During my indoor tests of the ATX-1080 tonight I tried to switch to 80 meters.
Well, to make a not so long story even shorter: FORGET ABOUT QSK WITH THE FT-817!
I am trying again on 40 meters with the ATX indoors. It seems to make a big difference whether the radial is just thrown down on the floor or it is deployed to its full length. In the latter case SWR comes down to 1.1 or “1 bar” on the FT-817, which is somehow better than what I had outside, while in the first case I just couldn’t get the SWR below “4 bars”.
The weather was quite rainy today but it cleared up during the afternoon. I decided to go outside with the FT-817 and the ATX-1080 antenna to make some SWR measurements. I also wanted to se how reliable the built-in SWR meter of the FT-187 actually is.
A month ago I bought a second hand FT-817ND but for various reasons I couldn’t test it until now. Finally, I have the FT-817 in my hands. My very first impression: Oauw! This thing is really tiny, much smaller than I expected. It can almos fit into the pocket of my winter coat :))
I am in Høm now for a few days of vacation. It’s nice summer and the wheather forecast looks very good. I was considering to put up the DX-88 to have a quick DX run 😉 Also, it would be rather nice to have the systematic SWR scan across all bands, which I didn not perform during Christmas.As usual, the support mast I used last time is lost and I couldn not find a new one… So, I guess, no DX this time :((
I have done good progress in the devlopment of the new tracking code. Actually, I have decided to use T. S. Kelso’s tracking routines from celestrak, which have been converted from fortan77 to C by Neoklis Kyriazis.
Don, VE3HUR, has released a new issue of his Icom IC-765 Notes. It is a very good document gathering much of the information and modifications for the IC-765.
It is now time to get started on the Gtk+ 2 port of gpredict. Boy, it will be a lot of work because I will have to rewrite most of the program. Even the non-gui parts will be heavily modified. For example the tracking engine will be rewritten to use the more accurate SGP4 and SDP4 algorithms.