The Junk Drawer - a random collection of useful and invaluable items. This week George and Jeremy bring you a veritable hodge podge of exciting ham radio content! PowerFilm Solar shares an exclusive offer for HamRadio360 listeners. George gives a preview of progress on build projects. He then shares interviews with SteppIR, Flex Radio, and Novexcomm from Pacificon. Our friends at the ICQ Podcast share an exciting announcement about G8BBC, the official BBC Ham Radio Station.
Exclusive 10% discount onPowerfilm Solar 30 watt panel
(Promo code is HamRadio on Amazon) - apply at checkout (Expires Dec 7, 2017)!
SDR Touch for Android - http://sdrtouch.com/
EveryCircuit for Android -
RF Analyzer for Android -
Elecktor article on Android function generator
EveryCircuit for iOS
Airspy HF+ - https://airspy.com/airspy-hf-plus/
Airspy Groups.io - https://airspy.groups.io/g/main/topics
SDR# / SpyServer Changelog - https://airspy.com/downloads/changelog.txt
SpyServer Directory - https://airspy.com/spy-servers/
Flex Radio - http://www.flexradio.com/
SteppIR Urban Beam - https://www.steppir.com/shop/horizontal-antennas/urbanbeam/
NovexComm Radio Mounts - http://www.novexcomm.com/
G8BBC - ICQ Podcast
Continuing the discussion of digital technologies in Ham Radio, George and Jeremy invite Kenneth Finnegan W6KWF back to do a very deep dive on Packet Radio, AX.25, and KISS modes.
We talk TNCs, equipment, and practical applications of Packet Radio this week on The Workbench.
Kenneth Finnegan -
MMDVM Zumboard - http://mmdvm.blogspot.com/
DStar Registration - http://www.dstargateway.org/D-Star_Registration.html
DMR Registration - https://www.dmr-marc.net/cgi-bin/trbo-database/register.cgi
New Elecraft AX1 Antenna - https://va2sscom/2017/10/19/elecraft-ax1-ultraportable-1720-meter-antenna-system/
Pacificon - http://www.pacificon.org/
Microwave Update 2017 - http://www.microwaveupdate.org/
Sierra Radio Systems - http://www.sierraradio.net/
Motrolla CDM1250 - https://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_us/products/two-way-radios/analog-business-radios/discontinued/cdm1250.html#tabproductinfo
Motrola CDM1550 - https://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_us/products/two-way-radios/analog-business-radios/discontinued/cdm1550.html#tabproductinfo
eMMC to SD Card adapter - https://ameridroid.com/products/emmc-adapter
Raspberry Pi Compute Module - https://www.raspberrypiorg/products/compute-module-3/
TAPR - https://www.tapr.org/packetradio.html
Bell 202 Modem - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_202_modem
TNC - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminal_node_controller
Nationwide Packet Network of BBS - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulletin_board_system
AMPRNet - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMPRNet
AX.25 - https://www.tapr.org/pub_ax25.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AX.25
TNC-X Raspberry Pi - https://tnc-x.com/TNCPi.htm
Kantronics TNCs - http://www.kantronics.com/
Soundcard Packet - https://www.soundcardpacket.org/
Direwolf - http://info.aprsnet/index.php?title=Dire_Wolf
AGWPE - https://www.sv2agw.com/downloads/
UZ7HO Soundcard Modems - http://uz7.ho.ua/packetradio.htm
OSI Model - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSI_model
AFSK - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frequency-shift_keying
HDLC - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-Level_Data_Link_Control
KISS - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_(TNC)
Outpost Software - http://www.outpostpm.org/indexphp
Alinco - http://alinco.com/Products/ham/mbl/DR-135/
Ham Radio 360, APRS Episodes:
All About APRS with KWF
APRS Follow-up: Listener Q&A with KWF
This week George and Jeremy host a roundtable discussing the differences and similarities between some of the most popular digital voice communication modes available to amateurs today.
