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Blowing up a Yaesu FT-891

Some posts should never need to be written. Here is one of them. I spent the weekend installing my FT-891 into the car – Radio under the passengers front seat, control head onto the dash, and new FC-40…

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Yaesu FC30 Tuner Protocol

Or how I (almost) interfaced an Yaesu FT-891 radio to an Icom tuner. I recently decided to replace my Icom IC708G in the car, as it had a weird ALC fault on transmit. It is afterall, a radio…

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Modern radios get shredded.

Or why we can’t have nice things…. I have always had a soft spot for military hardware – from an era when I was much younger where I got to work on beautifully constructed electronics that was designed…

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Repairing a Yaesu FC757-AT Auto Tuner

I recently picked up a FC757-AT tuner to compliment my FT757Gx. I got it for an absolute steal, and it turns out that it was because it was faulty 🙂 (You have to love estate sales on eBay)….

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Should You Use Off-Brand Batteries in Two-Way Radios?

I recently read an article on the web that attempted to discuss whether or not you should use ‘off brand’ batteries in handheld devices. It resoundingly said ‘no’. The single argument that it provided was that the radio…

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Looking at the Heathkit HD-1416 Code Practice Oscillator

Today my Heathkit Code Practice Oscillator arrived. I was lucky enough to pick it up on eBay for a song, but the shipping took forever. Anyway, it’s a beautifully constructed unit, built from a multivibrator circuit, based around…

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Interconnectivity where it is not expected

I was actively involved in packet radio here in Canberra in the 80’s and 90’s. Great stuff, and a ton of fun. We had a core group of probably 10 -15 people here who were active. I did…

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The 122G Project

(The cover photo for the project is Andrews dish (VK3CV/WQ1S) from the DUBUS article.) I encountered a fascinating project by a group of Amateur Operators, where they are re purposing a radar module made by a German company,…

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Racal Matel 2c800 Field Phone

So, I was browsing the Internets a while ago, continuing my search for interesting ex military radio gear, and I encountered these awesome Racal Matel Field Phones. There were a couple of people selling them, so I picked…

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Tuggeranong Hill Activation

Today, I activated Tuggeranong Hill (VK1/AC-038) again. Unfortunately, I was late leaving home, and the walk up took *much* longer than I expected, likely because of the staying inside with Covid (That’s my story, and I am sticking…

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