New Country, St Lucia

This is a turn of events for my blog, I actually did some operating today. In fact it is even worse than that, I turned on the 2m fm rig and put it in scan mode and sat listening to a club net for a good 30mins while i did stuff for work. Shocking I know, but, you know what? It was not all that bad, at least the conversation was not about the weather, medical conditions or tomatoes.

So that got me excited enough to fire up the Icom and do a little FT8. A bit on 20m, a bit on 40m and I managed to work a new one for me on 40m. I did hear this station on 20m and pskreporter said he was hearing me, but never did see a CQ, so im thinking he might have taken a break from it. Anyway, got him on 40m and that is good enough for me.

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Yet Another 5w Amp

I have had the parts and boards for this sitting here for quite some time. After posting all the schematics and board files for everything i had working, i took a few weeks off to chill and regroup. Actually I have been racing F3 in Iracing and having a really good time. So anyway, today i got keen and thought i would assemble this board to see how i went. Other than leaving the DC blocking caps off and having to bodge them in, the board actually worked well. It has been sitting on the bench running for the last 30 mins and its barely gotten warm. Talk about some efficiency in these modern transistors. Signal source is an SI5351a and so square wave in and square wave out. This thing will chooch 5w all day without a problem. I was not sure it would work well, the fets are speced for UHF and I am using them at HF. I have the big brother to this fet and it will do 20w, so when i get brave I will have to see if i can make more power.

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