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Great podcast

I haven’t posted much lately due to a busy schedule, but I want to be sure to help spread the word about an excellent podcast I have come across.   The description on their site is spot-on: Ham Radio Workbench deep dives on making, DIY, electronics, and technical topics of interest to the amateur radio operator.  …

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Welcome to the site. This is the Amateur Radio site of Dave Santoro, W2DHS. I will generally post items that I think may help other hams. This isn’t a blog that I will be updating on any particular schedule.

Adding GPS to a Kenwood RC-D710 (and possibly TM-D710)

I have a Kenwood TM-V71a that I upgraded with the RC-D710 head for full APRS functionality.  At the time I got this the RC-D710 head did not come with an integrated GPS, so I had built a breakout box that took power from the RJ45 cable and directed it to a BR-355 GPS Puck.  This …

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My Shack Configuration.

I have a fairly modest shack compared to others I have seen online, but it gets the job done.  I grabbed a corner in our family room an brought up an old cheapie desk that we had stored away.   I built the shelves out of MDF from Home Depot. Here is my current gear: …

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2011 Highlander, Kenwood TM-V71A amateur transceiver installation

While I had permanently installed my scanner and dual band antennas (and written about it) last year, I have been thinking hard about how to mount the radios, remote head, power switches, mic, and speakers on the interior. I spent the last year testing a few temporary scenarios, including most recently having the radio just …

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Look what Santa Brought!

I got a nice call sign plaque for my shack.  We got it from ProjectGM and it came out great. Credit for this fantastic design goes to Richard Graves! http://hamprojects.blogspot.com/2012/08/signs-of-times.html

2011 Toyota Highlander Mobile Antenna Installation

I have a scanner and a  dual band rig in my car.  For the scanner I have a  cheap mag mount antenna that I got on Amazon.com, and for the transceiver I have a Comet antenna on a Diamond K400 mount hacked onto my roof rack.  Neither was working out so I began looking at …

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USB Soundcard / PTT Interface complete.

I built the USB Rig interface that I mentioned in my last post and it turned out great.   I have it interfaced with my old Icom IC-281H.  I made a few changes to the original plans. 1) Instead of the PS/2 connector used in G4ILO’s setup, I decided to use a TinyTrak/KPC3 compatible DB-9 …

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My next mini-project

Just found this link to a homebrew USB interface for digital modes.  This is just the ticket for helping me build my shack.  I am using a modern laptop with only 1 serial port and I want to save that for my FT-847 CAT port.    I also can’t see paying $99 for a commercial …

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Note to self…. look into this SDR when you get some free time.

Getting started with software defined radio

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