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Just another Amateur Radio Operator

Day 1

Today is the first day of getting back on air. It’s been a pretty full on day actually as I never anticipated the amount of things I needed to do to get everything working. I guess before I continue, I should mention one of these arrived in the mail for me yesterday:

My new Rig

No complaints about this arrival

The Yaesu FT-DX1200 is quite an upgrade from the trusty Icom 706-MkIIG, which has now been relegated to VHF/UHF Duties.

The joy of a playing with a new rig on Friday night was short lived – the new Yaesu draws 23.8A @ 13.8V peak. My power supply was a fair way short of this at 15A. operating would have to wait until Saturday. In the meantime, I could start getting a PC ready for rig control.

Let me just say, you will reach an inevitable point in time when hardware, although suitable for the purpose will not be supported by modern operating systems. I found out that upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 was not supported at 64bit, but was if I would find Windows 10 32bit. The problem here however is that the 32bit download tool will not work under 64bit Windows 7. joy.

I also managed to go out to Jaycar in the morning and buy a 40A switch-mode power supply. Some people will cringe, because these type of power supplies are notorious for causing RF interference (QRM). Fortunately I see very little QRM affecting the rigs.

Ham Radio Battle Station

The Battle Station. Win10 Installing

After installing Win10, I found that the drivers associated with the rig control interface cause the computer to crash. Dammit. back to Windows 7 I have gone. I think I have done about 5 OS install attempts in the last 24 hours.

Finally, I am getting around to configuring Ham Radio Deluxe to control the Rig. I am finding the lack of documentation in configuring the DX1200 quite frustrating and as I am writing this I am looking for information on how to sent PTT to the rig, which will probably take me into the evening.

After this, import my previous QSLs, set up VKCL for the RD Contest in a couple of weeks and start doing a more thorough configuration of HRD.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Scott Evans

    Well I’m using Windows 10 on my notebook (originally windows 8.1) and I’ve not really used windows as a primary OS for some time. I am making myself use Windows 10 for a week before I restore the dual boot with Debian!

    As for software for amateur radio, in particular CAT control HRD was always my favourite, but it appears that HRD has gone from a free to use to a licensed platform…

    • ben

      Hey Scott! As much as I want to use Linux as the primary OS, with the changes in the License modelling for Windows 10, I’ll take advantage of the free copy. Chances are I will shortly re-purpose a machine that is not 11 years old to become the “shack rig”.
      I’ve always been a fan of HRD, was outraged when they went from free to a commercial model which was when I started looking at alternatives. However HRD provides the best integrated solution for my needs so I will pay the license fee and start playing radio 🙂

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