RGO One & RSPduo
Those quick on the draw may have noticed a posting here yesterday regarding the RGO One and RSPduo. I used the RSPduo for the first time yesterday to display the output of the RGO One's 9 MHz IF in order for it to serve as a pan display. As soon as I powered it up I saw a pile-up on 20m for 4U1UN and, thanks to being able to see where the action was, I worked him on the first call.
I made a video of the whole thing using the closest camera available - my phone. In other words, I made a low-quality video - and a vertical one at that. Only after posting it to YouTube did I see the degradation in quality from the camera, vertical format and YT's magic. I quickly deleted it.
But I will re-shoot a similar demo with a real camera.
Starry, starry night
Don McLean, Vincent Van Gogh - and a radio - were absent from my recent trip to Big Bend National Park where I took
That'll be in grid DL89 - which brings me to the next topic:
Activation of DL88
This rare grid is in a remote area of an already remote park and requires 4WD and a high-clearance vehicle to access. The risk of getting stuck with no cellular service and no other humans for many miles is such that I won't do this alone or with one vehicle. So, if anyone reading this feels like making DL88 a multi-op event - and has a suitable truck/jeep - let me know. Ideally, we would take both vehicles and a tow rope.
Add radios, antennas, batteries, steaks, a grill...
Despite what it says on their website, all 4 bands of the Phaser-series digital QRP transceiver kits are available for order. The first round of 100 has been sold out & parts are now being ordered for a second batch, due to ship in mid-January.
From George N2APB:
Round 1 is now sold out!
- 100 orders have been received.
- The first 25 set to ship on Monday Dec 16
- Others to ship between then and Christmas
- An online list will (soon) show orders and shipping status.
Round 2 orders being accepted.
- Parts acquisition has begun,
- Shipping should start around mid-January.
- Updates will be posted when we have lead-times.
KD1JV's next kit - it's a Go!
Photos of the prototype are here...and here is an update from Steve:
"I believe I can actually fit it into the Altoids tin. I reworked the layouts to make more sense. I hadn’t actually thought of this as package deal at first or what it would go into.
I haven’t measured the current yet, but it will be significant. The Si clock chip is power hungry, so it will probably come in at about 50 ma.
The display will require cutting a big hole in the tin which would make it really wobbly and I know how you guys hate cutting big holes in the tin. So, what I’ll do is make a 3d board for a front panel. The lid of the tin would be removed and the board assembly set into the bottom of the tin. The PCB front panel would then replace the lid. The lid could then be stuck on the bottom of the tin to keep it official looking.
I think I will do an initial run of just 25 of these to keep from getting swamped and get the usual little issues resolved before going crazy. Like I said with the first post, I have a couple of other project to finish before I get serious with this one (something for QRPGUYS and LNR).
So, we’re looking at and ETA of around February."
ARRL 160m Contest
Despite having a vertical antenna with no real RF ground system I now lack only one state for 160m WAS. North Dakota (of course).
I heard very little DX in the contest - and very few other US stations working DX. It seemed mostly a domestic event and I'm wondering if CQ Magazine's contest in January will be the same. I'm thinking of placing a few above-ground radials just for the duration of the contest. With any luck, I'll be using a K4.