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Nova Scotia, Canada

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* NEW 2018: AMATEUR RADIO - Autotuner for Small Magnetic Loop Antennas * Autotuner for Small Magnetic Loop Antennas
This Autotuner makes many small magnetic loop antennas practical for amateur radio. The approach is unique, inexpensive, and ideal for experimenting.
* AMATEUR RADIO - Wood Travel Case for the Yaesu FT-817 * Wood case for the Yaesu FT-817(ND)
A different kind of travel case integrating the popular Yaesu FT-817(ND) transceiver, Elecraft T1 antenna tuner, and SignaLink computer interface.
* FOR ELECTRONICS ENTHUSIASTS! * Transistor Amplifier Program
Program for designing common transistor amplifier stages. Simple to use and works with Windows and Linux/Wine.
* YET ANOTHER HF VERTICAL ANTENNA! * Wave-missile 'Portable', Vertical Antenna Project
Another variant on the popular amateur radio, HF multiband, quarter-wave vertical antenna. This one is 'Portable' and free-standing.
* Nova Scotia RV Parking Ban
Lastest News and Economic Impact Study on Nova Sctotia's RV unfriendly past.
* SIMPLE, FUN PROJECT! * Digital Relative Field Strength Meter.
Inexpensive and simple to make meter for measuring comparative RF field signal strengths.
* Experimental Tuning Assistant Design for Amateur Radio
Low cost, easy to build tuning assistant (aid) for Yeasu FT-897 / FT-857 transceivers.

It may be useful for other radios too.

* POPULAR! * Assembling the VK5JST Aerial Analyser Kit
How I put together the VK5JST Aerial Analyser kit. The VK5JST is a low cost, high quality, antenna analyzer in kit form sold by the South Coast Amateur Radio Club of Australia.
* Eratic Cursor Problem with Dell 1501 Laptop
Description of the 'erratic' cursor problem of my Dell 1501 laptop computer when powered by a DC to AC inverter.
* Curing Honda Generator Hash
The cure for reception interference (hash) when operating some amateur radio equipment with a Honda EU1000i (maybe others) generator.
Other Information:

* Real RVers Guide to Seeing Nova Scotia

* Tekonsha Brake Controller Temperature Problem

The autotuner was the subject of an article in the May-June, 2018 'TCA' (The Canadian Amateur) published by the Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Autotuner for Small Magnetic Loop Antennas
This Project Automates the Difficult Process of Tuning Small Magnetic Loop Antennas

- Autotuner parts cost $40 CDN on Ebay (not counting case)
- Tunes for maximum antenna radiated power
- Remote Tuning .... set up loop antenna away from operator
- Very simple to use
- Based on Picaxe micrcontroller and a stepper motor
- Computer reported tuning diagnostics available
- Effective easy coupling to antenna variable capacitor
- Uncomplicated construction
- PICAXE programs available for download

* An Experimenters Dream! Use the basic design to make modifications in components and the microcontroller program. Make an even better autotuner!

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Nova Scotia RV Parking Ban
* * * June 25, 2010 * * *

Previously, Nova Scotia was the only Provincial or State jurisdiction in Canada and the United States that officially baned RVers from parking overnight everywhere except in public and private campgrounds, regardless of the RVer's situation. This was inconvenient - even dangerous - for RVers. The existence of the ban gave Nova Scotia a reputation of being 'RV-Unfriendly', deterring many RVers from coming here and costing the Province millions of dollars in private and tax revenues and thousands of jobs. Provincial Government authorities have been telling RVers that they were not breaking the law when parking overnight away from authorized campgrounds. This was not the issue, because it was illegal for the property owners to allow RVers to park overnight. This RV parking situation has now been clarified for both private property owners and RVers. As far as the Provincial Government is concerned it is legal for an RVer to park overnight on any private property with the permission of the property owner to do so. Further, a private private property owner may permit an RVer to park overnight on his/her property without fear of prosecution.

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The RV Tourism Impact Study (accessed below) analyzes the economic consequences of the ban on Nova Scotia. For those not concerned with the Nova Scotia's previous treatment of RVers, the impact study includes a unique analysis of the North American RVing market which may be of wider interest.

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Study of the Effect on RV Tourism
of the Overnight Parking Ban
in Nova Scotia, 2005

An Economic Case Study
of Banning RV Parking

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Download Options

Note: Amplifier works well for me, but is a
Beta version because more users need to try it.

