[lug] VHF radio contest madness
nate at natetech.com
Wed Jun 7 00:01:03 MDT 2006
This isn't 100% Linux-related, but I know there are some Ham Radio folks
on both CLUE-Tech and BLUG that might like to see it...
Some friends and I built a "Rover" station for the upcoming VHF
Sweepstakes contest, this coming weekend. They also put together a
communications trailer for their operation at/near Limon, CO.
The Jeep "Battlestar Butt-Ache" rover has radios and antennas for every
Amateur band from 50 MHz (6 meters) through 1.2 GHz (microwave), and
also a modified used Dish Networks antenna with a feedhorn on it for 10
GHz (higher microwaves!). The dish is riding inside and gets put on the
roof when working microwaves. The rest of the antennas are on a 12'
mast on the receiver hitch, stabilized by attaching the mast to the
luggage rack. It has to be seen to be believed.
It also has real-time Internet and mobile GPS tracking via APRS (low
speed packet radio), so you can follow along and see where I am (or
point your antennas at me!).
The links to the fun are around the photo of it and me on the front page
of http://www.rmham.org -- see the "click here" link that shows
real-time location and mapping data, as well as the link to the route in
There's no Linux on-board this year, but there is MacOS running a TCL/TK
app for logging contest contacts! http://www.2ub.org/roverlog/ It'll
run on any platform that'll do TCL/TK.
Depending on time, etc... I may have low-speed GSM data on and running
on the laptop, and might be available for IM's when safe to do so. I'll
post all the details at www.natetech.com before I head out on Saturday.
If you're a Ham Radio operator and haven't worked the big VHF contest -
it's a ball. Virtually the only time around here that you'll hear
activity on SSB on the bands above VHF! If you have a multi-mode radio
and can work any band above 6 meters, fire it up this coming weekend --
you'll find you're VERY welcome and the big contesters will pile up on
you -- especially if you're outside of Denver's Maidenhead Grid Locator
square on the map... if you're outside of DM79, you'll be much
sought-after as a new contact in that grid.
Contest starts Saturday at noon, ends Sunday at 9PM local time. See the
ARRL site for rules and information.
73 DE WY0X,
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