Saturday, April 14, 2018

First Week/Weekend With The uBITX

My time around the house is rather limited.  I work from 10-7, Sunday through Thursday.  When I wake in the morning, I have approximately 3 1/2 hours to get ready, have several cups of coffee, and play radio.  When I get home after a day of climbing telephone poles and dealing with customers' filthy houses and inane issues with their cable, I sometimes don't have the patience to get into a QSO or two.  Although I completed my uBITX last weekend, I didn't really get a chance to put it through a good workout until 4/13 and 4/14.

So far, there are a few annoying quirks that the uBITX has...namely, the CW offset.  If I set the rig to 7.040.000 and send a few CQs, the Reverse Beacon Network will receive it at 7.040.600.  Sure, I get it...but it's still a nuisance, since I have to remember to adjust for offset manually sometimes.  Since Ian Lee's software has RIT built into it, I can set the rig to the station's frequency and adjust for the offset myself.  It's quite elegant, in that the RIT isn't limited to just a kilohertz or two...if a DX station is working split, I can use the unlimited RIT to create the split on the fly.  And it works VERY WELL.

Also, the Raduino when switching from SSB to CW clips the first dit or two.  This makes for choppy sounding keying initially.  Once it has kicked over, it's fine, but it's far from perfect. 

The uBITX on 60 Meters

Last night, I snagged W1MGY, the Titanic Marconi Memorial Radio Association of Cape Cod's 106th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  MGY was the callsign of the wireless station onboard the Titanic.  I have been wanting to work this Special Event for years, and last night I nailed it on 7.038 MHz with one call.  And just today, I have worked a few Parks on the Air stations via CW.  

Next thing to do is to improve the microphone and the power supply.  

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