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.

20171021 - Homebrew 2m YAGI

posted by Onno Benschop

Daniel VK6FDKL shares with us a link for a home-brew 2m YAGI.

20171014 - Allstar Network

posted Oct 13, 2017, 11:08 PM by Onno Benschop

Peter VK6LV sends in this information for whenever you are using the Allstar Network.

Note: Always make sure you disconnect the from the VK6 southwest hubs before connecting to any other hubs around the world.

How to: Disconnect from the Southwest VK6 Hubs, Connecting to the UK Allstar Hub, Disconnect from the UK Hub when you have finished, and then Reconnect the Southwest Hubs again.

  1. PTT + DTMF tone *76 will disconnect VK6RLM from the VK6 southwest hubs.

  2. To Connect to the UK Allstar hub: PTT + *3 41522.

  3. When you have finished with the UK Hub:

    PTT + DTMF tone *76 will disconnect VK6RLM from the UK Hub Network when you have finished.

    (You can only disconnect from the UK Hub network when there are no conversations taking place)

  4. PTT + DTMF tone *3 42732 will reconnect the VK6 southwest Hubs
Reconnect - *3 427 32 

You can use: http://stats.allstarlink.org/getstatus.cgi?28608 at any time to view the state of the Allstar connections.

#allstar #vk6lb

20170923 - Amateur Projects

posted Sep 22, 2017, 6:04 PM by Onno Benschop

John, VK6VZZ suggests the following site as a place to go hunting for some simple (and more complex) projects to get you started in Amateur Radio:
#vk6vzz #build #antennas #projects

20170923 - Portable Logging Software

posted Sep 22, 2017, 5:59 PM by Glynn Davies   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 6:17 PM ]

For those of Android persuasion - VK3ZPF has written a portable logging app, which can be found at:

Support for this software can be found at:

#vk3zpf #logging #logger #android

20170916 - Amateur Videos

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:54 PM by Onno Benschop

Steve VK6CS has a YouTube Channel which he shares some of his Amateur experiences:

20170916 - Talk Like a Pirate

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:43 PM by Onno Benschop

Glynn VK6PAW is set-up with his portable outdoor station to talk like a Pirate today.


20170916 - Tropospheric Ducting

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:23 PM by Onno Benschop

During the 'net this week we experienced some check-ins from remote stations, 300km away from the repeater. You can see a map here:

20170729 - Yagi Sag of Elements

posted Jul 28, 2017, 5:54 PM by Onno Benschop

Denis VK6AKR shares with us an interesting discussion about the elements of a Yagi which are subject to mechanical stress such as sag:

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