In 2019 I purchased the Yaesu FT-991A radio. It’s a radio with a single cable for control and the built in sound card. My previous Yaesu FT-897D needed separate and many cables.
After running on my Windows 10 laptop and with TeamViewer for a while, I decided I wanted a Raspberry Pi to run radio stuff, instead of my laptop being left on all the time.
I purchased the following items
Raspberry Pi 4 4Gb (ebay)
Large Heat Sink (The Pi Hut)
Stacking Case with Fan (The Pi Hut)
PoE Ethernet to Ethernet & USB C
I already had a SD card. The Raspberry Pi arrived before some of the other items, so I started building it. Next to arrive was the PoE adapter.
I loaded the image with Etcher to the SD card and started setting up Raspbian. One early issue was not being able to VNC in, but solved in Raspi-config by setting screen size. So far this has been setup and run headless.
I installed WSJT-X, ADIFPush (for Cloudlog) and GridTracker. I can use a VNC viewer to remotely access the Raspberry Pi 4 and load the software as if using a desktop PC. The Radio is also remotely powered on with a SmartPlug.
This setup is working well. In March 2020 I’ve as of posting this worked 115 QSOs and heading towards my best year on the air.
It’s been a week or so since I got my new radio. As pictured it’s the Yaesu FT-60R. And I am loving it.
There are a few minor things that the Icom IC-E90 I had the edge on, but nothing to do with the radios performance. The Icom had a seperate power switch meaning the volume remained where you left it. Also it could receive FM broadcast bands.
Right now I have that out the way, how am I finding the rig. I have had only a few QSOs so far, but the reports have been good.
It’s also built solidly which is why I went for this radio. I have heard it’s so strong, some shops where you can buy it they have one they throw across the shop to prove it’s strength to customers (but I am not going to try that yet with mine).
Over the Christmas period I shall give it a good use. On Christmas eve it will travel with me to my nans, and will keep it on Christmas Day.
I have also ordered a cable as the radio has 1000 memories, so I don’t intend to program them manually.
Amateur VHF/UHF transceiver
144-146 / 430-440 MHz (Europe)
144-148 / 430-450 MHz (USA)
RX 108-520 / 700-999 MHz (cellular blocked in the US)
RF Power output
Hi: 5/5 W
Mid: 2/2 W
Lo: 0.5/0.5 W
0.16 uV (12 dB SINAD – 140-150 MHz)
0.2 uV (12 dB SINAD – 420-470 MHz)