- GPS interface, for locking the frequency in slow-speed modes
- On-chip generation of WSPR encoded message (no PC required)
- WSPR maidenhead locator can be generated from GPS-derived latitude/longitude
- Selectable “frame” size, for stacked QRSS reception
- Plain CW callsign identifier at selectable interval
- Produces 150mW RF output, or AF output for driving an SSB transceiver
- Higher output power by additional PA transistor and/or higher PA supply voltage
The kit contains the PCB, LCD, programmed microcontroller and all board-mounted components. Download the instruction manual using the link above. The PCB is quite compact and moderate care is required in the construction. A rich array of functionality is provided by the design; please read the instruction manual to understand the facilities provided. Builder modifications will be shown on this page as they are developed!
Note for WSPR users: the 30m kit has a 10.140MHz crystal which is suitable for either the QRSS sub-band or the WSPR frequency. Therefore on 30m the kit can be used as a standalone WSPR transmitter. On other bands you may need to supply a suitable crystal for the WSPR frequency on that band. Alternatively you could use this kit in the AF output mode, fed into a conventional SSB transmitter set to the frequency of your choice.
Kit photos (click for larger versions):
Solder mask error
The PCB has an error, where solder-mask is incorrectly applied to the toroid pads. This is easy to scrape off with a knife or screw-driver blade.
Philip ordered a custom-made 20m crystal from QuartzlabUK (costing more than the kit price!) with the kit operating into a 132-foot Windom antenna, and was rewarded with WSPR spots worldwide over a 24-hour period (20-Sep-2012).
David VE3KCL operates from Toronto FN04 and the screenshot (left) is W4HBK's grabber at 1,700km distance. David uses two BS170's with heatsink, and got 800mW at 12V supply, subsequently lowering it to 250mW. He uses WSPR and Hellschreiber to a G5RV antenna.
- Bug fix: to the “Frame” parameter (beacon can sometimes stop transmitting after 1 hour) - Lowered the minimum frequency from 1,000,000 Hz to 450,000 Hz
- Bug fix: correcting the operation of the on/off keying in some modes
- Bug fix (cosmetic only): baud rate setting so it only accepts numeric characters - Bug fix (cosmetic only): “frame” mode, waiting display was incorrect - Improved GPS stabilisation algorithm - Added ability to use different cursor types on the display
- Bug fix: correcting the conversion of GPS latitude and longitude to Maidenhead locator
- Bug fix: When “Start” is non-zero, it always transmitted one frame on the hour - Removed the restriction on zero “FSK (Hz)” parameter - Output a high signal on connector F0 when the GPS is enabled and the frequency is locked - Now a space character in a custom message turns off the carrier - New TEST2 mode cycles the frequency range in 128 frequency steps.
- New "Reset to factory" feature - Output a high signal on connector pin F2 while transmitting a frame.
- Ignore any invalidly decoded GPS locator (no not write to EEPROM). - Bug fix: rare Latitude/Longitude to Maidenhead locator conversion problem.
- Bug fix: after GPS fix, waiting time might not be recalculated causing missed cycles