Friday, February 6, 2015

A Collection of Mods for the DX-390 / ATS-818 Part 2.5

First I'd like to apologize for the delay in posting my light mod. I am the type of person who can't leave well enough alone :)

The radio is still in pieces on my bench and I asked myself if there were any other mods I'd like to do while I had it open.. Well of course! Another feature I added to the "nice to have" category is a way to remotely control the radio in some way. You see, I use this radio on camping trips with my kids as well as casual shortwave/HAM listening. Wouldn't it be cool to be able to change frequency, volume, etc with a remote control?

I remember the "new and improved" Bose Wave radio commercials which show new features such as a remote control, espresso maker, and pizza warmer. (Maybe I am exaggerating a bit on the espresso and pizza functions) So why not add this to my DX-390?

I have several remote controls laying around in junk drawers and think I have one that will work for this project. The next step is to incorporate an IR receiver circuit to interpret different functions of the IC and/or buttons. I plan to share my trials and errors with you along the way. (I better stop with the mods at this point before I add a WIFI interface to connected to HRD or perform an IF mod to for a spectrum scope, hi-hi)