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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. 🙂

Busy time…

Busy time…

I’m busy, I’m really busy.

Some changes at work are taking almost all my time and this is really disappointing.
I’m spending most of my life travelling and, to be honest, at the beginning it was amazing but now starts to be a little bit too much.

I spent the last 6 months going from Portugal to the United States, from Estonia to Greece, from Belgium to Kosovo… now I have in the calendar Turkey, Spain and France.

I removed some of my antenna system and shut down the weather station, including the original website which was used to host the statistic and the real time weather forecasts.

This way is going to kill my social life and myself but it’s my job and I will do it with professionalism.

Aliena vitia in oculis habemus, a tergo nostra sunt

Aliena vitia in oculis habemus, a tergo nostra sunt

During the last Radio Club monthly meeting someone, I’m not going to mention him, was complaining about the activities conducted by the southern (Wallonia) ham radio operators.

To be honest he was quite right, WE are not really conducting any activity but the Field Days (twice per year) and a club dinner (once per year).

When I moved to Belgium and (re)installed my shack, I start to listen or better to scan the bands in order to find some ON operators in the area and exchange some signal reports…
Well, I had to place a phone call to ON4NAD (Alberto “Nando”) and verified my installation.
Really guys, I was lost, I had serious concerns about my antenna and the equipments but I knew everything was perfect as I could listen to some broadcasting station and with great signal reports.

Fact is that the frequencies are free, the Ham Radio Passion is slowly disappearing, I’m trying to involve some friend in this “old-style” hobby and seems I succeeded just in two occasions. At least for the end of the year two new ham radio operators will be on-air in and have their QTH in Wallonia… actually they are ONL which is a small but still a success, whose listening to a radio deserves a special mention.

But I would not say that the northern (Flanders) part of Belgium is doing better than the southern part. In fact in some occasions I had to drive to Sint-Niklaas and my Kenwood handheld radio is always with me and knowing the existence of a D*Star Repeater installed there I had my Icom IC-92 with me as well.

I’ve NOT found any activity, no frequency crowded neither a reply to my calls.
I spent a weekend with my family travelling with my motor-home and I have a Yaesu FT-857D + ATAS-120A Antenna, plus the Kenwood and the Icom on 24/7 … no activity.
I found activities ongoing on 2 m and 70 cm in the Netherlands, not in Belgium.

Aliena vitia in oculis habemus, a tergo nostra sunt (Seneca)