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.

20181104 - Learning Morse

posted Nov 2, 2018, 5:37 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Nov 2, 2018, 6:00 PM ]

Charles NK8O points us at the following tool to learn Morse code:
Charles makes the following recommendations:
  • Use the Koch method for training
  • Learn at a fast rate, 20-25 WPM with slow spacing
  • Do it 20 minutes a day, every day
  • Start with 2 or 3 letters and build on that
  • If you start too slow, you need to relearn every letter if you want to increase speed

Simon VK6MSC shares:
His tips are:
  • Listen during contests, lots of CW and repeats
  • A contest is a good way to start because the exchange is brief
#nk8o #cw #learn #morse #vk6msc

20181102 - Where to start when you want to become licensed in Australia

posted Nov 1, 2018, 3:44 PM by Onno Benschop

An unlicensed amateur asked on reddit what the experience was of getting a Foundation License in Australia and how to go about learning and what the exam involved. Here's what Onno VK6FLAB wrote:

First of all, great, welcome, nice to have you here.

As for the test and preparing for it, anti-climactic is a good sentiment. It seems daunting, but in the end, for me, it was essentially a weekend of watching power-point slides, learning some stuff about the practical aspects, connectors, operating technique, etc. and a multiple choice test the following weekend. There is a practical exam as well, essentially show that you know how to operate a radio, plug in the bits into the right holes and know how to troubleshoot - all of it covered within about 20 minutes of instruction.

My experience aside, some training organisations knock the whole thing off in a day, others do it online, etc. If you're living remote, there is the opportunity to have remote examinations etc.
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is the authorised body that manages the process. Within that there are training providers and authorised examiners, the structure of that is too complex to get into here, but essentially, the WIA manages this on behalf of the regulator, the ACMA.
There are on line resources and apps, including video courses, trial exams, drills etc:
This isn't complicated, we have had nine year old's pass this exam and be active on air.

#exam #course #resources #learning #vk6flab #reddit

20181101 - 9:1 UnUn

posted Oct 31, 2018, 8:23 PM by Onno Benschop

Simon VK6MSC shares with us his build of a 9:1 UnUn as per the instructions found on the V6YSF website at:
Simon writes:
Pics of my 9:1 unun build, as per Vk6ysf instructions.
Used stranded insulated wire, as allot easier to triflar wind.
Antenna for my sdr has 45' of wire, no counter poise.

#build #homebrew #vk6msc #vk6ysf #unun

20181027 - Magnetic Loops

posted Oct 26, 2018, 5:54 PM by Onno Benschop

Allen VK6XL reminds us that AA5TB has an antenna magnetic loop calculator:
Steve VK6CS shares the calculator here:
#magnetic-loop #calculator #vk6xl #vk6cs

20181006 - SDR Software

posted Oct 5, 2018, 6:06 PM by Onno Benschop

Randall VK6WR shares with us a link for a piece of software that he's been using with his RTL dongle:
#sdr #vk6wr #software #opensource

20180929 - SMA Adaptor with flange

posted Sep 28, 2018, 5:48 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 5:58 PM ]

Charles NK8O shares with us an adaptor that you can use to connect a BNC antenna to your handheld radio. It comes with a flange that provides stress relief.

Charles writes:
I purchased these adapters for my Chinese radios.  The tighten down flush to the body of my Anytone DMR radio and my Wouxun HT, and make it a lot less likely that a bump or mishap will destroy the connector.  Do NOT purchase the type that stands free from the body of the radio.  They are a disaster waiting to happen.  This of course requires purchase of a different antenna but definitely worth, and makes it easier to connect to another external antenna.

20180922 - Four States QRP DMR talkgroup

posted Sep 25, 2018, 1:58 AM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 6:05 PM ]

Charles, NK8O shares with us this information:
The Four States QRP Group has been issued a permanent DMR TalkGroup ID, 31654.  A description is available at https://wiki.brandmeister.network/index.php/TalkGroup/31654  Our Four States DMR net occurs Thursday mornings at 0200 UTC, following the QRP CW nets at 0100 UTC on 7122 kHz and 0130 UTC on 3564 kHz.  Though it’s unlikely we will hear Western Australia on 20 or 40 meters, you should be 59 on DMR.

All are welcome.


#dmr #qrp #talkgroup #updated

Edit: Updated to reflect the new permanent group.

20180922 - Satellite Details

posted Sep 21, 2018, 6:05 PM by Onno Benschop

If you've been looking into doing some amateur satellite activities, here's a list of satellites to get you started thanks to Graeme VK6MIL.

#satellite #vk6mil

20180922 - MRO Open Day

posted Sep 21, 2018, 5:39 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 5:55 PM ]

The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory is holding an open day in early October:

Places are very limited and you will need to get yourself to Geraldton, but if you can I would recommend it as a unique experience.

(But you will have to leave your radio at home)

#vk6wr #mwa

20180922 - Elad FDM-DUO

posted Sep 21, 2018, 5:33 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Sep 25, 2018, 1:56 AM ]

Charles NK8O shares with us a new SDR radio:
If you want to see some more about this radio, there's a three-part YouTube tutorial series on the subject:
#nk8o #elad #sdr #tutorial #youtibe

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