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.

20200711 - Antennas

posted Jul 10, 2020, 6:04 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Jul 10, 2020, 6:05 PM ]

20200627 - Repeater Book representative in VK

posted Jun 26, 2020, 8:12 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Jun 26, 2020, 8:13 PM ]

During the net we were joined by Alan VK2FMET who has volunteered to become the Repeater Book coordinator for VK. If you own or manage a repeater, you can contact him with updates and it will be reflected in the Repeater Book. Also, if you find an error with a repeater you're using get in touch with Alan and let him know.

The current VK6 list is at:

If you're unfamiliar with Repeaterbook, it's a website and iOS/Android app that allows you discover repeaters within a radius of your current location. This is a nice thing to have when you are on the move and in unfamiliar territory:

20200620 - VK6RLM has died

posted Jun 19, 2020, 5:05 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Jun 26, 2020, 8:08 PM ]

If you're looking for F-troop this morning, we've QSY'd to VK6RAP on 146.700 MHz because the normal repeater has died. There is no linking on this repeater that I'm aware of, so unfortunately no net for remote listeners.

Feel free to check-in via email: cq@vk6flab.com

Update: It didn't die, it was timed-out due to an errant remote station. Normal services resumed during the net.


20200613 - Software Defined Radio Academy 2020

posted Jun 12, 2020, 6:04 PM by Onno Benschop

Randall VK6WR brings the SDRA 2020 conference to our attention. Held online on Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28, there's a long list of speakers:

20200616 - Squid Pole Build

posted Jun 12, 2020, 5:54 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Jun 12, 2020, 5:55 PM ]

Matt VK6XU shares a vertical he built during the week. he used the following websites to made my squid pole vertical antenna

#vk6xu #squidpole #antenna #build

20200613 - D-Star

posted Jun 12, 2020, 5:46 PM by Onno Benschop

Glynn VK6PAW sends in this information about a series of lectures about D-Star:

D-STAR, although a slightly older digital mode, still attracts a fair bit of interest due to the number of Icom radios out there that have the capability.

For a number of years at the Dayton Hamvention. Icom America had John Davis (WB4QDX) presented a series of lectures.

All you need to do is go to YouTube and search for "d-star infocon", or click one of these links to get started with the 2016 lecture series.
#vk6paw #d-star #education

20200606 - Low Profile VHF antennas

posted Jun 5, 2020, 5:50 PM by Onno Benschop

Steve VK6CS shares with us a video he made about low profile VHF communication antennas:

20200529 - 2020 State of the Hobby Survey

posted May 28, 2020, 10:00 PM by Onno Benschop

Dustin N8RMA reports it's time for the fourth annual survey into the State of Amateur Radio 

First and foremost, I hope everyone is staying healthy out there.  The COVID-19 global pandemic has, for better or worse, certainly cause a large amount of change in the world today.

While I was originally hoping to release this survey mid-March, due to the pandemic response I was forced to change this up. I trust many others have had to make similar adjustments, so I hope folks understand.

Last year saw a huge increase in participation and I hope to continue that trend in 2020. 

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey for this year and share with your radioactive peers. You can check out the survey link, along with previous results on my blog!

Dustin N8RMA

#survey #n8rma

20200527 - Complementary WIA membership for new amateurs

posted May 26, 2020, 10:30 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated May 26, 2020, 10:31 PM ]

Ben VK6NCB reminded us that the Wireless Institute of Australia is offering a complementary membership to all operators who receive new qualifications. Details are here:
If this is you, or someone you know all that is needed is a completed WIA membership form and a copy of the relevant AOCP qualification showing the date of qualification being later than the first of January 2018 email it to support@wia.org.au

#vk6ncb #wia

20200516 - NanoVNA screen size comparison

posted May 15, 2020, 5:55 PM by Onno Benschop

Ben VK6NCB shares a photo of a side-by-side of the NanoVNA-H vs NanoVNA-F.

#nanovna-h #nanovna-f #vk6ncb

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