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TSP Training Days 2019

Sono arrivati i “TSP Training Days 2019”, due giorni di formazione frontale in aula a Perugia per approfondire e completare le tue conoscenze in ambito elettronico: saldatura SMD e programmazione professionale in Arduino per IoT.

Non prendere altri impegni e prenotati subito per i giorni 30 Novembre 2019 e 1 Dicembre 2019 approfittando di un’offerta a tempo limitato irripetibile: 2 giornate di formazione frontale in aula a Perugia in cui potrai esercitarti, con l’assistenza del docente, su due temi distinti e complementari tra loro.

I posti sono limitati!

30 Novembre 2019

SALDATURA DI COMPONENTI SMD – Surface Mounting Device – Una giornata di lezione in cui potrai fare pratica di saldatura di componenti a montaggio superficiale. Ti verranno forniti PCB e componenti da saldare (di prova e quelli necessari per costruire una scheda WiWiNo-Ctrl). Al termine della giornata avrai montato completamente la tua prima scheda SMD.

Ogni studente avrà a disposizione una postazione di saldatura completa composta da: stazione di saldatura con punta da 0.5 mm, aspiratore fumi, stagno, lente di ingrandimento, pinzette, lampada da tavolo. Questo materiale è compreso nel costo di iscrizione e rimarrà tuo (se lo possiedi già puoi risparmiare sul costo del corso ma dovrai portarlo da casa).

Cosa imparerai?

Imparerai a riconoscere i vari componenti SMD, ad orientarli e a posizionarli correttamente prima di saldarli. Imparerai a saldarli e conoscerai “qualche trucchettino” per ottenere ottime saldature in tempi rapidissimi che altrimenti solo 20 anni di esperienza ti possono dare. Imparerai come preparare i PCB per semplificarti la vita.

Per partecipare hai a disposizione 4 pacchetti.

ExpolorerAdventurerHeroHero+
– Corso in aula seduto dietro
– Schede e componenti da saldare
– Corso in aula seduto in mezzo
– Schede e componenti da saldare
– Kit per saldatura SMD
– Videoregistrazione del corso (8 ore)
– Corso in aula seduto davanti
– Schede e componenti da saldare
– Kit per saldatura SMD
– Videoregistrazione del corso (8 ore)
– Videocorso “ESP8266 Extreme”
– Corso in aula seduto davanti
– Schede e componenti da saldare
– Kit per saldatura SMD
– Videoregistrazione del corso (8 ore)
– Videocorso “ESP8266 Extreme”
– Videocorso “Electronic maker hiker”
2 coffee break
1 pranzo
2 coffee break
1 pranzo
2 coffee break
1 pranzo
2 coffee break
1 pranzo
€247,00€397,00€497,00€747,00

1 Dicembre 2019

PROGRAMMAZIONE PROFESSIONALE IN AMBIENTE ARDUINO PER APPLICAZIONI IoT – Internet of Things – Una intera giornata dedicata allo sviluppo di applicazioni embedded connesse alla rete Internet.

Si parte dall’analisi dei requisiti, si passa alla scrittura dello schema elettrico ed al disegno di circuito stampato. Successivamente si scriverà il firmware per il modulo ESP8266 ed alcuni script per il lato server: l’obbiettivo è mettere in condizione lo studente di progettare autonomamente il suo sistele client-server. Per le esercitazioni si utilizzerà una scheda prodotta da TSP, la WiWiNo-Ctrl.

Cosa imparerai?

Imparerai a progettare sistemi elettronici per applicazioni connesse in rete tramite WiFi. Imparerai a scegliere sensori e componenti per soddisfare le tue necessità. Imparerai a scrivere codice in modo professionale così che la tua applicazione non manifesti anomalie di funzionamento. Imparerai tecniche di programmazione in ambiente Arduino che finora non conoscevi.

Per partecipare hai a disposizione 4 pacchetti.

ExplorerAdventurerHeroHero+
– Corso in aula seduto dietro
– Scheda WiWiNo-Ctrl con ESP8266
– Corso in aula seduto in mezzo
– Scheda WiWiNo-Ctrl con ESP8266
– Videoregistrazione del corso (8 ore)
– Corso in aula seduto davanti
– Scheda WiWiNo-Ctrl con ESP8266
– Videoregistrazione del corso (8 ore)
– Videocorso “ESP8266 Extreme”
– Corso in aula seduto davanti
– Scheda WiWiNo-Ctrl con ESP8266
– Videoregistrazione del corso (8 ore)
– Videocorso “ESP8266 Extreme”
– Videocorso “Electronic maker hiker”
2 coffee break
1 pranzo
2 coffee break
1 pranzo
2 coffee break
1 pranzo
2 coffee break
1 pranzo
€247,00€297,00€397,00€647,00

COMBO: 30 Novembre + 1 Dicembre 2019

Se decidi di partecipare ad entrambe le giornate puoi risparmiare notevolmente approfittando dell’offerta “combo” ad un costo ancora più appetibile.

