Monthly Archives: January 2019

Radiofax News: BMF Confirmed Offline, VMC/VMW Transmission Fault & Radiofax Status

It’s been a very radiofax-centric long weekend – rest assured, I did do other things, I just didn’t get around to posting about it. But even though I haven’t finished surveying all the active stations and I haven’t yet put … Continue reading

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Radiofax: KVM70 Honolulu, Hawaii (National Weather Service/NOAA, USA)

When people talk about Hawaii, the first thing they think of is probably a beach-side holiday. But for me, I think of the US time station WWVH and the KVM70 radiofax transmissions. Strange, I know … I must get that … Continue reading

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Radiofax: GYA (Northwood, United Kingdom)

The Australia Day long weekend has been a good excuse to get back to blogging about various “random” things with radiofax being the topic of choice this weekend. I had fond memories of an unexpected DX surprise one night in … Continue reading

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Quick Tip: Use kiwirecorder.py to Automate Recordings & Evade Inactivity Time-Outs

If you’re like me and only recently discovered the beauty of KiwiSDR, you might have encountered a few niggles with monitoring transmissions over longer periods in the form of time-outs. One of the more annoying time-outs is the inactivity time-out … Continue reading

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Quick Teardown, Pairing: J.Burrows Wireless 2.4Ghz USB Keyboard & Mouse Combo

Earlier today, my Dad requested some assistance with his J.Burrows Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo that was purchased from Officeworks. It was a rather low-cost set, not one I would have chosen myself, but after the batteries in the keyboard … Continue reading

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Radiofax: HSW64 (Weather Forecast Division, Thai Meteorological Department)

Another one of our friendly “neighbour” radiofax stations is HSW64 from Thailand. This station is listed in the NWS/NOAA radiofax schedules as 7395kHz which is its SSB tuning frequency – the centre frequency is actually 1.9kHz above this. This is … Continue reading

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Radiofax: CBV/CBM (Armada De Chile, Servicio Meteorologico)

Onto another radiofax station I have never heard before. CBV and CBM are a pair of stations in Chile. They operate two separate schedules but seemingly broadcast the same sorts of charts covering the same areas, but at different times. … Continue reading

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Radiofax: JMH/JMH2/JMH4 (Japan Meteorological Agency)

The radiofax station JMH, JMH2 and JMH4 is one of the nearby “powerhouses”, sending charts almost continually around the clock on three frequencies (3622.5kHz, 7795kHz and 13988.5kHz). It’s often heard in Australia, albeit I often receive it very “noisily” and … Continue reading

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Radiofax: ZKLF (Metservice, New Zealand)

Further continuing along my survey of radiofax systems, I thought it would be a good idea to check on one of our nearest neighbours, New Zealand. In the past, I have received their service from home with regularity, although sometimes … Continue reading

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Radiofax: SVJ4 (Hellenic National Meteorological Service, Athens Marine Meteorological Centre, Greece)

Continuing on my radiofax expedition, I thought it would be best to try looking for another station I had never heard from home, hoping it would still be alive. In this case, it is SVJ4, operated by the Hellenic National … Continue reading

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Radiofax: VCO (Canadian Ice Service, Environment & Climate Change, Canada)

Some readers may know that I’ve been on a radiofax adventure lately, after having discovered the beauty of WebSDRs and kiwifax.py. As a result, I decided to stop chasing the faxes from home – as it’s near impossible to get … Continue reading

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Teardown: Cowin HE5A SportFree Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Earphones

It was only a few months ago in November I was reviewing the Cowin HE5A SportFree ANC Wireless Bluetooth Headphones. While I was generally satisfied with the compromises the package entailed, I did mention that the lack of protective casing … Continue reading

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Radio: RadioFax/HF Fax Reception on KiwiSDR with kiwifax.py

If you’ve seen my most recent post with the gallery of JJC Kyodo News HF faxes, you’re probably aware that I quite like receiving such signals off the air. I’ve scoured the Worldwide Marine Radiofacsimile Broadcast Schedules document from US … Continue reading

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Radio: JJC/9VF Kyodo HF Fax *MEGA* Gallery (Aug 2017 – Jan 2019)

When it comes to HF fax, sometimes also known as “weatherfax” due to its use in disseminating weather charts to mariners, the Japanese Kyodo News station JJC and its repeater 9VF are a living heritage. I’ve mentioned this before back … Continue reading

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Repair: SteelSeries Sensei “Pro Gaming” Laser Mouse (62150)

I’ve always been partial to laser mice and high-DPI sensors ever since I bought a second-hand Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse. When my MX1000 gave in due to battery failure and corroding battery charge contacts, I went to the Mionix … Continue reading

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Troubleshoot, Repair: TP-Link UE300 USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter

Whenever I drop in to see some of my old friends, it’s almost inevitable that there would be some computer problems that need solving. This time around it was no exception. With this being the season for new researchers starting … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Diamond SM56LE-PCT V.92 56k Internal PCI Modem (I56PSP-F40)

A while back, I posted an article with what I termed the “definitive” collection of V.90 modem sounds. If you’re not familiar with it already, the characteristic sound that V.90 modems emit when they are attempting a “high speed” connection … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: KDS Converter/Measure/Calculator 5m (YS-5010ME)

There was a time in the not too distant past when, in order for something to be cool, it had to be electronic. Often this meant attaching an electronic clock or calculator to the side of the device for an … Continue reading

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Salvage: Techway Endeavour II Computer (Part 2)

At last, it is time for the second part of the Techway Endeavour II salvage blogs. The previous post detailed the computer, its contents and its significance. This post looks at getting it running as best as I can. Testing … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Colourful Memories – Floppies & RAM

In the early to mid 90s, computing was almost universally beige or some standard colour. The case, drives, monitors, speakers, keyboards, mice. Beige was the colour. Even removable media didn’t dare to stand out too much, coming in a set … Continue reading

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WebSDRs: The Urban SWL’s Dream, a DXers’ Tool, & the End of DXpeditions?

Recently, I have been getting back into some shortwave listening and utility monitoring, but not quite in the conventional sense. I still have my own local conventional radio, SDR and loop antenna. But now, I also have the power of … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown & Test: Portable USB 18650 Li-Ion Rechargeable Fans (x3)

It’s summer in Australia and this one is another scorcher! Our summers do get somewhat hot, but not usually this hot. Data from my own weather station in my backyard shows that the temperature over the period from Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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Random: Happy New Year (2019) – Reflections, ABC/TBS Satellite Feed & Other Stuff

Happy New Year everyone! No, it’s not deja vu, we’re in 2019 … despite the blunder that occurred in Sydney’s NYE celebrations. Now that 2019 has arrived, it’s time to reflect on the year that passed and look at the … Continue reading

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