A few weeks ago I ordered a Genesis SDR kit which, at the time, was on backorder. This turned out to be a good thing – during the wait, the tower project finally passed the last stage moving from hope to do-able.
So I cancelled the order for the Genesis and proceeded with ordering the tower and all the other necessities.
The Genesis was originally going to be used as a way to monitor activity on 6 meters and perhaps provide an upload to the Reverse Beacon Network. That being the case, the kit itself was overkill since it operated on two other bands and was a transceiver.
The recent availability of kits from Tony KB9YIG solved that problem and I now have a 6m (or 2m or 4m) SDR kit for a fraction of the price. Lots of bang for the buck in his kits with this VHF version being the rarest of the breed.
Regarding the tower – recent rains here have prevented progress, the Yagi has arrived and I’m anxious to get things going once it dries out a bit (the foundation hole is now a muddy pit). But I’m thankful for the rain, as are our new plum, fig and lemon trees.
The next step is to pour the concrete. One cubic yard delivered and poured is $300 – same as the Genesis kit…