This week I was excited to open up my new, slightly-used, Yaesu FT-817ND fully bringing me into the QRP community. I’ve been jonesing after this radio for a long time due to its portability and ease of use. Despite the threat of excommunication from my family (my father is a Kenwood man), I picked up the radio with all the accessories for an excellent price.
The first order of business was to go all the way and sign up for a QRP ARCI membership and join the FT-817 mailing list. The second order is to build up a cable to interface the radio to my computer for what is ultimately my main goal with the radio, PSK-31 work. I’d like to pick up a completed set of the cables as well, just to have for backup and guaranteed operation. My PSK interfaces are generally cobbled together and I enjoy tinkering with them on breadboard.
I’ve yet to make my first QSO with the radio, hopefully I’ll get to that tonight or this weekend, weather pending. I’m really excited to use the radio and take it places I only dreamed about a week ago!
See you on the air and 72!