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.