It's on air at the moment on 3.686Mhz sending a morse ident with my email address so I'm hoping to get a few signal reports.
I think it's putting out about 250mW.
There are some obvious faults, I can hear chirp, clicks and when it's off carrier from the oscillator leaks out to some extent.
The keyer is an Atmel AVR ATMega816 which is complete overkill in this case.
The circuit is very closely based on Alan VK2ZAY's design except that I didn't have any 2N7000s so I've used a single IRF510 with a bit of bias.
I used perforated board with just a copper spot under each hole and it went together rather well (for me).
I don't speak morse yet, but here's what I'm sending:
Anyhow, please tune in to 3.686Mhz and let me know if you can hear my slow morse.
Read about your 80m QRP beacon mentioned on hamnews and had a listen.
It’s peaking about S5 in Canberra. I’m using a TS-480SAT with a 40/80m trapped dipole. Here is some of what I decoded using Ham Radio Deluxe DM780 software:
LE EK*E PM VK2TPM VK2TPM PLS EMAIL RPT PETER DOT WARKS AT OBOX COM THIS ISE A QRP BEANION TRANSMISSIOLE VK2TPM VK2TPM VK2TPM PLS EMAIL RPI PETER DOT MARKS AT POBOX COME THIS IS A QRP BEACON TRANSMISSION DE VK2TPM VK2TPM VK2TPM PLS EMAIL LPT PETER DOT MARKS AT POBOX CON THIS IS T *RP DEACON N E IS E UK2TPM VK2TPM VK2TPM PLS EMAIL RPT PETER DOT MARKS AT POBOX COM THIS IS A EQRP BEACON ARANSMISSIXD DE VK2TPM VK2T
As you can see I’m missing/badly reading some characters and have interference but the message is coming through, probably be better received by a human than a computer…but I’m no morse code expert…
Had QRM from SSB and another CW signal nearby by managed to filter most of it out.
Ian Sinclair VK1DI
I'm taking it off air while.