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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back on the air

Its seem as if things came to head the last few days, my Digimaster interface seemed to stop working , the antenna went high swr and the laptop , which is very old, ground to a virtual halt.


Starting with the digimaster: this was attached to the rig and computer and when I went to look at it, had stopped receiving data, after spending 60m in skype, with one of the people who runs the forums for digimaster, it still was not working, so it was sent back to the maker.

The Maker revealed that one of the leads had become faulty, with a pin being bent out of position. it was duly replaced and sent back to me.

Shortly after setting it back up again with some help, the laptop slowed right down, its over 7 years old, so, its probably about time it was replaced. looking at the speed at which it was operating, I suspect the cpu was running too hot the fans had been noisy for years.

So I have replaced the laptop and set it up with the Digimaster, I now have a Asus X55C, which is a very middle of the road laptop, but, its the best I could manage to get back on the air.

The swr problem was caused by a bend in the coax, which was strengthened out, so hopefully that's it for a while, as this is expensive. 

73s John G6KQS

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