I managed to beam a packet up to the ISS and had it beamed back down. I don’t normally link to other sites as part of my content; but I already did an article on this for my radio club, so I’m taking the easy way out and linking to it.
I’ve been spending money on radio stuff. Holy shit have I been spending money. I think I’ve spent upwards of $1000 in just the last month. I keep finding things to upgrade. I was out of work for 2 months, but the vacation money and government check offset most of it; I went back to work in better short-term shape than I was.
Then I started blowing money on radio stuff again.Continue reading “Just How Much Is This Foxhunt Going To Cost Me?”
So as you may or may not have gathered from this page; I am a bit of a nut about the digital mode hotspots. Some don’t like the idea and saying internet isn’t ham radio, but I look at it this way; the internet is just plugging me up to multiple repeaters. Am I still actually using my license? Yes. I need it to send the RF From the HT to the hotspot; and that means we’re all nice and legal for coming out of whatever repeaters are linked to a group. I do look at this hobby from multiple angles; HF is fun for the hard-core experimentation…things like DMR and D-Star are fun for less-stressful ragchewing. Plus it gets in a hefty dose of networking and IT infrastructure.
With that being said..I’m gonna tell a story about a particular lousy DMR radio I managed to salvage.