RAN Technology

About RAN Technology


    It all began....

       In my 2nd grade classroom, where the teacher, Mrs. Jeffers, provided something besides the usual puzzles and games for spare-time play.   There were wires, light bulbs in porcelain sockets, knife switches, motors, buzzers, tools...and #6 dry cell batteries.   Several of the boys and I couldn't finish our work fast enough and would have gladly skipped recess to be able to wire up new contraptions that often didn't work, but fascinated us nonetheless....

 

My name is Bob (Robert) Nickels and by the time I'd moved into junior high, I'd graduated to a different kind of bulb - the vacuum tubes that made radio possible.  I'll tell more of my story on the blog here, but suffice it to say I'm a lifelong radio and electronics nut and what started in Mrs. Jeffers classroom has provided me with endless challenges, opportunities, and a career in the electronics industry, (I am now retired from Honeywell), and have the time and ability to indulge myself in my hobby full-time.   I've been a licensed amateur radio operator since age 15, hold an Amateur Extra class license (W9RAN) and have been active on many bands and modes over the years.  But no matter where I've lived or what's been going on in my life, I've never lost the fascination with making things, fixing them when they don't work, and playing radio.

This site reflects my wide-ranging interests and perspectives, from historian to author, experimenter, and developer of my own products  under my business and technology consulting umbrella,  RAN Technology Inc.   It will be an eclectic mix but I'll try to make it worth your time to hang around and see what's new, because I know I will run out of time long before I ever run out of projects and ideas that I want to pursue.   And there comes a time when it's time to share the knowledge, experience, and toys that have been acquired with others.
 

Pull up a chair...

73, Bob W9RAN

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Using VERSA-TR as an RF-actuated switch

The muting relay on the VERSA-TR can be used to control other devices when RF is present.   An example would be an "On The Air" sign, or to key an amplifier.    One specially-wired cable is required - note that no connection is made to the sleeve, which is usually the ground connection on a TRS plug.  A normally-open set of relay contacts exists between the ...  READ MORE
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Using VERSA-TR with conventional speakers

Muting requires a different speaker connection VERSA-TR can be used to mute conventional (non-amplified) speakers as would be used with a non-SDR receiver.    This requires the user to wire up two cables with 3.5mm (1/8") stereo plugs on one end.   Note that connections are made to EITHER the tip or ring of the connector and to the sleeve which is normally the ground return.   It doesn't matter whether yo...  READ MORE
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TRS (stereo audio) plug reference

3 circuit TRS, 1/8" (3.5mm) diameter plug Just for reference, the common 1/8" dia. stereo plug which is used for VERSA-TR speaker/audio connections.   The three connections are commonly known as Tip, Ring, and Sleeve, but are typically wired as Left, Right, and Ground in stereo audio hookups.   ...  READ MORE
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VERSA-TR Connections and controls

for reference This diagram shows the normal connections for antenna switching and muting amplified computer speakers as would be used with an SDR or SDR-panadaptor.    All connections are "plug and play", and the amplified speakers can be left attached all the time for normal computer sound use.  The audio will be muted when RF is present and a sidetone will be heard if the Sideton...  READ MORE
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VERSA-TR Layout and Connector Locations

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