They are joined by Rod Hardman VA3ON (DMR), Rich Timpa KC6OBJ (DStar), David Ranch KI6ZHD (Yaesu System Fusion), and Randy Neals W3RWN (Allstar).
In this conversation opinions and facts are explored about the benefits and potential of each of these digital modes of communication.
KF7IJZ / KJ6VU / KR6ZY / W6KWF Eagle Board Layout Video -
All Star - https://www.hamvoip.org/
DSTAR - http://www.dstarinfo.com/
Yaesu System Fusion - http://systemfusion.yaesu.com/what-is-system-fusion/
DMR - Tytera MD380 UHF - https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0380.html
DMR - Tytera MD9600 Mobile - https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/0196.html
DMR - Hytera (Commercial Quality) - https://www.gigaparts.com/hytera
DSTAR - ID-51 Plus 2 Handheld - https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/1151.html
DSTAR - ID-4100 Mobile - https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/4100.html
DSTAR - IC-7100 Mobile HF w/ DSTAR - https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/3071.html
Yaesu System Fusion HT - FT-2DR - https://wwwuniversal-radio.com/catalog/ht/6002.html
Yaesu System Fusion Mobile - FTM-100DR - https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/0100.html
Digital Mode Hotspots
DVMEGA (DMR, Fusion, DSTAR) - http://www.dvmega.auria.nl/
MMDVM ZUMSpot (DMR, Fusion, DSTAR) - http://mmdvm.blogspot.com/
SharkRF Open Spot (DMR, Fusion, DSTAR) - https://www.sharkrf.com/products/openspot/
All Star Micro Node - http://micro-node.com/
New ICOM SDR(?) IC-9700 144/440/1200 Radio - http://qrznow.com/icom-ic-9700-vhfuhf1-2ghz-prototype-transceiver-shown-at-tokyo-hamfair-2017/
DSTAR HF Coordination - http://www.dstarinfo.com/DSTARHFNet.aspx
The BITX40 is a $60 Arduino controlled 7 watt QRP SSB 40 meter transceiver designed and built by Ashar Farhan VU2ESE. They are available as a “kit” from http://www.hfsigs.com/ . The assembly only involves soldering wires for things like speakers, power, and microphones and also finding a suitable case. We originally spoke about the BITX40 back in Episode 26
Mark “Smitty” Smith KR6ZY is back with us again to share with us the modifications and upgrades he’s made to the original BITX40 over the summer. In this episode, we discuss adding upper sideband capabilities, adding an IF shift, and even multibanding the radio! Smitty shares lots of great resources and ideas in this episode of the Workbench.
Smitty KR6ZY can be found online on twitter @smittyhalibut (https://twitter.com/smittyhalibut) and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/SmittyHalibut
Cale K4CDN is taking a much deserved break for the rest of the year!
Workbench Autodesk Eagle board layout tutorial with KF7IJZ, KJ6VU, W6KWF, and KR6ZY -
OSHPark Board Manufacturer - https://oshpark.com/
ESP01 / ESP8266
ESP Libraries Source https://github.com/esp8266/Arduino
Arduino IDE - https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
ESP8266 in Arduino - https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/esp8266-thing-hookup-guide/installing-the-esp8266-arduino-addon
Teensy - https://www.pjrc.com/teensy/
ARRL HF Data Rates - http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-files-symbol-rate-petition-with-fcc
Hardware random number generator - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardware_random_number_generator
RTL-SDR v3 with Direct Sampling - https://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-blog-v-3-dongles-user-guide/
QRP Labs Filter Kits
HF BPF 10-band Set - http://shop.qrp-labs.com/BPFSET
D-STAR QSO Party - https://www.icom.co.jp/world/dqp/
Silicon Dust HDHomeRun OTA TV to IP Box - https://www.silicondust.com/
Smitty’s BITX40 Intro Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ESph5JCOpw
Groups.io - https://groups.io/g/BITX20
BitX Hacks - http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com/
Raduino Software - https://groups.io/g/BITX20/wiki/Raduino-Topics
Allard’s Software - https://groups.io/g/BITX20/wiki/Allard%27s-Raduino-Code
Software upgrades https://github.com/amunters/bitx40/
Make it do CW http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com/2017/03/nd6t-bitx-cw-update.html http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com/2017/02/putting-bitx-raduino-on-cw.html
USB and LSB (for digital) - https://groups.io/g/BITX20/wiki/USB-LSB-operation
Front panel and case - https://www.banggo
It's doubtful that you haven't been affected by the recent hurricanes, no matter where you reside. Here in the Upstate of South Carolina-we were indeed touched by Irma and in this episode of the Ham Radio 360 Podcast, I share some of my lessons learned.
