I have been trying to setup the Buddistick outside but it’s been so bright I could not see the screens of the cheapo analysers I have. So, decided to upgrade to a more professional version, the Rig Expert AA-55 Zoom. The first impressions are good.
Not used it outside yet, waiting for enough energy to do the job bit it does look better than the mini VNA,
This is a recording of W1MBB on 3.798Mhz at 0754 this morning. My antenna is a long wire strung between two trees with a homemade tuner. I also heard a ZL this morning.
So, what does this prove? That the uBITX receiver works well although I must add the AGC board! That there is DX out there if you know where to look. That amateur radio need not cost a lot. And, most of all, there is nothing to beat the kick of building a radio and using it on the air.
I know I could never work him on the uBITX but I also know that using higher bands it is perfectly possible to work across the pond on 2W of CW.
Another listen at the top end of 80m this morning produced more DX – ZF2ZB. He was calling CQ or QRZ and was eventually answered by a Canadian station which I could only just hear. Still amazed at the performance of the RSP1A SDR RX fed by the untuned long wire.
When I first heard him at 0755 he was 5-7/8 but I had problems with a faulty memory card in the recorder. On this recording he was 5-5/6 but it was 0805 by then. At 0830 he was still just there in the noise but I heard KC4GL call him.