We all know that sending RF from the Pi is a bad thing to do. But in the spirit of experimenting i just wanted to see what can be done with 10mW and a simple wire antenna of random length. And this is the result:
So now that we know it it can be taken down. Why? Well, mainly because it’s bad practice, but it also screws up my QSOs on 40m whenever the WSPR kicks in. It basically makes making QSOs impossible.
So, done that, got the medal, take down and move on. What’s the next project? I am thinking of getting a Pixie kit and make the smallest CW station possible to take with me on my travels. The only issue i see here is the antenna. Pixies are usually made for 40m and to take 20m of wire in my bag and spread it out in my hotel room is not an easy task. Let’s see what happens.
This was the first time i participated in a contest. Not that i was for 48 hours in front of the radio, i have to take care of the family as well, but whenever i could i tried to make some contacts. And these are the preliminary results:
Honestly, i don’t think it was so bad at all.
Morse, morse, morse. Everything in my radio life is about morse at the moment. I want to learn it, i am learning it, i take all the advice everybody is giving me, but still it’s hard. My brain is crunching when i listen morse. I have all the letters, numbers and some symbols under my skin, i have help from my friends at “Los Tortugas“, but still. I have made some QSO’s, but in a way i was cheating. I know how to send, but for copying i still need the help of FLdigi to decode. They tell me to throw away the program and i agree, but it’s so hard!! And yes, i am impatient, i’m only doing this for 2 months now and i already got pretty far. And yes, it takes more time than that, but i want to get on the air!
Reason i am this “slow” at learning is because i am too busy traveling and many times i am so tired i can’t get myself to study in the plane or in the hotel. In the plane i just put some nice music and sleep and in the hotel, well basically i sleep as well.
Maybe if i get myself a small, cheap, chinese QRP kit i can practice in the hotel? Now, that would be awesome! Let me think about it.
In the mean time i installed WsprryPi on an old Raspberry Pi i have here and let it send on all the bands between LF and 6m. Man, are these things dirty!! I am sending the signal into a 10m thin hire i have permanently installed on the terrace. Let’s see if anyone hear me. I’m looking for a mechanism where i can be notified if someone spots me. Haven’t found it yet.
WOW! Somebody actually spotted me!! Amazing with 10mW!