Following that, I break the news that as of this episode, #87, I will be taking a much needed vacation from the Podcast grind. The Workbench and Field Radio Podcast will stay on schedule-but HR360 is hanging up the vacation sign and going away for a bit. 3+ years of creating content and full-on engagement has taken a toll on my balance of life so I've decided to step away, with a potential return in January 2018. A big thanks to all who helped take a 'joke' and turn into 'something'!
The recent storms seemed to reignite the ever-smoldering embers of Ham Radio's place in EMCOMM. No surprise to see the many hams out in force debating the relevance of Amateur Radio in an Emergency. Since we've never settled the no-code or Chi-com debates....what's another to continue to divide the community--I guess we really are a reflection of society after all!
Just a few days after Irma brought strong winds and heavy rain to the farm, I took my seat at the front of the room for the local ARES meeting. I believe that communications is King (especially in today's tech-centric world)! I also believe that Amateur Radio should have a place in the local communications response to emergent situations or times of duress. Finally, I believe that Ham Radio will NOT save the world; but it is a great tool to have if and when something goes wrong. period. A few months ago the local ARES-EC asked me to help get the ball rolling here in Spartanburg County, SC. We'll see what happens, right now it's trending positive. The upcoming GridEX Exercise will be a stretch for our group-but I think we'll weather it well.
The last 86+ episodes have offered many solutions to EMCOMM issues as well as introducing many aspects of the Hobby that some of us have never heard mentioned on the local 2m repeater. If you are a new listener, I invite you to page back through our catalog of shows, pick something you're interested in and give it a spin. If you've been here a while, thanks for sticking around!
Thanks again for listening!
Show Mentions and Links
GridEX IV-November 15th 2017 (PDF)
Spaghetti Models- Mikes Weather Page
Field Radio Podcast- You Need the Feed!
Curious about what the “10 MHz” connector on the back of your test equipment is? Interested in calibrating an SDR to reduce tuning error? Do you want an accurate frequency source for tuning radios? How about a super accurate sense of what time it is? This week, Dr. Frank Howell K4FMH joins Jeremy and George to talk about GPS Disciplined Oscillators and Frequency References for your workbench..
Hurricane Watch Net - https://www.hwn.org/
Icom IC-9700 - http://qrznow.com/icom-ic-9700-vhfuhf1-2ghz-prototype-transceiver-shown-at-tokyo-hamfair-2017/
Circuit Board Printer - Voltera - https://www.voltera.io/
Circuit Board Printer - BotFactory - https://www.botfactory.co/page/homepage
Remote Airspy Server w/ ASUS Tinkerboard
Airspy SDR Receivers
Airspy R2 - 24Mhz - 1.8Ghz 10Mhz Bandwidth SDR Receiver - $169 - https://v3.airspy.us/product/a-airspy/
Airspy Mini - 24Mhz - 1.8Ghz 6Mhz Bandwidth SDR Receiver - $99 - https://v3.airspy.us/product/a-airspy-mini/
SpyVerter HF Converter - $49 - https://v3.airspy.us/product/a-spyverter/
I Used a Tinkerboard because I had one, but I would recommend an ODroid device instead - http://www.hardkernel.com/main/main.php
Tinkerboard Hardware - https://www.asus.com/us/Single-Board-Computer/Tinker-Board/
Tinkboard Linaro Linux Distro available on that page under Downloads
Armbian Distro for Tinkerboard - https://www.armbian.com/tinkerboard/
Good review of Tinkerboard - https://forum.armbian.com/index.php?/topic/4614-asus-tinker-board/
