Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sporadic E Link


I came across a good link for a website that provides "real-time" Sporadic E reporting.



Monday, May 11, 2009

Field Day 2009


Field day is just around the corner, KG4JZM (Andrew) and I are preparing for operations on over the course of 27-28 June. For our field day activity, we are planning to "camp out" in my back yard in Stevensville, MD and run off of "generator power" during field day. We plan to operate as a Class A Non-Club / Emergency Power station operating on generator and battery power.

Station ID: KB3LMC 4A MDC

Our station will be made up of the following;
  1. ICOM IC-735 HF Transciver
  2. Yaseau FT-817 HF/VHF All Mode QRP Transciver
  3. Yaseau VX-150 VHF HT
  4. High Power VHF Rig
Based on ease of operation and points the plan is to operate 2 PSK-31 Stations and 2 FM VHF Voice stations.

Shopping List:
40M Dipole Antenna
PSK-31 Interface for FT-817

Stay tuned for more



Friday, May 8, 2009

IRLP Resources


Well I'm down in NC at my in-laws for my sister-in-law's engagement party. I took my VX-150 HT with me to try to "phone home" using Internet Radio Linking Protocol (IRLP).

I looked up the local repeaters in Greensboro, NC and found that W4GSO had a 2M repeater online that was IRLP linked. After fiddiling with DTMF tones a few times a local ham called back and asked if I needed any help. It turns out that the computer attached to the repeater crashed and the IRLP link was down. So, better luck next time. Fourtantely, I did find some great links / resources on IRLP, my links are as follows: - Realtime list of IRLP nodes online (I wish I found this first) - Map of IRLP nodes with radio interfaces (repeaters and simplex links) - Generic information on how to interface your radio with DTMF tones to the IRLP system