Here is what the activity looked like yesterday:
|10m activity at its peak|
The good part is that shack time yesterday consisted of cleaning and organizing the workbench in anticipation of my Hardrock 50's arrival.
The mailman brought a few items I'd ordered, one being a package of board-mount SMA connectors. This allowed me to finish construction of my QRPLabs GPS-sync'ed clock. The clock and the GPS receiver are separate circuit boards, allowing the receiver to be placed remotely if desired, for better reception.
My experience with the same GPS receiver/antenna being used in my Ultimate 3S is that remote mounting isn't necessary - the GPS receiver will provide a fix anywhere in my house, so with that in mind I decided to install everything into one case including the antenna (which will actually be mounted to the top of the metal case.
First power up was last night, on the workbench, with the antenna supported by the rigid coax connecting it to the board. A fix and the correct time were obtained in less than a minute.
In the photo the black object in the back of the case is an inexpensive 12-5V converter (the same model I use in my U3S). The clock/GPS/converter draws 45mA.
Many configuration options are available for this clock. The display shown in the photo is the default, showing UTC time, a 3D fix, number of satellites being tracked and number of satellites used to obtain the fix. I will change that later to show local time on the top line and UTC on the bottom.