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.

20200315 - Manually Programming AnyTone AT-778UV Channels

posted Mar 15, 2020, 4:03 PM by Onno Benschop

AnyTone AT-778UV
Glynn VK6PAW sends in this information about programming an AnyTone AT-778UV:

Hi Onno,

I recently started programming an AnyTone AT-778UV.

After watching a YouTube video, I wrote a (corrected) one-page instruction sheet and am happy to share with F-Troop website.

You can link to the publicly-available document at:
#vk6paw #AnyTone #AT-778UV #programming

20200307 - ARISS Contacts

posted Mar 6, 2020, 4:42 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Mar 6, 2020, 4:50 PM ]

John VK3HJQ sends in this information:

Welcome to the 1st ARISS VK contact for *HAM* in 2020 *HAM* next live ARISS contact is scheduled  for:

Friday 13th March 2020 AU @ 7:56pm AEDT (08:56 UTC)
Nets/Broadcasts on the *HAM* conference server.

Latest NEWS:

*HAM* 69556 / IRLP 9556 / AllStar 48820

The *HAM* conference server is the only EchoLink / IRLP / AllStar audio feed for ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) - VK Team.

The next live broadcast thanks to Bob VK4DA ARISS VK is as listed below…..

Any stations that would like to take the audio feed or just listen in can simply connect directly to *HAM* 69556 / IRLP 9556 / AllStar 48820

Upcoming Contact

​As of March 3, 2020: Australian Air League - South Australia Wing, Parafield, South Australia, Australia. telebridge via K6DUE (Drew Morgan KI5AAA)

          Fri 2020-03-13 08:56:53 UTC 32 deg
ARISS VK confirms all good to go for Drew KI5AAA on the ISS to make first contact with the Australian Air League - South Australia Wing, Parafield, South Australia, Australia. Friday 13th March 2020,  08:56:53 UTC , AOS (Acquisition of Signal) @ 7:56:53pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). The telebridge ground station for this contact will be K6DUE
An educational radio contact is planned with Australian Air League – South Australia Wing, Parafield, South Australia, and will be via ARISS Telebridge Station K6DUE in Greenbelt, Maryland. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS; the scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA. Contact is go for: Fri 13 March 2020, 08:56:53 UTC 32 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above Maryland, USA, and nearby areas on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM, RX only! (Credit: AMSAT.)

ARISS Telebridge Ground Station K6DUE team, here represented by three members for all. Picture: courtesy of Dave W8AAS

(Drew Morgan KI5AAA)

All Logos & photos are Copyright to their respective owners

20200229 - World Amateur Radio Day 2020

posted Feb 28, 2020, 4:27 PM by Onno Benschop

Howdy, We spoke briefly on the F Troop net on Saturday morning. Here is the information about the fifth annual world amateur radio day you requested for your website. Definitely appreciate the promotion. Feel free to link up any systems that you would like for the event. And for that matter we are a very busy Equilink conference server and have a permanent connection into Australia via the ham conference. Feel free to join us anytime you were able for any of the nets and programs we have going.

"World Amateur Radio Day 2020"

For the 5th year anniversary.

Rochester, NY., March 10, 2020:  VOIP/ECHOLINK *DODROPIN* Conference node #355800 today announced that for the 5th  straight year, we will be participating in WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2020 on APRIL 18TH, 2020. 

In 2020 we are proud to announce we will have a special event call sign "W2W" has been secured for this event. As well as we will have a commemorative special event "WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2020" QSL Card. In celebration of our 5th anniversary we will also have a special certificate that will be available. We will have a 12 hour net with 10 different net controllers from all over the world. 

VOIP/ECHOLINK *DODROPIN* Conference node #355800
 16:00 - 04:00UTC(12 NOON EST-12 MIDNIGHT EST) via VOIP/ECHOLINK *DODROPIN* Conference node #355800/ W2JLD, VO1UKZ, MW6SZL, MW8SZL,KI7BR, 9Y4C, KB8ODF, KL4RCS Net Controllers. All stations from around the world are encouraged to check in.

73 De VO1UKZ
Darryll Warford
DODROPIN System Manager

20200221 - Which RTL-SDR

posted Feb 20, 2020, 11:40 PM by Onno Benschop

There are plenty of SDR devices to be had. From cheap to expensive and everything in between. The canonical resource on most things RTL-SDR is the appropriately named website:
There is plenty of software available for any operating system you'd care to use:

20200215 - Propagation Planning

posted Feb 14, 2020, 4:58 PM by Onno Benschop

There is a useful tool that will help you plan propagation. It has several different uses:

20200215 - Rotatable Dipole

posted Feb 14, 2020, 4:52 PM by Onno Benschop

Colin VK6FWCB shares with us the following:

First of its kind 40/15 Bushcomm rotatable dipole on top of my MQ-36SR hybrid quad.

At least 2 s points better than a traditional dipole.

#vk6fwcb #dipole #bushcom

20200215 - [WIA] Future of Amateur Radio - Information Pack - Foundation Licence Callsign Structure

posted Feb 14, 2020, 4:46 PM by Onno Benschop

Wireless Institute of Australia
Dear Operator,

Thank you for subscribing to be part of the WIA Future of Amateur Radio Program.

The WIA is please to announce the first of a series of information papers (and subsequent polls) on issues important to Amateur Radio in Australia.

Please read, discuss and consider the options provided in this information paper and encourage others to participate by joining the Future of Amateur Radio program at http://poll.wia.org.au.

The poll will be emailed to WIA members and program participants on the 10th of February 2020 and will run for 2 weeks.

The PDF information pack can be downloaded from the link below.


20200215 - Digital Modes

posted Feb 14, 2020, 4:32 PM by Onno Benschop

An amateur who does lots of interesting digital portable things with a raspberry pi:
If you'd like to use Linux then you can use fldigi on linux:
If you want to run a headless raspberry pi, you can use either VNC or NoMachine.
There are several Android digital tools:
#vk6ncb #vk6wr #nk8o

20200208 - Digital Modes

posted Feb 7, 2020, 5:08 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Feb 7, 2020, 5:11 PM ]

Charles NK8O shares with us some information about digital modes:

Regarding digital modes, there are many, many of them, but one of the PSK-31 is a very popular one, or at least was popular until usurped by FT8. One of the most popular *free* interfaces is called FLDIGI. This can be found on the web at:
 A long list of descriptions of digital modes, and software available is here:
Appearance on a waterfall and sounds are here:
K7AGE’s intro to PSK-31 is very good.  There is a link on this page as well.

#nk8o #psk-32

20200208 - Charles goes fishing -- in Tanzania

posted Feb 7, 2020, 5:06 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Feb 7, 2020, 5:10 PM ]

If you're looking for a contact with Tanzania, Charles NK8O and Fred N8AX will be travelling there soon:

Listen for 5H3DX (NK8O), Charles and 5H3AX (N8AX), Fred between 24 February and 21 March 2020, working CW, PSK-31, FT8, and (less likely) SSB.   We should be set for operation between 160m and 15m, with possibilities of 12 and 10m, conditions permitting.

We have applied for permission to operate 5H3DX on 60 meters, although the status of that request is still pending.

#nk8o #n8ax #5H3DX #5H3AX #dxpedition

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