ExplorerAdventurerHeroHero+
– Corso in aula seduto dietro
– Schede e componenti da saldare
– Scheda WiWiNo-Ctrl con ESP8266
– Corso in aula seduto in mezzo
– Schede e componenti da saldare
– Scheda WiWiNo-Ctrl con ESP8266
– Kit per saldatura SMD
– Videoregistrazione del corso (16 ore)
– Corso in aula seduto davanti
– Schede e componenti da saldare
– Scheda WiWiNo-Ctrl con ESP8266
– Kit per saldatura SMD
– Videoregistrazione del corso (16 ore)
– Videocorso “ESP8266 Extreme”
– Corso in aula seduto davanti
– Schede e componenti da saldare
– Scheda WiWiNo-Ctrl con ESP8266
– Kit per saldatura SMD
– Videoregistrazione del corso (16 ore)
– Videocorso “ESP8266 Extreme”
– Videocorso “Electronic maker hiker”
4 coffee break
2 pranzi
4 coffee break
2 pranzi
4 coffee break
2 pranzi
4 coffee break
2 pranzi
€397,00 €647,00€797,00€1047,00

Programma delle 2 giornate

Orario30 Novembre 20191 Dicembre 2019
8:30 – 9:00RegistrazioneRegistrazione
9:00 – 11:00Introduzione alla saldatura SMDIntroduzione ai dispositivi per IoT
11:00 – 11:15Coffee break Coffee break
11:15 – 13:00Primi esercizi di saldatura SMDAvvio programmazione scheda “WiWiNo Ctrl”
13:00 – 14:00Pausa pranzo Pausa pranzo
14:00 – 16:00Saldatura scheda “WiWiNo Ctrl”Programmazione scheda Saldatura scheda “WiWiNo Ctrl”
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break Coffee break
16:15 – 18:30Saldatura e collaudo scheda “WiWiNo Ctrl”Programmazione e collaudo scheda “WiWiNo Ctrl”

Le due giornate sono prenotabili singolarmente o in combinazione (combo): scegli il pacchetto che più risponde alle tue esigenze dai tre gruppi qui di seguito. Il prezzo “early bird” scade il 31 Agosto 2019, poi il costo salirà e alcuni bonus potrebbero sparire! Non farteli scappare.

Procrastinare l’acquisto non è quindi la scelta migliore che puoi fare per due motivi:

  • l’offerta “early bird” (registrazione anticipata) è valida fino al 31 Agosto, poi il costo salirà
  • i posti sono limitati (e non è un modo di dire) per permettere a tutti di ricevere attenzione durante le lezioni

Acquista ora!

30/11/2019

1/12/2019

30/11 + 1/12/2019

Sede dei corsi

I corsi si terranno a Perugia presso una delle sale convegni del “Etruscan Chocohotel”, Via Campo di Marte, 134 – 06124 Perugia (PG).
Fai click qui per avere le indicazioni stradali per raggiungerlo.
Chi avesse necessità di soggiornare può ovviamente prenotare una o più camere presso la struttura sede dei corsi (il costo non è compreso nella quota di partecipazione).

Per chiarire tutti i tuoi dubbi o per ricevere ulteriori informazioni contattaci attraverso il contact form.

ICOM IC-7600 SDR!

Our friend Alfredo EA5YJ sent us some pictures of the installation of our universal SDR interface IFace inside the great ICOM IC-7600. This is a very powerful testimonial and we like to share it to thank Alfredo: the work has been done in EB5AGV Jose Vicente’s lab.
In this way, using an SDR1A and its software you can take advantage of all the advanced features of the SDR receivers and improve the performance of any radio!

And if it works with an IC-7600… it works with any radio!

Here below you can see some pictures of the comparison between the spectrum as shown on the display of the radio and on the screen of an HP spectrum analyzer.

The installation is very easy, the instructions can be found here, and from the following images you can see result of the installation made by EB5AGV Jose Vicente.

If you’d like to buy an IFace please use the following button. A shopping cart will appear and you will be able to proceed with the order.

If you want to find out for which other radios the installation instructions are already available, go to this page.

If you do not know which SDR receiver to use and you want an advice, please note that all our tests were carried out using one of the receivers shown in this article: click here.

For more information, videos and other technical notes please visit the product page, click here.

