Due to the downfall of society and shit hitting the fan; I have been forced to operate Field Day as a Class D from home rather than going out and enjoying it with friends. I focused my anger in to getting a station setup:
The good ol’ IC-725 I promised I’d never get rid of. After having to get rid of the 7300 it was a good decision as it still left me a radio. The radio sucks..it’s RX section is a total embarassment and it’s going to make FD so much more difficult since SSB stations 16khz each side of you bleed through.
This is an RF Speech processor…it’s just proving the screaming DX sound that boosts my average talk power.
$10 PC Headset:
I modified this PC headset to plug in to the TenTec; a second cable from the rigs headphone jack provides the audio. It’s cheap, but effective.
Clipper Foot Switch:
If I can’t make QSOs with it, I can bludgeon someone with it. A stupidly over-engineered footswitch…it’s cast iron body and heavy duty construction means it’ll put up with even the angriest of QSOs while fighing a pileup.
“Generic Sandwich Cookie” Interface:
This is the digital interface I built 5 years ago. Sound card, isolation transformers, opto isolator.
Simple Level Converter for CI-V
A simple 7404 based level converter that allows me to take an Arduino Uno board (sans ATM328) and do CAT/CI-V.
Software wise I’m running N1MM logging integrated with MMTTY, 2Tone, and WJST-X. This should allow me to oprerate both phone, RTTY, and FT8/4 during the contest.
I’m going to try and work all 24 hours. It was a tradition that I stay up and work the night shift for FD; I broke that last year along with everything else. But running solo as a Class D; well, it’s all on me.
Yes..this was a quick post; but FD starts in 30 minutes. I’m largely already set. Everything is wired; everything is configured. It’s hot…man is it hot. 90 degrees with humidity to match in an unairconditioned shack. I have a fan blowing on my legs and up my body…people are going to have to deal with the background noise. One person I did a QSO with already said they couldn’t hear it.
Oh well. Good luck everyone.