|A lovely pair|
My 6-band Ultimate 3S has been a solid performer but I never was happy with my level of construction - the interior was an entanglement of wiring, using whatever I had on hand at the time for the interconnections.
Yesterday, I stripped it down to brass tacks and re-did the whole shebang, using ribbon cables for the interior wiring.
I also added the updated firmware, going from V10 to V12. This adds a few capabilities to the U3S that don't apply to my use of it at the moment but may if/when I build the 10W amp kit designed for this kit.
Not likely, given last night's performance on 40m WSPR with 100 mW:
While I had the workbench populated with all the necessities I also assembled the clock kit from QRPLabs.
This is a GPS-controlled clock with a variety of options for configuring the display. I simply wanted a simultaneous display of local time and UTC, mainly for logging purposes.
I also wanted the GPS receiver to be inside the case so that the whole thing was self-contained (my U3S is also GPS-controlled but that receiver is separate from the main unit). Of course the small patch antenna couldn't be inside the metal case so I drilled a small hole in the top of the case for connection of a short piece of coax, then epoxied the antenna in place.
The internal GPS receiver has no problem locking onto satellites within about 2 minutes of a cold start.