Sep 25, 2014

Member SK.

I regret to inform you that our El Presedente has passed away and become a silent key. Pablo Vazquez, the worlds only insect radio amatuer will be deeply missed. I would greatly appreciate if someone would pass the information to Larrys List for me as I am too depressed.

Sep 8, 2014

He's in your shack makin' contacts with your mom (assuming she is a HAM)

I had a visitor in my shack...

He was making contacts on the South Side ARC 2m repeater...

Here he is crankin' the drive level to 11...

as you can see he is getting ready to key up the D104 base mic...  yep makin' contacts with your mom on 40m...

Now if he could just do his real job and kill they cricket in my HAM shack


Well there you have it folks...  a $5 APRS setup!

Parts list:

-Any 2m radio...

I got mine for FREE!!!  A fellow HAM donated it to me!!

-Built a really simple COM port radio keyer (less than $5.00 worth of Radio Shack parts)

-Old Computer(already had)

-random wires and connectors...  in the JUNK BOX

-old RG8x coax

-old 2m J pole tied to a rope and pulled 35 feet into a tree

Well Got a Few Beams in the Air...

I got a few beams in the air, FINALLY!

The top one is a homebrew 6m Moxon, made from scrap aluminium, the bottom one is 2m an 11 element 2m antenna, Cushcraft A144-11, which was donated to me by N0IRS  (JD).

The rotator is an old HAM IV from Hy-gain

So far I have managed to make several 125 mile contacts on 2m side band and EVEN contacted a guy 214 miles away just south of St. Louis!!!

Sep 3, 2014

APRS for 2 meter openings.

Recently, I've started playing with APRS as a tool for monitoring VHF band conditions. Very good idea! With a couple programs, I was able to get a map up plotting the APRS stations that I could pick up.

I started picking up stations from Iowa for a moment tonight.

The X at the bottom of the image is approximately where I live and the two circles at the top are the stations from Iowa that I was able to pick up.

The programs used are linked below...

Packet Engine Pro

Search good for instructions if you are interested in setting one up your self. With Packet Engine Pro, you do not need a Terminal Node Controller and can simply use your sound card.

We may put together a tutorial at some point when we get things a little more figured out. Until then, you're on your own. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions though!


New Member!

Buzzing toasters would like to welcome KA0REN to the group. Thanks for your application and welcome!