southern fried gaming expo / vintage computer festival southeast

I know it’s been a while, but I promise I’m not dead. I’ve just been working on other non-techy stuff lately. There are a few projects that I’ve been working on here and there that I’ll post soon. I’ve been playing around with some of the cheap aliexpress kits like automatic antenna tuners and rf amplifiers. I also bought a few lora boards and have one set up as a satellite ground station and a few others running as a mesh network.

ATU-100 Antenna Tuner

I picked up a few radio kits off of Aliexpress a while back. I started a few and left them in various states of partial assembly.

80 meter bandpass filter

After putting up my efhw antenna, I wanted to test a few other bands. I’ve never done much with 80 meters, so I figured I’d give it a try with a raspberry pi WSPR transmitter. To do that, I needed a filter for 80 meters to suppress the harmonics from the square wave from the raspberry pi. I found a good video by ZL2CTM showing his experiments with an 80 meter bandpass filter.

end fed half wave antenna

I’ve been wanting to get back into radio stuff for a while now, but the only antenna that I have up now is a 40 meter dipole. I’ve been wanting to put together a decent multi-band antenna for a long time and finally settled on an end fed half wave antenna. An end fed half wave antenna, or efhw, is a variation of a half wave dipole, but it is fed from one end.

Sencore Caddy Bar Jr

While cleaning out some old boxes in a shed, I found “The World’s Smallest Color Bar Generator” by Sencore. It was still in the box with the original receipt and manual, but it was a little damp and smelly. I figured it would be fun to see if it still worked, and if not, see if I could fix it. The leads were coiled up in a little tube compartment in the back, but when I tried to pull them out, they just started disintegrating.

6502 computer - part 2 - now with solder!

Wow. Its been over a year since I last posted anything. Over the past two years, I’ve been working as the project manager for a large software/infrastructure implementation, so that has taken up most of my time. That project started a month or two before COVID hit and we basically powered through the entire pandemic with our primary team on-site for all but a few weeks when our state issued a shelter in place order.