KY6R FT8 Station Design

While watching some videos on FT8, some had mentioned the heating of the KX3. Luckily, I have the latest Elecraft heatsink, but then it dawned on me – I have the KAT-100 in a closet in a box. VOILA! The KAT-100 has a massive heat sink, and I also have a big gaping hole on my station desk where the ACOM-1500 used to be…

Let’s Spin a Variable Capacitor

There is more than enough torque for the large Palstar variable capacitor. There was little extra power drawn, but not much. I’ll try the roller inductor later today.

KPOD to BT1500A Block Diagram

The KY6R “maker area” in the shack. The radio part of the shack is to the left. I was able to get a C program that the lead KPOD developer from Elecraft sent me to compile and run on the Raspberry Pi. I learned what a “HID” device is – Human Interface Device, and that the KPOD is not a standard HID (like a…

The New KY6R Shack

The Palstar R30CC, Elecraft K3 and P3, SPE 1.3FA, Elecraft Kpod, switches and power supplies. Awards include SWODXA DXpedition of the Year for VK0EK, 8BDXCC, DX Coffee Best Communication Award for TX5K, and DXCC Honor Roll. Antennas are 20M home brewed yagi, DX Engineering DV-40-P 40M phased vertical array and the KY6R “Mod Bob” for 160, 80 and 30M. For RX on 160M I…