ATTENTION: Though installing the IFace is not difficult, you do this at your own risk. TSP S.r.l. is not responsible for any damage, unwanted side-effects or whatever.

For more information do not hesitate to write us.
Have fun!

SDR interface for the IC-7600

These are the instructions to install the IFace interface inside of the Icom IC-7600. The installation is very easy.

The IC-7600, as well as other radios, has a fairly complex configuration and uses two different intermediate frequencies. We are interested in the first, the “wide band” one, the first one of the main band pass filter (the roofing filter so to speak). Below is the sequence of operations to be performed in order to obtain a sufficient bandwidth to make a panoramic receiver around the chosen IF frequency. Going over you can find some images that illustrate how to install the interface for SDR. The following image shows the point where the IF signal will be taken.

Let’s start by analyzing the wiring diagram. We have to find the first mixer, the PTT and where to take the power supply. From the following images everything will appear clear.

At this point we have to locate the points where we connect the electric cables to the IFace. The following images show where to take the various signals.

This last image shows the inside of the RTX and where the IFace interface is to be placed.

If you like the idea and the goodness of the proposal buy an IFace using the button below.

ATTENTION: Though installing the IFace is not difficult, you do this at your own risk. TSP S.r.l. is not responsible for any damage, unwanted side-effects or whatever.

For more information do not hesitate to write us.
Have fun!

IFace – IF tap/pat interface

IFace if tap/pat interface

Would you like to have a radio with a nice 40 “LCD display where you can view spectrograms, waterfalls and much more information? And what would you say to have a modern SDR radio so that you can listen to more signals at the same time? Wouldn’t it be nice to have many digital filters to improve reception during contest or DX activity? If you answered yes then IFace is the electronic card that allows you to have all of this without having to buy a new radio. How? By inserting it inside your “old” beloved RTX and using a cheap SDR receiver for computers (some suggestions here) such as an USB RTL-SDR dongles.

IFace works with all the radios!

Don’t you think so? Please watch this video and then keep reading.

The idea behind this product is to continue to use the radio that we have purchased and which has already given us so much satisfaction. Surely we already have the CAT interface with which we control it from the LOG or from other programs and we also have the audio interface for the digital modes. But sometimes we realize that we would need a second receiver (for example to follow the +5 kHz or + 10 kHz of a DX station), band filters with steeper sides to eliminate a disturbance on an adjacent frequency or a notch because our radio does not have it or it is not automatic. All this can be a memory!

So suppose to send the intermediate frequency signal (IF) of our radio to a dedicated SDR receiver and to start a program such as HDSDR (or SDR #, SDR Console …). On the screen of our computer we would have the spectrum display around the IF of our radio and, not to be neglected, we could also demodulate what it is receiving. But we could do even more, we could also demoulate other signals that are above or below the frequency tuned by our RTX.
Not bad, right?
The image below shows a screenshot of HDSDR connected to an FT-450D via an RTL-SDR and the IFace.

Reception at the IF frequency of a FT-450D though the IFace and a RTL-SDR.

What needs to be done is very simple. Let’s start by identifying within our radio the point where to take the medium frequency signal. This is between the output of the first mixer and the subsequent bandpass filters as shown in the following image.

During the reception the difference is strong, listen here.

In order to not alter the operation of our receiver, we must pick up the signal without charging the mixer, i.e. without taking power. For this reason we have to insert a special card between this and the external receiver: we can not connect it directly. The IF signal pick up card, the IFace, creates a copy of the signal to be sent to the external SDR receiver. This is a wideband and no-tune buffer, i.e. no calibration is needed, it is installed and it is ready to work. The usefulness of this circuit is to allow the medium frequency signal to be replicated without increasing the load seen by the source (the mixer) and therefore without changing its performance.

Once the IF signal has been obtained, it is sufficient to connect the A / D converter (an RTL-SDR is already more than enough) to the USB port and start the software for the reception (ex HDSDR, SDR #, SDR Console etc) and our RTX will now be equipped with a nice panoramic receiver.

Are you already convinced? Very well, buy an IFace immediately by clicking on the button below!

There are numerous advantages in picking up the IF signal and not the one coming directly from the antenna: one of these is surely the fact that the amplitude of the signal is controlled through the AGC circuitry of the reception stages. This helps to prevent saturation of the dynamics of RTL-SDR (which is not known to be the most extensive). The point where you take the IF signal is easy to find, just take the schematic diagram of your radio and look for the first mixer: at its output you will find the signal of interest. The image below shows the point where you have to connect the IFace interface in the case of a Kenwood TS-530s, a radio of a few decades ago, which can be easily updated with this interface.

