• Current Projects

    From Sbaitso@432:1/147 to All on Sat Jul 17 14:22:48 2021
    Things have been very quiet here lately. I was wondering what type of projects
    everyone is currently working on. At the moment I don't have much of anything
    radio related happening and have been busy with day to day life type of things. I guess the closest thing to anything radio like is that I am back into the world of podcasts now that I have to be in the office more and more. Anyone know of any good radio related podcasts? I know Ham Nation puts out an audio version, anything else out there?

    --- Zeus BBS 1.5
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to Sbaitso on Tue Jul 20 08:49:00 2021
    Things have been very quiet here lately. I was wondering what type of projects everyone is currently working on. At the moment I don't have much of anything radio related happening and have been busy with day to day life type of things. I guess the closest thing to anything radio
    like is that I am back into the world of podcasts now that I have to be in the office more and more. Anyone know of any good radio related podcasts? I know Ham Nation puts out an audio version, anything else
    out there?

    First, HamNation was the first thing that I thought of, although my
    schedule doesn't permit me to listen to it. So, if I have free time (two
    nasty four letter words -- work is another one <G>), I can go listen to an archived one. I used to listen to ARRL Audio News, but haven't done that
    in years...I prefer Amateur Radio Newsline now.

    As for projects, nothing new. The contractors are rebuilding the bathroom
    at the QTH after a plumbing incident 4 months ago. Then, I'm still dealing with the effects of a car wreck (not my fault) 6 1/2 months ago. So, 2021
    has NOT been a good year for me. My health has gotten so that besides not
    being able to afford travel outside of central Arkansas (for hamfests or otherwise), is that my health won't permit. The arthritis throughout my
    body, and the degenerative disk disease in my spine, have taken its toll.

    Hobby wise, I still do work on the BBS...run ham radio nets 4 days a
    week (I maintain spreadsheets in the 4 main US Time Zones of selected
    D-Star, Echolink, and D-Rats Nets -- you can get these from the hyperlink
    off my bio on QRZ)...and take care of the website and monthly publication
    for the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation. There are "dancing hams"...
    and the National Square Dance Convention (NSDC) is usually on Field Day Weekend.

    I always had my HT with me (I was first licensed 30 years ago), and we
    would pick an out of the way simplex frequency (such as 144.950, where
    no one would bother us), and we'd decide where to square dance, eat,
    sightsee, etc. But, one year, the last night of the NSDC, the security
    guard at the hotel assaulted our shuttle bus driver, and I used ham radio
    to save his life. When the fellow dancers on the bus said that, I replied
    "This is what ham radio operators prepare for...emergency communications".

    I used to do a precursor to the Arkansas Skywarn Weather Nets, called
    "The Weather Watch Net", run from the QTH. In Arkansas, we're in the east
    end of Tornado Alley, and the west end of Dixie Alley, so we get it both barrels. And, unfortunately, much of that occurs between sunset and
    sunrise. One night, I was up all night doing one of those nets. A tornado
    had hit the community of Atkins, Arkansas (where the pickles were made),
    around 1:30am, and I had been on the air for over an hour already. Around
    3am, one ham came on, and said "Every time there's bad weather in the
    area, you're on here. Don't you ever sleep??!!". Sarcastically, I replied
    "No. Next Question"...then started laughing before I unkeyed the microphone
    (hi hi).

    One Thursday night, a half hour before a local club regular traffic
    net was to take place, I got a phone call from the Club Vice President,
    who chaired up Arkansas Skywarn. He said that the National Weather
    Service had contacted him with an activation request, because tornadic thunderstorms were moving into the local county warning area (CWA). I
    was asked if I could start "The Weather Watch Net", until they got
    operators out to the National Weather Service (this was long before COVID-19)...and, I said "Sure".

    So, I began the net...and this one elderly ham (who went bad senile
    after his wife died...he's now a Silent Key), went ballistic. He was
    expecting (and wanting) the regular club traffic net...but to me,
    tornado warnings are far more important than routine traffic. I tried
    to explain to him that the National Weather Service had requested this,
    but he would have none of that. Thankfully, the Club President was also
    on the repeater, and I said "Tell him!!". That made the old guy even
    angrier. So, every time I got on that repeater, he interfered with me,
    as if holding a grudge. There are 3 clubs in the Little Rock area, but
    they still hold constant bickering over "who does severe weather operations better".

