Monthly Archives: January 2009

openASC progress

Been doing some Java programing lately and also implemented an external EEPROM to avoid having space limitations when it comes to settings in the device. Also trying to complete the functions for transmitting settings between the configuration software and the openASC-device.

Here are some screenshots of the program, how the status currently is.


Various configurations

tx_antennas_20m20M antenna setup. Antenna #1 has also got it’s sub menu configured

stack_setupThe setup for stack options, here the 20M stack

rx_antennasRX antenna configuration

ptt_sequencerPTT sequencer

debug_windowDebug window, used to debug the openASC device

Still a lot of work to be done but I’m slowly making progress. Plan is to have a public release if interest of this open source project gets big enough, and that people can add features to the public release.

Croatian CW Contest

I decided to participate in this contest, maybe not my most wise move.
I have run the contest many times before but all bands. This time since
I don't have antennas up for all bands I decided to go single band,
which is something I would not recommend since the activity in the
contest is very limited. Anyway here is the score...

                    Croatian CW Contest

Call: SJ2W
Operator(s): SM2WMV
Station: SM2WMV

Class: SOSB/80 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 18

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   80:  459    54
Total:  459    54  Total Score = 84,780



FT-1000D, 4-1000A and 4-SQ

A new year has come…

And plans for more activity at the station. I was there a lot during the XMAS break and spent many hours behind the FT1000D working DX. I also tried to do some physical work at the station but unfortunately a cold and fever limited that a bit. I managed though to put up some shelfs behind the fake wall for the computers and also with help from SM3JLA put a 40 leaded cable down to the basement which will be used to control things in the amplifier room. Such as PTT for amps, switches to key the radio, control for the Granger amp (auto tune) etc. SM3JLA also helped me to shovel snow off the 160M vertical which we hope to errect before CQ 160M CW contest.

SM2XJP and me had been to the store to get some groceries and he had left and I was sitting at the radio when the door to the house opened. I thought that SM2XJP had forgotten something but in stepped SM3JLA which was a nice suprise. So he was there during one night working DX but propagations were not very good.

I also had a nice visit from SM2XLL who was bored and went out driving. And on Saturday I had a very pleasant visit from SM2DMU, SM2HTF + their German Schäfer Ofelia and they seemed to like the place and Ofelia seemed to love it 🙂

Otherwise I have been trying to figure out exactly where to place the 60m tower. I want to have this planned so that I can start taking down trees now during the winter, so that doesn’t need to be done in high summer temperatures.

Here are some pictures

SM3JLA calling CQ on 80M

What is he looking at?

Here is what he’s looking at. Both me and SM3JLA are UFC fans.

Shelfs for the computers behind the fake wall

40 leaded cable going downstairs

Wall sockets that mr X has installed

The new shelfs and JLA working DX while watching UFC

This happens when you aren’t careful using the saw…

Two computers put on the shelfs…