Building the Goodwatch

In this Video im going to assemble, flash and build the Goodwatch.
The Goodwatch is a replacement PCB for the Casio Calculatorwatches that adds some nice HAMRadio Features to it.

More Infos about the Goodwatch can be found here:
Twitter: @travisgoodspeed
Website: https://goodwatch.org
Git Repo: https://github.com/travisgoodspeed/goodwatch/
Wiki: https://github.com/travisgoodspeed/goodwatch/wiki

Thanks to Travis Goodspeed for providing the PCB and DF2ET for sending me the PCB and the Parts.

Assembling a VFD-Clock from GR-Projects

This is a Time-lapse Video of the assembly of a VFD-Clock Kit I bought.
I don’t get anything for making this Video nor am I in any way responsible for the kit.

Link to the Kit:
http://grother.de/bausatz-iv-11-dcf-rtc-melody-neue-version.html
Link to the Downloads Section of the Kit:
http://grother.de/downloads.html

Thanks for watching:
Twitter: @MeltdownCore
Web: www.oe8hsr.at

Plug and Play QO100 (ES´Hail2) Station

I have now finished my QO100 Station in a way i Im happy with it.

I wanted to have a Station that i can switch on and go on Air with it. The Station should work without a Computer and it should work FullDuplex.

Let´s start on the Antenna on the Roof:

Im using a 1.2m Offset Dish wich i bought when QO100 was anounced Years ago. You can use much smaller Antennas because the Transponder is very Strong and Sensible. The Feed is a Dual Patchfeed with a RocketLNB Lens and a OCXO modified LNB to keep the Frequenzy drift as low as possible. The Feed is weatherprooved with a Canaltube and some Silicone.

 

I use 22m of normal 75Ohm TV Coax cable from the LNB into the Shack. In the Shack the RX Signal goes into an AMSATDL RX Mixer. The RX Mixer converts the Signal from the LNB (739MHz) into the 2m Band. The second Input from the Mixer converts the Signal up in the Range of about 1300MHz. This is used for WideBand Transponder reception with a normal  SatelliteTV Receiver. The RX Mixer also has a Referenz Input where you can put a 10MHz Reference Signal into the Mixer to have a Driftfree Downlink Signal (as long as the LNB doesnt Drift…) The Mixer fits almost prefectly into the HackRF Metallcase.

From the Mixer the RX Signal goes into the 2m input of the ICOM IC-9700. The IC-9700 is also used for TX. The TX Signal is produced in the Radio on the 70cm Band. With the “Satellite-Mode” of the Radio you can setup the RX and the TX  Frequency once and then the Radio sets the RX and TX Frequency automatically when you turn the Tune Knob.

On the TX Side the Signal goes from the 70cm Connector of the IC-9700 into the SG-Labs Transverter The Transverter converts the 70cm Signal with a power from 0.2-5W and puts out a 2W Signal on 2.4GHz. It also has a Reference Input to have produce a non drifting Uplink Signal.

For the Uplink Signal im using 1m of Hyperflex5 Cable and 22m of Airbourne10 Cable that goes from the Shack to the Feed. Due to big Losses on the Cable only 600-700mW of RFPower reach the Feed. But this is plenty of Power for SSB when the Signal has a good Modulation and the Antenna is acuratly pointed to the Satellite. I could also put a Poweramplifier after the Transverter if i would need that.

Everything crutial in my Setup is Frequency Stablilised. Im using an Rubidium Frequency Standard with an Output Frequency of 10MHz that i have had laying around for some time. I put it into a housing and made a Circuit that makes a 3.3V Square Signal (Circuit from DL4TMA). The cheapest thus far to get a good Reference Signal is a GPSDO from LeoBodnar. Also DM4DS has a promising project for a even cheaper homebrew GPSDO.

