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.

20181006 - SDR Software

posted Oct 5, 2018, 6:06 PM by Onno Benschop

Randall VK6WR shares with us a link for a piece of software that he's been using with his RTL dongle:
#sdr #vk6wr #software #opensource

20180929 - SMA Adaptor with flange

posted Sep 28, 2018, 5:48 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 5:58 PM ]

Charles NK8O shares with us an adaptor that you can use to connect a BNC antenna to your handheld radio. It comes with a flange that provides stress relief.

Charles writes:
I purchased these adapters for my Chinese radios.  The tighten down flush to the body of my Anytone DMR radio and my Wouxun HT, and make it a lot less likely that a bump or mishap will destroy the connector.  Do NOT purchase the type that stands free from the body of the radio.  They are a disaster waiting to happen.  This of course requires purchase of a different antenna but definitely worth, and makes it easier to connect to another external antenna.

20180922 - Four States QRP DMR talkgroup

posted Sep 25, 2018, 1:58 AM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 6:05 PM ]

Charles, NK8O shares with us this information:
The Four States QRP Group has been issued a permanent DMR TalkGroup ID, 31654.  A description is available at https://wiki.brandmeister.network/index.php/TalkGroup/31654  Our Four States DMR net occurs Thursday mornings at 0200 UTC, following the QRP CW nets at 0100 UTC on 7122 kHz and 0130 UTC on 3564 kHz.  Though it’s unlikely we will hear Western Australia on 20 or 40 meters, you should be 59 on DMR.

All are welcome.


#dmr #qrp #talkgroup #updated

Edit: Updated to reflect the new permanent group.

20180922 - Satellite Details

posted Sep 21, 2018, 6:05 PM by Onno Benschop

If you've been looking into doing some amateur satellite activities, here's a list of satellites to get you started thanks to Graeme VK6MIL.

#satellite #vk6mil

20180922 - MRO Open Day

posted Sep 21, 2018, 5:39 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 5:55 PM ]

The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory is holding an open day in early October:

Places are very limited and you will need to get yourself to Geraldton, but if you can I would recommend it as a unique experience.

(But you will have to leave your radio at home)

#vk6wr #mwa

20180922 - Elad FDM-DUO

posted Sep 21, 2018, 5:33 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Sep 25, 2018, 1:56 AM ]

Charles NK8O shares with us a new SDR radio:
If you want to see some more about this radio, there's a three-part YouTube tutorial series on the subject:
#nk8o #elad #sdr #tutorial #youtibe

20180915 - DMR Tools

posted Sep 14, 2018, 5:36 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 6:05 PM ]

Charles NK8O shares with us a website that allows us to convert files between various formats:
Here's a map of the various networks:
Here is support information for several DMR handsets from Glynn VK6PAW:
#nk8o #dmr #map #vk6paw

20180915 - Aviation Zones

posted Sep 14, 2018, 5:31 PM by Onno Benschop

Glynn VK6PAW has been listening to aviation frequencies and asked where it's documented when to switch between Melbourne Centre, Perth Approach, Perth Tower and Perth Ground, as well as Perth Departures.

This is governed by this map:

20180908-Double Crossed Dipole

posted Sep 7, 2018, 7:16 PM by Onno Benschop

Rob VK6FDRM and Denis VK6AKR have been working satellites using a double-crossed dipole. Rob sends in a link to the design, made to receive NOAA satellite images, but easy to implement on any frequency:
#vk6frdm #vk6akr #homebrew #antenna #vhf #uhf #satellite

20180908-NewsHound 101

posted Sep 7, 2018, 5:53 PM by Onno Benschop

WAARN Pesents NewsHound 101


Would you like to learn how to write a story? 
Would you like to learn how to record your story?

NewsHound 101 is WAARN’s successful training programme aimed at teaching  people how to write up a story that’s easy to listen to, and how to make a successful recording, requiring no specialised equipment. 

WHEN:  Saturday 22nd September 2018

TIME:     0900 to 13:00

The Venue is the meeting road of the Bassendean Library, Old Perth Road, Bassendean.

This course is Free. BYO Lunch, laptop and Headset. To enrol, email secretary@vk6.net

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