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.

If you're looking for inspiration, there's a list of all the posts here, otherwise use the search and any hash-tag that might be appropriate.

20200516 - NanoVNA screen size comparison

posted May 15, 2020, 5:55 PM by Onno Benschop

Ben VK6NCB shares a photo of a side-by-side of the NanoVNA-H vs NanoVNA-F.

#nanovna-h #nanovna-f #vk6ncb

20200509 - Mapping

posted May 8, 2020, 5:56 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated May 8, 2020, 5:57 PM ]

If you're looking for a map that shows where to point your antenna, you can generate a map specific to your location here:
Another map resource is DXMaps:
#vk6nad #vk6xl #vk6ltc

20200506 - IEEE Frequency Allocation database

posted May 5, 2020, 11:16 PM by Onno Benschop

The IEEE maintains a database with all ITU frequency allocations. In it you'll be able to compare different regions, bands, countries.

20200502 - Looking for QRM

posted May 1, 2020, 5:19 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated May 1, 2020, 5:19 PM ]

Rob VK6FRLR was fighting an abysmal noise on HF. After much testing he was successful in determining that a local power pole was the cause. One of the resources he used was very helpful:
#qrm #vk6frlr

20200425 - ANZAC Day 2020

posted Apr 24, 2020, 4:27 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Apr 24, 2020, 5:16 PM ]

Today marks the 105th anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served".

To mark this Australian radio amateurs use the AX prefix rather than the VK prefix.

During F-troop, between 00:30 UTC and 00:36 UTC, we will mark a minute silence.


20200418 - Mill Spec vs "normal" RG58

posted Apr 17, 2020, 5:59 PM by Onno Benschop

Ben VK6NCB shares a photo of the two types of RG58 discussed today:

"Normal" at the top, MillSpec at the bottom.

#vk6ncb #rg58

20200418 - iOS digital modes

posted Apr 17, 2020, 5:52 PM by Onno Benschop

Ben VK6NCB shares with us a list of digital mode decoders usable on an iOS device:
  • CQSSTV by black cat systems is a decent SSTV decoder for acoustic coupling between phone and radio
  • APRS Pro Ultimate recieves APRS packets ok, and can transmit if you pay for the upgrade to allow it.
  • PulsemodemA will transmit APRS packets, when held up to the mic.
#vk6ncb #ios #digital

20200411 - The Rise of Digital Modes: The Changing Face of Ham Radio

posted Apr 10, 2020, 5:06 PM by Onno Benschop

Tob VK3FTOM sends in an interesting article by Anthony K8ZT about the evolution of our hobby and a look at digital modes:

20200404 - Ailunce HD1 - Adjusting the microphone gain

posted Apr 3, 2020, 5:47 PM by Onno Benschop

Ben VK6NCB shares this information about adjusting the microphone gain.

#vk6ncb #ailunce #hd1

20020404 - Putting conduit in

posted Apr 3, 2020, 5:38 PM by Onno Benschop

Denis dug a hole in the ground to run a conduit, this sparked conversation including the following resources:
#vk6akr #vk6bjw #conduit

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