The Setup works very well thus far and i got good reports from several Stations around the Globe. I wanted to build a Station that works without much trouble and tuning once switched on. As far as i can say in the three weeks i use this Setup now it works great…

 

DISCLAIMER:

Every Product i listed here is bought by me and i dont get anything from the named Companies. I like the Products i use very well and they suit my needs but there are many, many ways to get on Air with QO100. You dont need to spend thousands of Euros and you can homebrew alot if you have the knowledge. Im not saying that my way is the way to go. Do whatever suits your knowledge and budget.

 

Links:

http://www.oe8hsr.at/blog/wp-content/uploads/Manuals/BuildingThePlates.pdf

http://www.oe8hsr.at/blog/wp-content/uploads/Manuals/PatchFeedAssembly.pdf

https://uhf-satcom.com/blog/patch_antenna

http://www.oe8hsr.at/blog/wp-content/uploads/Manuals/QO100RX.pdf

http://www.oe8hsr.at/blog/wp-content/uploads/Manuals/QO100TX.pdf

 

Best wishes Hoonse

 

QO100 / Es’hail2 Dual-PatchFeed

Since a few weeks the new Geostationary HamRadio Transponder QO100 is switched on for Operation.

By far the best way that i encountered to TX and RX is the Dual Patchfeed from Mike Willis and UHF-Satcom.

I have written 2 Guides with Step-by-Step Instructions on howto build the Plates for the Patchfeed and on howto assemble it.

http://www.oe8hsr.at/blog/wp-content/uploads/Manuals/BuildingThePlates.pdf

http://www.oe8hsr.at/blog/wp-content/uploads/Manuals/PatchFeedAssembly.pdf

There is also a good Article on how the Feed works on the Blog of UHF-Satcom:

https://uhf-satcom.com/blog/patch_antenna

 

 

The new Transponder works really good and can be received with minimal Effort and Equipment.

Also the transmission Side is easy to acomplish with minimal Effort.

Nice Job AmsatDl

 

Best wishes

Hans

 

Building my Shack pt. 7 the Antennamast

One of the most problematic Things in HAM Radio these days is the Antennasituation. In Cities you hardly are allowed to mount your Antennas and even if you live in your own house its often prohibited to mount an Antenna to get on the air.

I live on the Countryside where people hav other problems than the look of an Antenna so that was not an Issue. The most problem was to convince my Girlfriend.

Here you need to get the right tactic. I said i need a 15m metal mast with a miltiband beam mounted on Top in the Backyard. I them showed her some pictures of really nice antennas.


She was mich happier then when i said it would only be a 3m pole mounted on the rooftop with a wire antenna. 🙂

I had different ideas about the mast. I wanted a non conductive mast mounted on the roof that could be tilted down if needed.

In germany i found a company that sells fiberglass poles at a giod prize. I ordered a 60x40x3000mm fiberglass tube.


After i received it i noticed that this tube way too strong for my need but its good if i want to mount a small yagi antenna or a rotor for satellite communication.

I painted the tube eith spraypaint and i climbed on the roof to make a plan.

I found a wooden beam that is mounted under the roof and i decided this woold be the spot where i mount my mast.


I did not want to drill holes in the beam so i decided that i would make 2 metall plates that i can clamp on the beam. The plates were bend on the edges to get some strengh. I also welded some reinforcement on the plates.


For the tilt mechanism i took a look at a flagpole at our company. This was a good way to do it. Invan now adjust the angles of the pole and lay it down.


After spraypainting everything we climbed on the roof again for mounting the brackets. It was quite a work because everything was very tight.

After an hour or so we mounted the brackets and the mast itself.



We used some 35mm2 copper wire to wire the mast to the lightning rod.

After that we mounted the 2m/70cm sntenna on top of the mast and the 5band HyEndFed antenna on its side.


For lightning protection we installed a lightning arrestor for each Antenna and used some self vulcanizing tape to seal the connections.


I laud the coax under the tiles and put them through the hole in the wall of my shack.

This was a good day.


I measured the SWR of my HF Antenna and it was quite ok. I thought it would be worse because the antenna is quite near the grounded roof ends.


Now my Shack is operational. There ist still alot of work to do but the main work is done.
Best wishes

Hans