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OT1P – Returned callsign

OT1P – Returned callsign

I decided to return the vanity call OT1P which was assigned to me some years ago. I’m not really active and not doing contest anymore therefore it was just a real vanity issue.
It won’t be available for the next 5 years, perhaps by then I will change my mind and ask for it again.
I will honor my QSL up to the 31st of December 2015.

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Status Update

Status Update

ON0MNS – OPERATIONAL  QRG: 145.7125 MHz, Shift -600KHz, Tone 74,4Hz

Mode: C4FM and FM Analog, Wires-X Node 17165 – Connected to Room 27259 (ON0LRG)

ON0MONQRT 31 DEC 2016 QRG: 439.1125 MHz, Shift -7.6MHz, no tone

Mode: DSTAR (Default DCS011 D) – APRS 144.800 MHz (Digipeater + iGate)

ON0??? – IN PREPARATION  QRG: <UHF> MHz, mode DMR

ON0MON back online

ON0MON back online

The repeater is back operational and working perfectly. There are no more Raspberry Pi for me; even if the repeater is experimental and subject to outages, it should not be for an unreliable hardware. Raspberry Pi are good for playing with and for home applications, not for a 24/7 repeater.

The server is now a Intel Xeon running at 3GHz with “just” 4GB Ram and a 64bit Operating System.

Ah… just because you spent your time reading this post, here is a teaser: soon there will be some big changes, so now, more than before, stay tuned! 🙂

Unexpected outage – Work in progress

Unexpected outage – Work in progress

The first Raspberry PI broke a week before the winter holidays, luckily I had a second Raspberry PI and so by simply swapping the memory card I was able to restore the repeater in a couple of minutes.
Today the second Raspberry Pi decided to stop working so I’m moving everything on a spare computer I have but it will be based on Windows due to some hardware incompatibilities with Linux.

So, ON0MON is work in progress, expecting to be back no later than tonight, 1st Feb 2015.

Stay tuned.

100% Service UP

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. 🙂

APRS Up, D*Star AMAZING

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.

D*Star Up, APRS Down

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.

 

4002 Kilometers

4002 Kilometers

We travelled Four Thousand ans Two Kilometers in (almost) two weeks.

Trip timetable was not scheduled so we departed from Belgium direction France, the idea was to go to Italy without passing through Switzerland. Another aim was to use just National and City roads trying to avoid highways/motorways and toll charges. We succeeded in 3/4 of the trip, in Italy it is impossible to use National roads apart from the SS16 from Foggia to Bari.

Equipment installed in the truck:

– Yaesu FT-857D
– ATAS-100A

Equipment available in the truck:

– Vertical fishing-rod-style home made + LDG YT-100 Tuner
– G5RV Half Size Dipole
– 2x 35A Power Supplies
– 1X 2KW Power Generator
– 3x 30m Coax Cable RG-8X (mini RG8)

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Cushcraft R-9

Cushcraft R-9

Trip to the States, as usual, as every year… Trip to San Diego, as usual as every year… Visit at the Ham Radio Outlet, as usual, as every year….I spent another huge amount of money, as usual and as every year.

This year I bought a Cushcraft R9, great antenna, perfect replacement for my Cushcraft R8, adding the 80m band and some extra changes compare to it, great deal… but when I received it, I realized that I have no space for such antenna, so I sold it…

I should be curious on how it performs but honestly I’m not really missing it.