I have been busy rewiring the 144MHz transverter module into a previously used Vero LBX case. The temporary version I was using hadn't got the frequency locking or PA wired in.
I've spent several days re-wiring it so that I had these additional facilities available when required.
The basis of the transverter is the Anglian with the PA board using an RA08H1317M PA module and my ZLPLL 116MHz LO that can be locked to my 10MHz shack standard.
Now that I've finished the wiring I want to connect it back into the 144MHz antenna and see how it performs compared to the K3 internal 144MHz transverter on the same antenna.
I have been monitoring the 4M lunar probe on 145.980MHz as it makes its way towards the moon and lunar fly-by. Currently the probe is about 31 hours from fly-by (which will happen below our horizon) and now almost as far away as the moon.
As my 2m yagi cannot be elevated I am stuck with monitoring when the spacecraft is within the main lobe or first sidelobe of my antenna. Even so, for several hours before AOS and LOS the spacecraft can be copied successfully and the JT65B modulation decoded much of the time.
My last decode was about 14:00Z today. It should become copiable again sometime after about 17:30 today.
By then I should have the new transverter plumbed in and able to try it out on a VERY weak signal!