Now it’s time to run QRSS on 80m

Having had lots of fun running QRSS on both 30m and 40m I decided to try another band so a few weeks ago I ordered the 80m QRSS kit from QRP Labs and it was almost completely assembled within an hour of me receiving it – I documented that in the blog post here.  It took a while for me to pick up some suitable wire to wind the coils and I ended up with a nice half kilo reel of it so I’ll never be short again!

Enamelled copper wire

Enamelled copper wire

I’ve also done some shopping at Bitsbox and have this little lot all ready to go in the component rack.

Resistors, capacitors etc from Bitsbox

Resistors, capacitors etc from Bitsbox

Anyway, I finished off the 80m QRSS transmitter yesterday having done a mod to it in order to get it on frequency and enable easier tuning – This consisted of removing the 2-25pF trimmer and replacing it with a 2-10pF trimmer and a 3.3pF ceramic capacitor in series.  I’ve not boxed it up yet because I wanted to make sure it worked before I went further.

80m QRSS transmitter

80m QRSS transmitter

I put it on air and posted to the Knights QRSS list and within a few hours I’d received some captures by email.

The first one was from Colin, G6AVK who produced a really good trace – He’s not far away from me so it’s not surprising my signal was so strong.  I think this is one of the best captures I’ve seen of my callsign on QRSS since I started playing around with the weak signal propagation.

G6NHU on 80m at G6AVK

G6NHU on 80m at G6AVK

The next one was from Andy, GJ7RWT – It’s not as strong as Colin’s but it’s still a recognisable trace of my signal down in Jersey.

G6NHU at GJ7RWT

G6NHU at GJ7RWT

Overnight I received a trace from Vern, VE1VDM.  This is barely a trace but it’s definitely my signal, you can just about read the 6NHU below the red signal strength text.

G6NHU just spotted at VE1VDM

G6NHU just spotted at VE1VDM

Finally I’ve had a capture from Maik, DL4DTL in Germany where I’m quite a good signal on his grabber.

G6NHU on DL1DTL's grabber

G6NHU on DL1DTL’s grabber

The next job is to get it all boxed up – Not sure when I’ll get a chance to do that as I feel I have a busy weekend coming up.

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