The lack of Amateur Radio utilization during emergencies in South Mississippi.

Use Amateur Radio to improve public safety. What exactly does Amateur Radio provide to local officials during emergencies that isn’t part of their communication infrastructure? I live in Jackson County Mississippi.  Sure there are periodic *nets* where we check in….basically saying we’re here…  so what? I am not aware of *any* real coordinated effort to […]

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Interfacing the UV5R with a Raspberry PI 3 Echolink-Svxlink

Today’s post is about my successfully interfacing a UV5R Baofeng with a Raspberry PI 3 running Svxlink.  Primary use is for an Echolink node connecting to a local repeater. My primary goal was to NOT use VOX to trigger the push to talk but to use a COS or Carrier Operated Switch. Svxlink is a powerful […]

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VOA Radiogram digital test broadcast 23 OCT 2016

I received the test broadcast from VOA on 5745 khz. I have uploaded the audio file here. (30 mb). Right click to save it on your computer… The broadcast starts about 1:30 seconds into the file. It is a .wav file and can be read directly by fldigi. (since it was made by fldigi). It […]

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Jackson County Amateur Radio Field Day 2014

I recently joined the local Amateur Radio club and participated in their annual Field Day. During this 24 hour period, groups and individuals demonstrate their ability to operate using in some cases emergency power such as generators or alternate energy sources. They build/assemble antennas in non standard locations away from their permanent locations.  They may […]

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Lightning Protection

Last summer we took a direct lightning hit on my dipole antenna. The antenna was tied between two trees with the midpoint about 7 feet above the ground. Needless to say, we suffered major damage to appliances,computers,networking equipment and TV’s. Oddly enough it did NOT hit my 50 foot tower located about 40 feet away. […]

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