We look at the future of the Ham Radio Workbench and discuss 2018 projects and plans! Starting in February 2018, you will no longer get Ham Radio Workbench in the Ham Radio 360 podcast feed. Please find us in your favorite podcast app and subscribe to Ham Radio Workbench.
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The Workbench Podcast is now the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast!
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Ham Radio 2.0 Episode 120 with Cale K4CDN discussing the future of Ham Radio 360 in 2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIXYSx5FTAc
Powerfilm Solar 10% off 30 Watt Portable Solar Panel Combo! - http://www.powerfilmsolar.com/products/workbench
Great discussion on microcontroller Interrupts on the Embedded.fm Podcast - http://embedded.fm/episodes/224
Pluggable USB Microscope - http://a.co/cwaHn8O
Repairing Bent CPU Socket Pins on a motherboard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fkioojsxX8
MFJ 1886 HF Receiving Loop Antenna - http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-1886
Airspy HF+ SDR Receiver - https://v3.airspy.us/product/airspy-hfplus/
RCA TV Rotator - https://www.amazon.com/AUDIOVOX-Remote-Antenna-Rotator-VH226F/dp/B008468PWC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1512797155&sr=8-3&keywords=rca+antenna+rotator
FIeld Radio Podcast KB1HQ interview - http://hamradio360.com/index.php/2017/12/01/ham-radio-360-frp11-ultra-portable-ops-w-stuart-thomas-kb1hqs/
Article on Small Magnetic Loop Transmitting Efficiency - http://www.qsl.net/k4fk/presentations/QQ0712_How-efficient-is-your-loop-antenna-.pdf
Construction of Magnetic Loop Antennas
AMSAT Phase 4B Geostationary Station - https://www.hume.vt.edu/geo/info and https://phase4ground.github.io/
Digilent Analog Discovery II - https://analogdiscovery.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8IeQkM791wIVk7fACh1tpAB5EAAYASAAEgIPEvD_BwE
Amazon Free RTOS - https://aws.amazon.com/freertos/
Store and Forward Modules - https://www.argentdata.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=98
Field Radio Podcast Ammo Can Repeater Build - http://hamradio360.com/index.php/2017/11/16/ham-radio-360-frp10-portable-ammo-can-repeater-w-mark-waggoner-n6mrw/
Tindie Walkie Talkie Modules - https://www.tindie.com/search/?q=walkie+talkie
AllStar Node Information - https://hamvoip.org/
AllStar Portable Node - https://hamvoip.org/hamradio/Portable_Allstar_Node/
Wiring Baofeng Radios - http://crompton.com/hamradio/baofeng888/
The Junk Drawer - a random collection of useful and invaluable items. This week George and Jeremy bring you a veritable hodge podge of exciting ham radio content! PowerFilm Solar shares an exclusive offer for HamRadio360 listeners. George gives a preview of progress on build projects. He then shares interviews with SteppIR, Flex Radio, and Novexcomm from Pacificon. Our friends at the ICQ Podcast share an exciting announcement about G8BBC, the official BBC Ham Radio Station.
Exclusive 10% discount on Powerfilm Solar 30 watt panel (Expires Dec 7, 2017)! (Promo code is HamRadio on Amazon) - http://www.powerfilmsolar.com/products/workbench
Elecktor article on Android function generator - https://www.elektormagazine.com/news/review-function-generator-in-the-pocket
RF Analyzer for Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mantz_it.rfanalyzer
SDR Touch for Android - http://sdrtouch.com/
EveryCircuit for Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.everycircuit.free&hl=en
EveryCircuit for iOS - https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjc5fnt-KPXAhUGMyYKHeVFBSoQFggoMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Feverycircuit%2Fid797157761%3Fmt%3D8&usg=AOvVaw1O1cL6FCmTfREJ-BNPT8Z8
Airspy HF+ - https://airspy.com/airspy-hf-plus/
Airspy Groups.io - https://airspy.groups.io/g/main/topics
SDR# / SpyServer Changelog - https://airspy.com/downloads/changelog.txt
SpyServer Directory - https://airspy.com/spy-servers/
Flex Radio - http://www.flexradio.com/
SteppIR Urban Beam - https://www.steppir.com/shop/horizontal-antennas/urbanbeam/
NovexComm Radio Mounts - http://www.novexcomm.com/
G8BBC - https://www.icqpodcast.com/download-the-show/2017/10/22/icq-podcast-episode-251-g8bbc
This week, George and Jeremy discuss their summer workbench projects. George has been busy trying to build the ultimate portable Field Day setup around his Elecraft KX3 and Jeremy has been busy learning more about Software Defined Radios with Airspy devices and accessories.
