Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Summer 2011

A long time since last entry in this blog. A summer with vacation and nice weather is now behind us. Some radio activity also and other news to mention.

Portable: I have been portable a few times during the summer. I have been participating in the Swedish Flora and Fauna activity. If you activate a Nature Reserve you might get a pile up on you which I now have tried for the first time. I also realized this summer that this contest and dx chasing part of this hobby is not a thing that I find important. It is the technical things and building stuff that is fun! But being portable has of course been a good time to try new antennas. I have built a few and I hope to write about them in later blog posts.

Oscilloscope: Some months ago I bought my first oscilloscope. It is a portable called DSO Quad. I have not used it enough so I can give a review, but according to the support forum it does not deliver according to the specification. Hopefully software patches can solve the problems...

Mini VNA Pro: I got a really nice birthday present some months ago, the Mini VNA Pro. An instrument that can measure on antennas, filters etc. The good thing with this one compared to other offerings is that I can use the VNA/J software in Linux.

Others: I have a few projects running now, like some more SDRs and maybe some rx / trx, but still not enough to tell anything about. I also play around with the Atmel AVR microprocessors, that is fun!

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