and frequency stations WWV, WWVH, and WWVB in Colorado and Hawaii. If that actually happens, are there any free or inexpensive ...
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When was the first radio transceiver (transmitter/receiver) built, and by whom?

I'm really passionate about signals and communications ever since I was a child where we "built satellites" - little did I know that it would become part of my future. So here is my first question: ...
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Can I monitor a refrigerator using ham radio?

I am considering the ramifications of monitoring my refrigerator conditions using ham radio. Can the radio on the refrigerator be under automatic control using my call sign so that I do not need to ...
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Why don't monolithic HF transceiver ICs exist?

HAM operators who build their own HF rigs typically do so using discrete components. However, for VHF and UHF rigs, an operator can make use of monolithic transceiver ICs on the market For example,...
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Powering transceiver and SWR/power meter from same supply?

I'm mostly sure this will be ok, but I'd like to confirm. I have a switching power supply (can't remember the model right now, but it's for ham use, 13.8V/30A) and I'd like to power both the FT-857D ...
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Are any handsets compliant with Canadian regs usable on both 2M amateur and 2M commercial bands? Is this even possible?

It is rumoured that radio handsets are sometimes used in Canada on 2-metre amateur bands without being certified with Industry Canada. Some of those sets may be modified or reprogrammed to operate on ...
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Relations between bit rate, frequency deviation and channel filter bandwidth

I just started using a couple of low power radio modules in my project (HopeRF RFM69HCW). I made them work; they successfully transmit messages in a limited range (5-10 meters). Now I would like to ...
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Console vs Trunk mount

A little background - I own a 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit that I am turning into my mobile ham station. It already has most of what I need, but I ran into something I want to ask a question about. It ...
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Can two 315MHz RF modules communicate with each other if none of their frequencies are exactly 315MHz?

I bought two RF modules that were made by different manufacturers. They were both labeled 315MHz on the manufacturers' websites. However, when I tested their frequencies with SDR#, I saw that even ...
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Bluetooth headset for transceiver?

Is there a way to use a Bluetooth headset with my transceiver to eliminate all the wires, like a Bluetooth adapter? It seems like all the Bluetooth applications require a smartphone in the loop ...
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LoRa Radio RFM96/98 SX1276/8 configuration settings for Longest Range

I have a pair of HopeRF LoRa RFM98 Radio Modems(based on Semtech SX1278) and I want to configure them for the longest range possible, without taking care about any second factor like transmission time ...
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Can I test a base station CB radio with a magnetic mobile antenna?

I am looking at a base station and want to test it before purchasing can I use a magnetic mobile antenna to see if it transmits and receives without damaging it?
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Are wireless transceivers affected by strong magnetic fields?

Are wireless transceivers affected (performance or life) by strong magnetic fields? If yes, why?
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How does a transceiver work?

I recently joined my university's Cube-Sat Program and was delegated the task of looking for software that modulates and demodulates signals (~437MHz, GMSK, AX.25). The problem now is that I don't ...
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Autoranging problem for AX5043 transceiver (437.025MHz)

I am trying to configure AX5043 transceiver(ONSEMI) for PSK modulation and system parameters are as follows: ...
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Receiving commercial / public-safety on a general-coverage HAM transceiver

I have an ICOM-7100 that I've installed in my mobile as my primary (nay, only) HAM transceiver; and I'm trying to avoid wasting a ton of space in my vehicle (not to mention money) for a proper scanner,...
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What issues can I expect when using Bluetooth for packet radio?

So I have an IC-2730, which doesn't have external inputs for packet radio, but it does have optional board for Bluetooth connectivity and there's also an optional Bluetooth headset for it. I'm trying ...
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What is Digital Mode on newer HF Transceivers

What does switching to digital mode on Yaesu Xcvr's (or any other HF radio) actually do? The documentation states that "specific digital mode selections, which include custom BFO offsets to optimize ...
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Frequencies as 5 digits and 6 or 7 digits

Why are some frequencies 5 digits like 51344 and some six or seven digits long like 158.7600?
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Receiving through a linear amplifier

I want to build a simple amplifier using those Mitsubishi modules (like the RA30H1317M or other RA parts). I know this might seem like a very obvious question, but I am unable to find the answer after ...
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What is the minimum signal strength I need to receive?

Let's say a transmitting station is using a 8W radio with a J pole antenna. The cable connecting the radio to the antenna is RG-58A/U and is 25ft long. At 144.075MHz, the attenuation of the cable is ...
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Transformer secondary coil impedance [closed]

To transfer maximum power from the secondary coil to the load, I need to find secondary coil impedance. My load impedance 5 - J365. I would design a matching circuit between load and secondary coil, ...
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Smallest / Thinnest UHF/VHF Mobile Transceiver under $100

I'm looking for the smallest/thinnest UHF or VHF two-way radio under $100. So far I've found: Baofeng/Pofung UV-5R (current solution) Baofeng/Pofung BF-888S (102m x 51mm x 11.35mm) KST K-888 (122mm x ...
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VHF antenna / receiver suggestion for a UAV

I am currently working on a student project that involves having a UAV fly an orthogonal path over a series of transmitters -- taking in data (through an arduino-based system for data processing). ...
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Where to pull audio for packet on an alinco DR-600

I have an old Alinco dual-band radio, the DR-600 (service manual) (manual) I want to use this radio for receiving APRS packets. The speaker audio out Works but there are too many things to go wrong ...
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Looking for a UHF / VHF transceiver for PC.`

I am looking for a simple UHF / VHF transceiver that I can plug into my PC via USB and be able to RX/TX on one channel, using the built in mic... Maybe even record the RX from the freq. Everything I ...
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Can I receive raw on-air data using Kenwood TS2000?

