Posts Tagged ‘lincoln’
Because of my poor voice still, I tend to severely restrict the time I spend on speech modes. I can manage about 1 hour or less on SSB or FM as long as don’t say too much. Modes like WSPR , JT65 and JT9-1 suit me better currently.
As you know, I much prefer QRP (2-2.5W) and for this the FT817 is ideal. So much so that my Lincoln President Mk II (mint) has virtually been unused. It has not been used for a QSO for almost a year! I may pack the Lincoln away.
This afternoon, I have been trying out the President Lincoln Mk2 (V3) which arrived early today. I have only tried on SSB but it seems to work, with the first SSB QSO being with N8II in West Virginia at about 1430z. He was using 800W and a 5 element beam! It was hearing plenty from Asia, Europe and North/South America. Maximum claimed power from the Lincoln, controlled by a rotary control on the front panel, is 31W PEP on SSB.
|Lincoln Mk2 with the other rigs|
I have still to fully get to grips with the menu but it seems pretty intuitive. There is a choice of display backlight colours, but I find green easiest on the eyes. The other choices are blue and orange. You can alter display brightness and lots of other features – I shall have plenty of time to play. Blue is not good for my eyes on either the Lincoln Mk2 or the FT817. To my eyes, blue is hard to see, whereas the green is very clear.
My biggest issue was getting the power leads attached to the PSU. Before my stroke this would have been trivial. Now it tires me out! I wanted several rigs attached to the PSU at the same time so soldering the plugs on was non-trivial. As you know, speaking too long exhausts me,so I am taking a break.
I am waiting for my 12V battery to charge to test the 40m Pixie. Visually the Pixie build looks fine.
At the moment I am not on WSPR on any band.
As the price has dropped to £199 (a drop of £50) from Nevada I am now very tempted to buy one of these as 10m is my favourite band of all. It is just coming up to the Es season too. Power output is ideal (for me) and it does all modes. I owned the original Lincoln President transceiver and it served me well for many years. It worked all over the place on SSB and even on 10m AM.
This is basically a CB radio with bells and whistles, although as delivered it is 10m amateur band only. It covers CB bands with a simple, illegal in UK, mod.
Anyone any views?