Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Updated Station List & Timetable for Shortwave Broadcasters 2022 Version A and B

Here is the 2022 version of the HFCC broadcasters list for shortwave. It was last updated in late 2022 and lists the station details such as frequency, time, and transmitting location. This should help you find something on the dial to enjoy! 


Happy DXing!


Sunday, December 11, 2022

HDSDR Setup for RS-918 MCHF Clone

 How to connect to connect your mcHF or clone radio to HDSDR for additional functionality? There are videos on YouTube which can provide some information, however I prefer to have written instructions available. Feel free to use my guide.

The file is available in PDF form.Simply click the image to



Saturday, December 10, 2022

Shack Pics

 Here are some pictures of my shack over the years. More to come!

Swan Cygnet 260 and Yaesu FT-107B were my primary HF stations in 1996

Here is my HF operating station in 2022. It sure seems that I like Icom radios.. My Kenwood is off the bench for repair.



Icom IC-7100 Remote Separation Cable

 Do you ever get a sinking feeling when this happens after you reconfigure your shack layout?


I had to unplug the control head cable of my IC-7100 in order to move it on a different shelf. I fired up the radio after reconnecting everything back together and was baffled why the touchscreen, buttons, and control knobs stopped working. I re-seated the cables and tried again. Same result. Would a bad cable allow the radio to power on? The answer is yes. It depends on which pins in the RJ45 connector are making contact. Either pins 7/8 or 1/2 were not making contact in my cable anymore.

The original cable consists of 8. shielded, twisted pair wires and have a straight through wiring configuration like a standard ethernet cable, but the cable braid and RJ45 connectors are also shielded.


Icom's OPC-2253 is a very expensive part to replace on the radio at @ $75 plus shipping so I was on the hunt for a cost-effective route.


You can buy replacement RJ45 connectors with a shield and replace the ends if you have a crimper tool or you can buy another cable meeting/exceeding the standards of the OPC-2253 cable. 

Why would you want to do this instead of using Icom's cable? Several reasons.. You can buy or make cables that meet your length requirements or have a spare on hand. The cables are also a fraction of the cost and work just like the original.

If you plan on replacing the damaged ends of your original cable, then you need to look for shielded RJ45 Cat6, Cat7, or Cat8 8P8C modular connectors for FTP/STP Stranded Ethernet Cable & Solid core cable. STP stands for Shielded Twisted Pair and FTP stands for Foil Twisted Pair. Make sure you have a 8 pin crimper die and ensure the foil shieled has conductivity end to end.


If you want to simply buy a complete cable, then you will need to find 26AWG Cat6/7/8 networking cables with shielded RJ45 ends. Ensure the pins and shield are wired straight through or you could damage your radio. I recommend this cable since I've tested it





Thursday, December 8, 2022

Recent RS-918 MCHF Clone

 Here are some pictures and videos of my RS-918 SDR transceiver.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Kenwood TM-2550A

 Here are some pictures and video of my TM-2550A transceiver. An upcoming project is to convert this into a digital radio amplifier.