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Not Quite 101 Uses For An Analog UHF TV Tuner

Discussion in 'Homebrew and Kit Projects' started by AF6LJ, Jul 12, 2016.

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  1. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    You might try to get the software to work under Windows Compatibility Mode.
    Some software requires compatibility mode to run on Win-10....
  2. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    My old college electronics teacher, Hugh Wells, W6WTU wrote a whole pile of articles about UHF tuner applications (particularly varactor tuned ones) including a high performance spectrum analyzer for a couple hundred bucks!
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  3. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    You have the gutz for a basic sweeper, add an amplifier ALC, a marker adder...
    And you can do all kinds of wonderful things.
  4. KK6WKK

    KK6WKK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ive tried, it wont even work with virtualization, it has something to do with 64 bit from what I can tell running it through IDA Pro (disassembler) , so it could actually work on win7 32 bit im not sure. I just dont have time to mess with the thing at my knowledge level in RF my scopes FFT an SDR and a noise generator help me out quite a bit. I must admit being able to see 900 or 2,4ghz of spectrum all at once would be nice! I have an analog scope that is also in the shed next to my 8 digit DMM. The problem is the scope is a HUGE old 500Khz HP rack mount, I have no room to dedicate to that. Im not sure if this is even a usefull kit anymore with the advent of a dongle with up and down conversion? If it is I would definately put it on the sales forum as a trade im sure someone out there has a collection of dual band radios. The E-Book I purchased is great though it acually has very little to do with the kit and a lot of articles on w70zi spectrum analyzer with other designs, very good learning material.
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  5. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    The hottest diode I ever found for a crystal set was dug out of the insides of an old phillips TV tuner.
    it just snapped into a holder like a fuse (but a lot smaller)
  6. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Science Workshop does (or did) offer the "Poor Man’s Spectrum Analyzer" kits based on the use of varactor-tuned TV tuners. See IIRC, it made it into Radio-Electronics and other magazines.

    WA7MLH is BIG into homebrew and has built SAs. See (scroll down to "3rd generation spectrum analyzer").
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  7. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    As Bryan noted, there were a number of articles in electrinics magazines
    using surplus tuners.

    Wes Hayward, W7ZOI and Terry White, K7TAU wrote article for August and September 1998 QST magazine issues. .... Poor Man's Spectrum Analyzer using surplus parts.

    He updated those reference documents, earlier this year.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2016
  8. KK4NSF

    KK4NSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    it wasn't just the tuners that were so good. I've still got quite a few pieces of gear that were made from old TVs. About the only part that wasn't really useful was the CRT. My first homebrew Superhet was built with about 60% used TV stuff. It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination.... and it didn't work as well as some of my later gear.... but it did work, and it cost almost nothing to build, thanks to an early 1960's TV donor.
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  9. N2EY

    N2EY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Much of what was in the Southgate Type 4 came from old TV sets:

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