Thursday, December 29, 2016

Finnaly arrived ;-) 4m Double Century MLA Award

Today finally got my first of Awards issued by IRTS - Irish Radio Transmitters Society.

Looking good, ready to printout from convenient pdf format file.
No fee's, Awards are free, all You need is only spreadsheet with QSO's/grids certified by local Award manager or two ham operators and send it to IRTS Award manager.

Read more at IRTS site

Good luck! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

GJ Tracker for EME - MSSTDFMT.dll issue

Installing free W7GJ "GJTracker" software for EME prediction found some annoying issue with Windows dynamic loaded libraries underWin10 OS.
This can happen in Win7, Win 8 and 8.1 as well, but very rarely on XP SP3.

After unpacking the GJTracker software and copying unzipped folder into root directory clicking .exe file caused Windows to splash an error warning :

"Class not registered. MSSTDFDMT.dll is missing or corrupt."   

This is caused by wrong registry setting or accidental unregistering the library from System.
Another (probable) cause is than some version of Windows do not use this .dll which is actually connected with Visual Basic libraries and partially Outlook Express/Office.

Below is a simple solution, choose 32 or 64 bit version depending on OS You're running.

1. Try to find MSSTDFDMT.dll in Your system - check if it's already there - if YES - should be located in  C:/WINDOWS/System32 for 32 bit version, or C:/WINDOWS/sysWOW64 for 64bit OS.

If it's missing - You need to download it from net, or copy it from another PC and simply paste downloaded file into the folder (depending on which version of OS You're running) 

Last step is registering the .dll file in Windows registry using regsvr32 command.

32bit OS: click Start, Run - type cmd in the dialog box and run it.
After old good DOS window appear You should see something like c:/windows/system32

and press Enter. You will see OS note that registering the file is successfull.

64bit OS: same as above, but using Win8.1 or Win10 to get Command Prompt with Administrator prvileges we need to click the "Windows", type "cmd" directly to "Run" box and choose "Run as administrator".
After confirming we want to use Administrator rights type in Command prompt as below:

and hit Enter.
OS will confirm the file was registered successfully.

Now You can run GJtracker again and all should be fine.



Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas and happy New Year everyone !

For all kind readers and sympathics of my blog and their families...

Let the coming Christmas give You amazing gifts, love and happiness,
and New Year bring all the missing DX's  :-)

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

IC-7300 low SSB power? Not anymore.

Here You can see two different Icoms IC-7300, both with newest FW 1.14 tested on 100W Spinner dummy load using standard hand Micropohone.  


Do You need more explanation or You can catch conclusions yourself ? ;-) 

Thanks for my good friend Peter SP2DMB for cutting and producing the video, and for Mek SP7VC for lending the TRX for comparison.

 73 !

Sunday, November 20, 2016

IC-7300 6m EME receiver tests

Receiver measurements done earlier and described in previous post lead me to do some on air test.
When my 756P3 came on workbench to LNA modification, it was the time to test 7300 on EME signals.
Not digging deeper into RX architecture and differences, test show that both receivers performs well and 7300 without LNA is usefull for EME try, even with single antenna.
At the time I can't say 7300 is better than 756P3, because  having both connected I can't see much difference.
 IC-756P3 RX screen:

Maybe (only my subjective look) 756P3 with internal preamps is 1-2dBJT better at EME decodes.

IC-7300 RX screen:

On the other hand 7300 seems to be a little "quieter" at the same time - maybe because of (as per Icom adverisement ) extremely low RX phase noise.
At least I can say having 7300 as spare RIG for 6m  is good idea.   



Monday, November 14, 2016

ICOM IC-7300 External Keypad - Updated

Here we are.
For those who don't like to push IC-7300 screen constructor of  famous FT-847 filter mods, Peter SP2DMB produced external keypad in few final versions.

Depending on version device uses PCB with SMT elements, covered with ABS box.

Version "mini" with 4 keys

Keypad 7300 "Max" with or without Mic connector - choose version which suits your needs.

For more info and test videos check Youtube VIDEO  or drop him e-mail at