TelescopeMan records the Flex 3000 while dialing around the 20 meter radio band. At the 5:30 mark you can also hear various digital signals along with CW signals.
One of the last digital signals is slow scan TV — someone transmitting a picture. All of the digital signals can be decoded using the appropriate software such a FLdigi and Ham Radio Deluxe.
TelescopeMan continues to be amazed at the capabilities of the Flex 3000 SDR radio. It’s simply unbelievable the weak signals it can receive and the quality of the software filters.
TelescopeMan gives his observing list of bright objects for December 2013. The free software RTGUI is used to generate the list. This is available at www.rtgui.com. Attribution is given to the author of this free software.
Beginner Ham Radio #3
Grounding and RF in the shack
TelescopeMan continues with his podcast series on amateur radio. This is #3 in a series of beginner amateur radio video podcasts.
Attribution is given to www.radioworks.com for their excellent article on grounding located at this URL:
Another excellent discussion can be found at this URL:
2nd in a series of beginner ham radio podcasts. Be sure to watch the 1st podcast, listed further down in my timeline. TelescopeMan continues his series of podcast for beginners in the amateur radio hobby.
1st in a series of beginner ham radio podcasts.
TelescopeMan discusses finding and buying your first amateur radio, starting with a hand held - handi-talkie. Several web sites are shown for used equipment and also a local retailer in Paris, Texas. Be sure to watch the end of the video as several other good web sites are listed.
Gary Carter and Lloyd Lashbrook discuss the types of telescopes that amateur astronomers use. Very good video for the beginner amateur astronomer who is looking to buy their first telescope.
Recorded at the September 2013 meeting of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas.
TelescopeMan shows the microphone and sound settings he uses for the Flex 3000, using a Heil Pr781 microphone.
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Bob Logue, VP of the Texas Astronomical Society, gives a presentation on the history of Astronomy, at the August 2013 meeting of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas.
Flex 3000 - Virtual Cables
TelescopeMan shows how to setup FLdigi, Digipan, and Ham radio Deluxe software so it will work with the Flex 3000 radio, using “virtual” cables.
TelescopeMan reviews and demonstrates his new Flex 3000 software defined radio; using various operating modes including digital and Morse code (CW).
The Flex is an awesome amateur radio, and PowerSDR version 2.6.4, the software that runs the radio, seems to operate flawlessly! and installed with no issues; just a couple of mouse clicks.
Using a Windows 7 computer 64byte, 6 gigs of memory, ATI graphics card, and 1 terabyte drive. The radio is controlled using virtual COM and Audio cables and one Firewire cable.
Flex 3000 software defined ham radio with TelescopeMan commentary— if the video stream stops just click right in front of where it is at (time wise) — on the video and it will start running again. My quad core and 6 gigs of memory could barely keep up with all the processing going on— you will see some “skips” in the audio video- but it worked OK. This is an amazing radio.
Asked by sgreen737
Crackling noise is NOT good. First unscrew the declination (altitude) knob and see if the screw in the back of the knob has broken off the plastic knob. If it has that’s the problem. Otherwise you will need to disassemble the scope by removing the optical tube so you can get to the worm gear.
Lots of repair tips here:
Look down the page for assembly instructions and repairs of all types.
Good luck and clear skies