On Saturday September 24, we held our last SOTA activation of this season at Mt. Wachusett in Massachusetts. We had great weather, great scenery, and a great time operating from the summit.
Getting to the Summit
Fred, AB1OC, Anita, AB1QB and Jamey, KC1ENX took the mountain road to the summit, while Brian, W1BP hiked to the top.
Operating from the Summit
Fred and Anita brought their 6m beam and portable station. This time we were set up for digital operation and made SSB as well as FT4 QSOs. We made a total of 24 QSOs and were heard on FT8 as far away as Nova Scotia and North Carolina.
Jamey brought his new KX2 and worked many countries in Europe QRP on 20m with his Buddipole vertical.
We had a warm sunny day – perfect for the first weekend of Fall. We had plenty of solar power to run both Fred’s and Brian’s stations.
Source: The new IC-7610 Direct-Sampling SDR HF/6m Transceiver
The new IC-7610 Transceiver is the much-anticipated dual-receive version which uses Icom’s SDR platform that was first available in the IC-7300. The source page has some useful photos and a block diagram of the receiver.
The new radio will also have a connection to an external display. This is a great addition as it makes the excellent panadapter capability in Icom’s SDR platform much easier to view and use.
The rear panel includes connectors for two antennas. There are BNC jacks for connection of a separate receive antenna and/or a Transverter. Also included is an Ethernet interface for remote control and USB interfaces for connection to a local computer.