    I finally had enough, and quit doing weather related stuff 2 1/2 years ago (even though Skywarn was what got me into ham radio 30 years ago). Now, my emphasis is railroad crossing safety; I did a poem and a PSA for Operation Lifesaver years ago on that, at https://www.theweatherwonder.com/rxr.htm

    Ironically, I do the Trains And Railroads Net on the QuadNet Array
    every Friday night at 8pm US Eastern Time -- go to openquad.net for
    connection options on D-Star, DMR, WIRES-X, and Fusion. We discuss
    anything and everything about trains and railroading...and have a
    railroad trivia question. First time checkins are eligible for a
    commemorative certificate, upon email request to The Conductor (yours
    truly).

    My alternate phonetics stand for "Whistled Crossings For Quiet
    Zones". Some railroads use W for the grade crossing warning sign,
    and others use X. QZ stands for Quiet Zone, where the train horn
    is not sounded, unless they're meeting a train on a parallel track,
    there's a Maintenance Of Way crew doing track work, or in case of
    an emergency (someone tries to beat the train at the crossing).

    Daryl, WX4QZ

    ... "Mount your horses, men!!" "We're not that lonely, sir!!"
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  • From Sbaitso@432:1/147 to Daryl Stout on Fri Jul 23 22:03:48 2021
    Hiya Daryl,

    I always wanted to get a DV Dongle to check out D-Star, but never have. I've got too many things I don't have the time to mess with as it is, I really should not be adding to the list.

    I never thought about Amateur Radio Newsline, I bet they put out some kind of podcast. I need to re-stock my supply of them since I'm going through quite a lot of them at work. If I spot any good radio related ones I will pass them along on here in case anyone is interested in the future.

    I always have a lot of projects I would like to work on, but you know how it goes, by the time the weekend hits there are things that need to be done and by
    the time that is done a lot of the time motivation is gone at that point. Maybe I'm just getting old. ;)

    I guess at this point in my life is when you think "Maybe in @#$@#$&*$# years when/if I retire I can then" knowing full well that it probably won't happen because you won't be able to by that point or won't be able to afford it. Urgh, that's depressing. Remind me not to think of that again.




    On Tuesday July 20, 2021, Daryl Stout said to Sbaitso...

    First, HamNation was the first thing that I thought of, although my schedule doesn't permit me to listen to it. So, if I have free time
    (two nasty four letter words -- work is another one <G>), I can go
    listen to an archived one. I used to listen to ARRL Audio News, but haven't done that in years...I prefer Amateur Radio Newsline now.

    As for projects, nothing new. The contractors are rebuilding the bathroom at the QTH after a plumbing incident 4 months ago. Then, I'm still dealing with the effects of a car wreck (not my fault) 6 1/2
    months ago. So, 2021 has NOT been a good year for me. My health has
    gotten so that besides not being able to afford travel outside of
    central Arkansas (for hamfests or otherwise), is that my health won't permit. The arthritis throughout my body, and the degenerative disk disease in my spine, have taken its toll.

    Hobby wise, I still do work on the BBS...run ham radio nets 4 days a week (I maintain spreadsheets in the 4 main US Time Zones of selected D-Star, Echolink, and D-Rats Nets -- you can get these from the
    hyperlink off my bio on QRZ)...and take care of the website and monthly publication for the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation. There are "dancing hams"... and the National Square Dance Convention (NSDC) is usually on Field Day Weekend.

    I always had my HT with me (I was first licensed 30 years ago), and
    we would pick an out of the way simplex frequency (such as 144.950,
    where no one would bother us), and we'd decide where to square dance,
    eat, sightsee, etc. But, one year, the last night of the NSDC, the security guard at the hotel assaulted our shuttle bus driver, and I
    used ham radio to save his life. When the fellow dancers on the bus
    said that, I replied "This is what ham radio operators prepare for...emergency communications".

