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 Hopefully I didn't blow any!

 

If you guys have noticed that the website hasn't been updated very much lately, I've been busy with class and homework the past few weeks. My classes are officially over for the Fall semester this week. Yay! So far, I've finished 3 classes and have 1 to go. It's barely worth mentioning since there's no question that I'll pass it. Last week on 12/8 I took my first A+ certification test and passed it. 860 points out of a possible 900. I obliterated it. I take my second test next week on 12/21, I'm pretty confident. The A+ certification covers the basics of computer servicing, not only troubleshooting but also customer service. It's considered the basic cert many employers require to hire for IT jobs.

In the time off I have between semesters I'm planning on working around the house a little. I've got a Softrock RXTX kit to build. It's a QRP SDR (Software Defined Radio) transceiver. I could put it anywhere on HF but once I build it, it's stuck there. I'm intending on building the 40m-30m-20m option. Wish me luck, there's quite a few SMT components to it, plus winding coils which I've never done. Output should be 1-2w, maybe a future kit I could build would be a 50w amp. :) I've also got a bum TS-520s I want to work on and get going. I've identified a switch in the front panel with a disconnected wire between a couple of it's wafers. I just gotta work out how to get the front all the way off so I can remove the switch, figure out where the wire connected and replace it. Then test and cross my fingers that was the only thing wrong with it. I'm also sitting on the order button at thewireman.com for some stuff to build a 40m dipole. Still trying to see if I can build something for cheaper.

I have a ton of projects I can do over the course of the next few weeks, snow won't get me down!

James Hall
N9XLC

Learn CW Online

 Here's a good website to learn morse code on: lcwo.net

I'm currently trying to learn morse code on that site. They've got a bunch of different practice sessions and an entire 40 lesson KOCH method training. If you create a user account on that website then it will save your progress. There's options to download practice files in mp3 format (which I believe Windows can burn to an audio cd if you want it to). The website has a neat feature where you can create and join groups for the purpose of discussion and competition. Each group will let you compare your highscores with the other users of that group.

Let me know if anyone else uses this website. I've started a group "Whitewater Valley Indiana" on the lcwo.net website if anyone would like to join me.

73s
James Hall
N9XLC
 

1929 QSO party

  Thought some people would be interested in this.. It's a contest where you built a tube transmitter in the style of those used in 1929 or before and then make contacts with it. The actual on-air portions run Dec 5/6 and 10/11. I guess most of the activity will be on 80m.

See this link for more details. Here is a Youtube video of one transmitter made by w0vlz.

 

North American Repeater Directory

Hi All,

    I just found this on-line repeater directory. Indiana repeaters have not been populated. I have volunteered as an admin for Indiana. I should get information this evening on the tools that I will have available as an admin. Individuals can make entries or send them to me and I will add it for you. Try to provide as much information about any repeater that you want added. To see what I will be trying to enter see the Colorado state page.

   The URL is http://www.repeaterbook.com/index.php

This site includes the most up-to-date amateur radio repeater listings (updated by you and our admins) for the US and Canada. We are adding repeaters everyday, but need your help. Please submit new updates to repeater data whenever you see something outdated or incorrect.

What makes this site different than others? We use admins located in the states and provinces that we cover to collect repeater data and add it to the site. This is not just some outdated and stale repeater directory with copied information from the ARRL.

Repeaterbook is more than a repeater directory. We also cross-reference with EchoLink and IRLP status to give you a comprehensive view of a repeater. There are also many export functions for Google Maps, Google Earth, Excel, or your favorite rig programming software.


Any questions please contact me desloan @ earthlink.net (take out the spaces).

73,

Dave NØEOP

Digital modes?

 Anyone in the area run any digital modes? I hear some APRS packet but that's pretty much it. At least unless you count Dstar, apparently I've heard one of the Cincinnati Dstar repeaters. I have a MFJ 1278B Multimode Data controller and an AEA PK-12 packet modem that are going fairly unused so far. I used my PK-12 a lot back in the 90s when packet was still pretty hopping. Looks like that's all dried up and all anyone cares about anymore is APRS.

I'm thinking about building a sound card interface for software digital modes. I found one here. Pretty simple, I think. Just gotta order the parts from somewhere like Mouser or Digikey and then build it up. Shouldn't take more than an hour to build. PSK31 looks interesting to try. I've been listening on 2m ssb for anything and I hear nothing. Guess I need to build up my Softrock RXTX or get my ts520 going. :)

73s
James
N9XLC

IRLP

Anyone using the IRLP on 444.025 Mhz + offset and 74.4 CTCSS? Curtis has information about his system at http://2590salem.webs.com/4106.htm Nice way to talk to an area when their is no direct propagation available.

73,

Dave N0EOP

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