PowerFilm 30W Foldable Solar Panel Giveaway - http://www.powerfilmsolar.com/products/workbench
Elecraft KX3 QRP Transceiver - http://www.elecraft.com/KX3/kx3.htm
Elecraft PX3 Panadapter - http://www.elecraft.com/PX3/px3.htm
Elecraft KXPA100 Amplifier - http://www.elecraft.com/KXPA100/kxpa100.htm
Airspy Mini - https://v3.airspy.us/product/a-airspy-mini/
Airspy R2 - https://v3.airspy.us/product/a-airspy/
Airspy Spyverter - https://v3.airspy.us/product/a-spyverter/
SDR Sharp and SpyServer Downloads - http://airspy.com/download/
Powerfilm Solar 60W Foldable Panel - http://www.powerfilmsolar.com/products/?f163600_60w_foldable_solar_panel&show=product&productID=271511&productCategoryIDs=6578,6579
Buddipole PowerMini solar charge controller - http://www.buddipole.com/powermini.html
Join Jeremy and George as they discuss future Workbench Build projects currently under development including the Power Monitor/Low Voltage Disconnect/Power Switch and the Arduino enabled 25W Smarty Load.
Jeremy Midwest RepRap Festival after action report
Pocket Micro Router - http://www.tp-link.com/us/products/details/cat-5506_TL-WR802N.html
TV Hacking - https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/01/smart-tv-broadcast-security-exploit/
This week, Jeremy heads to the Midwest RepRap Festival - a 3D printing gathering in Goshen Indiana. We continue our interviews with three listeners who are building interesting ham radio and electronics projects. Rex KE6MT builds a digital doorbell, Jeff KK9JEF builds a 40m CW transceiver and Don KG5IWL builds a Bit-X transceiver and a custom case.
Midwest RepRap Festival (3D printing event)
Jeff KK9JEF - 40M 3W CW TRX
Rex KE6MT - Digital Doorbell
BITX40 Radio - Work the world on 40 meters ($59 USD)
Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE
This week Jeremy spends time with some of our listeners to talk about what’s on THEIR workbenches. We spend time with Mike KM4VKR to discuss his upgrades to the Antenna Analyzer, Vance N3VEM to talk about building his own digital mode interface for his iPhone, and Smitty KR6ZY to learn about his multi-band WSPR experiences. More interviews were recorded and will be available in a future episode.
Vance - N3VEM - Mobile Device Digital Mode Interface
Mark (Smitty) - KR6ZY
George and Jeremy breakdown what it takes to build the new HR360/K6BEZ Antenna Analyzer and where to find all the information you’ll need to make it happen!George and Jeremy breakdown what it takes to build the new HR360/K6BEZ Antenna Analyzer and where to find all the information you’ll need to make it happen!
The K6BEZ antenna analyzer will provide VSWR measurements for any antenna from 1 to 30 MHz. Frequency and VSWR is shown on the built in LCD display. Data can optionally be sent over the USB cable to a PC running a program that will plot the VSWR on a graphical window display. The analyzer can be programmed to scan any sub band and has built in ranges for 160m, 80m, 60m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m.
Project Files - www.360workbench.com
Assembly Guide - http://www.360workbench.com/antenna_analyzer_assembly.pdf
Github Repo - https://github.com/HamRadio360/Antenna-Analyzer
ICOM MS3A App in Google Play Store - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.icom.rs_ms3a&hl=en
New ICOM MS3A Android App manual - http://www.icom.co.jp/world/support/download/manual/pdf/RS-MS3A_ENG_0.pdf
QRZ Thread on the Subject - http://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/anyone-have-the-new-icom-id-51a-plus2-radios-and-new-software-working-yet.543481/
GigaParts now carries Hytera DMR Radio Equipment - https://www.gigaparts.com/dmr
Hobby Creek Pana Hand - https://www.adafruit.com/products/3019
George and Jeremy KF7IJZ are joined by Beric Dunn K6BEZ and Nick Garner N3WG to design an “idiot switch” – a micro controller device that can remove power from a soldering iron when the user leaves it turned on too long (Like Jeremy himself did with a Hakko FX-888 for 2 weeks!).
Teardown photos of the FX-888D: http://runawaybrainz.blogspot.com/2013/03/hakko-fx-888d-solder-station-hi-res.html
Teardown video of the FX-888D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw8e74DaE9I
Teardown photos of the FX-888: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/hakko-fx-888-teardown-review/
Pinout for Pencil: http://runawaybrainz.blogspot.com/2014/08/hakko-fx888d-din-connector-pinouts.html
4 Plug Pigtail: https://www.adafruit.com/products/2935
Temp sensor: https://www.maximintegrated.com/en/products/analog/sensors-and-sensor-interface/DS18B20.html
George and Jeremy sit down with Beric Dunn (K6BEZ), the designer of the project, to introduce the Arduino powered DDS module based Antenna Analyzer! Beric is a professional RF design engineer by trade, and he wanted to provide a project that would allow a ham to learn some fundamental principles while making a useful gadget.
RFinder H1A/B/C - https://www.ecwid.com/store/store10195853/
Anytone Radios - http://www.va3xpr.net/anytone-at-d868uv-dual-band-radio
Baofeng - http://www.va3xpr.net/baofeng-dm-5r-dmr-tier-ii-upgrade/
PackTenna - http://www.packtenna.com/
Digilent Analog Discovery 2 - http://store.digilentinc.com/analog-discovery-2-100msps-usb-oscilloscope-logic-analyzer-and-variable-power-supply/
Murata switching supply the size of a 7805 for $5 - OKI-78sr-5/1.5-W36-C- http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/124-10255
ARRL Insurance: https://arrlinsurance.com