Wednesday, September 01, 2021

What's New in Digital Modes? Billerica Amateur Radio Society 9/1/2021

 I would like to thank everyone that attended. Here are some links and a link to the presentation.



PRESENTATION: CLICK HERE

WSJT-X Downloads on this page:  https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html
Meinberg NTP (Windows Time Sync):  https://www.meinbergglobal.com/english/sw/ntp.htm
JTAlert add-on:  http://hamapps.com/
JS8 Guide (If link is dead look for new one at the JS8Call site): https://tinyurl.com/yc6z73do

FT8 RADIO KITS:

D4D DSB Transceiver Kit 

Digital Transceiver Kit

K1SWL’s Phaser Digital Mode SSB Kit

Digital 40 SSB Transceiver Kit or Assembled
From youkits.com  No manual yet - NEW



MY RADIO KIT GUIDE PAGE:

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Radio Kit Guide


W2NDG's RadioKitGuide.com UPDATED 6/16/2021


Some time ago, I attempted to research sources for kits on the Internet, only to find out that there wasn't a one-stop-website for Ham Radio kit suppliers.

QRPGuys AFP-FSK Digital Transceiver III

I decided to put together a good list of sources for kits that are currently available. Many of these are
for  QRP operation, but a few are full-featured professional transceivers (Elecraft, DZ). On the beginners side there are a few sources that stand out: QRPguy.com has a great assortment of kits.  QRPme offers the inexpensive, easy-to-build tuna-can products, and I would like to make special mention

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Raspberry Pi Applications For Ham Radio - HRU 2021

I would like to thank everyone that attended our new virtual format this year. Here are some links and a link to the presentation.




PRESENTATION: CLICK HERE

Raspberry Pi Foundation:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/

Purchase:
Newark - Element 14
Micro Center
Adafruit
PiShop



HAM Pi Distro: Download Here

Groups IO Group for Ham Pi here


Pi FM Project
Link to GitHub Project

TAPR WSPR board for Pi
Link to the current version

QRPGuys EZ WSPR Pi Raspberry Pi module (board only)
Link to product/order page

Basic USB Sound Card
Link to Amazon page

Windows (ARM) on Pi



QUESTIONS (and answers from the forum):

1. What's the best way to power a Raspberry Pi from 12 Volts?
-- A good quality car USB adapter (Micro for Raspberry Pi 1 - 3, and 'C' for Ras Pi 4) would work fine.  Just make sure you pick one with decent wattage (rated for large tablets)
-- Mike KD8QDL suggested this device, which I consider something like this essential for the workbench:  Link to Amazon Listing

2. There was a question about the DRAWS Hat which I couldn't remember the details on.
-- The DRAWS Hat is a multifunction board for interfacing the Pi with multiple devices in the shack.  From the website, it includes a "high-performance sound chip (CODEC), a GPS with pulse per second (PPS) that includes an embedded battery backed real-time clock (RTC), and a 12VDC power circuit to power the onboard devices and the Raspberry Pi from a single power supply.  It has two mini DIN-6 audio sockets that match the ‘TNC’ specification found on many radios designed for amateur radio, an SMA connector for a powered GPS LNA antenna, power connection socket, and a small GPIO array for additional I/O".  This sounds great, and I think I'll pick one up before next year's HRU!  You can read about it and get one here:  Link to DRAWS Hat at NW Digital Radio

3. Mesh on Raspberry Pi.  I mentioned that there was a distribution for this.  I was mistaken.  I was thinking of PiNet which is for classrooms.  Here is the closest thing to what I was talking about: https://github.com/binnes/WiFiMeshRaspberryPi

4. Somebody asked about Node Red.  Here is the Wikipedia description of it:  Node-RED is a flow-based development tool for visual programming developed originally by IBM for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services as part of the Internet of Things. Node-RED provides a web browser-based flow editor, which can be used to create JavaScript functions.  It appears that it does work on the Pi. Link here
 

That's all for 2021.  See everyone next year!


MY RADIO KIT GUIDE PAGE:


Digital Modes Including FT8 - Ham Radio University 2021

Hi all, thanks for attending my talk at this year's HRU.  Here are the important links and the presentation I gave.

