N3HAL and I will be taking the Frankenstein portable FT8 station to parts unknown tomorrow July 18th somewhere on Long Island.
The FT8 portable station is made up of a conglomeration of parts that should work together well enough to hopefully make a few contacts.
Station hardware includes an Elecraft KX3 at ~ 7 watts equipped with a Cooler KX Plus, Bioenno LiFePO4 BLF-1212A battery, Powerwerx PWrbox-PP Multi Connect Battery Box, Kindle Fire Tablet, Raspbery PI 3B+ with real time clock, usb gps, usb sound card, cables for rig control power and audio.
As us FT8 ops know the app will not function without clock syncronization. So the usb GPS gets connected just long enough to insure the real time clock and in turn system clocks are in sync.
The Pi is running as a HotSpot handing out IP addresses via DHCP and will have no internet connection. At this point I see no reason to tether it to my iPhone.
Antenna system will vary depending on our location.
We also plan to take an HF SSB rig along to activate a state park or two (parks on the air) POTA. If so I’ll be logging with HamLog since it has a template for POTA and SOTA activations.
Anyway be sure to stay tuned for our results, comments and complaints! Can you improve on perfection? LMAO!
72 and 73 de KE2YK