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Xastir for Macintosh OS X

Tired of fighting dependencies? Don’t know a ./ from a . or /? If you are interested in APRS, have a Macintosh computer and would like to have client that works whether does or not? Well, I’ve got the thing for you.

Jeremy, NH6Z, has packaged up a binary for just such a purpose. Xastir is available for OS X, 10.5 and above. Sorry, no PPC release is forthcoming (but really, you need to upgrade if that is a problem). Please, download the binary and please read the instructions from here.  You will also note that he has compiled WSPR- so get busy!

More from 9A4QV in Croatia

It looks like Adam is really giving the W1GHZ transverter a workout!  Check out his latest progress here.  He takes an interesting approach by hacking up the board into its component sections and working with each of them in order to make the best “whole.”  I’m not sure if I like the approach or not- not because I dislike it or find a great deal of fault- but rather, because I would rather have everything on one board and minimize interconnection errors and other problems that might be associated with piecing out the individual sections.

Regardless of my thoughts, what a great piece of amateur microwave radio hacking!

W1GHZ transverter purchases update #3

Hello Everyone.

As of today everything is out in the mail and on there way except the two Canadian orders. Those I will handle tomorrow morning right when the Post Office opens up as I need to hand those directly to a clerk to process.

My apologize to everyone for this being so drawn out and taking so long. Like I mentioned in the last update, I had not planned properly when I did this. I did it more as a spur of the moment thing and not thought it out rationally before hand.

For those that have a email address and tried to contact me, my ISP is blocking all addresses currently because of supposed spam messages using the alias…:( That even includes me receiving my weekly sending of the Weekly Satellite Report…:(

Merry Xmas to everyone!!

James W8ISS

W1GHZ transverter purchases update #2

Another note from Mr. French:

I didn’t realize that it has been almost a month since I posted the last update. Sorry about that. I wasn’t keeping track of the time and all.

I have everything finally packaged up and will start shipping out orders on Saturday starting with the first orders and going down my list based on when I received them.

I found that I came up short by a few boards and wanted to double check everything before I start to ship anything out including the parts for each kit. That is done finally. As for the boards that I am short on, I have placed another order with Paul to get those to place in the last orders. I will contact those persons directly to see what they would like to handle this mistake of mine. If you do not receive an email from me about this, then please don’t worry.

Sorry about not getting things out as I had promised. I did not factor in a lot of things that I should have that are different from when I did last years group purchase. Last year I had plenty of time to devote to this because I was off work (injury). I thought I could do it again in the same time frame as I did before.

These will be here soon!

W1GHZ transverter purchases update #1

From Mr. French, W8ISS:

“Hello everyone.

This is just to let you know the status of everything so far.

I have received all the parts this year safely and without incident like happened last year which is good.

Paul W1GHZ sent me what boards he had on hand and has ordered more boards to fulfil what is needed for the purchase this year. He saids he should have them in his hands by around the end of this month if not sooner. then he will send me what I still need.

I have been a little lazy in getting things packaged up as I have been working seven days a week for the past month and recently had to take this weekend off because of a minor setback with a job injury to my shoulder (again) so I was not allowed to do much activities the past few days….:( The doctor has OKed me to do somethings again…:)

So I will be starting to sort and package up the parts over the next few days and double checking everyones orders as I go to make sure things are correct. If everything goes as I am currently planning, I should start to ship out just after Thanksgiving this year and finish up as soon as I get the last of the boards from Paul.

Thats everything so far.

Thanks everyone for placing your orders.

Put the order in

So, I’ve got a transverter board for 900, 1.2, 2.3, and 3.4 coming.  These come with a parts kit and both the boards needed.

This is all nice, but what else does one need?  Well, you will need an enclosure and definitely a sequencer.  So, time to check DEMI for a sequencer.  And then, SMA PCB board connectors.

Maybe all the parts will get here at the same time!


I am currently working on some microwave transverters of W1GHZ design.  In fact, there is a group buy going on of these transverters, and will be until the 17th of October 2010.  Check out the below email from James French, W8ISS:

Hello everyone.

I am officially announcing that I have opened up purchases of boards and parts for this years group purchase of boards and parts for the W1GHZ transverters.

You can find the page and links for purchasing here:

You’ll have two options for purchasing: mail using Money order or Paypal.  Realize that if you use the Paypal option, the price increases by one dollar
per board or kit so as to offset the Paypal charges.

I will be using Priority mailing via the USPS as I did last year since I had no problems with everyone receiving their package. The cost there is 15
dollars which should pay for the shipping plus insurance. As for International orders, I am still figuring that out..:( I have to check on the Global priority to see what it would be. Please ask before you place an order. I should have more information in a couple of days about this.

I have placed the order deadline as October 17th. I would like to have everything out by Thanksgiving if possible and the latest by the end of November. That is my goal currently and everyone knows how that can

James W8ISS

Come on, you know you want to play with microwaves!