ON0MON New Frequencies

I have been requested by the BIPT to change the frequencies for ON0MON.

New Frequencies are:

Downlink: 439.1125 MHz
Uplink: 431.5125 MHz

Basic setup: 439.1125 MHz , SHIFT -7.6MHz, Digital D*Star, default connection DCS011 D (French)

Operational every day from 06:00 to 24:00.

Repeater Limited Capabilities

Due to the limited usage of the repeater, the working time will be reduced from 6:00 to 24:00, every day.

Actually the repeater isn’t used at all, there were just two attempts ALL TIME which means a waste of energy and money for the license and the equipment.

As usual feedback will be really appreciated and I’m available to restore the repeater to 24/7 in case someone decides to use it.

If no further evolution, the repeater will be converted or switched off at the end of 2014.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Best 73

Sep 03 2014

100% Service UP

Holidays are over and everything is back operational.
I’m considering to shutdown this website, quite useless as there are no real feedback and no real benefits and move to the more common Facebook platform. Twitter accounts are already setup…

Hey you two people (spammers excluded) out there that are reading this blog time by time: if one day it will be unreachable try again after a couple of days, if still unresponsive means I shutdown the website. :)

Apr 21 2014

Back Online

There are some religious holidays ongoing so also my brain is on holidays, let’s make this quick:

– ON0MON D-STAR Repeater back operational, connected to DCS011 D (French); People are free to de-link, re-link, play, etc with the repeater, I don’t care unless it is misused.

– ON0MON APRS iGate,Digipeater back operational collecting your path and messages.

Happy season holidays.

Apr 19 2014

It moves!

Let’s make everybody’s life easy:

– Repeater D*Star ON0MON will be down for a couple of days; The equipment are going to be installed in a larger room in the same building. Cabling and installation will take for a while;

– Repeater,iGate,Digipeater APRS ON0MON will be down for a couple of days; Reason is the same for the D*Star Repeater.

– Website if bumping, I’m moving to another provider, to make a long story short, after a “migration” the site went offline. After trying to recover the site and data I gave up and moved to a web hosting service in France. Several pictures went lost, database (lucky me) are safe.

Happy Season Holidays.

Feb 20 2014

Repeater Limited Capabilities

Due to the limited usage of the repeater, the working time will be reduced from 6:00 to 24:00, every day.

Actually the repeater isn’t used at all, there were just two attempts ALL TIME which means a waste of energy and money for the license and the equipment.

As usual feedback will be really appreciated and I’m available to restore the repeater to 24/7 in case someone decides to use it.

If no further evolution, the repeater will be converted or switched off at the end of 2014.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Best 73

Jan 25 2014

RTL-SDR Experiments (1090 ADS-B)

Along with my old Funcube Dongle (which is the cause of my return in the ham radio hobby) I had in a box a DAB USB receiver based on RTL2832U and E4000. Now this dongle is connected to a small box and serving a web server http://virtualradar.zapto.org/VirtualRadar/.

Software in use:

– RTL1090 Beta 3 by Jetvision.de
– adbsScope 2.6 f3 by sprut
- Virtual Radar Server V2.0.0.1554 by Andrew Whewell

Hardware setup:

– Noxon RTL-SDR connected directly to a Diamond Discona antenna, the dongle is in the antenna support.
The antenna is on top of 6 meters pole. 10 meters of USB cable, with two USB Signal amplifiers are feeding the computer system.

UPDATE: The server is feeding FlightRadar24.

The server is connected to the internet at the following address: http://virtualradar.zapto.org/VirtualRadar/

Feel free to visit, there is a 15 minutes timeout if no actions are taken during the visit, everything can be customized, reports are available to everybody, the only block are the route which cannot be submitted.

Coverage is most of the Belgium, north of the Channel, north-west of Paris.

FEEDBACK ARE VERY WELCOME!

 

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Jan 09 2014

ON0CPS QRT, I can’t blame the sysop…

ON0CPS D*Star Repeater is definitely QRT, not seen online since 25 Dec 2013.

I can’t blame Roger ON4BK, sysop for ON0CPS D*Star Repeater. I went through the statistical reports and the results are depressing. There are just 11 transits routed by IRCDDB in over 1 year. Read again, OVER 1 YEAR!

These cannot justify any repeater unless it is located in the middle of the desert and provided for safety purposes but this is not the case for ON0CPS. It is an AMATEUR radio repeater maintained by a normal person with his regular life.

