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RCI-5054DX Reviewed by AA1GW

Ranger Communications RCI-5054DX 6-Meter Transceiver

Reviewed by Joe Bottiglieri, AA1GW Assistant Technical Editor

Ranger Communications RCI-5054DX 6-Meter TransceiverThe Ranger RCI-5054DX all-mode transceiver has made gearing up for 6 meters considerably more affordable.

It's already clear that Cycle 23 will be going down in ham history as the best yet for 50-MHz fans. For years, we younger folks could only stand by and listen quietly as Old Timers reminisced about the incredible worldwide 6-meter openings they witnessed during the peaks of the legendary cycles of the hollow-state age. Now, however, a few of us—bona fide members of "generation solid-state"— have impressive 6-meter cycle-peak DX tales of our own to tell.


The new V4.0b software version allows connecting to remote Perseus receivers through any TCP/IP connection*.

All addressed issues are listed and commented in the database section of the Perseus support group
hosted on Yahoo.

NOTE (*) The minimum required upload bandwidth on the server side is 80 kbps. Three profiles were defined to simplify server setup (GPRS, ADSL, LAN).  Operation behind a router is possible after setting up the correct port forwarding rules.

For more information about the new client-server architecture and setup, please refer to the Client-Server Reference PDF file included in the 4.0b zipped file.


ARISSat-1 Deployed After Delay

The ARISSat-1 amateur satellite was deployed by spacewalking cosmonauts today at approximately 1845 UTC, according to minute-by-minute postings by CQ VHF staff on the CQ VHF magazine Facebook page. The deployment was delayed for about three hours after the satellite was taken outside the International Space Station due to questions regarding one of its antennas. Ultimately the decision was made to toss it into space and put it in orbit! No word as of this posting as to whether the satellite is functioning independently. You may follow progress on the ARISSat-1 web page. Posted by CQ Newsroom

RadioJet 1102S Bonito shortwave receiver

Bonito shortwave receiver RadioJet 1102SNew Bonito shortwave receiver RadioJet 1102S

You won't believe your ears!
The new Bonito shortwave receiver RadioJet 1102S combines innovative design with the advantages of modern computer technology. It has a frequency range of 0,04 MHz to 30 MHz with an excellent sensitivity of .03 µVolts on a noise level of -137 dBm with an extreme resolution of 144 dB at a bandwidth of 24kHz. The Noise floor is extremely low, because there are no active parts between the Antenna and the ADC.

Strictly speaking, this radio is no SDR, although it is exclusively controlled by computer. So far no SDR has defined, controlled, read or computed anything like the RadioJet. Bonito RadioJet is a short wave receiver with a built-in USB Audio device and a 24kHz multi-channel IM jack or to put it simply:

SARK-110 Antenna Analyzer

The SARK-110 is a pocket size, stand alone antenna vector impedance analyzer that makes available a multitude of features and capabilities which are perfect for checking antennas, antenna feed lines and RF circuits for radio amateurs and hobbyist both in laboratory and in a field operation.

The analyzer features a Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) generator with a range of 0.1 to 200 MHz and a frequency resolution of 1 Hz. The measurement part provides a precise measurement of the impedance vector including the true determination of the sign of the reactance. Besides it is provided the Open/Short/Load calibration standard for accurate results.

RF Power Reference for power meter calibration

homebrew RF Power Reference for power meter calibrationSimple RF Power Reference For RF power meter calibration

You’ve just finished building a new RF power meter, like the ABPM from Down East Microwave ( – how do you calibrate it?  Or perhaps you’ve acquired a surplus unit
– how do you check the calibration?  You need some known reference point or a friend with a calibrated meter.

Some recent commercial power meters, like the HP 435, include a reference output to check and set
the calibration of the meter.  These fine meters are occasionally found as surplus at very reasonable prices, probably because the RF sensor heads command such exorbitant prices that the meter alone is unattractive.  However, the meter is worth a modest amount for the reference output alone, to be used to check other power meters, either homebrew or older surplus.

Bird Wattmeter Calibration and Repair

Calibration and Repair for Bird Wattmeter Elements

Follow these simple, easy steps—and save big money!

by Francis Kelson HL9BK/K2KSY

Some time ago, I received some burned out and well-used Bird and Sierra wattmeter elements. As I looked over the elements, 1 wondered if ii was possible to gain access to the passive and active elements inside for replacement or restoration. At 55 bucks per, I figured it was worth my time and effort to check it out, since 1 had well over a thousand dollars worth laying on the bench in front of me. My investigations paid off handsomely.

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