I have just finished mounting the LCD and the backlight onto the front panel. It was a little difficult because there was little space due to the already mounted potentiometers; maybe I will mount the potentiometers as last parts in my next K1 😉
I can admit now that I simply couldn’t resist anymore. A week ago I ordered a K1 directly from Elecraft and today I could pick it up at our local post office. I tried to order the minimal package consisting of the K1, the LCD backlight modkit and the noise blanker module.
The Christmas Holidays are just over for me and I have had a chance to work some radio. Unfortunately, I had to work between Christmas and New Years Eve, nevertheless, I managed to do a few QSOs. My main goal was to work on the WARC bands and try some PSK31 with the IC-765.
Yesterday I finished the IF section and the TX mixer. Today I finished the last two sections, namely the TX driver and power amplifier. There were a few dificculties along the way…
When I was testing my newly acquired IC-765 last Christmas, I had some troubles with the built-in antenna tuner. From time to time, it would start re-tuning the antenna in the beginnig or even the middle of my transmissions.
Tonight I have rigged the Sparrow DDS together to see what comes out of it. First, I hooked it up to a counter and could measure a coverage from 7.995 MHz to 8.105 MHz coresponding to 100 kHz coverage on the 40 meter band.
Ok, I don’t know what happened… For some reason, no sparrow progress since Oct last year. Anyway, I am back, and working on the Sparrow again!
This article gathers my previously posted blog entries concerning the FT-817 CAT. The blog entries have now been archived and are not available anymore; however, all info should be present in this article.
The FT-817 receiver is great in digital modes too. I find it, however, that normal operation the way I am used to do it, is rather difficult with the important functions hidden behind different menus.