In my continued effort to achieve best BANG for BUCK sota signals, I’m looking at ways of improving the performance of the little FT817. I had toyed with a Hamshop.cz compressor however, in the field, reports of RF feedback and distortion occurred. I haven’t had time to understand why and try and improve the situation, it may be my install in the microphone, a job for another day.
In the mean time, i had a friend point me to german device, a DYC-8×7 from FunkAmateur.DE that connected inline with the microphone and seemed like a good option. He was keen to order one, so we split the postage and he got me one as well.
It arrived the other day, and mostly because I don’t read german! i didn’t realise it was a semi KIT. The SMD devices had been placed on the PCB, the proper devices needed to be soldered on the board. No big deal! I’ve been building more and more stuff recently and am getting faster (better) at soldering.
I had time last night to fire up the iron and add the components. This is a kit form a german ham club, but the production and quality of the material, the manual and even the box that it comes in are very professional! (very german).
The kit required 7 larger items be added, the RJ45 microphone sockets, the power switch, 2 pots, a large SMD capacitor and a small IC. Nothing too complex, and in around 20 mins it was done.
Once completed, it fits nicely in its own little box, they even provide the patch RJ45 cable to the radio. Its very neat, and very impressive. So how does it work!. the HF bands were very quiet last night at 11pm, and I didn’t have much luck raising a person to talk to, but listening to myself via another radio, it sounded clear and loud, no sign of distortion or RF feedback, and the compressor really did increase the “talk” power of the rig, increasing current draw on the radio and adding 1-2 S points on my other radio without an antenna and with the attenuation in. The real test will be on a summit under sota conditions! Ill have to organise a trip soon and test it in the wild! Ill update this with feedback on its real world performance.