Spyserver for ARM 32 Bit - http://airspy.com/download/
Airspy on ARM Instructions (do this first) - http://photobyte.org/running-spyserver-raspberry-pi-3/
Arduino MIDI Mute Button
Adafruit Pro Trinket 5V - https://www.adafruit.com/product/2000
Adafruit 24mm LED Arcade Buttons - https://www.adafruit.com/product/3430
Adafruit MIDI Jack - https://www.adafruit.com/product/1134
Arduino MIDI Wirting and Communication Guide - https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Midi
Use “Debounce” Example code from Arduino IDE
Arduino MIDI Message Guide (code is deprecated, but message formats are relevant)- http://little-scale.blogspotcom/2011/08/simple-examples-of-sending-midi-data.html
Eagle Best Practices
1/16” Margin around the edge of the board
Avoid acute angles on circuit traces
Vias should be at least 0.04” in size
Traces should be at least 0.03” in size
Keep good space between signal lines and ground planes/traces
Perseus SDR - http://microtelecom.it/perseus/
SDR Console Software - http://sdr-radio.com/Software/Download1/Download
RF Space - http://rfspace.com/RFSPACE/Home.html
Cloud SDR - http://www.cloud-sdr.com/
SDR# Tuner from Mouse - https://www.rtl-sdr.com/building-a-tuning-knob-for-sdr/
RIDGID Toolbox for KX3 Project - http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-22-in-Pro-Organizer-Black-222571/205440492
BBC Micro:Bit - http://microbit.org/
Trimble based GPS GPSDO 10Mhz / 1PPS Clock - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Trimble-GPS-Receiver-GPSDO-10MHz-1PPS-GPS-Disciplined-Clock-sine-and-square-wave-/252162780444?hash=item3ab612ad1c:g:o2IAAOSw1WJZHdMY
PCTEL GPS (L1) 26dB Timing Antenna Kit - http://www.ebay.com/itm/PCTEL-GPS-L1-26dB-TIMING-ANTENNA-KIT-GPS-TMG-26N-W-Mount-Kit-/263159662203?epid=1209248913&hash=item3d4589c67b:g:KU0AAOSw8gVX3BPx
Six Output Video Distribution Amplifier - Sigma Electronics VDA-100A - https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=SIX+Output+Video+Distribution+Amplifier+Sigma+Electronics+VDA-100A&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.
I was introduced to Kevin, KB9RLW, by my friend Julian OH8STN and his postings on Instagram/Twitter. A few months back FSQ was a 'new' mode and some were excitedly giving it a go. Julian had posted a link to a video on FSQ and it I knew this was a mode I was very interested in learning about! Enter the 'Old Tech Guy' on Youtube and here we are!
Kevin and I set about determining the compatibility of schedules and just last week we were able to connect via a wonky Skype call and get this information together for you. While we do spend some time discussing the FSQ mode, I also discovered Kevin is a die-hard Linux user. Kevin fills us in on his Linux use for Ham Radio and his YouTube Channel creations.
*I've noted on the socials a few times last week that I did indeed mispronounce the insanely popular digital mode FT8; for whatever reason I referred to it as JT8 four different times in this show.
**Additionally, I have utilized the FSQ mode since recording this conversation with what I'd consider Success! I can foresee this mode becoming a go-to for my friends and I locally on HF and VHF.
KB9RLW on YouTube
Notes and Mentions:
Kevin KB9RLW Youtube Channel
Linux in the Hamshack Podcast
Everything Ham Radio
thanks for listening Y'all,
This week, Jeremy is back and he’s brought along John Jacobs, W7DBO, host of the new Field Radio Podcast! John introduces his show and talks about the skills that he uses as a maker to build field portable gear including design and 3D Printing.
