Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Your Ten Tech Order Has Shipped

Woo Hoo! I've been waiting for my Ten Tec Rebel 506 since Dayton. I'm so excited to delve into this new experimental QRP rig and see what kind of awesomeness I can pull out of it. I have so much planned already.

I've been experimenting with an Arduino Uno for the past few months in preparation for this rig, which has a chipKIT Uno 32 (Arduino based but much more powerful) micro-controller as a brain. I've learned a lot about what can be done. There is a LOT that can be done to personalize this rig and make it a QPR Holy Grail.

I'm planning on getting started as soon as this my new rig arrives. Here is a quick laundry list of add-ons and upgrades I'm considering:

  • LCD display (maybe replaced by a touch screen display in the near future)
    • Frequency Readout
    • Power Output
    • Battery Level
    • SWR
  • CW Memory Keyer with a knob speed control
  • Morse decoder (Wait for it...)
  • On board one-button logging, using an internal clock and the decoded Morse (BANG!)
  • A waterfall display
  • Built in QRSS 
Anyway, there are a few of my dreams for the winter projects. Hopefully, I'll be rporting on their successes here shortly.

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