I had my first QSO using my Yaesu FT-817ND QRP rig and the Ultimax-100 antenna on my roof. Transmitting on 5 watts using the PSK-31 mode, I was able to complete a QSO with W0TY in St. Charles, MO. That's 823 miles from me.
Before W0TY replied to my CQ, a couple
other hams did but when I replied to them directly they didn't come
back. Such is the nature of radio communication, especially at low
To control the rig I used my Apple iPad 2 running PSKER, connected using an Easy Digi interface from KF5INZ.
Wareham, KF5INZ makes the Easy Digi interface for more than just Apple
iThingies, and will supply the correct cables to connect your device to
your rig. Highly recommended. The interface I bought will also work with
my iPhone. Using either my iPad or iPhone, Clifford's little box in
combination with my FT-817ND makes for a very portable digital