The completed Warbler
A few weeks ago I finished the box to mount the Warbler. The connectors are all soldered directly to the pcb board so the alignment of holes had to be done carefully. When doing such layout and drilling I am always grateful of the ‘O’level in metalwork that I finished back in high school thirty years ago now. (As a sidenote I am currently reading ‘Shop Class as Soulcraft’ by Matthew Crawford which covers the recent decline of school shop classes).
The box is aluminium (showing my British origin with the spelling) and made by Hammond. To give it a nice finish I spray painted it with a couple of coats of Rustoleum Universal hammered spray paint and it came out rather well.
The box size is 4.5″×3.5″ so it makes quite a nice compact unit.
I need to look at the final output power of my Warbler as I think it is a little low, but it is performing well and I have made 80m PSK31 contacts out in Wisconsin, Illinois and North Carolina. As previously reported I have also used the Warbler for an Olivia contact. A great kit and I am looking forward to using it over the Winter when 80m conditions should be better than they are now. Unfortunately, it looks like Small Wonder Labs have dropped it from their current product line.