Travels so often put a person in a hotel somewhere with idle time to fill. My last appointment of the day in Milwaukee finished at 5:30pm and after taking my youngest two university students out for dinner, Winston KC9FVR and Vic KC9NWB, I’d decided to stay in town. A morning appointment at 7 am made running home and then hitting the road by 5 am seem a waste.
A Speedtest showed that this Art Deco hotel, The Ambassador, has a guest internet that can support remoting my Flex-6700, so it was a no-brainer to run QSOs from the hotel room.
K9ZW portable SmartSDR setup
My setup is super simple An older 2013 era iPad Air with and even older AblePlanet noise-canceling headset with a boom microphone adapter.
I think the AblePlanet setup is almost ten years old and had made many overseas flights over the years. I’d bought the boom microphone to do some of the earlier voip programs. I’d bought five of the headsets so everyone had one for a U.K. Trip, but I was the only one with a microphone as the option was a silly price back then.
Some folk didn’t like the headsets or found then fragile, and when they were being sold off cheap I should have bought more.
On the iPad I’m using “SmartSDR for iOS” which is truly an elegant implementation.
Logging is handled with the in-App purchase Logger add-in for SmartSDR for iOS. Simple but elegant.
Now I have to admit I played radio only for an hour or so, but it sure was a blast.
I’ll talk more about putting this all together in a further installment.