Kenwood TS-570D Panadapter

A Panadapter is know by many names. The most scientific and correct might be “radio spectrum scope”, but the most common in the ham sphere is “panadapter” or “pan-adaptor” in my short experience. Basically, it’s a wide panoramic view of a radio spectrum.

For a ham, it’s normally used in conjunction with a transceiver or a set of transceivers. It’s also common that the computer doing the spectrum visualization is connected to the transceiver via CAT or similar, so that a click in the spectrum view tunes the transceiver to the desired frequency.

To achieve this you can invest in really expensive SDR hardware, or you can go this route (amongst others), which I did with my Kenwood TS-570D:

It’s starting to feel cozy

Tonight I had my first QSO that wasn’t planned on Facebook! SA6CKL broke in when me and SA6ANW were talking about sound cards for websdr and had a quick chat with us. I’m so happy!

To celebrate, I broke in the awesome logbook I got with my yaesu, and put up the awesome poster I got with my yaesu!

They weren’t in the yaesu box so I’m guessing the great guys over at Mobinet Communications had something to do with that. Thanks! They’re really awesome! 🙂


A cluttered desktop is no desktop for the tinkerer. Therefore; Shelves.

The shelves themselves (!) are loose, so I can easily pull them out to reach behind and install new stuff.

I’ll add more of these to the height of the shack as the need arises.