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Transistor Amplifier Design Program
Design Building-Block Transistor Amplifier Stages

Common Emitter Amplifier,
Based on NPN, Silicon Transistors

- Easy to Use
- Installation NOT required
- Runs with Windows XP and 7 (8??),
and Linux/Wine

This link has a download program called amplifier2013a.exe, including instructions in a Readme file. The program has been virus checked and is believed to run safely. Never the less, you should scan the program with your virus checker.

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Wave-Missile Antenna Project
Multi-Band, Quarter-Wave, Vertical,
Amateur Radio Antenna

Covers Most HF Amateur Radio Bands
Portable enough for RVing and Field Day Operation

Built-in Counterpoise
Easy to Construct
Fairly Inexpensive

There will likely be changes based on any comments received

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PDF Download of Article (2.0 MB)

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My Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook Computer

Waveform Analysis of Problem of
Erratic Cursor by the Touchpad
When the Notebook Is Powered by a
12 volt DC to AC Inverter.

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Dell Inspiron 1501 Erratic Cursor Update August 17, 2008

After posting the article on the erratic cursor of my Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop I've received several responses by Dell Inspiron 1501 owners asking if I had found a way to fix the problem. Unfortunately, I have not. Recently, Ted Hughes contacted me about his solution. Dell gave Ted a new 65 watt power adaptor with a 3-prong AC power plug (Item # F7970 Asy ADPT; AC; 65W; ULD; LTON and Item# K2596 KIT; CORD; FLAT; D3W/3P; P65; US plug) and updated his drivers and BIOS. Here is what Ted reports:

Well I want to give you more feedback on the cursor problem we share with the 1501 when using an inverter. While the 3 prong adaptor did make the cursor 70% better it is still not what I would call a success, but worth doing. I have since been in contact with Dell for a follow up to resolve this, and just a few hours ago they called me back and remotely loaded the latest drivers and the newest BIOS (2.6.3), and it seems as if this has totally fixed the issue. Now I don't want to be hasty ... so I would prefer to use it a few days. It probably won't get any serious mobile (inverter) use until I return to work on Monday, but today I sat in my vehicle and switched back and forth between both power adaptors and I admit it really seems that the latest drivers along with latest BIOS did make the problem go away while using the new power adaptor.
--- Ted

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Curing Generator 'Hash'
(received noise)
from My Honda EU1000i

Adding a Simple Common Mode Filter to the
Power Cord of My Honda EU1000i Generator
Solves a Problem of Generator Hash
Received by My Yaesu FT-897D Transceivers.

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Assembling the VK5JST Aerial Analyser Kit
The VK5JST is a high quality yet low cost
Antenna Analyzer

Link: This kit is sold by the South Coast Amateur Radio Club (Australia)

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PDF Download of Article (3.8 Mb)

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Experimental Tuning Assistant (Aid)
for Yaesu FT-897 / 857

Amateur Radio:
Low cost, easy to assemble Antenna Tuning Assistant

Intended for Yaesu FT-897 / 857 transceivers
- may work with other transceivers

This is an experimental design (for me)
Please send me your comments.

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This summer, 2015, I received an email from Alan,VK3AJH, about a web article of Jonas Duda, N0LY/LY3QA,, describing an alternative circuit for a FT-857/897 tuning accessory similar to my project. Both my and Jonas' circuits use the transceiver’s ACC port to lower transmitting power while sending a CW tone. My circuit has a three switch interface: two switches are to lower power and then to transmit a tone; the third switch is a mid or lowest power transmit option. Jonas' circuit has only one switch that concurrently lowers power and transmits a tone. Alan pointed out that Jonas incorporates a small delay in his circuit before starting transmission because the FT-857/897 does not reduce power instantly. Jonas' delay is a reminder for users of my circuit. For desired operation with my circuit the 'reduce power' switch should be on before the transmit button is pressed, with a second, or so, wait before the transmit tone button is pressed. (If the reduce power switch is not on, then the tone is transmitted at the full power set up in the transceiver.) Thank you Alan and Jonas. --- Andy

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Digital Relative Field Strength Meter

Amateur Radio:
Inexpensive but Effective
Relative Field Strength Meter

for HF, VHF, and UHF Bands.
Nothing Could Be Simpler
Please send me your comments.

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Wood Case for Integrated FT-817(ND) Transceiver System

Amateur Radio:
The Popular Yaesu FT-817 QRP Radio is Combined
with an Elacraft T1 Antenna Tuner and
SignaLink Computer Interface in a Wood Case

- Portable and Protective
An Unusual Design
Please send me your comments.

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Other Articles Click Below Other Articles
- RVers Instant, Real Guide to Nova Scotia

- Thermal Instability of My Tekonsha Brake Controller (and description of how it operates in general)