[opensource] Amateur Radio

ZureaL zureal at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 19:00:15 EDT 2012


Is anyone else taking the test at 8am tomorrow?


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On Aug 10, 2012, at 6:15 PM, Michael Yanovich <yanovich.1 at osu.edu> wrote:

> I'm really glad to see there is a good amount of interest in this and
> I'm also glad to see some overlap among the Amateur Radio Club and the
> Open Source Club.
> 
> I encourage those who are interested in amateur radio to attended the
> Amateur Radio Club's meetings. I plan on going to their first meeting
> when classes start back up. I discovered the Amateur Radio Club at OSU
> during the summer.
> 
> As far as getting together to study and have people get their licenses
> any and all help is greatly appreciated. I was thinking of maybe setting
> up a time during the week or even the weekend during the semester to get
> together and go over electricity and magnetism along with the rules and
> regulations. Would this be something people would want to do during the
> week or weekend? and which nights would be best for those who would like
> to attend?
> 
> I'm thinking about having it as a weekly or maybe twice a week if there
> is enough interest at the Thompson Library on campus in one of the group
> rooms.
> 
> For those interested in helping out I would recommend coming to one of
> our ham radio meetups once we have established a firm re-occurring time
> and date.
> 
> I originally studied by myself using ARRL's Technician book they sell
> and thought the book was very helpful. I don't think everyone will need
> it if they don't want to buy it. Though it is also available at the
> Columbus Public Library (though they have several different editions).
> 
> There has been some talk in the IRC room to build some software for
> studying ham radio into 'jenni' (an IRC bot that hangs out in the
> channel). However, there hasn't been much development on that and so far
> jenni only does call sign lookup and translating between English and CW
> (morse code).
> 
> 
> 
> I've picked up the W8LT repeater a couple of times and have made a few
> CQ calls on it, but it seems the activity on it is rather small compared
> to the COARES and other club repeaters (non university clubs).
> 
> As far as equipment, you can get started with inexpensive handhelds for
> under $100 and go crazy and find stuff that's up past $1000 if you want
> something super fancy. The hobby can be as expensive or inexpensive as
> you want it to be. In fact, there is someone from the IRC channel that
> is interested in building their own ham radio just for CW.
> 
> Also, I'm licensed as well as a technician (slowly studying for my
> General). My call sign is KD8RHR.
> 
> 
> 
> If many of these paragraphs seem out of order, I apologize as I didn't
> write each paragraph in the order they are presented.
> 
> 
> On 08/09/2012 09:51 PM, Andy Whitacre wrote:
>> Sean,
>> 
>> Most ham clubs in Central Ohio (well, most ham clubs, period) are just
>> as you describe: older members, many of whom don't have much interest
>> in more modern technology like software defined radio and digital
>> voice communications.  The W8LT club may be a good fit for you; we
>> have younger members and most everyone is interested in using advanced
>> technology.  If you are interested, you are welcome to come to one of
>> our meetings.  Our meetings are typically the 2nd and 4th Mondays, so
>> the first one of the school year should be the 27th of August.  We
>> also have a mailing list; if you want to join just shoot me an email
>> directly.
>> 
>> The W8LT repeater is operational, but it covers poorly to the east.
>> Reynoldsburg is probably too far for a 5W handheld.  On the topic of
>> repeater coverage, one project I've been playing with is called
>> AllStar (https://allstarlink.org/) and involves using the open source
>> Asterisk VOIP application to link ham radio systems, allowing users to
>> create networks of repeaters and/or "hotspot" style simplex nodes.
>> One of my goals is to have this connectivity on the W8LT repeater at
>> some point so that other nodes can link to it.
>> 
>> 73,
>> Andy K8ARW
>> 
>> On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 9:07 PM, Sean Whalen <sean at seanpwhalen.com> wrote:
>>> Michael,
>>> 
>>> I recently received my technician license, and I would love to help out. I
>>> have neither the knowledge nor the finances to set up my own proper station.
>>> the club I'm currently affiliated with has many members more than twice my
>>> age, and  far more experience than I; many of their conversations are over
>>> my head.  I would gladly help new hams get their licenses, and learn along
>>> the way.
>>> 
>>> I have tried unsuccessfully to reach the W8LT repeater from Reynoldsburg
>>> with my 5 watt HT. Is it still operational?
>>> 
>>> Brian,
>>> 
>>> There are many well written open source applications for hams. Unfortunately
>>> almost all package distributions are very out of date. I  have started
>>> planning a project on Source Forge called Field OS
>>> (https://sourceforge.net/p/fieldos/) to remedy this. I plan to use the SUSE
>>> build service to build up-to-date packages for many distributions. Once that
>>> is set up, I will use SUSE studio to build a Live CD for hams in the field.
>>> 
>>> If anyone is interested in helping, please let me know.
>>> 
>>> 73 de Sean Whalen KD8RIH
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On 8/9/2012 8:09 PM, Brian Swaney wrote:
>>> 
>>> Isn't there a ham radio club on campus? I would think sending our members in
>>> their direction for ham radios would be ideal for both parties, although we
>>> could certainly talk about it a little in one of our meetings. There seems
>>> to be a bit of overlap between the 2 interests, so the topic would be
>>> welcome in our club, but it would be ideal in theirs.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On 08/09/2012 06:55 PM, Michael Yanovich wrote:
>>> 
>>> There has been some interest among a few people in the IRC channel about
>>> getting their amateur (ham) radio license.
>>> 
>>> I've been thinking about coordinating some type of informal meetings to
>>> help those who don't have their license to study basic E&M and the rules
>>> and regulations. The goal is to have those who are interested in meeting
>>> up, take the technician exam together sometime in the next coming
>>> months. We can make this last however long those who are interested want
>>> it to. Preferentially my goal would be to have everyone interested have
>>> their technician license by the end of the semester (December).
>>> 
>>> So, who all is interested in obtaining their technician license (or
>>> anything beyond that)?
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
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> -- 
> 73 de Michael Yanovich KD8RHR
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