A Quick Tour of my First QTH Station!

This is my station at the moment, not all the equipment is mine (the IC-7000 & FT-90R are on loan from VK3HBN). The Alinco DX-SR8T is my favourite; although its a basic rig, i’ve had fun reverse engineering it in order to tap the first IF and connect a RTL-SDR dongle as a panadapter, and it will control my Antenna Coupler.

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3 thoughts on “A Quick Tour of my First QTH Station!

    • Sorry for the late reply.

      I can’t remember exactly where – I do know it took me a while reading the schematic before I found the point. I tapped it just after the IF conversion but before any of the filters. I didn’t use a buffer, but you’d be silly not to as I noticed I lost about 2 S units of sensitivity (not that this caused any practical issues other than decalibrating my S Meter). I’m in Cambodia at the moment, so unfortunately I can’t be of any more help. Once again sorry for the late reply – I’ve had my share of personal issues lately!


    • Unfortunately I can’t at this time as I’m in Cambodia operating as XU7AGA. I recall tapping it just after the first IF, near one of the tuning coils. There was a through hole, and I could simply poke a solid wire of the correct diameter into the through hole. I believe I used the center conductor of an RG-316/U Coaxial Cable.

      With regards to buffering, It was not strictly required. Using the tap did lower the strength of the received signal by approximately 1 S Unit, but no additional noise was introduced into the receiver when I used a Realtek TV Tuner Dongle.

      That said, I would recommend buffering, and will probably do so in the future.


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