A thread over on the softrock user group list spurred the curiosity…..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40/message/68324
G4ZFQ has RightMark test data for a high end Xonar D2X card, as well as several others. An internet search found other RightMark tests of several other Xonar cards, all of whose test data show curve trends remarkably similar to those of [...]
Added a new page to the skimmer station fun facts list.
The new page describes observations from using several different sound cards for both music and as the interface for SoftRock software defined radios and the CW Skimmer software.
Ran across the hyper dog ball launcher a couple of years ago, and the potential for re-purposed applications for hanging antenna supports seemed obvious. It is not as much fun as a pneumatic launcher, but it sure is easily understood by any boy of 8. No air pump required.
The modified hyper dog
Created a page of links and several related pages of information on the ongoing construction of the CW Skimmer station at W4KAZ.
Because of the nature of the blog package used for this website, it is easier to save this skimmer related info on ‘pages’ rather than as a “post” because it seems like [...]
Tribander Plus? Plus what? Friends with benefits maybe?
Back in 2002 or so, references to the “open sleeve dipole” sparked a curiosity in the topic. Very few web references were available back then(in the internet dark ages). The article that initially tweaked the curiosity was N6LF’s article “A Wideband 80-m Dipole”, which built upon [...]
“Don’t get cocky kid….”
Just when everything seems to be going smoothly, Murphy arrives. Two days before the WPX contest, it became clear the 80m softrock had developed an issue and was useless. It lost half of the signal, and so was useless(on 5/27) and required repairs. Sideline that issue for now….
The 40m [...]
Note….Post dated this material to original date written…superseded by new reality…..
“All is proceeding as I have foreseen it…………..”
Been just about four years since the CW skimmer stuff really hit the contest rotary impeller. A bit of review…..
First impressions in May 2008. More observations June 2008. And I sure wish I had [...]
After some large amount of initial interest, I quit paying attention to the Softrock. As the years trickled by, the Softrock project kept moving. Lots of projects, mods, versions, and changes.
Here in the present, I had an older Softrock v6.2 sitting on the ‘ToooDooo” batting lineup since around December. It had originally been [...]
After a lot of procrastination, the dormant Softrock v6.2 project became timely. The job was to convert a Softrock v6.2 from its intended IF usage(IF 9.001?) to something a wee more interesting fer the KazShack main op, namely a 40m Softrock v6.2. The WB5RVZ pages are the place to go for build information. A [...]
(Updated 02/28/2012 de w4kaz)
The whole idea of operating on 160m started as curiosity. Before 2005 I had never operated on 160m. Ever. I had listened some, but never keyed the transmitter other than to experiment with arcing capacitors and high levels of SWR. But it generally seemed like it would be [...]