Which Capacitor Do I Use?

Many of you like me have wondered which of these capacitors should I use and for what circuit perhaps, what the heck”s a bumble bee capacitor and which ones do I may be throw out of a circuit or don”t use at all you may ask yourself ?

Fortunately we have Paul from Mr Carlson Lab to answer many of your questions in his following video so please welcome and thank Mr Carlson’s Lab Video for today’s presentation.

Hopefully today’s presentation and talk on capacitors by Mr Carlson has now shed some light on which are good capacitors, what capacitors are used for which type of circuits or recommended for what application. Hopefully you are now some what more proficient on capacitor selection and use.

If you have enjoyed this presentation on What Capacitor do i use and would like to see more of Mr Carlson’s presentations on other topics relating to electronics then click to the link to his you-tube website; Mr Carlson’s Lab.

Thanks again to visiting our website and Enjoy the Hobby.

Till Next Time 73”s from VK5NFT

Fox Hunt Grant presented by local MP Tony Pasin

The South East Radio Group recently received a grant of $2,754 from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program. The grant enabled the purchase of equipment which will ensure rapid and accurate scoring of the Australian Radio Fox Hunting Championships held annually in Mount Gambier. This money was used to purchase latest High Tec. Equipment to assist and save countless man hours working out competitor times for the event of the Fox Hunting. The items were well received by SERG President Peter Becker and presented by our local Member Mr Tony Pasin. We would like to thank you Mr Pasin and the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program for making this happen.

Peter Becker (left ) receiving equipment purchased with MP Tony Pasin (right)


Video Courtesy of AREG VK5ARG

SERG 50th Convention and Fox Hunt June 2015 in Mount Gambier

Video Courtesy of Monica Lo Presti

We would also like to thank Andrew McKinnis VK5KET for all of his hard work leading up and also for over the two days involved with officiating the Fox Hunt Events with also SERG members to assist as the Fox’s as well as all the competitors (Hounds) that come from all over Australia to participate in this event.

Andrew McKinnis VK5KET

The South East Amateur Radio Group SERG holds the National Fox Hunting Championships in June, the Queens Birthday long weekend where we also hold our convention at the same time. The fox hunt is open to all ages old and young, male and female. If you like to try out then come along and see if you can find the fox.

Thanks again to visiting our website and Enjoy the Hobby.

Till Next Time 73”s from VK5NFT

Icom IC-705 Hands On Review, with Eric KJ4YZI

Icom IC-705 Transceiver

Welcome back to a review on the new all rounder Icom IC-705 that has been released this year 2020 and expected to hit the Australia markets around August 2020. The IC-705 is a HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Ham Transceiver and more. To take a look at this marvelous little rig i like to welcome Eric KJ4YZI from Ham Radio Concepts for being able to give us a brief look and operation of this little wonder.

Take it away Eric

Ham Radio Concepts, Eric KJ4YZI

If you like to see about purchase details i have included links to;

Strictly Ham

Andrews Communication

Thanks again to visiting our website and Enjoy the Hobby.

Till Next Time 73”s from VK5NFT

Code of Conduct on Radio

Hello All and thanks for coming back to the site, the following is about code of conduct when on amateur radio or any form of radio operation really.

Firstly a comment from Mr Spock about what he has to SAY;

Well thank you Mr Spock for that and putting earth on notice. From here we may need to take a look from AHARS the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society summary of good Radio Code of Conduct.

Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society AHARS
Thank you to David Wilson VK5LSB and AHARS for the presentation

Well I hope taking a look at the second video that you all had flash backs to how we should be conducting our selves when we are transmitting on the air. We are all human and at times we do make mistakes and also get very anxious and carried away on topics at times and may be slip things we shouldn’t over the air waves or by mistake tune up on someone having a QSO on a frequency. The main thing we realize what we have done and don”t do it again. Enjoy the hobby.

