Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Xiegu X6100 extended

 After owning the X6100 for some time i really can say that i like the radio.

In fact it’s a Linux server with built in radio.

Some firmware updates were released by Xiegu and a kind of community of owners hacked the radio with some nice features.

To access the radio one can use Putty or Winscp. I use both via wifi!

Winscp, access the X6100 as user root and password 123

Navigate to directory /etc/xgradio/ 

Edit file xcradio.conf and change fullband-tx disable to fullband-tx enable

Save and exit, switch your X6100 off and on and full transmit from 500 kHz to 55 mHz is enabled.

Note the red F-TX box left top of your screen.


Saturday, January 22, 2022

New in the shack: Xiegu X6100 transceiver

 Today i picked up a new ham toy; a very nice Xiegu X6100 HF/50 mhz transceiver.

The main reason to buy this gem is that it contains a linux server in it, in fact you can say it’s a linux box with a hf transceiver build in.

It’s from China, so does it has flaws? You bet if has! But since it’s hackable and new firmware updates are provided by Xiegu it will be very interesting to own and experiment. Access to a transceiver via Putty or Winscp how cool is that?

To be continued!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Radio Caroline 648 Khz AM

Long ago, in the early 1970s, I was fascinated by Dutch radio pirates such as Veronica, Noordzee, Mi Amigo and the British channel Caroline. These stations had their studio, transmitter and antenna on board a ship, so all transmissions were from sea. In 1974 the law changed and the channels had to stop broadcasting. Mi Amigo and Caroline went on for a while but eventually disappeared from the airwaves as well. It was during that time that my interest in radio arose. Great was my surprise that after so many years I suddenly heard Radio Caroline on 648 Khz! As if nothing had changed, the music from that time sounded again in my shack. Glad they're back.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Seasons Greetings

Despite Covid situation all around the world, i wish all of you a Merry Christmas and healthy 2022.


Sunday, November 21, 2021

New in the shack: Icom IC-7700

 After many years of owning a Yaesu FT-2000 a new transceiver arrived at my shack.

The Icom IC-7700 is big and weights approx 25 kilos.

Mine is in very good shape and i’m looking forward to make radio contacts on the hf bands with this new toy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Acom 1000 Display replacement part 2

 Within a week Val of Acom send me the ribbon cable.

I soldered the connector of the cable on the new display and also connect both anode and kathode wires to the little swtich board.

This is the result, bracket, new display and new ribbon cable with blue connector.
Now put everything back in reverse order (or you may clean the inside of the amp before close its cover)
Time to switch on some power and....
Looks great! Simple to replace a broken display on your Acom!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Acom 1000 display replacement. Part 1

 Several years ago i bought my Acom 1000 from a local ham.

The only flaw was the display; some light bulbs failed but that was no show stopper for operate.

Because i planned to fix this issue i ordered a new display direct at the Icom factory.

These are no common displays also no common price!

A special bracket to hold the new type of display was also ordered as advised by Acom

For some reason the new display arrived directly on the shelf for some years....

But okay now in this Covid period i decided to fix the job.


So convince yourself that the amplifier is safe to work on.

Put band switch on 14 mhz and load and tune on 50.
With a tin hobby knife remove the cover of the 3 knobs, do this very carefull.
Remove the knobs from the front pannel and remove the cover of the amp.
On top and bottom of the front pannel find the screws and take them out.
Gently pull the pannel from the case. Be aware of some connectors on the inside!

So now the first part is done. Remove the connectors from the frontpannel, note that 2 identical connectors  exist so mark them before pulling them out.
Now unscrew the protection cover.

At this point you reached the display. The blue connector connects the display and the white the control knobs of the amplifier.
Unscrew both display and control board and pull both connectors gently!
At this point i had to stop; The display Acom sent me had not the ribbon cable and blue connector.
To desolder the connector from the old display is almost impossible without damage!
That was a mistake from Acom.
So i contact Acom and they send me a new ribbon cable with blue connector.
As soon as i got it i can continue this job.