I'm in the progress of developing a Python command line application to log QSOs directly into the QRZ.com logbook.
It's still in its early phase (started today) but it is already able to query call sign data from qrz, list all previous QSOs with that call, ask the user for QSO data and then upload the QSO via the API.
There is no input validation or hamlib/flrig integration implemented yet but it's kinda usable - on an alpha level.
What makes operating the uBitx so enjoyable, is that there is nothing to fiddle around on the device. You can select a frequency and alter the volume - that's it. Absolutely distraction free operating. In combination with the limitating output power I find it comparable with riding a single speed bike.
I received and built my new uBitx v6 QRP transceiver yesterday. Connected to a lipo battery and the 4-BTV vertical it gave me a few QSOs with Bosnia, Denmark, Poland and Austria. Very impressed so far!
The first mod will be the addition of an AGC.
Just discovered that Clublog has a paper QSL card workflow management tool implemented: https://clublog.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/3000043812-how-to-manage-paper-cards
This is not only nice for printing or exporting queued paper QSLs or entering incoming cards. It also shows paper card confirmed QSOs as "confirmed" in the Zone/QSL Charts page.
This in turn allows you to forward all actually unconfirmed contacts e.g. to HamAlert, in order to use them there for filtering.
There is no other feeling like the one you have when - in the middle of the night, while everyone else is sleeping, sitting in the dimly lit basement in front of the radio - you hear a station located on an exotic island thousands of kilometers away finally say your call sign and then you press PTT to share the frequency with a stranger who shares the same passion with you. #hamradio
After my failed attempt to bring up the G7FEK I decided to also take down the 40m EndFed and to try something completely different. I purchased a Hustler 4-BTV, lots of wire and two bags of concrete. Status: The installation of the "mast" is finished and I managed to bury 26 radials - which was no fun at all.
My G7FEK antenna adventure did not end well. Even after increasing the height of the fiber mast to 8,4m, the 7,4m ladder line was too long. The mast flexed a lot and I was not able to bring up the 80m side of the wire high enough to compensate this. I even tried to throw/shoot some rope over my house's roof to just pull it up there but i failed at it :/
This weekend I’ll try to bring up the G7FEK antenna. Not sure if I’m able to provide the necessary height or to place the pretty long radials in a good way but I think it is worth a try. #hamradio
Does anyone of you own a Hermes Lite 2 SDR TRX? I just ordered one and am looking for a PA. 50W would make me happy. #hamradio
Did not work and don’t know why not. Will try again tomorrow night
This mighty little device tunes my heavily shortened EndFed antenna (15,5m long) to 160m 😮 I'm somehow unexpectedly QRV on 160m now. Oh and I forgot to give credits to the creator of this project: https://github.com/Dfinitski/N7DDC-ATU-100-mini-and-extended-boards
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