Till Next Time 73”s from VK5NFT

NEW! Yaesu FTM-300D, C4FM Dual Band Digital Analog Ham Radio

Hi there, at long last we are able to present to you the new 2m / 70cm digital analog radio from Yaesu. Eric KJ4YZI from Ham Radio Concepts has managed to get a rig from Gigaparts to give us a review on this rig to all you Yaesu buffs. Once again thanks to Eric for his videos, Sit back and press play and enjoy.

Further info on the rig is available here, C lick : FTM-300D

Thanks for coming to our site and till next time,

73’s from VK5NFT

–Mini TS-100 Soldering Station–

Hello and welcome to another post.

Today I have for you this quite a remarkable little old soldering iron. Well you might say its just another soldering iron, looking at it for the first time you might think so but wait there is more.

Click on to the you tube to find out more about this little beauty.

Click onto links below to find out more;

TS100 Product Link:

Spare and alternative tips:

Different colour casings:

Iron stand for TS100:

Helping hands: 

How to update Firmware

Please read the instructions on how to flash the firmware, and download the latest firmware (ts100.hex) from the releases page.

Firmware Page Link: 

Make sure you select TS100_EN.hex; The EN refers to english and the text will be displayed in english and not some other language.

Enjoy and have fun with Amateur Radio.

Cheers and 73’s from Tom VK5NFT


——-The sign of the times——New Open Spot 3 by Shark RF

Hello  and welcome to the start of 2020 and here I have a new device called the Open Spot 3 that will be available for purchase later January 2020.

Attached you-tube of Eric KJ4YZI presenting this new device and its capabilities. Thank you Eric for this video, hope you enjoy.

Want to find out more about this product  cost and availability then click onto the link: OpenSpot3 .

Enjoy and have fun with Amateur Radio.

Cheers and 73’s from Tom VK5NFT

Rex VK7MO Testing Out IC-9700

Hello and welcome in this post we have Rex VK7MO talks us through the frequency stability issues with the new Icom IC9700 radio and how to go about resolving this issue.

Icom IC-9700 frequency stable? – Tested by Rex VK7MO

A disclaimer about this video:

All tests are easily reproducible with appropriate test gear – This is the 2nd IC-9700 that has been supplied to Rex – All “drift” is still within stability specs of the radio over a 10 degree temperature range (although the spec is over a 70 degree range) – The IC-9700 is a fantastic radio and a great step forward for VHF/UHF enthusiasts – this video is not bagging the radio. The purpose of these tests is to show the real world results and to show that Icom has perhaps missed the mark with not implementing a full 10MHz locked solution for this radio for the purposes of particular digital modes and/or for perhaps driving microwave transverters.

Icom IC 9700 GPS LOCKED! Weak signal review by Rex VK7MO ✅

Yes the Icom IC 9700 has been GPS locked! How? Well Rex VK7MO brings us up to speed on developments, explains the features he enjoys most out of this new radio and the benefits for those wanting to use this rig on Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) moonbounce or other weaker signal digital modes.

Thanks to Rex VK7MO, Hayden VK7HH and Ham Radio DX for providing the videos and hope all you amateur radio viewers welcomed and enjoyed this information.

Cheers and 73’s from Tom VK5NFT

IC-9700 Review and Smackdown vs the IC-910H

Sorry for those that are not ICOM Radio enthusiasts we will bring you blogs on the new Yaseu and Kenwood Radios soon.

There has been some much talk about the new Icom IC-9700 I thought I would post this for you. For anyone wanting to find out more on the new Icom IC-9700 please click onto the you-tube video below. I hope you enjoy and once again thank you to Icom America Inc. for providing this video.

Cheers and 73’s Tom VK5NFT

Dayton Ham Convention 2019 17th to 19th of May

Hello from Eric KJ4YZI reporting from Dayton Ham fest with some interesting new Ham gear for us all. Attached a few new items that us hams might be interested in and were not able to make this Ham Fest.


Once again thanks to Eric KJ4YZI for his informative information and update on some new ham gear whats available hope you enjoyed just some of the highlights from this three day ham fest.

Cheers and 73’s Tom VK5NFT