Airspy Mini Software Defined Radio -
MPD Digital Custom Coax Cables -
Pine64 Rock 64 Single Board Computer -
Times Microwave Coax Loss Calculator -
Spyserver on Pi (or ODROID or Tinker Board)-
HamRadio360 - ADS-B with Nick KK6LHR -
NOAA Weather Satellites
Double Cross Antenna -
Wideband Preamp -
NOAA Preamp/Filter -
Weather Satellite Image Decoding WXTOIMAGE, -
Orbitron Satellite Tracker -
John Jacobs’ Website - http://W7DBO.net
W7DBO VHF/UHF Build VIdeo -
Field Radio Podcast You Tube Channel -
LED Power Pole Tester -
Comms to Go -
Wago Connectors -
DROK Power Meter -
Tenergy Power Meter -
Tinkercad - Free online design tool -
Thingiverse - Why reinvent the wheel? -
Simplify 3D - Slicing Tool -
OctoPrint - Raspberry Pi Print Server -
Monoprice Maker Select Plus V2 Printer -
Monthly 3D Geek Box -
Fox Smart - Cheaper Filament -
Ed Bradshaw (W4EDF) recently upgraded his Ham Radio ticket to Extra Class and he wants you to know-You Can Too!
Former show guest and current Kenwood TS480 owner, Ed decided he wanted a bigger slice of the pie and set his sights on passing the Extra Class Exam. Having put a great deal of effort into his studies and methods, Ed offered to come on the show to share what worked for him in hopes that you (and I) would get ourselves motivated to study-and Pass!
Question pool: ARRL Link
ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 11th edition
Gordon West, WB6NOA, 2016-2020 Extra Class FCC Element 4
Ham Extra by James Thomas
Ham Study (Signal Stuff)
QRZ Practice Tests
ARRL Find an exam
ARRL What to bring
Dave Casler YouTube
Extra playlist - Here
Alan Wolke, W2AEW YouTube
Must watch: Here
W4EDF: Previous Show Appearance #37
Others Recommend these Books/Aides:
K4IA Pass, the Easy Way
KB6NU No Non Sense Guide
Extra Flash Cards
Videos Mentioned in the show:
Thanks Rob Lindsay for becoming my newest monthly Patron!
Thanks for listen!!! 73 Y'all, Cale
This week on the Ham Radio 360 Workbench Podcast George is joined by Michael VA3MW to deep dive on remotely operating your station from just about anywhere you have internet access. George also breaks down his new KX3 Portable Enclosure and discusses the wiring and placement of equipment. Unfortunately Jeremy experienced severe technical difficulties and was unable to join the call.
Wago 221 lever connector blocks-tech specs./mfg site
Wago 221 kit at Amazon
Flex Radio Systems
PST Rotator AZ
Elecraft W2 watt meter
Remote QTH control systems
TX Factor ht N4MN
Reminder to enter for a chance to win a Powerfilm 30 Watt Portable Solar panel - perfect for your next QRP portable operation!
http://www.powerfilmsolar.com/products/workbench to enter!
Don't forget to order your BitX40 7 W QRP Transceiver kit today! - http://www.hfsigs.com/
Don Keith is a long time Ham Radio Operator who combined his love of RF and conversation into a writing career that spans nearly 40 titles. He joins me on this episode of the Ham Radio 360 podcast to talk about his latest novel- Dial Dancing, some his other titles, copying 35 wpm CW, and more!
Don went all the way, in an effort to encapsulate the entire spectrum of ham radio magics with the sub-title of his latest work!
Link to Don's Books on Amazon
It's always fun to chat with another 'radio' guy, especially those who can stay one step ahead! I hope you enjoy our conversation! 73 Y'all!
A big thanks to my latest Patrons!
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This week on the Ham Radio 360 Workbench Podcast, George and Jeremy discuss their summer workbench projects. George has been busy trying to build the ultimate portable Field Day setup around his Elecraft KX3. Jeremy has been busy learning more about Software Defined Radios with Airspy devices and accessories and using SpyServer software to remotely stream RF data over his network.
