I’m back on WSPR. Tired of waiting for my Kenwood 590SG to return, so I’m using this small USB sound card for the input on my Mac Mini, I try to avoid using the on board line in ports if at all possible.
Since my 480SAT doesn’t have USB audio out, I’m just tapping into the headphone jack, it appears to be working ok so far. Though I’m not sure how to build a DIY cable for transmitting, some people have told me to get an interface i.e. rigblaster or signalink, there’s so much misinformation out there. I want to be able to do digital modes again with the 480, I was spoiled with the 590’s all in one features!
And my poor WSPRlite… it hasn’t seen action for too long. It’s time for some indoor testing on WSPR – that seems to be the craze these days, to hell with you sheet rock & framing! My HF will penetrate through! lol.
This is where a mag loop really shines IMO. Being able to leave it on a set frequency for awhile for testing or operating. I spent almost 15 minutes the other day trying to tune the loop on 20 meters at a park, I just kept missing the dip, but like an idiot I could’ve just done a sweep to see just how far off I was… I’ve been considering SOTA Beams Go4Lo I think it’s called, an audio SWR meter, there are certainly options.
I’ll be primarily receiving on my haphazard sky loop that’s sloping in the backyard, and transmitting on the W4OP loop indoors/outdoors, we’ll switch it up a bit and see if there are noticeable dips in performance.
My station will be in more of a monitor mode for awhile while we get some house repairs made, and potentially taking my outdoor antennas down completely (I know! Nooooo!), in preparation for a move in the future. Can you say – Goodbye HOA?!
Listening for your WSPRs….