PRESENTATION: CLICK HERE


WSJT-X Downloads on this page:  https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html
Meinberg NTP (Windows Time Sync):  https://www.meinbergglobal.com/english/sw/ntp.htm
JTAlert add-on:  http://hamapps.com/
JS8Call:  http://js8call.com/
JS8 Guide (If link is dead look for new one at the JS8Call site): https://tinyurl.com/yc6z73do

FT8 RADIO KITS:

D4D DSB Transceiver Kit 

DSB Digital Transceiver Kit

K1SWL’s Phaser Digital Mode SSB Kit

Digital 40 SSB Transceiver Kit or Assembled
From youkits.com  No manual yet - NEW



MY RADIO KIT GUIDE PAGE:

QUESTIONS FROM FORUM:

What is Fox and Hound Mode?
 --OK, I looked this up, and Fox and Hound mode is DXPedition mode.


Also, I didn't have time to mention that Joe is throwing a new mode at us in the next version of WSJT-X

Version 2.4 which will be coming soon includes the new Q65 mode.  Read about it here:

Monday, July 13, 2020

Sources, Parts. Surplus Outlets, and More

W2NDG's RadioKitGuide.com Presents:
Sources, Parts. Surplus Outlets, and More


Although many of these suppliers have disappeared, many still remain.  A lot of us still deal with All Electronics, Electronics Goldmine and more.  Recently I went looking for a list of the remaining surplus outlets online, and once again, as with the radiokitguide, I decided to create my own.

--A. G. Tannenbaum's Old Radio Site http://www.agtannenbaum.com/agtannenbaum.root/shop/
     Interesting site for antique radio enthusiasts.  

--All Electronics  http://www.allelectronics.com/
     All Electronics dates back to when I was a kid.  Great site.  Watch the weekly new items, and page through the catalog.  And YES, they publish a catalog, and will mail it to you.  You can also download a PDF of it.  I have purchased many items from them, and always reasonable, fast, and accurate.

     Sometimes confused with All Electronics for obvious reasons.  Similar surplus outlet.  Expansive inventory.

     Interesting assortment of

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Raspberry Pi Applications for Ham Radio

I would like to thank everyone that attended for making this a great forum.  Here are some links and a link to the presentation.

PRESENTATION: CLICK HERE

Raspberry Pi Foundation:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/

Purchase:
Newark - Element 14
Micro Center
Adafruit
PiShop



Pi Distro for Ham Radio:
Groups.io thread: Message # 9438. You may need to join the group to read

Also here: https://ham.packet-radio.net/packet/raspberry-image/


Pi FM Project
Link to GitHub Project

TAPR WSPR board for Pi
Link to the 20M version

QRPGuys EZ WSPR Pi Raspberry Pi module
Link to product/order page

Basic USB Sound Card
Link to Amazon page



FT8 Kits:

D4D DSB Transceiver Kit 
From CRKits.com

DSB Digital Transceiver Kit

K1SWL’s Phaser Digital Mode SSB Kit

Digital 40 SSB Transceiver Kit or Assembled
From youkits.com  No manual yet - NEW



MY RADIO KIT GUIDE PAGE:

Digital Modes Including FT8 - Ham Radio University 2020

Hi all, thanks for attending my talk at this year's HRU.  Here are the important links and the presentation I gave.

PRESENTATION: CLICK HERE


WSJT-X Downloads on this page:  https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html
Meinberg NTP (Windows Time Sync):  https://www.meinbergglobal.com/english/sw/ntp.htm
JTAlert add-on:  http://hamapps.com/
JS8Call:  http://js8call.com/
JS8 Guide (If link is dead look for new one at the JS8Call site): https://tinyurl.com/yc6z73do

NEW FT8 RADIO KITS:

D4D DSB Transceiver Kit 

DSB Digital Transceiver Kit

K1SWL’s Phaser Digital Mode SSB Kit

Digital 40 SSB Transceiver Kit or Assembled
From youkits.com  No manual yet - NEW



MY RADIO KIT GUIDE PAGE: