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  • QRM: Radio China International - From Albania - OV +++

    Hi Giulio,

    Adding a series tuned notch filter across the KiWi RF input will help reduce the problems on 7345KHz.



    These values give the bets compromise between notch depth and attenuation on the adjacent 40m amateur band.

    For this simulation I have used an inductor with a Q of 50. But if you can use a better inductor, it will provide a deeper and narrower notch.

    31 turns wound on a T50-2 iron powder core would be a good starting point, but you would have to add or remove turns in order to tune the notch to the exact frequency.

    It will attenuate signals on 40m to a certain extent, so the signal levels will drop slightly, however as the natural noise floor is usually the limiting factor on the lower frequency bands, I don't think it will harm the Signal to Noise ratio.

    As a test you could run the WSPR decoder with and without the notch in circuit, and compare the average S/N before and after, but always compare reports of the same transmitting stations, don't compare different stations with each other.

    The other interference is something local to you, but sort out the 7MHz overload before investigating the other problems.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    WA2ZKDIZ3EAWG0LUJ
  • QRM: Radio China International - From Albania - OV +++

    Hi Giulio,

    Adding a series tuned notch filter across the KiWi RF input will help reduce the problems on 7345KHz.



    These values give the bets compromise between notch depth and attenuation on the adjacent 40m amateur band.

    For this simulation I have used an inductor with a Q of 50. But if you can use a better inductor, it will provide a deeper and narrower notch.

    31 turns wound on a T50-2 iron powder core would be a good starting point, but you would have to add or remove turns in order to tune the notch to the exact frequency.

    It will attenuate signals on 40m to a certain extent, so the signal levels will drop slightly, however as the natural noise floor is usually the limiting factor on the lower frequency bands, I don't think it will harm the Signal to Noise ratio.

    As a test you could run the WSPR decoder with and without the notch in circuit, and compare the average S/N before and after, but always compare reports of the same transmitting stations, don't compare different stations with each other.

    The other interference is something local to you, but sort out the 7MHz overload before investigating the other problems.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    WA2ZKDIZ3EAWG0LUJ
  • Monitor Battery Voltage At Remote Site

    I've often wondered if it would be useful for the KiWi to be able to present a simple webpage in place of the existing top bar which has limited formating options.

    Perhaps this could also allow content from other sources to be embedded in the page.

    This may allow folks to provide more detail about the KiWi config and include other dynamic data such as telemetery, weather or perhaps even a webcam / video feed to be inserted.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    KA7U
  • Re-designing the OV marker space?

    Hi John,

    I wonder if it would be worthwhile bringing the OV indication out to one of the P9 GPIO pins ?

    It could then be used to drive an external attenuator circuit via a suitable averaging circuit, so that a crude form of AGC could be applied. This could possibly help folks in locations who suffer from excessive day / night variations in signal levels.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    WA2ZKDHB9TMCKA7U
  • Re-designing the OV marker space?

    Hi John,

    I wonder if it would be worthwhile bringing the OV indication out to one of the P9 GPIO pins ?

    It could then be used to drive an external attenuator circuit via a suitable averaging circuit, so that a crude form of AGC could be applied. This could possibly help folks in locations who suffer from excessive day / night variations in signal levels.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    WA2ZKDHB9TMCKA7U
  • Re-designing the OV marker space?

    Hi John,

    I wonder if it would be worthwhile bringing the OV indication out to one of the P9 GPIO pins ?

    It could then be used to drive an external attenuator circuit via a suitable averaging circuit, so that a crude form of AGC could be applied. This could possibly help folks in locations who suffer from excessive day / night variations in signal levels.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    WA2ZKDHB9TMCKA7U
  • OpenWebRX [using a transverter/down-converter with the Kiwi]

    Hi Lonecrow,

    That doesn't sound good.

    If you open up thew new Signal Generator extension and switch it on using the default settings you should see a carrier at 10MHz on the waterfall with a level of about -60dB.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    Lonecrow
  • OpenWebRX [using a transverter/down-converter with the Kiwi]

    Hi Lonecrow,

    OK that's good so it doesn't look like anything major is broken.

    I'd suggest that as you are making a lot of changes to the config, it may be a good idea to buy a few decent quality SD cards so that you can backup an image of the whole KiWi and then you can recover, or at least quickly get back to a known good state without any hassle.

    I'd save the current config to a new card and then load up the original config from the SD that came with the KiWi and update it to the latest version and then do all the basic setup so that you have a working KiWi. Then save that version to another new SD card.

    You then have the original SD card supplied with the KiWi (get out of jail), a working basic recent config (gets you quickly to a good starting point for anything else on another card, and finally another with your most recent VHF config.

    Yet another card would allow you to backup your most recent working version, so you can very quickly get back to where you were, if you do accidentally mess something up. You can then rotate the two VHF SD cards so that you are only a few steps behind if things go wrong.

    I'm not a proficient coder, but I do mess around with my KiWi's from time to time and having a few backups on SD has saved me big time on more than one occasion when I thought I'd bricked the KiWi.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    Lonecrow
  • OpenWebRX [using a transverter/down-converter with the Kiwi]

    Hi Lonecrow,

    If they are fairly short patch cables it won't make much practical difference. Ideally you would use the correct impedance throughout, but it's less critical for receive only purposes.

    Note that frequencies on the airband commonly have off-sets to accommodate 8.66KHz channel spacing within 5KHz frequency steps supported by older aircraft radios and also to allow multicasting from several sites on the same frequency (typically for wide area stuff like Volmet).

    Aircraft and some ground based transmissions (typically at smaller or grass strip airfields) also have slight frequency errors that can often be observed on spot frequencies.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    Lonecrow
  • OpenWebRX [using a transverter/down-converter with the Kiwi]

    Hi Lonecrow,

    Yes you can use the airband and FM band filters together, if the airband filter is good enough you may not need the FM band notch.

    I think the reason you don't see it with the dongle and SDR Sharp may be an issue with the KiWi that you probably wouldn't otherwise notice, but this is what I'd hope to test.

    To get the frequency off-set correct you may need to either adjust the transvertor reference frequency and / or the KiWi Frequency scale offset (kHz) value.

    Regards,

    Martin - G8JNJ
    Lonecrow