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.

20161022 - WIA Director Presentation

posted Oct 21, 2016, 6:01 PM by Onno Benschop

On Tuesday morning (11th October 2016) Andrew VK6AS and I were on the road by 8.30 a.m. and on our way to Mount Gambier. We had a scheduled talk that evening at the clubrooms of the South East Radio Group (SERG). Our talk the previous night at the Blackwood Community Centre, hosted by AHARS, attracted around 100 amateurs from most of the Adelaide metropolitan clubs.

It was a 404 km trip ahead of us and we had decided to activate a park along the way and introduce Andrew to the wonderful world of park activating. However, the weather was not on our side. It was drizzling with rain.


#vk6as #vk5pas #wia #youtube

20161015 - JOTA

posted Oct 14, 2016, 6:06 PM by Onno Benschop

The annual Jamboree On The Air is a joint event between Scouting and Amateur Radio. It's on 14th, 15th & 16th October 2016.
#vk6paw #vk6sbk #jota #scouting

20160924 - FreeDV

posted Sep 27, 2016, 5:50 PM by Onno Benschop

Alan VK6AMH sends in this information about FreeDV:

FreeDV was featured in an article on page 11 of the September issue of the WIA Magazine.

FreeDV is an open source software program developed by David Rowe, VK5DGR and others for HF digital voice communications.

The project has been expanded to include VHF / UHF digital communications currently dominated by commercial interests who sometimes restrict third party development through patents.

The main benefit of this mode is the reduction in background noise which is a growing problem for HF communications 20m and below in urban environments. The URL to David's web site is http://www.rowetel.com/?page_id=434

A FreeDV adaptor is also available (at a cost) which connects into the mic socket of a radio without the need for a computer.

Alan Harvey VK6AMH and David Goldfinch VK6AI have been experimenting with this mode and would like to get together with other local users possibly in a net centred on 7.177Mhz to share experiences and carry out further tests.

Please email Alan VK6AMH at alanmharvey@gmail.com if you would like to help set up / join this net.

Please note that Alan Harvey and David Goldfinch are not connected with the FreeDV development project other than as users.

#vk6amh #freedv

20160903 - Mine Site Radio Communications

posted Sep 2, 2016, 5:51 PM by Onno Benschop

Denis VK6AKR sends in this link pointing at communications as they occur on mine sites.

20160903 - Emergency Procedures

posted Sep 2, 2016, 5:43 PM by Onno Benschop

Andrew VK6AS shares this link from Tony Hancock:

20160820 - JOTA resources

posted Aug 22, 2016, 1:13 AM by Onno Benschop

James VK4FCAV sends in this information about JOTA resources.
  • UK Scout Net is on Echolink *JOTA-365* at 09:00 UK time (remember they have daylight savings)
  • World Scout Net is on Echolink *JOTA-365* at 22:00 UTC 1st Saturday of the month.
Some details:
#jota #vk4fcav

20160611 - VK Shires

posted Jun 10, 2016, 5:19 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Jun 10, 2016, 5:22 PM ]

This week the VK Shires Contest starts at 14:00 WST, 06:00 UTC and runs for 24 hours. June 11-12, 2016. Onno VK6FLAB will be participating and hopefully many local stations.

Likely operating frequency, 7.190 +/- QRM.

20160423 - International Museums Weekends

posted Apr 22, 2016, 5:56 PM by Onno Benschop

If you need an excuse to activate in a new and interesting location, the International Museums Weekend is an annual event where you can visit a museum, turn on your radio and make noise.
#vk6pop #vk6wam #activation

20160423 - Mt Mee

posted Apr 22, 2016, 5:34 PM by Onno Benschop

James VK4FCAV reports that he had fun with the local WICEN:

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