Well I’ve just built my Rock-Mite 40 and boxed it up ready to go. Although it’s crystaled for 7.030… the two operating QRG’s are 7.028 and 7.0287… so away from QRP calling QRG’s and better for SOTA I guess (although 7.028 is the Fists QRG though)
I thought would give it an airing tonight and see if I could rustle up a QSO before taking it out to The Woods for an activation.
Well I called for a while on both QRG’s with no result but it was a little busy so I suppose it was difficult for stations to hear me. Then I heard OK1KW calling so I called back.
He replied and we had a short QSO where I gave him 599 with QSB and he gave me 559… I was pretty pleased given that he’s in Prague, I’m in Aylesbury and I’m only using 500mW… that works out at about 2200 km per watt!
So I’ll finish up my full size lightweight dipole and try it out on the hill as soon as I can using one of the QRG’s. I hope it works as well during daytime QSO’s
…do yourself a favour and get a kit and try it out. With the dollar the way it is at the moment, if you buy the kit plus the hardware pack, it will cost you less than £25! (30€) It took me about 3 hours to build the board and another couple to box it up. Very satisfying!
Anyway, excuse the gushing enthusiasm but it’s also the first working TX/RX I’ve built!
73 Marc G0AZS
PS …and another QSO to OK - 2700km/watt this time!