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.

20191010 - JOTA Information

posted Oct 18, 2019, 7:06 PM by Onno Benschop

The Jamboree On The Air is an an annual event that encourages the scouting community to get on air and make noise, introducing new people to the hobby of amateur radio. Often this is the first contact with our hobby.

Glynn VK6PAW and Peter VK6LB have provided the information here.

Frequencies in use this weekend:
  • SSB
    • 3.690
    • 3.650
    • 7.090
    • 7.190
    • 14.190
    • 14.290
    • 21.190
    • 21.390
    • 28.390
    • 28.590
    • 52.160
    • CW
      • 3.570
      • 7.030
      • 14.060
      • 21.140
      • 28.180
      • 50.160
    Having something to talk about is often a challenge to those new to the phenomenon of radio. Here are some questions you might use to assist with making contact. Below you'll find some PDF documents that you can customise for your station.

    #jota #vk6lb #vk6paw

    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:

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