Show Notes and Mentions:
PowerFilm 30W Foldable Solar Panel Giveaway -
Elecraft KX3 QRP Transceiver -
Elecraft PX3 Panadapter -
Elecraft KXPA100 Amplifier -
Airspy Mini -
Airspy R2 -
Airspy Spyverter -
SDR Sharp and SpyServer Downloads -
Powerfilm Solar 60W Foldable Panel -
Buddipole PowerMini solar charge controller -
Larry Jacobs, WA7ZBO, is my guest this time on the Ham Radio 360 Podcast. Larry is a long time Transmitter Hunter who offered to help me understand what is involved in Fox Hunting aka Bunny Hunting.
From the premise of the hunt to the gear involved- the in's and out's and best practices, Larry shares his experiences of almost 50 years!
in a show 'first' Larry produced this Bonus Video to help further describe the equipment and theory of use mentioned in this episode! (links and further mentions listed below)
Book: Worlds Best Hobby-Dave Bell
SoCal Transmitter Hunting
ARDF Homing In.com
PiCon from Byonics
Book: Transmitter Hunting- J.D. Moell
Tape Measure Yagi-
Arrow 4 MHz. Offset Fox Hunt Attenuator
VK3YNG Sniffer 4
TMR Scouting Special Event:
Will be operating an anniversary celebration station, W2T, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Ten Mile River Scout Reservation (known as TMR in the Scouting world) in Narrowsburg NY, August 4th through 6th from the camp. More info can be found at tenmileriver.org and their QRZ page
HR360 Mention on RTL-SDR Blog
Thank you for listening to and supporting Ham Radio 360!
This week, George and Jeremy talk with Brian Yee, W6BY, about building and operating ham radio gear for the microwave bands. There is a surprising amount of activity in the microwave spectrum and getting on the air is easier than you might think.
Sign up for the Power Film Solar 30 watt solar panel give away contest:
Micro:Bit Microcontroller platform www.microbit.org
Order your BitX 40 QRP 40M radio kit - http://www.hfsigs.com/
The perfect Ham Radio Computer? The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA - https://www.asus.com/2-in-1-PCs/ASUS-Transformer-Mini-T102HA/
Brian Yee W6BY presents “Amateur Radio in the Bands Above 1 GHz” at BayCon 2017
Brian works on an old earth station written up in CQ VHF
Brian Yee W6BY on microwave comms for ham radio – YouTube
Microwave Update 2017 – Santa Clara California, October 26-29 http://www.microwaveupdate.org/
Down East Microwave https://www.downeastmicrowave.com/
Khune Electronic Microwave Components https://www.kuhne-electronic.de/
Paul K1GHZ Microwave kits http://www.w1ghz.org/
50 MHz and Up Group – Northern California http://www.50mhzandup.org/
San Bernardino Microwave Society SBMS http://www.ham-radio.com/sbms/
George’s Blog - http://www.kj6vu.com/
Bay Net - http://www.bay-net.org
George does a webinar about designing the Workbench power management PCB project
New Podcast Alert!
This week on the Ham Radio 360 Show we discuss his upcoming Field Radio Podcast launch with John Jacobs (W7BDO)! The Field Radio Podcast is set to premiere this Thursday (July 13 2017) on your favorite podcast player!
The Field Radio Podcast is dedicated to exploring the amateur radio hobby through the lens of getting you and your gear outdoors.
Your host, John W7DBO, will explore what gear works best, how to deploy in the field, and most importantly how to have fun!
The podcast will also explore what you can do with your gear once deployed; Including emergency communications, contesting, event support, and of course Field Day.
Subscribe On Android
Find In iTunes
@fieldradiopod on Twitter
fieldradiopodcast on Facebook
Field Radio Podcast RSS Feed ***
Field Radio Podcast on Youtube
John's email contact here
Field Radio Podcast Show Discussion in the HR360 Forums
Getting Scouts On the Air!
Following the new show announcement I'm joined by Jim Wilson K5ND to discuss Ham Radio and it's long history with Scouting around the World! The Scouts 60th Annual Jamboree on the Air is coming up in October (20-22)!
