The G7EIX Pecker

Thursday, 23 August 2012 16:39 by G7EIX

So, I have converted a few local hams to FlexRadio’s over the past few years and just recently another local Ham made the leap and bought a Flex 3000.   I helped him set it all up and get him on the air.  He absolutely loves it.

After configuring everything and getting his studio mic installed and the EQ settings at levels that made him sound like him, he asks…. “Where do I plug in my Pecker?”.   What!?   He continued to explain to me about a little black box that he put inline with his microphone on his now disconnected TS-480.  This box generates a SawTooth waveform and allows you to tune your amplifier with a 30% on 70% off duty cycle.  

Instantly I thought that this thing was obsolete as you could do this with software.   Surely someone had already created one.    Google searches came up with nothing.  Needless to say a couple of days later we had the G7EIX Pecker!


It performs the very same function that the performs – just in software.  So if you have a Flex and Virtual Audio Cables, or a Knobs and Switches Radio connected to an Audio Interface such as a SignaLink – then you are in luck.   It works!    Needs Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 (so as long as you keep your computer updated with all the latest and greatest from Microsoft – you are good to go).

35hz is the frequency that we measured the Hardware based Pecker producing, so that’s the default.  You can change it (even on the fly) as well as the Amplitude.  This enables you to fine tune to your desired output.

PTT control is included.  Select the COM PORT, select RTS or DTR (configured to match your radio settings) and then select the Audio Output device.   Click PECK ME UP and off you go.

It is available right now:

Richard W5/G7EIX

Microsoft Security Essentials 2 Released, Still the Best Darn AntiVirus Around

Friday, 17 December 2010 10:26 by G7EIX

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Windows: We've learned to stop worrying about AntiVirus software since Microsoft released their great Microsoft Security Essentials suite, but today it gets even better, improving Windows Firewall integration, network traffic inspection, and an heuristic scanning engine.

Microsoft's next version of Security Essentials is actually a pretty great update from its already-great predecessor. Microsoft's option has always been adequate at finding new malware without definitions, but the addition of an heuristic engine bumps its power up quite a bit. It may be subject to a few more false positives, but you're much less likely to get hit with malware than ever before.

It also includes some Windows Firewall integration that lets you tweak the Firewall from inside Security Essentials, as well as a network inspection feature that can inspect traffic as you browse, which is pretty neat. All in all, if you're using Microsoft Security Essentials (and why wouldn't you be?), you'll want to grab this update. Hit the link below to manually download and install the update.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download for Windows.  (Updated 2017 with new link)