After my ever-so-slightly disparaging remark earlier this month on the cadence of TX Factor releases, just like busses...

Episode 31:

This episode covers:

A review of the new Icom IC-R15 Communications Receiver (Scanner)

The Anytone BT-01 Bluetooth Microphone

QO 100

The first geostationary amateur radio transponder (P4-A) on Es’hail-2 is a joint project by the Qatar Satellite Company (Es’hailSat), the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) and AMSAT Deutschland (AMSAT-DL).

There is a 500kHz Narrow Band Transponder which amateurs can use to communicate via USB or narrow band digital modes. No FM, AM or other wideband modes are permitted. 2.7kHz is the maximum bandwidth permitted. There is also an 8MHz wide transponder for DVB Amateur Television and other experimental digital modulation schemes. Uplink is in the 2.4 GHz band and downlink in the10GHz band.

DX Patrol Groundstation 2.0 (Part Two)

Based in Portugal DX Patrol have been manufacturing and selling QO100 suitable up-converters, down-converters and amplifiers for some time.

Designed for those without previous microwave experience in mind, their Ground Station 2 is a one-box solution for the generation of uplink signals by transverting up to 2.4GHz from a standard amateur transceiver and also transverting the downlink for reception. They also supply modified LNB’s and helical transmitting antennas for QO100 use.

The TX Factor website has a list of previous episodes here:

Berni M0XYF

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