The connection to the chosen point can be made with a thin coaxial cable (type RG178 or RG316) and will terminate at the “Input” pad of the IFace. If the connection is very short, a coaxial cable may not be necessary. The “Output” instead will be connected with another small coaxial cable to the input of the chosen SDR receiver. Obviously the buffer must be powered: it will not be difficult to find inside the radio a point where to draw a voltage of 9 Vdc or 12 Vdc. The following images show how easy it is to install the IFace into the TS-530s.

After making these simple wiring, you can connect your SDR receiver and start the reception software. The following image shows the SDR# screen during the reception with a Kenwood TS-530s (its intermediate frequency is 8.83 MHz) and an economical RTL-SDR.

Another IFace has been installed in a YAESU FT-450D. As you will see from the photos, the space occupied is very little and the time required to connect the 4 conductors (+13 V, Gnd, Ptt +, IF) is a few minutes. In this case the Ptt signal was used, that is the “TX” signal present in the IF-UNIT of the radio. All this clearly appears in the following images.

Did this finally convince you? Buy an IFace by clicking on the button below!

The main characteristics of the IFace are:

  • power supply: 9-15 Vdc, I <50 mA
  • bandwidth: > 700 MHz
  • input impedance: > 500 kOhm
  • ouput impedance: 50 Ohm
  • power-down input ( PTT)
  • dimensions: 38 x 48 mm

In case you do not want to display any signal during transmission it is possible to turn off, by sending it into power down, the buffer of the IFace through a special input pin (PTT) as shown in the following picture. To be more accurate, an active high PTT, i.e. the signal is at 12 V when transmitting, or an active low PTT, i.e. the signal is at 0 V when the radio is transmitting, can be used .

The following video shows how the card reacts to the pressure of the PTT, that is when the radio changes from reception to transmission: the red LED indicates that the card is in power-down because the radio is transmitting.

If you were still not convinced of the goodness of this interface look at this other video where you can see how the IFace works when added to an old Kenwood TS-530s.


Isn’t it enough? We have some testimonials!

TS-2000 SDR + RTL-SDR by Alberto IK0ZTL

IC-7600 SDR + SDR1A by Alfredo EA5YJ†

HOW TO BUY IFACE

The price of IFace is only € 42.90 including VAT (22%) + shipment costs. We cannot guarantee a stable price for long time. By ordering now you will have the best price possible.

In this page you can find the list of the instructions to install the IFace into your radio: it is continuoursly growing. For those radios that are not included yet, send a request so that it can be entered as soon as possible.

Content of the delivery:

  • one IFace board
  • a coaxial cable with both a SMA-f panel connector and a SMA-m connector in order to connect the IFace to the SDR receiver
  • four wire to connect the board to the PTT, IF and powering points on the radio (colors of the wires may be subject to change).
These are the product you will receive.

Order now by clicking on the following button and have fun.

ATTENTION: Though installing the IFace is not difficult, you do this at your own risk. TSP S.r.l. is not responsible for any damage, unwanted side-effects or whatever.

Any question? Please use the following form.

Morse Stick Keyer 2: how to use it!

A new video from TSP S.r.l. shows how to use the “Morse Stick Keyer 2”, the most light and small paddle for telegraphy of the world. The demostration is made using a well know YAESU FT-817. This paddle works very well with other radio too, for example with: FT450D, IC7000, IC7300, TS-480, KX3 and many more.

You can find all the information at the product page. Here below you can find the demo video (please activate the subtitles). Enjoy.

For more information please use the following form.

CW Stick Paddle 2

CW Stick Paddle 2 is a simple and easy to use Morse code keyer thought to be light, small and inexpensive. With respect the previous version, this adds the squeeze mode feature.

It is ideal for portable and QRP operations, in car installations, but also for travelling everywhere you want with your favourite radio.

It doesn’t have mechanical parts, it is totally electronic. And it doesn’t need any battery to work! Use simply your fingers to start operating Morse code with your favourite radio.

It works with all the modern transceivers replacing a normal mechanical 3 wires Morse keyer.

It can be used with FT-450D, FT-817, FT-857, FT-897, IC-706, IC-7000, IC-7300, TS-480, Elecraft KX3 and similar (low voltage (3 – 5 V) on keyer connector).

Technical data:

  • size – 100 x 19 x 3 mm;
  • weight – 6 grs + cable (tot. 30 grs);
  • cable – 60 cm 3 wire;
  • connector – 3,5 mm stereo jack.

Do you like it? Buy one (or more) for only €16,32 by pressing the following button.

Please watch these demo videos.

For orders please use the following button.

If you have questions please use the following form.