The main problem for the D*Star is the scattered access, it is useless when you have so many “rooms-and-channels” and not enough people to use them. Example given: DCS011, the Belgian HUB, there are at the moment of writing this, 33 Repeaters connected, mostly Belgian (ON), a couple Swiss (HB) and some French (F).

Two of them are in the “World Wide” channel, 11 are in the Belgium General channel, 1 in the Flemish channel, 17 French channel and 2 in a chatroom.

During the last 2 days (50 hours) the French channel, the “most” populated from the  was used just 40 times…  The Flemish channel got 11 contacts in 11 days, an average of 1 user per day and most of the calls are from a German callsign.

What that means: The D*Star is useless like any other repeater in Belgium. Belgian are not really keen to chat via radio anymore, there are just few brave people which are still interested in this hobby but they will give up soon due to lack of correspondents.

Do you want to know the statistics for ON0MON? Well in almost a year of activity, including the test and the quality assurance calls, there were 3 users which tried to connect to ON0MON and myself.

I’m giving time till the end of 2014 to see if the traffic grows otherwise I will declare QRT as it is a waste of energy and resources.

References:
ON0CPS Dashboard on CCS: http://ccs001.xreflector.net/server/index.php?call=ON0CPS
X-Net DCS011 Users: http://dcs011.xreflector.net/dcs_userstatus.htm
X-Net DCS011 Dashboard: http://dcs011.xreflector.net/dcs_rptstatus.htm
X-Net DCS011 Group Info: http://dcs011.xreflector.net/dcs_info.htm
DCS011 Live Monitor: http://xreflector.net/dcs/index.php?call=DCS011
IRCDDB Status (Belgium): http://status.ircddb.net/cgi-bin/ircddb-gw?BEL
IRCDDB ON0CPS Last Heard: http://status.ircddb.net/cgi-bin/ircddb-log?30%200%20ON0CPS

 

Jan 04 2014

APRS Up, D*Star AMAZING

ON0MON APRS is back online. I tried several different APRS applications but none of them was working really good on the second Raspberry Pi. Most of them were simply too entangled in configuration and connections. All the examples and experiences I found online are based on the audio modem configuration. Well I bought a real TNC so I can’t see the point to use a USB dongle instead of my TNC, but no one posted an example on how to use the software with a KISS-like TNC.

Now ON0MON D*Star Repeater is working extremely well, amazing configuration and the server is up and running non-stop since several days.

APRS is back on a Windows machine Atom-based with 2 GB of RAM and 64GB SSD Harddrive running APRSISCE/32, exactly like it was a week ago.

Happy New Year.

Dec 28 2013

D*Star Up, APRS Down

During the last days the D*Star repeater was having some strange behavior by looping itself and dropping the connection to the DCS011 which is the default hub. I did some investigation and I realized that the Windows version of the software are having problems.

Now the repeater is running on a Raspberry Pi version B using the exact software but Linux version and seems to be a little bit better stable but still having issues with DCS011. In fact it drops the connection and tries to connect every minute. The beacon announces the connection to the DCS but in fact it is not connected. It isn’t something which happens very often so it can be that the problem is located somewhere else, such as the Internet connectivity, the DCS itself… who knows… Investigation ongoing.

The APRS instead is now partially (not) working. The computer in charge to run the D*Star software is offline and the APRS system is setup to act as a digipeater only. No iGate capabilities at the moment. I’m planning to setup a smaller PC running just the APRS software. It is a waste of resources to run a quad-core server with 8GB of RAM just for the APRS. I have a small Foxconn Atom which should suffice the requirement for the APRS iGate and Digipeater.

Tomorrow is another day.

 

Dec 22 2013

ON0CPS Shutdown

Roger ON4BK announced some days ago the shutdown of #ON0CPS D*Star Repeater by asking the users to move their registration somewhere else.
I’m not saying it was unexpected. Some time ago Roger asked to the community to support the cost of the repeater and I agreed with some concerns. Why there is no Radio Club which wants to take over the repeater?

I have to find another place to register my call signs. As recommended by the D*Star Guideline, calls should be registered at the closer repeater in the area.

I’m curious to know who is going to take over the frequencies and the equipment but in any case it is a shame…

Dec 06 2013

Difference between an OM and a CB Operator

Long title, short post.
A friend today brought at my attention a group of OM living in my home town which are, at the same time, OM and CB.

 

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