Bartg RTTY Sprint 2013

This weekend I entered the Bartg RTTY Sprint contest. I’m not really a RTTY man, but I like this mode when doing a contest. As every time I join a contest, I had to figure out N1MM all over again. I don’t use it enough. But in the end it was ok just in time for the contest and everything worked like a charm.
I didn’t do the whole 24 hours, just a few hours on Saturday afternoon and a few hours on Sunday morning. Didn’t run one CQ at all, just S&P on 40, 20, 15 and 10. If I may say so: a decent score.

Baofeng UV-B6

After reading this post I couldn’t resist any longer.
Yesterday I ordered the new toy, a Baofeng UV-B6 Chinese HT. Incredible price: 43 dollar! It can take up to 60 days before delivering so it will be no typical Christmas present.
I like to use the HT to connect to my Kenwood TM-D710 en simplex EchoLink repeater modus. Then I can walk around the house with the HT and be logged in a EchoLink conference room (for instance nodenumber 3373 ITM No Agenda conference server). Actually I don’t have a lot of time at the moment for the radio hobby, but online buying doesn’t take up much.

New amateur in town: KF5SLN

Adam CurryOnly a few weeks he is officially a HAM amateur, Adam Curry, of the No Agenda podcast! Passed for his technician license recently, a few weeks later for his general and already he is studying for his extra in December 2012!

Adam totally took a dive in Echolink and setup a conference server (EchoNode 3373), which is already turn out to be a cozy place for ‘random HAM dudes’. Somewhere this days Continue reading “New amateur in town: KF5SLN”

APRSd on a virtual machine

Keyspan USA 19HIn the manual that came with my Kenwood TM-D710 I found a section about Automatic Packet Report System (APRS) and how to configure it. I thought it would be cool to configure my rig as an iBridge (repeater like option in APRS) to the internet. Then local packets my rig picks up, are being relayed to the Internet. Before I offer a dedicated machine for this functionality I want to figure out how this works under Linux. So I made a virtual machine on VirtualBox on my MacPro and installed Continue reading “APRSd on a virtual machine”