Henderson KY Winlink Gateway

Henderson Kentucky Winlink 2000 Gateway 145.010


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ubiquiti Bullet2HP

I now have a Ubiquiti Bullet2HP to run some long distance point to point tests. It is always fun to play with new toys! Now all I need is someone to help test these to see if it could be used to connect some packet BPQ nodes.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MRP40 CW Software

MRP40 software looks like a good CW decoder program. It states on the web site that it is good for high-speed (QRQ) and weak signals. I downloaded the trial version and have been trying it out on the bands. I have listened to slow and fast CW. It did pretty good at decoding CW, of course it also depended on the senders ability to send. I ran into several times when the sender was not sending very smooth and the software saw a bunch of "e,i" characters. So far this has been one of the better CW programs out there. The cost of this software is 49.90 Euros, so be sure you try it for the 30 day trial period. Of course the best software for CW is between your ears.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Stuff to get young people interested in radio

Here is a nice website with some great simple projects to get some youg people interested in radio and electronics. Included as projects are:

■A quick and simple radio
■Building a radio in 10 minutes
■A radio out of household items
■A simple AM transmitter
■The Three-Penny Radio
■A Portable Crystal Radio
These projects are very interesting. I like the 3 penny radio, it would make a big impression on a youngster.
Check it out here:

Monday, September 13, 2010

New GNU Codec2

David Rowe, VK5DGR has released Codec2 V0.1 alpha for communication quality speech. This has been released under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), which makes it open source. This is what Ham Radio is about, not the proprietary stuff that is out there. Because D-Star is proprietary it is not compatable with Codec2. Check it out for more detailed information. I think we are heading in the right direction with this. This should lead to a less expensive way for digital voice.


Friday, September 10, 2010

New version of Airlink Express v.

There has been a new version of Airlink Express v. released. It now includes among other enhancements PSKReporter, Automatic Propagation Reporter, and ARQ, Automatic Repeat Request, for sending and receiving of text and binary files. I will have to test this and see if it may work better for sending ARQ messages than some other software does.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

See where your PSK signal is heard

Check this web sight out. It is a place you can see where your digital signal is heard. You must use the pattern "de callsign callsign" for the software to hear you. This is a must play with website, get your bragging rights using your 5 watts QRP station.