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Xiegu x6100 Firmware Update 1.1.6

It’s been a while since an update was last provided for this transceiver, but this looks to have quite a few enhancements and fixes provided so that is probably why. From the release notes: I have just downloaded and haven’t applied it yet, but will circle back if anything seems significantly improved. You can download…

Xiegu G106 In The House

Or my house at least. I quickly jumped on the first available orders for the new transceiver from Xiegu as sold through Radioddity, the Xiegu G106 HF Transceiver. Stats First off, the stats from the manual: Receive Range0.55-30 MHz, 88.0-108.0 MHz (FM Broadcast)Transmit Range3.5-4.0 MHz7.0-7.2 MHz10.1-10.5 MHz14.0-14.35 MHz18.068-18.168 MHz21.0-21.45 MHZ24.89-24.99 MHz28.0-29.7 MHzOperating ModesSSB/CW/AMTransmitter Power>= 5…

Lab599 CW-500 Iambic Paddle

Looks like the folks at Lab599 are producing a paddle that fits their TX-500 radio, similar to the keys available from Elecraft for their KX2/KX3 radios. While not available yet, the details are available in a PDF file here (link). Here is their mockup image from the PDF: Curious about everyone’s thoughts here. I personally…

Lab599 TX-500 Firmware 1.14.05

Another firmware drop from the folks at Lab599 for their excellent portable transceiver the TX-500. From the changelog: It’s great to see a company continuing to improve features in their products. Looking to get this loaded up later today and take it for a test drive.

Parks on the Air – Logbook Self Upload

After posting about my POTA activation just a bit ago, I went off to https://pota.app in order to validate a couple of callsigns based on spots and get things ready to email off for upload. Clicking through I found something I hadn’t seen before: I can just upload my ADIF files directly now? So I…

First Time CW DX While POTA At K-2484

Its been a couple of weeks since my last POTA attempt, and about 8 months since I last went down to Frontenac State park in southeast Minnesota, so my 2 youngest sons and I joined our friend and his kids for a quick overnight campout at this beautiful park. About an hour south of my…

POTA Failure and Nature Success

I took some time away from work and family to decompress in nature. I’ve previously written about Afton State Park (K-2466) near my QTH here in Minnesota. It is a beautiful park located on the shore of the St. Croix river which separates Minnesota and Wisconsin. The hike into the campsites is not tremendously long…

Lab599 TX-500 Firmware v1.13.08

The folks at Lab599 have dropped a new firmware file for everyone. From the changelog (link): You can find it at https://lab599.com/downloads/ UPDATE June 23, 2022 Looks like they issued a quick fix and rev’d the firmware to 1.13.09. From the changelog, there was a buffer overflow bug that was addressed for CW decoding. All…

BaMaTech TP-111 Paddle

Yesterday I received a new paddle from BaMaTech in Germany – the TP-111 paddle (link). The TP-111 is a small, ultraportable CW twin paddle from a shop run by Markus Baseler – DL6YYM – and located in Bad Düben, Germany. There are several products in Markus’ portfolio, from morse keys to antennas. There are even…

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