Well I had the bright idea that I would simply rebuild my audio isolation box and add a relay to key the PTT circuit with the PI’s GPIO pins for digital modes since the IC-730 doesn’t have a traditional rig control.
OK so some functionality that I want to achieve is up and running. GREAT NEWS is the noise floor that’s plagued my station is now gone! From a S5/6 noise floor down to S1/2 let’s hope it stays that way!
Recently I purchased a PI4 to replace an ageing tower because of the noise floor it was creating on the 40m (7mhz) band. So far the PI has succeeded in reducing the noise floor from s5 to s1 here in the shack.
But I did get a few minutes to piddle in the shack and I think those few minutes turned out really nice! A new V/A meter, I wont go in depth here as its got it’s own write up under the projects section, go check it out!
After the G1M had it’s little microphone issue and the subsequent repair, I finally got the chance to use it for the 100W&AW net. Ian had issues not due to my signal but due to another couple of operators just below the net frequency so the contact was short and struggled for, but I made it in.
I’m sitting here working on the websites and doing paperwork for work, and the thought comes to me, why do we hams keep logs and what do we REALLY do with them?
29 contacts including Canada, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago 5w on 40 & 20m. It was a beautiful afternoon at the park.
What is QRP? Well that’s low power in ham lingo. QRO would be the exact opposite being high power. Hams are licensed to operate up to 1500w on transmit in the USA through the FCC.
It was a pleasant day and for only $3 admission a good distraction and relaxing time while waiting on my new flight due to work demand and travel changes.