Friday, August 14, 2015

SG 2015 Projects


Sound card modems

  • Experiments - change by hour or 
    • Different non 1200 packet
      • speeds 2400, 4800, 9600
      • modes - qpsk, hapn 4800
    • Packet Programs 
      • DireWolf - https://github.com/wb2osz/direwolf
      • UZ7HO (windows only) - http://uz7.ho.ua/packetradio.htm
      • Thomas Sailor Original Soundmodem - http://gna.org/projects/soundmodem
    • Various Modes
      • Winmor and ARDOP
      • FSQchat
      • APRS-Messenger (MSK/PSK)
      • FLDIGI - multicast modes
      • WSJT-X
  • Three stations
    •   817+Tigertronics USB + Laptop
    •   Baofeng HT + ARSrepeaters interface + RPI 2
    •   X + X
Other Projects
  • TCP/IP packet stations
  • RPI transmitter - QRSS, WSPR, APRS
  • Net Computer Game - BZFlag
  • Ham Shield - kickstarter
  • NW-MESH tunnels
  • DRATS with FLDIGI
  • 30 Meter Digital station - 3 modes on 1 frequency
  • SAR-track

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Wetnet Brunch Report 8-Aug-2015




Good to see Ken and Katelan...  Larry and Larry..   It was an average to better-than-average turnout.

Heidi once again keep the coffee cups full - not a trivial task..

Steve had an Ardrino Book - Arduino-for-Ham-Radio - a quick review shows some good stuff.  The article on Solar Panel monitoring alone make it worth it for me for my unattended properties monitoring project...  Author KW5GP Blog  Ham Arduino Information

Ken showed the GI.iNET router.  He reports it works well out of the box with the Microsoft USB camera.

Doug was running WSJT-X remotely at his home station.   Using Splashtop Streamer for PC and Splashtop Client for Android remote software as detailed in the latest - August  2015 - QST.
Got me hooked and I installed WSJT-X at home.  Were the bands really that bad?  (Doug says - "Yes, the bands really ARE that bad lately." )  Is my antenna really that noisy?   Both of the above?

Bob showed, and successfully flew, the $18 quad copter..   What a deal.  (Here's a link to ordering info)

John announced there will soon be an announcement...

I shared some Durian Pudding to mixed reviews...   It's an instant pudding available at most Asian food markets.  No - it doesn't have the unpleasant odoriferous qualities of the raw Durian fruit.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Field Day 2015


No contacts but I call Field Day this year success...   Unlike the past few years I was actively calling to make a contact or two.  Not sure what report I would have used - I'd get to that if I needed to.   The goal was to check out some equipment.

There where three goals for Field Day

  1. Get the 10 meter radio out, fired up and on the air.
  2. Ham MESH tunnels
  3. Add 12V (or 13.8 volt Anderson Power Poles) to some of the wifi routers or Mesh nodes so they're ready to run by battery instead of power mains.

The results:

Never made it to #3 - the rewiring will have to wait for the next opportunity - probably SalmonCon

Never made it to #2 - more mesh radios have firmware loaded and ready to go but I've yet to have a chance to do tunnels.

Found the 10 meter rig.  Fired it up.  Called and called.  Never heard anybody.    Finally put the portable 817 on 28.400 and called myself.   Loud and clear.  Problem was there was no reply going back from the 2510 to the 817.   Something needs some attention.

Portable rig...   Tried out the new Buddipole hardware.  Worked well with last years acquisition.  Silly me - one power line in the yard and I ended up putting up the vertical right under it.

(to be continued.)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WSPR rides again

Nice to be back on WSPR on 40.  Looks like there's more activity in Japan then before..   Quite a few captures in the 8000+ KM range.



Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
 2015-05-18 16:08 KK6RZJ 7.040087 -19 0 CM87um 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 1131 1
 2015-05-18 15:56 KP4MD 7.040119 -12 0 CM98iq 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 1003 356
 2015-05-18 15:38 KK6RZJ 7.040087 -21 0 CM87um 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 1131 1
 2015-05-18 15:32 KP4MD 7.040119 -7 0 CM98iq 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 1003 356
 2015-05-18 15:08 KK6RZJ 7.040087 -22 0 CM87um 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 1131 1
 2015-05-18 15:08 KP4MD 7.040118 -11 0 CM98iq 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 1003 356
 2015-05-18 14:56 KP4MD 7.040118 -8 0 CM98iq 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 1003 356
 2015-05-18 14:52 JH6LAV 7.040175 -24 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 14:40 JH6LAV 7.040175 -23 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 14:38 KK6RZJ 7.040087 -21 0 CM87um 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 1131 1
 2015-05-18 14:38 KP4MD 7.040118 -7 0 CM98iq 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 1003 356
 2015-05-18 14:30 JH6LAV 7.040174 -22 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 14:20 JH6LAV 7.040174 -19 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 14:12 JH6LAV 7.040174 -22 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 14:08 KK6RZJ 7.040087 -21 0 CM87um 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 1131 1
 2015-05-18 14:06 KP4MD 7.040118 -3 0 CM98iq 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 1003 356
 2015-05-18 14:00 JH6LAV 7.040174 -20 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 13:50 JH6LAV 7.040174 -21 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 13:40 KK6RZJ 7.040088 -8 0 CM87um 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 1131 1
 2015-05-18 13:40 JH6LAV 7.040173 -18 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 13:32 JG1EIQ 7.040172 -26 0 PM74ns 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8068 43
 2015-05-18 13:28 JH6LAV 7.040173 -16 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 13:24 JG1EIQ 7.040172 -25 0 PM74ns 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8068 43
 2015-05-18 13:18 JH6LAV 7.040173 -16 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 13:10 KK6RZJ 7.040088 -8 0 CM87um 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 1131 1
 2015-05-18 13:10 JH6LAV 7.040173 -16 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 13:02 JH6LAV 7.040173 -16 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 12:54 KP4MD 7.040121 -22 0 CM98iq 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 1003 356
 2015-05-18 12:50 JH6LAV 7.040173 -17 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 12:48 JG1EIQ 7.040170 -22 -1 PM74ns 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8068 43
 2015-05-18 12:42 JH6LAV 7.040173 -17 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 12:40 JG1EIQ 7.040171 -22 0 PM74ns 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8068 43
 2015-05-18 12:38 KD6RF 7.040179 -16 0 EM22lr 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 2814 314
 2015-05-18 12:34 JH6LAV 7.040173 -18 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 12:32 JG1EIQ 7.040171 -23 0 PM74ns 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8068 43
 2015-05-18 12:24 JH6LAV 7.040173 -16 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 12:22 KD6RF 7.040180 -18 0 EM22lr 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 2814 314
 2015-05-18 12:16 JG1EIQ 7.040171 -23 0 PM74ns 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8068 43
 2015-05-18 12:14 JH6LAV 7.040173 -17 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 12:10 KK6RZJ 7.040088 -8 0 CM87um 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 1131 1
 2015-05-18 12:08 JG1EIQ 7.040170 -24 1 PM74ns 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8068 43
 2015-05-18 12:06 KD6RF 7.040180 -13 0 EM22lr 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 2814 314
 2015-05-18 12:02 JH6LAV 7.040173 -17 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 11:56 JG1EIQ 7.040172 -23 0 PM74ns 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8068 43
 2015-05-18 11:54 KD6RF 7.040181 -14 0 EM22lr 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 2814 314
 2015-05-18 11:50 JH6LAV 7.040173 -17 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 11:48 JG1EIQ 7.040172 -23 0 PM74ns 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8068 43
 2015-05-18 11:40 JH6LAV 7.040173 -17 0 PM53fp 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 8450 41
 2015-05-18 11:38 KK6RZJ 7.040088 -2 0 CM87um 1 WA7NWP CN87wq 1131 1
 2015-05-18 11:36 KD6RF 7.040181 -14 0 EM22lr 5 WA7NWP CN87wq 2814 314

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Three Magic Wishes for Ham Radio - 2015

> If you found an old radio (tubes of course) in a pile of junk, rescued
> it and in the act of polishing it up a magic genie appeared and
> offered you any three wishes related to Amateur Radio - what would
> they be?
>
> Hold the ideas for a few hours and let's see if anybody agrees...
> (Hams agreeing - I did say this involved magic....)



My wishes:

1.  Every ham has at least one full function RF APRS station on the air..   APRS is pretty incredible and the future potential (Packet Plan 9, HamBox, etc) is even more awesome.

2. Sane HF digital.   Separate the computers and the human operators, double (at least - it's a good start) the spectrum for the computers. Remove all 'rules' on the computers.  If it fits in the bandwidth (30 KHz?) then it's allowed.

3. I had to think about this for a bit but I finally came up with a third wish.   That's a new license class.  Add a little annual charge. No CW required - as cool as that would be.   No test either.   Fill out the form, sign your name, send in the money - you're a ham. Limited privileges of course - I'm thinking that 2 meter band only  would be good.

Ok - back to work on Plan 9...

73
Bill, WA7NWP

Monday, March 23, 2015

20145 Microhams Digital Conference notes and comments


March 21, 2015 at building 36.

add lots of good notes here...

SECN MP-02 Demo with N8GNJ

demo notes and thoughts here

After party - no pizza at Round Table but a Wetnet Geek Night dinner at Redmonds Claim Jumper.  Missed the pizza but it was a good gathering of the Wetnet group.