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Accurately measuring cable length with NanoVNA

Having a VNA opens up so many possibilities. Just last week, I reviewed the nanoVNA and found to be an interesting device to have. Having handled expensive Vector Network analyzers (VNA) in the past and present, my excitement grew tremendously to compare it with the

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nanovna vs keysight fieldfox vna

Comparing NanoVNA with the Keysight Fieldfox N9952A

Vector network analysers (VNA) come in all sort of price ranges. Most of them are out of reach for a typical hobbyist. Very few VNAs are available to be bought by someone like you and me. For example, the $500 miniVNA and the sub-hundred dollar

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nanovna review

NanoVNA – A short review

Do you build RF circuits? Have you built any antennas? If the answer to any of the two questions is YES, then you know how valuable having a VNA (Vector Network Analyzer) is. Just an year ago the cheapest VNA on the market was the

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Using LimeSDR mini as a RF source

In one of the previous posts we saw how we could transmit DATV using LimeSDR mini. This time we are going to use our LimeSDR mini as a RF source in our home lab. The whole setup is based on GNU Radio and the QT

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MAX2870 PLL PCB with STM32F103 microcontroller designed by Salil Tembe

Manual VCO selection for a faster locking PLL

PLL chips such as the ADF43xx, MAX287x and so on come with an integrated VCO. The frequency range on these PLL chips can extend all the way from few tens of MegaHertz to several GigaHertz. Such a wide range of output frequency can be obtained

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Transmitting DATV over the air with LimeSDR-Mini

Transmitting voice is something every ham operator must be doing regularly. There is a breed of hams which only stick to digital modes, while some prefer morse. Some ham operators go above and beyond to transmit real-time video stream over the air. Back in the

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A simple voice detector circuit

Voice detector can find it’s use in voice-activated circuits. For example, triggering a transmitter or enabling a speech processor and so on. At the end of this blog post, we will look at one such application. A voice detector is a circuit which will either

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RF Pulse generation with RF switch

Remember the previous post where we generated PWM? We are going to use the PWM output from the TivaC microcontroller and drive an RF switch. I will be using the Minicircuits HSWA2-63DR+ SP2T switch to generate pulsed RF output. Correspondingly, A simple SP1T switch would

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tiva pwm tutorial

Generating PWM on Tiva C connected launchpad (TM4C1294)

Texas Instrument’s Tiva C connected launchpad is a really powerful Cortex M4 microcontroller board. The possibilities with this chip are endless. In this post, we will be generating PWM output on one of the GPIO pins of TM4C1294 microcontroller. A simple PWM output can be

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Photos from Udaipur, Rajasthan

It was my first time to Udaipur, Rajasthan and that had me all excited to explore a new town. An initial homework on the internet showed me lot of palaces and lakes to explore. On the other hand, it’s a good place for getting some

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