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Updating FTDX-3000 Firmware

I finally decided it was time to update my FTDX-3000 to the latest Firmware. Yaesu has been good about making updates available for this Rig. Recent updates have greatly improved the spectral display including adding a nice waterfall below it,... Continue Reading →

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Building an Elecraft KAT-500 Antenna Tuner

I have had a number of automatic Antenna Tuners in recent years.I have had  MFJ tuners, LDG tuners and the built-in tuners in my TS-930s, Elecraft K2, ICOM IC-7600, and Yaesu FTDX-3000. They have all worked pretty well. The first... Continue Reading →

Assembling Glen Martin Rt-424 Roof Tower

The RT-424 is a 4.5 foot tall roof-mounted tower for rotatable antennas. As I have heard, this looks like a nice product but the instructions leave something to be desired - something HUGE. Here are a few notes and warnings... Continue Reading →

K2 Survives (apparently) the “Alpha Brick-on-the-Key” Test

You have probably seen that advertisement in the Ham magazines, where the Alpha Amp's toughness is shown by a brick on a hand key. Well I did something close to that this weekend with my K2, by accident of course.... Continue Reading →

FTDX3000 USB Virtual COM Ports

Setup of the USB interface with the FTDX3000 is very simple but it can seem confusing. It is only confusing because people may not be familiar with the idea of a Virtual COM Port, which only exists inside the USB... Continue Reading →

FTDX3000 USB Interface with N1MM+

This note is to help you setup your FTDX3000 with N1MM+ using WINDOWS (I am using WINDOWS 7). I am using only the USB interface. So the Radio has one cable to the PC, the USB cable. BEFORE YOU CONNECT... Continue Reading →

ARRL CWSS 2012 – Preparation

Well, hurricane Sandy did no damage to my Chesapeake Bayside QTH. I am thankful for that and I wish a quick recovery to those that were ravaged by this nasty storm. The winds did leave one of my antennas needing... Continue Reading →

Options for using the IC-7600 on RTTY with a PC

There has been a bit of discussion on the IC-7600 newsgroup about using FSK vs. AFSK when connecting a computer to the radio. Here is a summary that I posted in that group. Hopefully it will help some others get... Continue Reading →

N1MM and Rig Control Macros

I am using my K2 remotely with N1MM for CW operation and Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) for other modes. My problem was that I did not have good rig function control with N1MM. So I fnally started reading the N1MM... Continue Reading →

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