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.

20191207 - NanoVNA

posted Dec 6, 2019, 6:46 PM by Onno Benschop

During the net we discussed the NanoVNA. There are two versions so far and a third on the way. The original design by (@edy555) was the 300 MHz version. The upgrade was by (@hugen79) which took it to 900 MHz. A new version is in the works for 3.5 GHz.

300 MHz Original:

20191207 - RX/TX switches

posted Dec 6, 2019, 6:40 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Dec 6, 2019, 6:40 PM ]

During the net we discussed an issue where Charles NK8O is trying to set-up a Beverage On Ground receive antenna. He'd been looking for some automatic switching:

20191207 - FT8/digital QRP Radio

posted Dec 6, 2019, 6:37 PM by Onno Benschop

Charles NK8O shares with us a series of mono-band radios that are build with digital in mind:

20191130 - AllstarLink announcements

posted Nov 29, 2019, 4:10 PM by Onno Benschop

Have you ever listened to the local repeater announcing the connection of a link? Codewords like UFDIS and NOICE seem to pepper the alert.

Here's what they mean:

Nmemonic Description
rptenaRepeater Enable
rptdisRepeater Disable
totenaTimeout Timer Enable
totdisTimeout Timer Disable
apenaAutopatch Enable
apdisAutopatch Disable
lnkenaLink Enable
lnkdisLink Disable
skenaScheduler Enable
skdisScheduler Disable
ufenaUser Functions Enable
ufdisUser Functions Disable
atenaAlternate Hangtime Enable
atdisAlternate Hangtime Disable
noiceNo Incoming Connections Enable
noicdNo Incoming Connections Disable
slpenSleep Mode Enable
slpdsSleep Mode Disable

20191130 - YouTube resources

posted Nov 29, 2019, 3:08 PM by Onno Benschop

There are plenty of resources on YouTube with videos relating to Amateur Radio. Tom VK3FTOM shared these two channels:
There are other Amateurs in VK6 who have channels - in no particular order:

20191123 - Various Topics of Conversation

posted Nov 22, 2019, 4:47 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Nov 23, 2019, 10:31 PM ]

Bryan VK6PVC suggests this to compare a beverage on ground to magnetic loop:

Also, a video channel that describes how to convert a TV antenna into 2m/70cm/6m
Shaun VK6BEK suggests that the FISTS down under is organising a CW contest in December that will be set up at a time that's suitable for 40m.

The contest is on the Fists Down Under Contests link. It is straight key only but I like this because it is fairly low paced and if you bugger up sending or receiving everyone is patient. If you ever listen to the 6pm SSB bunfight that is low band 40m CW you will understand why it is called Dodgems.

Also shortened radials on the ground for a vertical. Check out Callum M0MCX's YouTube channel and website.

I heard about the lots of shorter radials on the ground approach from Callum M0MCX who has hundreds of Youtube videos.  His 3 videos on radials are interesting. He is a very interesting guy all round .  It is a pleasure to watch his live operating videos when they are on (or later).  A real professional operator.

#vk6pvc #vk6bek #bog #beverage #magneticloop #antennas #cw #contest #youtube #ideas

20191109 - NanoVNA software

posted Nov 8, 2019, 4:45 PM by Onno Benschop

If you have a NanoVNA, here's some software that will work across three platforms:

20191102 - Logging and Morse Code

posted Nov 3, 2019, 6:42 PM by Onno Benschop

David W0DAV shared with us an Android Morse Code trainer:
Charles NK8O shared with us a contact/contest logger for MacOS - available from the App Store:
#w0dav #nk80 #morse #logging #macos #android

20191010 - JOTA Information

posted Oct 18, 2019, 7:06 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Oct 25, 2019, 5:12 PM ]

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:

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