This is one of those projects that come along now and then and just make my jaw drop. I fell in love with this project in 2007 at the TAPR/ARRL Digital Communications Conference in Hartford.
Disclaimer: I haven’t yet had the chance to build this kit. I have been hit early on with this economy thing and haven’t been able to afford a kit. But, I do come from Hartford, CT where we have the Mark Twain home. Like Tom Sawyer….. I “convinced” a few friends to check it out and had a chance to play with their kits.
Just what is this thing? It is a PSK modem. But, it is also a bit more than that. Unlike PC modems, this one has an LCD screen with all the input/output information right on the modem itself. You get the kit (or buy it pre-built) and connect it to your radio and a PC keyboard. Tune up your radio to the PSK action and go from there. I’ve seen this set up running with the DC to daylight rigs from Yaesu and Kenwood. I’d like to get one of these and play around with one of the PSK Warbler kits from Small Wonder Labs (http://www.smallwonderlabs.com/Warbler.htm) QRP and this modem are a PERFECT match.
It is lightweight and runs off a couple of 9 volt batteries. Unless you’re KE4WLE, who has a video I’ll embed below, who runs his off of solar power! Like many homebrew projects, since you build it, you are free to find many ways to tinker around and play with the kit.
I recently received permission from George Heron, N2APB to upload a couple of videos to YouTube and link in this post. The videos below are of the prototype version (the one I got to check out at TAPR) and the battery installation of the new kit.
NUE-PSK prototype video (the final kit looks like the image at the top of this post)
New NUE-PSK kit battery install
What’s the price of admission? Really rather inexpensive, consdidering. You can get a full kit for $185.00 and fully assembled modem for $250.00. If you’re an experienced kit builder, then you have a few other options (purchasing printed circuit boards, partial kits, etc). Cables are most radios are also available.
Below is the Solar Powered NUE-PSK station of KE4WLE.
This is one of my favorite projects available for the radio amateur. You can purchase the kit or get all the information to roll your own on the NUE-PSK website. Something I think is really promising. I have been involved in the creative commons and open source community for almost 20 years now and appreciate when ALL the information is freely available.
This kit is a full functioning modem/display with no personal computer required. Great for a home station, even more fun for those of us that play radio in the great outdoors. I’ve gotten my hands on a few of these and it’s always great to help others build them. I hope to get one of these myself in the future so I can take them on some of my IOTA activations.
More information and ordering options are available on the new NUE-PSK site at http://www.nue-psk.com