Radio Panadapter project

 I recently came across a panadapter buffer board designed by G4HUP  ( and decided that it would be a really nifty feature to be able to have a visual representation the signals adjacent to the tuned frequency.

Thanks to a fellow ham who did the soldering for me (THANKS W8VFR!), I now have the board installed and functional.

Basically, we tapped the radio's IF (at very high impendence, so as to not affect the main receiver sensitivity).  Then this signal is amplified about 1dB, then output to an SMA connector installed in the rear of the radio.  Finally, we connect the buffer board's output to an RTL-SDR USB stick, which interfaces to a modified android device running an app called "RF Analyzer".

The total cost of the project is around $100:  Android device:  $50, RTL-SDR USB stick:  $15, G4HUP buffer board $35, homebrew USB interface cable $0.

The result is a fully functional spectrum analyzer / waterfall display connected to the radio's IF.  This gives me a 30-KHz wide view of the spectrum.  I can see 15Khz on either side of the tuned frequency.

My particular radio has a common IF for all bands (160m - 70cm), so the panadapter works no matter which frequency I'm tuned to.

This is a really neat project, and I feel that I've added alot of value to my Yaesu FT-897d.  This could be VERY useful on field day - use your imagination :)

Attached is a picture of the PAT board installed inside the radio, and also a picture of the panadapter in action on 40m.







Packet Radio

 I have recently wth the help of Buster KG9ND, gotten my packet station up and running. 

It has been fun getting setup and testing.  

Believe it or not there is packet traffic around Wayen County, IN. 



Jeff Norris


Bob's project with Bedsprings!

Bob's project with Bedsprings!

JOTA 2014

JOTA 2014

Union County EMA

Union County EMA



Ham Radio Classes Forming NOW!

The Whitewater Valley Amateur Radio Club will be holding a 10 week course where you can learn everything you need to earn your Technician (entry level) FCC Amateur Radio License.

The Technician license is your gateway to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio...

...and now you do not need to learn Morse code!

Classes begin on February, 18th 7:00PM

VFW Post 1108, 213 S. 8th St, Richmond, IN  47374

Classes are FREE, but the ARRL Technician Manual is required.  Provide your own copy, or one can be purchased at cost.

Please RSVP

Contact Ken Rueth  765-855-2404

QST Magazines dating back to 1947

 Alan Weber KC9JWO has informed me that the Anderson radio club has multiple copies of the QST Magazine dating back to 1947 available. They are looking for someone interested to take them as they are moving and don't have the space. If you are interested, please contact Alan at

Thank you!

Marc Cromis KD9BPQ

Russian Digital Radio Club MultiMode Contest Nov 15/16

Hi guys.  I received this message through the website's "contact us" form.

Yuri sent a message using the contact form at

Dear Fellow Radio Amateurs,

The Russian Digital Radio Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs
all over the world to participate in the 1st Russian WW MultiMode Contest
2014. The objective of the contest is to establish as many contacts as
possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in

We invite all fans of all modes to take part in contest from 12.00 UTC on
Saturday 15th November till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 16th November, 2014. Types of
modulation: BPSK63, CW, RTTY, SSB. The repeated contacts are permitted on
different bands and different modes providing that a contact will be made not
earlier than in 3 minutes. The output power should not exceed 10 watts on 160
meters and 100 watts on other bands. The operator may change the bands no
more than 10 times within calendar hour (with zero on 59-th minute of each
hour). Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time. Bands: 160 m, 80
m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, 10 m.
Prizes and certificates in all categories:

For more info please visit Russian WW MultiMode Contest 2014 Rules:

You should send your log upload via the Web interface

All logs must be sent no later than 14 days after the contest (23:59 UTC on
30th November 2014).


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