There is a group of folks (most are non amateur radio operators) who have taken to experiment with beacons on 22 meters (around 13.560 Mhz). This is an unlicensed area of the bands that the FCC allows you to experiment with different modes (QRSS, WSPR etc.), transmitters etc. It’s only authorized for extremely QRP power… we are talking about 5mw or so. There are 3 or so bands for this kind of experimentation and the bands are commonly referred as LowFer, MedFer and Hifer depending on what part of the HF spectrum band you are operating. You can go to my other site, 22meters.com to see the actual Part 15 rules. I just started the page so there is only one page at the moment. I’ll have more to post shortly.

Currently I’m building my “HiFer” station. I’m using an Icom IC-703 as the transmitter and currently building an attenuator to bring the power level down to less than 10mw. Starting off I’ll be using WSPR since this mode is an excellent QRP mode. I’ll be feeding this to a dipole about 34 1/2 feet in total length, around 40 feet up. Still deciding on how to feed it, ladder line or coax. Will be interesting to see exactly how much power will radiate.


Just added DutchStar WinDV files due to his site being down.

Just added DutchStar WinDV files due to his site being down. Click on Documention & Files from the above menu to see the latest files. Windv-1.5.8p3 is the latest. WinUSB driver file has also just been added.


Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 Mk2

I’ve got a toughbook for sale. Here is copy from my ad on QRZ:

Up for grabs is a refurbed by me Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 mk2.Model: CF-29EWKGZKMSerial: 4KKSA70364. These were surplus from the department that I work for. I loaded a fresh CF-29 restore and basically it’s right out of the box as for performance. Includes the touchscreen, wi-fi etc.

Does not come with a CD or DVD drive. These had the floppy drives installed to prevent officers from installing their own junk on them. Does include the power supply.

RAM 512k expandable to 1.2 Gigs
HD 40Gig
Intel Wi-Fi

Of course this is surplus so there are some blemishes on the top case and underneath carrying handle. There is also some scratches on the screen cover. This can be replaced and no more scratch. I have full pictures on my website that you can view of the actual laptop.

I’m looking for $250 delivered (CONUS). Guaranteed not DOA. I think you will be pleased.

I’ll have others for sale soon.

Pictures here



KPC3 and KamPlus 8.2 ROMs & 512K Memory available

Several folks have contacted me to ask me if I had the firmware and memory that I had for sale on ebay. As you know, Kantronics doesn’t support anything below the KPC-3Plus anymore. So the answer is yes I do!

As the title says, I have some used KPC-3 8.2 and KAM PLus 8.2 firmware available as well as NEW 512K memory (SRAM) for the above.

I also have the KWM-1200 TNC. This is the commercial version of the KPC-3 Plus. They currently have the Commercial firmware (which allows polling) installed but I’ll install the KPC firmware if you so desire. You will still get both firmware. Also the memory has been upgraded to 512K. The price on these is $150 delivered (CONUS).

Prices are $25 each with free shipping (CONUS). If interested or have any questions about the items above, email me here: mycallsign @ kd4moj.org.

[GRIN] I’ve actually had some send to mycallsign@kd4moj.org and not MY REAL CALLSIGN KD4MOJ. [/GRIN]

If you want to see my feeback you can find my 100% status! Click Here.


Now streaming the Tallahassee Airport (KTLH)

At the suggestion of a pilot friend (N4143U) of mine, I started steaming audio from the Tallahassee Regional Airport, KTLH. Currently streaming Tower, Arrival, Departure and Gound frequencies. There is an android and IPhone app for the streaming from LiveATC.net. You can also listen live via your browser, Java or MP3 player. Here is the link to the KTLH page.

I’m about 3 air miles due north of KTLH and I can pick up aircraft on the Ground most of the time. My goal is to get my setup to pick up Ground 24/7 since Ground is the worst case scenario as far as receiving is concerned.

Currently the setup is a is:

  • Radio Shack Pro-2026 scanner
  • Diamond X-50 2/440 antenna @ 75 feet.
  • Streaming software provided by Dave @ LiveATC.net

Future (real soon now) goes for changing the hardware:

  • Upgrade radio to Icom IC-2200. This radio has excellent RX on the air band
  • Homemade VHF ground plane antenna cut for the middle of the air band (125-126 abouts)

  • VHF yagi cut for 122.0 Mhz for optimal Ground reception for airplanes on the tarmac. This antenna is custom made by Tim at ArrowAntennas.Com. The web page shows the 2 meter version but Tim will build air band for a nominal charge.
  • Preamp if needed after all these changes.

Update: The new support site for streaming is www.ktlh.net

That about sums it up at this point I guess. If you happen to listen via the app or through the live web page drop me a note.


Beta Built #14 of YAAC

From Andrew:

Greetings, all.

My, the feature requests are coming fast, but here’s the new build of YAAC with the latest changes. It can be downloaded from the usual websites:


The new features and fixes include:

1. support for full UTF-8 messaging, including the ability to select display fonts to use a font that can display other language’s characters.

2. only view “dead” objects when clicking on the map if the user has explicitly selected viewing killed objects.

3. add new pages to the mini-webserver to display the current station/object list, current messages, and current bulletin board.

Enjoy, everybody, and keep those feature requests coming!

Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO


P.S. I do plan on getting that video out that I promised on YAAC. Been laid up with a fracture of the greater tuberosity of the left humerus. Sounds fun…. getting better though.


Repeater Updates

The Seven Hills Digital Association has put up a D-Star HotSpot on the west side of Tallahassee. KJ4PYE B is on 444.150 and has about a 10 mile range. You can issue the link and unlink commands just like an Icom D-Star stack. We are using a MoenComm.Com Star Board and a Kenwood TKR-820 repeater.

We also have another first… a NXDN digital repeater courtesy of Norm, K4GFD. The Kennwood NXDN repeater (444.175) is located in downtown Tallahassee on top of our Round hotel and has really good range. Nirmal, KE4URL, was able to gain access to it from Metcalf, GA at the WCTV tower site. Very impressive! The repeater is open… you just need a NXDN radio either an Icom or Kenwood. I’ll have more information to post shortly but if you need any additional information about the setup or how to get a radio, drop a note to me at my callsign @ arrl.net.


Happy New Year (a little late)

Yep late on updating the websites. My first broken bone in my life, greater tuberosity fracture of the left humerus. Been in an air splint since November 11th… kinda looks like a rotator cuff injury. You don’t think about things you cannot do until you cant… like tying a shoe, tucking in your shirt and the list goes on.

Oh well… i’ll find out if I’m going to have surgery on the 28th of January.