What a Great Way to share the Magic of Ham Radio-
Jamboree on the Air Guidelines for Amateur Radio Operators
Jamboree on the Air Event Tips
ScoutLink info for Jamboree on the Internet
Upcoming Jamboree Info July 15-28 2017
You can also find lots more information on www.k2bsa.net for Radio Merit Badge, etc...
Thank you to my show Patrons!---if you're interested click below!
Thank you for listening to and sharing the show!
73 Y'all K4CDN!
This week, George and Jeremy take a look back at Field Day 2017 and the things that we made to make it a great one. We also spend some time with Jason K6DGN to talk about his USB HT Battery Charger and some of his other interests.
Order your BitX 40 QRP 40M radio kit - http://www.hfsigs.com/
The perfect Ham Radio Computer? The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA - https://www.asus.com/2-in-1-PCs/ASUS-Transformer-Mini-T102HA/
Dewalt TSTAK boxes - http://www.dewalt.com/products/gear-and-equipment/tool-storage/tstak
Making your own external HT battery pack by Jason K6DGN - http://www.bay-net.org/docs/baycon2017/ht_charger.pdf
Yeeco 5V to 12V Regulator - https://www.amazon.com/Yeeco-Converter-Regulator-Stabilizer-Adjustable/dp/B011EBSKK0
K6DGN’s YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/helidragon510/
RC Flight and Amateur Radio with K6DGN on the Everything Ham Radio Podcast - http://www.everythinghamradio.com/2017/05/remote-controlled-vehicles-jason-k6dgn-eth070/
George’s Blog - http://www.kj6vu.com/
Ohio Valley Experimenters Club - http://ovec.club
Bay Net - http://www.bay-net.org
A few weeks back in our Facebook Group, Curtis Williamson (W4HCW) mentioned he'd like to hear me do a show about the 13 Colonies Special Event. I connected with Bob, ND7J, the webmaster for the event as well as an event operator from the state of North Carolina. I feature our conversation in this episode of HamRadio 360.
The 13 Colonies Special Event is held during Independence Weekend each July and began in 2009, as a 'One Time' event. After logging over 12,000 contacts with just 13 operators, it's founder Ken, KU2US, discovered he was onto something. Since it's inception the event has grown exponentially with many more state operators and a network of help that spans the globe.
This is one of my favorite contests to participate in each year! Thanks to Bob for coming on to help us learn more, and I hope you all get a chance to participate and get a clean sweep! To learn more about the Event, Logging, Certificates and more visit the 13 Colonies Special Event page at www.13colonies.net
Recently, my friend and fellow podcaster Glenn Hebert, asked if I'd join him on his Live, Daily Podcast: Horses in the Morning. Every once in a while Glenn produces a Non-Horsey show, and I was pleased to be invited. Segment 3 of this episode features that quick conversation as I try to explain Ham Radio in less than 7 minutes :)
Hap Holly, KC9RP, has been producing The Rain Report since the 1980's.
“From his home studio/ham shack in suburban Chicago, Hap Holly, KC9RP, produces this 10 to 15- minute weekly amateur radio program service, featuring timely interviews, occasional thought-provoking commentaries from other hams, excerpts from Hamvention Forums and other items of general interest to the ham radio community at large."
The Rain Report can be heard on some local repeaters around the US as well as on-line and in your podcast player. Hap and I caught up via Skype back before Hamvention, and he's recently released our conversation that I share here in segment 4. I appreciate the continued effort of Hap and his dedicated support staff as they work to bring us The Rain Report. You can find The Rain Report at the www.therainreport.com
Show Notes and Mentions
The Devil of a Whipping- A favorite novel of mine
Randy KB3IHF QSL Cards & more
DX Summit: Cluster
Horses in the Morning
The Rain Report
**Bonus Show Content: Roswell Crash Special Event Info PVARC
Y'all have a Great Week!
