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.

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:

20200718 - Coax Loss

posted Jul 17, 2020, 5:29 PM by Onno Benschop

Discussion about losses on RG-58 were had on the net this morning. Here's a link to a calculator:

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.


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