The TS2000 has inbuilt AX.25 support. However, is it possible to use the TNC in a "transparent" mode so that I can view the on-air data without any decoding? Upon basic searching, I came up with this ...
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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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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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Listening below the carrier frequency gives a weaker signal than above the carrier frequency - why?

I have a 20m CW transceiver with an option for a wide or a narrow filter. When the narrow filter is selected, a crystal ladder filter is used in the intermediate frequency filter, between two mixers. ...
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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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Antenna tuning while receiving

I've built AA5TB's antenna coupler for a 5W 20m transceiver. Tuning was kind of difficult because my transceiver has buttons for sending a dot and a dash, but no tuning mode, so I couldn't have the ...
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Adapting an antenna coupler

I've built AA5TB's antenna coupler: I left out C2 because I didn't understand why I would need it - why would I? It works fine without. Unfortunately, when I started tuning for a 5W 20m transceiver, ...
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Why are commercial SDRs so limited in operating frequency?

I spent a bit of time researching SDRs, mostly looking into the possibility of building an all-FPGA-based TRX. There are a lot of commercial ready solutions; some are cheap, some not, but they all ...
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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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Boefeng UV-5RE scanning capability

Since the factory manual is simple and basic, is it possible to use the Baofeng UV-5RE to do these things? Listen to FM radio, while scanning 2m and 70cm bands in the background (as in hiking) Set ...
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Difference between Boefeng UV-5RE Plus and UV-5

I bought a Baofeng UV-5RE Plus, which presumably is an improved version of the basic UV-5. There is lots of information online on the UV-5. Any idea where I can find out what are the differences and ...
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Is there any PC remote control software for the Baofeng UV-5RE Plus?

I saw on YouTube that some software, with another brand transceiver, can command the transceiver to scan a range of frequencies and display a running waterfall display of scanned results. Can such a ...
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What radios compare favorably with the FT-817ND? [closed]

I've been asked to specify an amateur radio for a project which is very general purpose in nature, including HF, VHF, and UHF bands. Cost and user friendliness is a concern, so I wanted to avoid ...
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Baofeng uv-82 will not transmit in channel mode?

I have 2 Boafeng UV-82 radios. I programmed the frequencies using Chirp. When I try to access the repeaters in channel mode I cannot connect. When I switch to frequency mode and turn off the duplex ...
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Can an external VFO be injected into a commercial rig?

Constraints of various kinds preclude any investment in a rig at present; so I find myself pondering the means to get back on the band piece-meal. Say I were successful in an attempt to throw ...
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What does the “USER” programmable key function do on the Yaesu FT-897D?

I was just reviewing the manual of my Yaesu FT-897D to remind myself of useful functions I might have forgotten about, and I found the programmable function keys, which can be set to any of “All Multi ...
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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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What does a lightning bolt symbol next to an antenna connector mean?

On the back of my Yaesu FT-897, next to each of the antenna connectors, there are lightning-bolt-ish symbols. What do these mean, and is there something I ought to be doing because of that? I have ...
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How do I select a programmed memory scan on the Yaesu FT-897D?

The Yaesu FT-897D has a so-called “Programmable Memory Scan (PMS)” feature, which allows limiting scanning to a user-defined band by creating special paired memory entries which set the upper and ...
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Is there a repository of modern Amateur Radio transceiver schematics? [closed]

I am looking for a repository (SVN ect) of modern Amateur transceiver schematics. Most of the designs you can find with a simple Google search either use tubes, or now obsolete and hard to find ...
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Is the 3-cm band serviced by any commercial main-stream ham radio transceiver?

Wikipedia writes to say The Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union allow amateur radio operations in the frequency range 10.000 to 10.500 GHz, and amateur satellite ...
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How is full duplex implemented without swamping the receive circuitry?

I've seen a few references to full duplex SDR radios, and I'm wondering how can one transmit and receive at the same time without overwhelming the receiver, and without heavy filtering such as the ...
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What makes a good emergency-capable QRP rig for travel?

It's wintertime, which drives the concept of emergency preparedness here above the 45th Parallel. Am emergency-capable QRP rig is an excellent item to stuff into one's Go Bag or vacation gear, always ...
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What is a waterfall display?

High-end transceivers apparently come equipped with a water-fall display - something to do with improved spectrum visibility. This is supposed to lead to potentially higher QSO count and rate. What ...