I have the pi hat built and the filter aligned, its now just a matter of waiting on the heat sink goop to go off so that I can put it together and fire it up and see what it can do.
Following on from playing with WSPR last week, I grabbed out on of CW TX boards i have here, reworked the gain in each stage to account for the greater signal input from the SI5351a and ended up with 8W out. Keydown for the last 30min and all the important bits have remained steady at 55 Deg C. So it should be more than upto the job of high duty cycle TX from WSPR.
The Transmitter board.
Signal from the SI5351A VFO board.
What the scope says is happening into a 50ohm load. And here are a few more pictures, because why not 🙂
Setup as transmitting currently into my 40m antenna.
A close up of the swarez meter. Showing 6W but its closer to 5W according to the scope.
And this was the reports after the very first wspr cycle. It works rather well.