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.

20201010 - ARRL EME contest

posted Oct 9, 2020, 5:42 PM by Onno Benschop

Randall VK6WR and Charles NK8O share with us the ARRL EME contest details:

20201003 - Park Activation

posted Oct 2, 2020, 6:02 PM by Onno Benschop

Charles NK8O sends in this report:

My node is down for some reason. Activity was a new park on the
Mississippi River. Nice view. 71 contacts. Frontenac State Park,

#nk8o #park

20201003 - Web Report

posted Oct 2, 2020, 5:55 PM by Onno Benschop

Grant has been a long time web-listener and sends in this email:

Good morning Onno and all on.

Will be listening to Broardcastify via VK6HUB, in sunny Melbourne.

I recently built a UHF antenna so that I can connect it to my Uniden UBCD-436-PT radio scanner, to listen in on the ISS Amateur Repeater comms.

I tried it out this morning, without any contacts being heard. ( maybe all the ham operators were still snoozing after working contacts all night, haha)

I will try again tomorrow when the pass will be higher and almost overhead.

My antenna got a bit heavy to hold one handed, so some mods are required, either a lighter piece of timber or install a handle of some sort, and maybe a holder for the phone so I can keep an eye on ISS predicted path.

1, Plan
2, try
3, review
4, modify
Back to step 1

I suppose that is life of an experimenter.

Looking forward to the reduction of the restrictions we have in place here in Melbourne, already planning our trip to Perth next year to visit friends.

Cheers to all, I enjoy the ideas and stories from the FTROOP operators when I can listen in.



#iss #grant #broadcastify

20200919 - Soldering

posted Sep 18, 2020, 11:58 PM by Onno Benschop

Discussion on the net today around soldering and improving skill. Many suggestions that will help anyone who needs to improve their skill or who is fighting failing eyesight.

  • 3rd Hand, allows you to hold the work independently from your own hands. (Example)
  • Reading Glasses, makes it easier to see, rather than having to peer through a magnifying glass. (Example)
  • Magnifying Glass, with LED lighting it adds both light and magnification. (Example)
  • Component Holder, homebrew, will allow you to solder whilst holding the component down, no need to bend the legs making removal later harder.
  • Vero Board, allows you to practice your skills. (Example, Example)
  • How to Solder, Steve WD8DAS - see below.
Modified Clothes Peg (Ben VK6NCB)
Modified Clothes Peg - Ben VK6NCB

20200829 - Digital Calling Frequencies

posted Aug 28, 2020, 3:10 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 10:13 PM ]

Digital modes are all over the bands. As a new project I've moved the table that was here to the vk6flab projects page at:

20200801 - AO92 contact

posted Aug 23, 2020, 1:41 AM by Onno Benschop

After installing and making gpredict work on my (Debian) Linux ham computer I managed my first two contacts using my station. The contacts were between myself VK6FLAB, VK6KCC and VK6NCB.

The equipment I used was:
  • Yaesu FT-857d, 5 Watts
  • Diamond X-300N
  • gpredict
Thank you to Ben VK6NCB, who recorded the attached audio of the QSO.

#ao92 #vk6flab #vk6kcc #vk6ncb #qso

20200822 - AllStarLink notification alerts

posted Aug 21, 2020, 5:00 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Aug 23, 2020, 1:34 AM ]

If you've ever been on-air whilst the F-troop linking scripts run, you'll have heard "linkdis" and "ufdis" being announced. This is what they mean:

Control State Keywords

There are several predefined keywords used to enable and disable the various features of the controller.

Keyword Description
rptena Repeater Enable
rptdis Repeater Disable
totena Timeout Timer Enable
totdis Timeout Timer Disable
apena Autopatch Enable
apdis Autopatch Disable
lnkena Link Enable
lnkdis Link Disable
skena Scheduler Enable
skdis Scheduler Disable
ufena User Functions Enable
ufdis User Functions Disable
atena Alternate Hangtime Enable
atdis Alternate Hangtime Disable
noice No Incoming Connections Enable
noicd No Incoming Connections Disable
slpen Sleep Mode Enable
slpds Sleep Mode Disable

20200808 - Website Resources

posted Aug 10, 2020, 6:30 PM by Onno Benschop

During the net we discussed several projects and two websites came up with information related to building and designing projects:

20200808 - VK Calling Frequencies

posted Aug 7, 2020, 6:46 PM by Onno Benschop

A list of calling frequencies that you might find helpful for Australian contests updated by Heath VK3TWO. It also contains SOTA and PARKS frequencies.

#vk3two #contesting #sota #parks #frequencies

20200808 - FT8 timing

posted Aug 7, 2020, 6:11 PM by Onno Benschop

To check if your time is synchronised, you can visit a website that shows how close your computer clock is:

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