Episode 046 - Tony parks - KB9YIG
After a career in electronics engineering, Tony Parks, KB9YIG, returned to ham radio, after thirty years, to find it very different than when he first started in the 1950s. Upon returning in 2000, Tony discovered software defined radio or SDR, where he saw an opportunity to build starter kits for HF SDR receivers that became the Softrock SDR kits. Tony joins Eric, 4Z1UG to discuss SDR and Softrock.
Tony is the owner and proprieter of FiveDash, Inc. makers of the SoftRock SDR radios.
Real Name: Robert Anthony Parks - his mom called him Tony from Anthony - and it stuck for 74 years.
First License: Novice, KN6CUZ, Age 12, 1953
Upgrade to General Class, K6CUZ, 1953
First Club: Silvergate Amateur Radio Club, San Diego
First Rig: Hallicrafters S38C Receiver, ARC5 transmitter converted to 40 meter CW
General Electric, Burlington VT - gun turrents
Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis - glucose monitors
Elecraft K1 and K2 from kits.
Sofware Defined Radio:
WSPR - weak signal propagation reporter using MEPT_JT digital mode to report propagation using QRP signals.
Quadrature Detector - detector used in SDR radios.
Raspberry Pi softrock receiver
Softrock Android app - VK3TWO’s SDR website
PCB Express - free schematic capture and board layout software.
For Electronic Parts:
FST3253 8 channel rf switch- used in SoftRock for band switching
PowerSDR Software by Flex Radio - software that can be downloaded and used with the SoftRock radios.
Softrock SDR at FiveDash, Inc.
Softrock Yahoo Group
SoftRock Pages. Initial Configuration
Additional SoftRock Links
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