Interested in Amateur Radio, Software Defined Radios, Ham Satellites,APRS, or just about anything involving radios and/or computing?
Then you've come to to the right place. Feel free to browse around,join/visit the mailing lists (seatcp is where it's at) or just use the tools provided here.
The WETNET Gang: A bunch of Ham Radio operators in the Pacific Northwest interested in all of the above. While many of us are
in the PNW we welcome anyone with common interests.
On the air we can be found on the following repeaters:
- Olympia 224.08/ -1.6Mhz 103.5 Capitol Peak 2700' West and slightly South of Olympia
- Central Puget Sound 224.58/ -1.6Mhz 103.5
- North Puget Sound 224.78/ -1.6Mhz 103.5 Lyman Hill 4300' East Northeast of Sedro Woolley
- Central Puget Sound 441.950/ +5Mhz 131.8
All four machines are linked together (441.950 is the hub machine) 220Mhz is the preferred band although we won't scream if you come in on 441.950.
As of July of 2016 the two Central Puget Sound sites are off the air since all hams were kicked off of Buck Mt. Work is underway to replace them with an equivilant location but in the meantime Olympia and Lyman are linked via other paths. (I know, it sucks)
Dan Smith, KK7DS - Teaching D-RATS about AX.25 and WInlink
Dan gave a very nice talk with some background on D-RATS and whyAX.25 support might be desirable.
For about a year D-RATS has supported D-RATS frames stuffed into a kiss frame. This has allowed the use of kiss mode tnc's but without AX.25 you can't digipeat or make use of any ax.25 infrastructure.
The current design does not implement (or ever will) AX.25 layer three it simply wraps it's frames in a AX.25 UI frame.
More info at: https://d-rats.danplanet.com/
Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW - Bidirectional Low Frequency Transverter (Bi-LIF) Computer Interface for Demodulation and Modulation of Radio SIgnals
Alex outlined a Software/Hardware system that allows you to use current or older HF gear with an SDR based replacement for the original mod/demod section of the rig.
Essentially what he's doing is tapping into the receiver IF and using SDR techniques to provide demodulation on receive, and also tapping into the transmitter section to modulate. Couple this with PC software to control the radio and do the mod/demod and you have some of the benefits of SDR applied to older radios.
Boards and kits available.
More info at: http://kenai.com
Rick Muething, KN6KB/AAA9WK - WINMOR Phase 2: Demonstration to Deployment
WINMOR (WINlink Message Over Radio) is a replacement for the proprietary Pactor protocols in Winlink networks. It uses standard PC's and soundcards to impliment an ARQ protocl that approaches Pactor 2 and 3 in performance yet is freely available and can be implimented anywhere on any OS.
Victor Poor, W5SMN/AA9WL - RMS Express - A Multimode Winlink 2000 User Client Progrom
Victor gave a talk on the Windows based RMS Express client program for the new WINMOR protocol.
While I'm not personally all that interested in Winlink, the discussion of why RMS Express was designed was interesting.
RMS Express is designed to be easy to use, quick and foolproof to install (as Victor said "at least fool resistant")
- Automatic HF channel list updates - list current HF channels that are in use worldwide
- HF Propagation prediction sorts the list by most probable frequency to make a given connection
- Control for most common HF rigs in current use
- Not a peer-to-peer or keyboard-to-keyboard program with the exception of it's use with the WINMOR protocol
- The GUI interface looks a lot like a typical email client. ( A beef of mine about all these various Amateur Radio programs, why not make these systems use your real email program?)
Rob Frohne, KL7NA on a building block for Robotic radio
Nice dig by Rob on the age profile of his audience :-)
Using Robotics (Lego robots) to reach kids and encourage Ham Radio.
Robotic Radio - Doing things automatically that we as operators used to do.
- SteppIR's antennas for example
- Automatic antenna tuners
- WebSDR - SDR receivers online, websdr.org
Rob gave a little intro to Open Source software for radio, FLDIGI, DTTSP, SDR-Shell, etc.
CW Robot is an opensource version of CWSkimmer written by Rob's Students and is available at:
Check out http://www.websdr.org and follow the link to K7UEB, Walla Walla university to play with Rob's setup.
This weekend is the annual ARRL/TAPR DCC and it happens to be close enough (Vancouver,WA) that a contingent of WETNET folk are attending.
SIx of us came down on Amtrak Thursday evening and we'll be posting pictures all weeking. I might even find time to post a few articles as well
More pictures at http://wetnet.net/gallery/v/wetnet_users/n7ipb/DCC_2010/
Check often for updates throughout the weekend and/or join us on jabber.wetnet.net in the dcc conference