If your interested in testing the at accuracy of you your transceiver on 6/2/70/23/SHF there are beacons setup in around Mt Lofty (VK5VF) and the Elizabeth Water Tower (VK5RLZ) which you can listen to and they are on the following frequencies
Yesterday my Softrock RX Ensemble II HF Receiver arrived from Five Dash Inc. in the US within ten days and was very well packed. Any way like most grown men with a new toy I descided to take the day out and build it, the took me about 15 hours in total. The guide by WB5RVZ is comprehensive and easy enough to follow in a half dozen so steps. I also have a nice box for the Ensemble II RX coming from the KM5H store and it will make it to be a nice looking package.
My SeaSDR_40 kit arrived from Italy. Last night I finished off building the kit together, the is rather easy to put together and the only real thing to watch out for is the toriod with the primary and secondary windings on it, to soldering it in correctly.
I also got the SeaSDR_40 working with Quisk by only having to make a couple minor alterations to the ~/.quisk_conf.py file.
near the top of the file I changed the hardware import
import quisk_hardware_model as quisk_hardware
import quisk_hardware_fixed as quisk_hardware
This will allow you to have frequency shown in Quisk based on the VFO of the SeaSDR_40.
To alter the VFO to that of the SeaSDR_40 change
fixed_vfo_freq = 7056000
fixed_vfo_freq = 7080500
All that is left for me to do is buy a metal box to mount the board into with some socket and connectors.
The way I have gotten around the problem at the moment is to downloaded the Ubuntu linux-firmware package and extracted the deb package to copy the directory ene-ub6250 from the extracted directory /lib/firmware/ to /lib/firmware/ on my working system as I not wanted to install 40 odd megabyte of other firmware I not needed.
After moving the files over run the following and all should be ready to use # depmod -ae # update-initramfs -u
As testing goes on, the .asoundrc file is getting more complexed in its setup. This is where we are up to now, we have 2 profiles going for ‘local’ and ‘DX’ and we select between the profiles by running in terminal
VK2MEV and myself have been working on better compression and equilisation to use with the FT-857D and our hardware. we have since changed from swh-plugins to the plugin we are currently using is the tap-plugins which seems to do compression and equilisation a lot better that the latter. Continue Reading
Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Inc. When: 4th Nov. 2012, Entry from 9am, entry to sale hall from 9.30. $5 entry includes 2 raffle tickets Where: Goodwood Community Centre 32-34 Rosa St Goodwood.
See AHARS for full details of vendors present and the generous door prizes offered. NERC and ALARA will provide refreshments.
This is just an update from my older post. I have built an isolation box to use between the computer and the FT-857D which at the moment only consists of two 3K 1:1 audio transformers and 500K trimpot to not over load the radios audio input on the data port. I have still got to add the optocoupler into the box so can get the computer to control the PTT via the data port too.
At the moment there has been no noticeable different in the audio quality with the isolation transformers inline, and the compressed audio still sounds good