QRP HomeBuilder Software
THE QRP HOMEBUILDER SOFTWARE OFFERED HEREIN ("THE SOFTWARE") DOES NOT COME WITH ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. IF YOU MAKE USE OF THE SOFTWARE, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. NEITHER THE AUTHORS OF THE SOFTWARE AT JENNA DESIGN NOR ANY OTHER PARTY WILL ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY OCURRING OR UNFORESEEN CONSEQUENCES OR DAMAGES THAT ARISE AS A RESULT OF THE USE OR MISUSE OF THE SOFTWARE.
Technical Info and Distribution
The QRP HomeBuilder applications are written in C++ for speed and compactness. Apps will specified as GUI ( graphical user interface ) or 32-bit console based ( DOS look ). Anyone may display or distribute these applications via website or diskette providing that they do not charge for the program(s). I know longer have a C++ compiler and no future work on these applications is anticipated.
QRP - RELATED APPLICATIONS FOR DOWNLOADING
CoilBuilder_99 is a powdered iron inductor winding application. Enter desired inductance, select core size and mix and press the Calculate button to determine the correct number of windings for your inductor. Data is also given showing, core color, permeability, frequency range, AL value and maximum number of turns versus wire guage for the chosen core size. Encompasses 12 different core sizes and 8 different mixes of powdered iron. Calculated results can be stored on a disk file or printed out.
Style: GUI, File size: 90K, zipped, 44K.
Bug Fixes: Some missing AL values for # 7 material added April 24/99. K6WHP's superior version is linked below.
Current Version is: 4 / 24 / 1999
PI Filter Designer
PI Filter Designer is a simple 3 element 50 ohm input and output impedance pi filter designing application. This program allows the user to design simple lowpass filters by selecting from a variety of standard capacitor values either empirically or to suit what you have on hand. The filter 3 dB cutoff frequency and required L1 inductance are automatically calculated and displayed. In addition, the user may select an additional capacitor value to put in parallel with both caps C1 and C2. In this app XL = XC = 50 ohms impedance. No other impedances can be calculated with this program.
Style: GUI, File size: 47K, zipped, 22K.
Current Version is: 1 / 14 / 1999
CapCoder gives the capacitance in microfarads, nanofarads and picofarads and tolerance of any capacitor code entered into its input section. Example : 104J. This app uses numeric spin-buttons and a combo box so that no typing is required for data entry.
Style: GUI, File size: 48K, zipped, 22K.
Bug Fixes : A nanofarad conversion error was corrected July 2, 1999.
Current Version is: 07 / 02 / 1999
Resistor Coder gives the resistance in ohms of any resistor color code entered into its input section. Four or five band resistors can be accommodated by this program. This app uses drop-down combo boxes so that no typing is required for data entry. Results may be saved to a disk file or directly printed.
Style: GUI, File size: 58K, zipped, 27K.
Current Version is: 1 / 16 / 1999
Ferrite is used to calculate the number of turns required on toroidal ferrite cores to achieve the desired millihenry-value inductance. 15 different ferrite toroids are included in this application. This program will calculate the winding data for an inductance range of 0.001 to 27 millihenries.
Style: Console, File size: 64K, zipped, 31K.
Bug Fixes: Thanks to PA3CKR for the bug report; fixed Jan 19/99.
Current Version is: 1 / 19 / 1999
Universal Diplexer calculates the inductance and capacitance values for a Bridge-Tee diplexer based upon a chosen superhet receiver intermediate frequency. The diplexer is the Joe Reisert, W1JR popularized design discussed under Diplexer Topics on this web site. The user inputs an IF and presses the Calculate button to have the capacitor and inductor values given in pF and uH respectively. The diplexer schematic is included in the application. Note that the this is for the Q = 1 version of the Bridge-Tee Diplexer.
Style: GUI, File size: 49K, zipped, 22K.
Current Version is: 1 / 19 / 1999
A very basic program for calculating the length of each leg of a 1/2 wave wire dipole antenna. Program good for 1 - 500 MHz, although intended for MF - HF useage. This app does nothing more than the standard 468/freq (MHz) type calculations. It was written for DOS many years ago and ported to Windows. The output shows the 1/2 wavelength and 1/4 wavelength design wire length in feet and meters. This app is probably of no help to experienced antenna designers.
Style: GUI, File size: 46K, zipped, 22K.
Update : Minor improvements made Feb 9, 1999
Current Version is: 2 / 9 / 1999
This application calculates the inductor and capacitor values for the tank circuit of a simple bipolar transistor RF amp. The basic schematic is shown above. Enter the center frequency plus the inductive/capacitive reactance you desire and press the Calculate button to calculate the necessary inductance and capacitance for L and C respectively.
Style: GUI, File size: 50K, zipped, 21K.
Current Version is: 1 / 23 / 1999
This application calculates the various voltages and currents of a simple voltage divider bias NPN bipolar transistor amp. The following is calculated: IB, IC, IE, VE, VB, VC, VCE and detection of Saturation or Cutoff. The user can alter the VCC, VBE, transistor beta and any of four resistor values R1, R2, RC and RE by picking the transistor value from a standard-value resistor table or manually entering the value. The schematic illustrates some of the voltage measuring points on the transistor schematic. This app is in final BETA.
Style: GUI, File size: 73K, zipped, 32K.