Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CQ CQ CQ ALL U.S. Hams

The US House of Representatives passed the Radio Parity Act. It will ensure that every ham in the US, regardless of the community they live in, will have the opportunity to practice their avocation from their own homes without breaking any rules or fear of reprisal. If enacted, amateurs who are living in deed-restricted communities would be guaranteed that there would be no preclusion of Amateur Radio communications by an HOA (Home Owner Association), that the Amateur would have the ability to construct an effective outdoor antenna on property under exclusive use of the licensee, and that the HOA must allow such facility using the least practicable restriction by the HOA to achieve their lawful purposes. In essence, this is important especially for people who live in an area that forbids them from erecting external antennas. It still needs to pass the US Senate.


Click Here Please to visit the page to send a message to your Senators to approve the bill.

Thanks You and 73
Mike-KD2KOG

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

DX-Toolbox DEAL

I worked out a deal personally with Black Cat systems software for the SDRplay Facebook group that I admin for but anyone here can also use my discount link for DX-Toolbox (OS X or Windows).

This is the propagation software I use daily. The program is now $19.99. DX-Toolbox is actively developed and in my opinion spot on when it comes to predicting HF band conditions. Big thank you to Chris for doing this for me. I make zero $$$ on any of the deals made for the radio community. Yes I purchased my own copy :)


If you would like to purchase this software at a discounted price this is the link below
CLICK HERE

Friday, August 26, 2016

$20 RTL-SDR v3 edition

On August 16th 2016 rtl-sdr.com released the brand new v3 edition of their very well known RTL based SDR dongle.The v3 edition has added a lot of new features but one feature that stands out is the ability to receive HF.

Without getting overly technical this new model will allow you to listen to HF from 500 kHz right on up to 24 MHz by making a selection of the Q branch within any supported frontend.

The previous editions also allowed you to listed to HF but you needed to make some modifications to the PCB.

Now If you want to listed to DX on 80m, 40m & 20m... No problem. Feel like listening to world news as it happens and unfiltered...No problem. How about listening to clandestine or Military operations...No problem. Listening to HF communication is just one feature that was added. You can still receive transmissions from 30 MHz up to about 1.8 GHz.

What I mentioned above is just some of the additions added to the v3. This dongle packs a lot of punch for $20.00. Everyone says that the RTL-SDR'S "Allows you to get your feet wet in the world of SDR'S" Which is true but with this new v3 you get so much more for such a small investment. $20.00 is nothing compared to some of the prices of HF SDR'S. Don't expect the v3 to match up head to head with a $700 SDR with a 16bit ADC. One thing I will say is that the new v3 edition can hold it's own and actually quite well.

This one is without a doubt staying in my collection. rtl-sdr.com has a great product. I can't say enough good things about this company. They took a run of the mill 820t2 and made it into something worth using and enjoyable. With the right software and antenna you have a complete coverage SDR for 20.00


 Apologies in advance for the quality of the video. I'm still waiting for my camera to come in. I shot this with my cell phone in one take unedited. See you all on the next post. Before you watch my video I highly recommend you bookmark the following sites

RTL-SDR
London Shortwave