Author: ms

Monitor for SG-Lab Power Amplifier

The 2.4 GHz 20W power amplifier from the Bulgarian company SG-Lab is widely used among the OMs (including QO-100 sattelite fans) [1]. In addition to the attractive price, this is also due to the excellent workmanship and delivery in the milled aluminum housing. The PA contains three internal directional couplers for measuring input, output and […]

N7DDC autotuner with power over coaxial cable

I made N7DDC popular ATU-100 antenna tuner in the basic version (5×5) in 2019, and I added my experience with it on our website in the post  CHA-250B antenna by SP5GNI. The original documentation of the ATU-100 tuner can be found on the Github portal as well as elsewhere (example). The schematic diagram can be […]

SO4M contesting

For many years I have the pleasure to work with Mirek SP4MPG and compete in his contest station located near Olsztyn. I met Mirek thanks to the SN0HQ Team and joint, annual starts in the IARU HF competition. This year, on the last weekend of May, I decided to start in the CW part of […]

HF5WIM in 2020 SPDX Contest

Congratulations to all my colleagues for great achievements in SPDX 2020! Particularly touching is the photo of Kamil SQ5JRN (I also heard him) with a baby on his lap 🙂 My story: Saturday, getting closer to the contest. I walk around the garden and look at my wires and 2 element beam. I wonder in […]

HF amplifier with MFR101

In 2018, NXP introduced new MRF101 and MRF300 power transistors to the market. They are designed for medium and high power levels in the radio frequency range, where the offer is not so rich. Why are they extremely interesting to the amateur radio community? – First of all – they are cheap thanks to the […]

90th Anniversary of the Polish Amateur Radio Union

On February 22-24, 1930, the congress and the first general meeting of the Polish Amateur Radio Union took place in Warsaw. In 2020, we proudly celebrate the 90th anniversary of this event.             Tomek SP5CCC has released for the purpose of celebrating this event a number of historical photos from […]

ADALM-PLUTO tuning

The SDR Active Learning Module  ADALM PLUTO from Analog Devices is used by many OM’s for working satellite QO-100. This is due to the attractive price and the excellent SSB-Modulation. No additional up- or down-converter are needed. Nevertheless some optimizations are possible. Installation in an aluminium housing avoiding radio frequency radiation Reducing frequency drift by […]

RF level meters with AD8318

It is not necessary to justify how important a radio signal meter is for a radioamateur, especially when entering the frequency ranges above 1 GHz. There are inexpensive meters available on the market (EXAMPLE), but you can do better by yourself 😉 using an inexpensive module with the Analog Device AD8318 IC. The schematic is […]

HF5L/p in IARU SSB R1 Fieldday contest 2019

On the 7/8 September weekend, the HF5L team took part in the Fieldday SSB contest organized by DARC. This time in the preparations and the contest took part (in alphabetical order of call signs): Ewa SP5-1593, Andrzej SP5DDF, Mirek SP5GNI, Sławek SP5ICS, Marek SP5ISZ, Marek SP5IXS, Zbyszek SP5JSZ and Maciek SP5LCS. The place of installation […]

ADALM-PLUTO development kit for (not only) Es’hail-2 satellite

Adalm-Pluto (Analog Device) SDR radio starter kit was received for experiments by courtesy of Michał Trzaskowski from Richardson RFPD. This device gives completely new possibilities when it comes to cooperation with the first geostationary amateur satellite Es’hail-2. To name a few: thanks to the large bandwidth of the receiver (up to 6 MHz) it is […]