Henderson KY Winlink Gateway

Henderson Kentucky Winlink 2000 Gateway 145.010


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nook Color for HSMM Update

The Nook Color that I posted about earlier is a very nice little computer. I have been working with it more on the web side, I have played with the ebook side and it works very well. It's web browser is nice, but I have to get used to typing on the screen. I had no problems connecting to the AP router going into the Mesh node. The Nook connected to my Paclink email server without any problems. I can send and recieve email from the Nook. This was a fun and easy project.

Monday, July 25, 2011

HSMM-Mesh nodes update

I now have four mesh nodes up and running in various forms from unmodified to portable battery powered node. These have been working great together. I have had no problems with auto association or hopping from node to node. I have been working on connecting these nodes with a mobile server that can connect to Paclink and send Winlink messages via 2m RF. This is a mobile node that can be placed where needed during an event or emergency. This would let a served agency connect to the portable server and using only a web browser have email capabilities. This means that only a web address and password is needed to access the system, no software needs to be installed at the served agency. The next thing for this project is to have HF capability since we do not have enough 144/440 RMS Gateway Nodes in the state, I hope this will change in the future. I will in a future post go into more detail about the mobile Apache server, but initial testing is very favorable.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Top 10 DIY from Radio Shack survey

Check out the results from the recent Radio Shack DIY blog survey. Ham radio made it into the top ten at number 8! If they listen to the DIYers, we may have great things and parts locally again. Check it out here: DIY


Friday, July 22, 2011

Nook Color for HSMM

I have recently acquired a Barnes and Noble Nook Color. This is a very interesting piece of equipment. Out of the box it has many great features other than an Ebook reader. The Nook has a web browser, email, games, and applications. It has WiFi which is a very nice feature, along with the 7 inch color screen. The only thing it does not have that would be nice is a microphone or line in port. I have been looking at the possibility of using this for HSMM. The web browser may be a quick handy way to access the Mesh. There is a way to change the software to Android or even Ubuntu. I will be looking into these in the near future.



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hand Sending International Morse Code

Here is a good Army video on how to properly send morse code with a straight key. I found it to be good training even for today. So dust off those unused straight keys and practice the original digital mode.