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At what watt level is it safe to use metal strips for modulated signals?

In my working design, I have a transceiver TX on low power; Then boost it in a preamp phase in the back. The way I'm sending the signals (RX and TX) through the radio is by a network of 1/8 to 1/4 ...
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Lowest cost portable HF radio with at least 100 W output?

My use case is intercontinental HF radio, and I am frequently traveling. Lugging a big rig is inconvenient and expensive ones get you into customs trouble all the time. So, I'm looking for a low cost ...
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Battery capacity vs. weight for portable transceivers

What kind of battery has the most capacity for the weight? I want to take my transceiver backpacking, so I care about weight.
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What is this military radio?

Please help me identify this piece of equipment. It looks military spec, but don't know anything about it. I want to look up some history about what it was used for. Here are more photos.
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What is a good step resolution in tuning and transmitting?

When constructing a new radio, what should your step resolution be and what is considered too much in resolution in frequency tuning and transmitting? I'm talking about capacitor type tunning. ...
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Can anyone identify this military radio?

Hoping someone can identify the following military radio. I spotted it at the curb and decided to make it a land-fill diversion project...
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Carrier telephone system adaptation

In amature radio, users can use what is called a phone patch to enable them to use a phone to establish connection to another party or user. Phones are usually two wire and dont lend themselves to ...
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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 the external VFO input in a Heathkit SB-(100, 101, 102) be used to operate on frequencies outside the radio's normal range?

I've got a Heathkit SB-102 that I'm working on making operational (problems with transmit, receiver works just fine). This model radio has a 9-pin Molex connector in the back, intended to connect an ...
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Audio too high, how to troubleshoot

I am using a TYT TH-9800 with a 10 m half dipole antenna on low power (5 W) to connect to a WIN linked repeater (+5.0 MHz offset and 123.0 tone). I made contact with two other stations and was told ...
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Does a UHF/VHF handheld transceiver kit exist?

I am a licensed ham looking for a UHF/VHF handheld transceiver kit. Unfortunately so far I was only able to find broken links, i.e. Ten-Tec used to produce exactly such a thing but they just don't ...
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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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How should i go about building my first transceiver?

So i want to build my very own transceiver, not looking for anything worldwide, just local but i do have a background in arduino and some electrical engineering, what tutorials would you recommend?
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Can I make a simple Tx/Rx antenna (Radio System) which will receive signal from BTS and broadcast/transmit it, and vice versa? [duplicate]

Consider a situation as below. I am stay in a farm field, which my house is 9.4km distance from the nearest and the only one BTS (Base Transceiver System), a cellular antenna for transmit and receive ...
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Can the transmit and receive functions of a boat anchor transceiver share the tank circuit?

I'm starting design work on a two-tube (two-valve, for those who prefer that term) reflex-regen receiver that I hope will cover AM broadcast through 160m-10m -- both amateur bands and those "in ...
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Power output of KT8900

Any ideas on adjusting the low power output of the KT8900. The output tranny has a max rating of 12V and specs are centred on 7.5 volts. Yet they try to run it at 13.8V?? I want to reduce the output ...
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How long can a transceiver be unused before I have to use a variac?

I have an old TenTec Argosy II that hasn’t been powered up for 20 years. How long can electronics go unpowered before I have to worry about the electrolytic needed a slow power up with a Variac?
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What is a simple kind of amateur radio transceiver I could try to build, as a beginner?

I am new to amateur radio, and I'm trying to learn the basics of the hobby. I would like to build a simple radio transceiver from scratch (i.e. not from a kit). I have searched the Internet for ...
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Where does this common spurious transmission come from? Is there a quality difference?

I decided to see what my ham transmissions look like on an SDR and was kind of shocked to see how much leaks out. The waterfall display is split between two handhelds during transmit. There are a ...
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2GFSK 9600bps Transmitter and amplifier for 433 MHz

I'm looking for a reliable, however cheap solution for ground-space communication. I need at least 50W of transmitted power with 2GFSK modulation at 70cm band (433 MHz). Transmission will be done ...
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Share wide band antenna with multiple transceivers

I'm trying to incorporate several transceivers on my board design; I need WiFi (2.4 GHz) SatCom (~1.6 GHz) RF (~900 MHz) and GNSS (~1.5 GHz). I need to combine them into one antenna. I found a wide ...
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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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Can I use two yagi aerials back-to-back for a bi-directional system?

I need to create a setup where I have three radio transceivers (869.4MHz) setup in a straight line. I need to be able to communicate, in both directions, from the centre pole to the outside two poles,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why do so many HF transceivers use a UHF connector?

Just looking around at various rigs online for a fiend. Lots of them look really attractive TS-480, K2, K3, FT-450D, FT-950, IC-78, FT-897 to name just a few... These rigs are mostly HF, albeit some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...