DK1MI.radio

amateur radio, electronics and 8-bit computing

I wanted to use my BX-184 microphone which has a built-in voice keyer with my new Xiegu X5105. It was used with the FT-817 until now and I enjoyed the parrot very much during my POTA activations. I've read that the Xiegu would use the same wiring as the IC-7000 so I followed the instructions of the manual (https://www.box73.de/file_dl/bausaetze/BX-184_en.pdf, page 3, bottom right). The mic itself worked but PTT was not. Analysing the original microphone, I realized that I need to connect MSVSW (Pin 3) with GND (Pin 7). Now PTT, and with this, the parrot is working, too.

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Today I successfully activated POTA park DA-0020 Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park. It was cold and wet and I only made 10 contacts (20m, SSB, 5W) but the scenery was very nice. It was also the first time with the Xiegu X5105 and I am quite happy with it so far. Ergonomics and battery life are excellent and I also got some good audio reports.

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My Hugo-based personal website was migrated to writefreely today. In the course of this, I got the new domain dk1mi.radio. I plan to run both sites in parallel to see if writefreely meets my expectations. Which speaks for the new site:

  • Fediverse integration: Interested readers can follow the account /at/micha/at/dk1mi.radio to be informed about new posts.
  • Automatic provision of the site as a gopher hole under gopher://dk1mi.radio without any extra effort or manual interaction.
  • Posts can be created and edited in the browser
  • Posts are written in Markdown
  • lightweight

The following is a picture of everything I am taking with me to portable operations:

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The gear consists of the following:

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Yesterday I was able to succesfully activate POTA park “Taunus Nature Park” on the Feldberg near Frankfurt.

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I wrote a Vim syntax plugin for writing Fast Log Entry compatible log files in Vim. This allows me to write extensive logs with a lightweight Linux laptop on the console in Vim while operating portable without the need of a Fast Log Entry install but still with the very helpful syntax highlighting.

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I've used one single mail address for over a decade until it was involved in some breaches and thereupon has been sold to spammers. This address has been rendered unusable for me because I was drowning in spam since then. I've then decided to start over with a custom domain, unique mail addresses per website/account and to update all my online accounts to the new addresses. In fact, I am now using 200+ mail addresses.

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I've created a multi mode digital voice network which allows its users to communicate with each other via various different digital voice modes. These include at the moment DMR, YSF, Peanut, Echolink and AllStarLink.

From the FediHams page on this website:

“This project combines different digital voice technologies with the aim of creating a virtual space for voice communication between like-minded people. In the end, it should not matter which technologies individual participants use. It is also intended to provide access to those who do not own a special radio and can connect with their smartphone or computer instead.”

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I have inherited the following collection of battery packs, which were already at least 5 years old at this time:

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Two battery packs should now be built from them: One as power supply for my Yaesu FT-817 during portable operation and another bigger one from the remaining cells. For this I took all packs apart, charged each cell and then measured their capacity:

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I just released DXPager, a script that sends DAPNET messages to your pager if a DX station whose entity you have not worked/confirmed before has been spotted. In other words: The script checks your LotW QSL log, observes the DX cluster and pages you as soon as a new one appears. A “(L)” is added to the message if the DX station is a LotW user. Additionally, you can define a watch list of DX call signs for which you'd also like to be notified.

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