Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Ultimate 3S WSPR Beacon Success

After some further testing, I moved the U3S into the shack today ready to go on air. Some advice from Hans Summers regarding the GPS module allowed me to get that working, and after a number of false starts due to settings, it went on air on 28MHz around lunch time.

Not a single spot!

10m conditions clearly not up to much today! Powered from a 12v 7Ah SLAB, via a modified 3v/5v regulator board (el cheapo, intended for Arduino and R-Pi prototypes), the U3S was working away quite happily, so I changed the frequency, swapped the LPF, retuned the DX-70, which was acting as monitor receiver, and moved to 40m...

And was spotted a dozen times on the first transmission!

Ive been running on 40m since then, at 10min intervals, heres the spots for the last 6h -

Not bad for a mere 200mW! Rather than try and explain what the U3S does when its running, ive done a little bit of a video of it. This shows it from just before transmission, when during the gap it displays the GPS data, to just after the start of a WSPR transmission

Immediately after transmission, the beacon calibrates itself using the GPS 1PPS signal, before putting the synthesiser into 'Park', that is, running but on a frequency safely away from the operating band, to keep it warm and so avoid drift,

I will try 10m again tomorrow.

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