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.

20191005 - Z-Tuner

posted Oct 4, 2019, 5:57 PM by Onno Benschop

Eric VK6BJW went hiking with his RS-918, wire antennas and a ZM-2 Z-Tuner. Available in kit form and pre-built with either BNC or SO239 connectors:

20191005 - SKCC QSO Party

posted Oct 4, 2019, 5:52 PM by Onno Benschop

Charles NK8O shares with us the SKCC QSO party on this weekend:

20190914 - Hermes-Lite2 SDR project

posted Sep 13, 2019, 5:30 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Sep 13, 2019, 5:48 PM ]

There is an SDR project that provides the hardware for a complete radio that is compatible with the OPENhpsdr project. Purchasing is based on group buys where a minimum number of orders triggers the build of those.

The details are:

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

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