This week on the Workbench Podcast; Smitty KR6ZY joins George and Jeremy to talk the BitX40. The BITX40 is a popular $60 40M 7W SSB transceiver "kit" available from http://www.hfsigs.com/ . Smitty gives a great general introduction on the radio, its capabilities, and its opportunities. We encourage our listeners to order theirs now as we will be doing a series of segments over the next few episodes to highlight opportunities for this little radio!
Antenna Analyzer Boards - Here with less than 50 now in stock
Posted rev 1.0 of the Power Board firmware by Ed W6ELA on www.360workbench.com
Interview on 3D Printing Today - 191_3DPrinting_Today
SDR - AirSpy - http://www.airspy.us
SDRSharp - Software Links
Diamond D220R - Discone Antenna
FM Broadcast Band Filter - Broadcast FM Block Filter (88 - 108 MHz Block) by RTL-SDR Blog -
AM Broadcast Band Filter - Broadcast AM Reject High Pass Filter (2.6 MHz HPF) by RTL-SDR Blog
ADSB Filter - https://v3.airspy.us/product/fp-1090-ha5s/
Lego Saturn V - sold out from LEGO, available on Amazon for an additional $100+ :(
BitX40 - http://www.hfsigs.com
KR6ZY's Intro to the BitX40 Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ESph5JCOpw
BitX40 Hacking Blog - http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com
BitX40 Community - https://groups.io/g/bitx20
Solder Smoke Podcast - http://www.soldersmoke.com
Solder Smoke - Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics
Upcoming Webinar from Autodesk featuring George, KJ6VU
When Everything Hits The Fan - DC Power Management Design for Emergency Applications
In this episode of the Ham Radio 360 Podcast, I'm joined by Nick, KK6LHR to discuss ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast). Known around here as "Tracking Airplanes with a SDR"...there's a lot more to it than that, and Nick helps me understand the ins and outs plus getting started in ADS-B.
Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS–B) is a surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by air traffic control ground stations as a replacement for secondary radar. It can also be received by other aircraft to provide situational awareness and allow self separation. *wikipedia
Nick is more that just a nosy guy wanting to see what's flying overhead, he was determined to get the best signal down the line into his shack. From Homebrewing LNA'a to Amazon he's compiled the gear and knowledge to help us make the most of our efforts!
Thanks for coming on Nick, I really appreciate your time, helping this all make sense!
Show Notes & Links
QUCS: Quite Universal Circuit Simulator - Official Site
AIRSPY.US SDR receivers and antennas
Workbench Antenna Analyzer Boards
FAA NextGen initiative
ADS-B Wikipedia article
Virtual Radar Server
ADS-B Receiver project
Pair of RTL dongles and indoor antennas (low power consumption)
RTL-SDR blog dongle
Set of indoor antennas
Dual-band antenna (no longer produced :( )
1090MHz bandpass + bias-T
Ham Radio 360 ADS-B KIT
Post Show Mention on the RTL-SDR Blog
Thank you, again for listening and your support!
On this episode of the Workbench, George and Jeremy are joined by Beric K6BEZ, David W6DTW, and Kenneth W6KWF. The gang debriefs us on the 2017 Maker Faire Bay Area and the role and presence of Amateur Radio. We also talk about our Field Day 2017 plans.
Maker Faire Bay Area - http://makerfaire.com/bay-area/
Weird Stuff - http://www.weirdstuff.com/
Travis Goodspeed's MD-380 Tools - http://www.md380.org
Beric's DIY Test Equipment using RTL-SDR Dongle SDR - http://www.bay-net.org/docs/baycon2017/rf_test_gear.pdf
SDR Noise Source and Directional Coupler - https://v3.airspy.us/product-category/other-tools-and-accessories/
Python RTL-SDR Library - https://github.com/roger-/pyrtlsdr
Dayton Mini Maker Faire - http://dayton.makerfaire.com
Bob Pease - http://www.ti.com/ww/en/bobpease/
Pyle 4 Channel Headphone Amplifier - https://www.amazon.com/Pyle-Pro-PHA40-4-Channel-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B003M8NVFS