Monthly Archives: February 2019

Visited: Central Coast Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) Wyong Field Day (24 Feb 2019)

Buzz … buzz … buzz. It’s 4am on a Sunday and my wristband alarm goes off. On any other week, that would be rather abnormal and I’d plop right back to sleep. But today, instead, I leapt out of bed … Continue reading

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Teardown, Test: WebExcel 56k Voice/Fax/Data External Modem

A few weeks back, I was fortunate enough to receive a donation of various technology items from a reader of the blog. The donor had quite a lot of equipment, so I picked a few items I thought I could … Continue reading

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Repair: Hitachi CL-8320B Rechargeable Hair Clipper

From the same friend that bought around the broken soy-milk maker, I have a new repair challenge on my hands – a Hitachi CL-8320B Rechargeable Hair Clipper. The Item The unit was bought to me with its original box, which … Continue reading

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Thanks for the Packages: element14 & Tecsun Radios Australia

It’s been a few days since I’ve received a few “surprise” packages at my doorstep, but unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to post about them here when they arrived. As any academic might know – it’s grant application season … Continue reading

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Radiofax: The Quest for ZSJ Cape Naval, South Africa (+ Updates)

Through my long journey to catalogue the remaining active radiofax stations, there has been a few rather elusive stations. Part of this category is ZSJ in Cape Naval, South Africa which I’ve never been able to hear and was doubtful … Continue reading

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Can’t Copy that Floppy? KryoFlux Can! feat. Unistat V4.53

It’s not often that we see floppy disks around nowadays, but this week proved to be an exception with a donation of a paper envelope of disks, but not just any disks. The Troublemaker: Unistat V4.53 In this case, it … Continue reading

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Opinion: Finding a Decent EU to AU (Reverse) Travel Adapter

In the global marketplace that is the world of internet shopping, being able to buy things overseas has become a lot easier. Rather than having to take a holiday to another country and carry the items back, someone online is … Continue reading

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Failed, Teardown: Cowin E7 Pro Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

It looks like I haven’t been entirely fortunate with Cowin products. After the HE5A failed, I reverted to using the E7 Pro for my day-to-day commuting needs. Just this week, the E7 Pro failed as well, which doesn’t do much … Continue reading

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Radiofax Tips: Modify kiwifax.py for Better DX Use, Slant Correction Factors & Status

The past few weeks have been quite busy with radiofax monitoring – a small project inspired by the existence of KiwiSDRs and WebSDRs and a desire to preserve what little “analog” utility stations we might have left on the HF/shortwave … Continue reading

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Radiofax: RBW41 (?) Murmansk, Russia

Since we’re probably on the “tail-end” of the radiofax technological lifecycle, I’ve actually been quietly hoping to receive something from Russia as on historical information, it seems they’ve been rather unique. While most stations today have settled on 120LPM with … Continue reading

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Radiofax: JFX Kagoshima (Japan Fisheries)

Having already pursued the majority of the rather “well known” fax stations, I decided to move along and try my luck at some of the lesser-known stations with spotty data as seen from some older listings and SWL schedule sites. … Continue reading

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Radiofax: HLL2 Seoul, South Korea (Korean Meteorological Administration)

When it comes to radiofax, you might be wondering why I’ve left South Korea’s HLL2 station towards the end. The reason? It’s actually not an easy station to receive well. As many utility stations are established on a frequency and … Continue reading

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Radiofax: NMG New Orleans, Louisiana (National Weather Service/NOAA, USA)

It’s an extremely busy weekend for me, but still, there’s some time to put up a post about another radiofax station or two. In fact, I’ve put in a lot more effort to try and determine the “whereabouts” of some … Continue reading

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Radiofax: NMF Boston, Massachusetts (National Weather Service/NOAA, USA)

Another radiofax posting to round out my Sunday and what a surprise – it’s another NWS/NOAA family station. NMF broadcasts from Boston, Massachusetts in the USA operating on three of four frequencies at any time. Like other NWS/NOAA network stations, … Continue reading

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Radiofax: NOJ Kodiak, Alaska (National Weather Service/NOAA, USA)

Continuing on the list of active stations I have yet to make a post about, the NOJ station in Kodiak, Alaska operated by National Weather Service/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States of America has been a difficult … Continue reading

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Tested: Generic “Sintechi” FC1307A-based SD to IDE Adapter (SD35VC0)

If you’re the type to have a few older “semi-retro” computers lying about, you’ve probably got a few old interfaces that are becoming difficult to use. For floppy drives, there are USB-floppy emulators, for PCI you can potentially fit a … Continue reading

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Quick Teardown: Mini VGA2HDMI Converter

With my recent upgrade to 4K monitors, I’ve come to realise that VGA has (at long last) become obsolete. There are no analog interfaces at all on my new monitors – so how am I going to connect my vintage … Continue reading

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Weekend Project: MMA8451Q Accelerometer as a Microphone?

Last weekend was the Australia Day long weekend, so aside from chasing Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts and posting radiofax galleries, I also decided to build something I thought was rather interesting. In the past, I remember vaguely seeing articles about how … Continue reading

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Radiofax: NMC Pt. Reyes California (National Weather Service/NOAA, USA)

Given that the United States of America’s National Weather Service (NWS) / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operate a large number of the remaining radiofax stations, it’s about time I covered another from the family. Previously, I covered KVM70 … Continue reading

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Radiofax: DDH3/DDK3/DDK6 (Deutscher Wetterdienst, Germany)

The triplet of stations from Germany (DDH3/DDK3/DDK6) are distinguished in the radiofax field. They operate on a +/-425Hz shift (whereas others operate on +/-400Hz), and they have the highest transmission powers – 10kW for DDH3 and 20kW for DDK3/DDK6. This … Continue reading

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