During the weekly F-troop there are mentions of software, websites and solutions that are worth taking note of. This website attempts to document them.

20190706 - Amateur Website Resources

posted Jul 12, 2019, 5:03 PM by Onno Benschop

Thomas W2XQ maintains a website with lots of amateur resources. You can find a whole range of Amateur Nets around the globe:

20190706 - Antenna Erection

posted Jul 5, 2019, 5:58 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Jul 12, 2019, 4:58 PM ]

Colin VK6FWCB sends in these photos of his antenna being erected:

10 metre Aluminium tower.
MQ-36SR hybrid Quad 6 band beam.
VHF/UHF vertical.

Vertical next to the tower is a 10/11 meter Sirio vertical with a 40/80 dipole attached



Here’s the another view from the front.

I used conifer in the front yard as my low visual impact.

The 40/80 is on there plus an OCF 40-10 dipole. I took full advantage of the TV mast.

These days you need to be more creative with antennas in the Burbs!




#vk6fwcb #antenna #mast

20190706 - DMR Hotspot

posted Jul 5, 2019, 5:29 PM by Onno Benschop

If you want to update the firmware (Pi-Star_RPi_V4.1.0-RC1_02-Jul-2019.zip) of your Raspberry Pi DMR Hotspot, the latest BETA version is being used successfully by Tom W2XQ:

20190706 - Morse Code

posted Jul 5, 2019, 5:15 PM by Onno Benschop

If you'd like to learn Morse Code using the Koch method, you can use the following Android app:

20190615 - Electrical Safety, Ground Loops

posted Jun 14, 2019, 5:36 PM by Onno Benschop

During the net this week we discussed ground loops, earthing, electrical safety etc. Charles, NK8O suggested this YouTube channel for seeing how unsafe electrical devices are everywhere:

20190613 - ILLW

posted Jun 13, 2019, 2:14 AM by Onno Benschop

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) is an amateur radio activity that happens in August. I created a map showing all the lighthouses across the globe.
#illw #vk6flab #contesting

20190608 - Component Tester

posted Jun 8, 2019, 1:20 AM by Onno Benschop

Mel VK6BMM shares with us his experience with a cheap component tester, the GM328A:

20190608 - The Big List of RTL SDR software

posted Jun 7, 2019, 5:51 PM by Onno Benschop

Various tools to get an RTL-SDR dongle running:

20190618 - Kits a Go-Go

posted Jun 7, 2019, 5:17 PM by Onno Benschop

Charles NK8O is building up an impressive collection of self-build kits. One great source of kits is the Four States QRP Group:

20190601 - Debian Ham Radio

posted May 31, 2019, 5:50 PM by Onno Benschop

Randall VK6WR suggested using Debian Linux which has a selection of tools available for the amateur community:

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