Category Archives: QRP

Helpful Information

I have owned my FT-817 for a while now.  I had been using it only on internal batteries, so it was easy to tell what kind of power output I was producing.  Now, with the advent of my portable field station, I have been using an external battery pack.  This has produced some quandaries for me.  I had been able to produce the “blinking” LIII on internal batteries.  Not so with the external power.

After quite a bit of searching I have discovered that the FT-817 power indicators are different, depending on the source of the applied power.  When using an external power source, you DO NOT get the blinking LIII for 5 watts.  You get a BLANK or no indicator.  I have searched my manual but I have not been able to find that information stated there.  So, in summary, here are the FT-817ND power indicators (LCD panel):

Internal Batteries:
LI                     .5 watt
LII                     1 watt
LIII                    2 watts
Blinking LIII      5 watts

External Power Source:
LI                     .5 watt
LII                     1 watt
LIII                    2 watts
Blank                5 watts

73 de Mike, W6GYC

Field Station (Portable Station)

I wanted to be able to get out and quickly set up my amateur station without the need of unpacking a lot of stuff.  This would include radio, mic, battery, solar panel, etc. plus have some room for a few accessories.  After a bit of study, I came up with my portable field station.

This was not meant to take hiking, but as a portable station to go to the park, field day, camping, etc.

A sneak peek at my Field Station.  See more on my gear page.

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73 de Mike, W6GYC

Changing course

Well, after having been involved with satellites for a time.  There has now come a time when  I feel it is best to change the course of my operating.

I have purchased an Alexloop antenna and using my FT-817, I will be trying my hand at primarily QRP operations.  That will be enjoyable as well as I like to go camping and the field station I am going to start work on will make it an easy task to go portable.

I will keep the blog posted and will be getting some pics up as I go go along.

73 de Mike, W6GYC