In less than a year the Double Dutch (PA9QV) grabber is going to disappear, and Thor's Hammer will probably be expanded to more bands when time to get the hardware running allows.
Thor's Hammer will still be unattended for that year, but after that it will be mostly attended.
Thor's Hammer has been down for a while due to a thunderstorm putting it offline. The grabber is on line again.
If I have sufficient time one or two new bands will be added to TH when I go there next time. 80m is a likely candidate, since I have a 80m RockMite built and ready. However, I may have to add another low powered PC to take the load off the current one. SpectrumLab is not the easiest on processor load.
I may see if Argo or Spectran is better in that respect. Tests needed, or, if anyone has experience, please tell me.
During some work at the place the PC had been switched off.
The "Hammer" is running nicely again since Christmas.
It is running on 10MHz and 500kHz as before. Possibly with an extension in a few months. Some antenna work and some soldering needed.
Next band will probably be 80 (3500kHz). and a simpler receiver for 10MHz. The original receiver will then be set to yet another band. Some wideband antenna work will be necessary for this to work out.
Time to get the soldering iron warmed up again.
On the PA9QV front the next soldering project should be the FA-SDR. All components including the housing have arrived, only a PA (1W) is missing yet. I may build a small wideband PA myself.
Still a lot of kits to build, but slowly getting started again.
It took a while, but I now have "a few" kits to build.
Some SoftRock II kits, different bands, each can be made directly for 160,80,40,30 or 20m, all components in the kit. Some SMD soldering necessary, but should be possible, even with my eyes.
Some "Funkamateur" single frequency kits, among those a 10.7MHz kit to connect to my VHF-UHF RX (R7000, possibly AR-8600). Two kits for 9MHz, one will be modified for use on 10MHz
the other 9MHz might be made "wideband", so a multitude of LO signals could be used, possibly a Si570 synthesizer or the DDS60 kit
Two lower band kits, to be decided
The FA wideband SDR TRX, will need a PA and a programmable LO, not yet ordered. Covering 1.7 - 30 MHz with preselection, so seems quite usable.
The "standard" 1W PA could probably easily be replaced by a home made solution, but I will see if I do not get to order the standard one at some stage. The local oscillator, the so-called FA-SY may be the way to go for full band coverage. A housing is also available, I may order that one, too.
Update : The FA-SY oscillator has been ordered, along with a housing fit for the FA-SDR TRX More Update : The FA-SY kit and the housing have arrived
Lots of kits to build, not too much time, so let us see what comes up here.
The intention is to use some of the fixed frequency stuff for simultaneous WSPR and QRSS monitoring.