    I used to do a precursor to the Arkansas Skywarn Weather Nets, called "The Weather Watch Net", run from the QTH. In Arkansas, we're in the
    east end of Tornado Alley, and the west end of Dixie Alley, so we get
    it both barrels. And, unfortunately, much of that occurs between sunset and sunrise. One night, I was up all night doing one of those nets. A tornado had hit the community of Atkins, Arkansas (where the pickles
    were made), around 1:30am, and I had been on the air for over an hour already. Around 3am, one ham came on, and said "Every time there's bad weather in the area, you're on here. Don't you ever sleep??!!". Sarcastically, I replied "No. Next Question"...then started laughing before I unkeyed the microphone (hi hi).

    One Thursday night, a half hour before a local club regular traffic
    net was to take place, I got a phone call from the Club Vice President, who chaired up Arkansas Skywarn. He said that the National Weather
    Service had contacted him with an activation request, because tornadic thunderstorms were moving into the local county warning area (CWA). I
    was asked if I could start "The Weather Watch Net", until they got operators out to the National Weather Service (this was long before COVID-19)...and, I said "Sure".

    So, I began the net...and this one elderly ham (who went bad senile after his wife died...he's now a Silent Key), went ballistic. He was expecting (and wanting) the regular club traffic net...but to me,
    tornado warnings are far more important than routine traffic. I tried
    to explain to him that the National Weather Service had requested this, but he would have none of that. Thankfully, the Club President was also
    on the repeater, and I said "Tell him!!". That made the old guy even angrier. So, every time I got on that repeater, he interfered with me,
    as if holding a grudge. There are 3 clubs in the Little Rock area, but they still hold constant bickering over "who does severe weather operations better".

    I finally had enough, and quit doing weather related stuff 2 1/2
    years ago (even though Skywarn was what got me into ham radio 30 years ago). Now, my emphasis is railroad crossing safety; I did a poem and a
    PSA for Operation Lifesaver years ago on that, at https://www.theweatherwonder.com/rxr.htm

    Ironically, I do the Trains And Railroads Net on the QuadNet Array
    every Friday night at 8pm US Eastern Time -- go to openquad.net for connection options on D-Star, DMR, WIRES-X, and Fusion. We discuss anything and everything about trains and railroading...and have a
    railroad trivia question. First time checkins are eligible for a commemorative certificate, upon email request to The Conductor (yours truly).

    My alternate phonetics stand for "Whistled Crossings For Quiet
    Zones". Some railroads use W for the grade crossing warning sign, and others use X. QZ stands for Quiet Zone, where the train horn is not sounded, unless they're meeting a train on a parallel track, there's a Maintenance Of Way crew doing track work, or in case of an emergency (someone tries to beat the train at the crossing).

    Daryl, WX4QZ

    ... "Mount your horses, men!!" "We're not that lonely, sir!!"
    === MultiMail/Win v0.52

    --- Zeus BBS 1.5
    * Origin: CIA AMIGA BBS - ciaamigabbs.dynu.net:6400 (432:1/147.0)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to Sbaitso on Tue Jul 27 13:10:00 2021
    I always wanted to get a DV Dongle to check out D-Star, but never have.
    I've got too many things I don't have the time to mess with as it is,
    I really should not be adding to the list.

    I would recommend you instead go for the ThumbDV from Northwest Digital Radio. It's $80 cheaper than the DV Dongle, and it can do a lot more, especially with the BlueDV program done by PA7LIM. In the current version,
    you can do D-Star, DMR, and Fusion, with just your computer...no rig needed.

    I never thought about Amateur Radio Newsline, I bet they put out some
    kind of podcast. I need to re-stock my supply of them since I'm going through quite a lot of them at work. If I spot any good radio related ones I will pass them along on here in case anyone is interested in the future.

    Offhand, I'm not sure if they done...but full info is on their website at www.arnewsline.org

    the time that is done a lot of the time motivation is gone at that
    point. Maybe I'm just getting old. ;)

    You're not the only one -- Welcome to the Decrepit Old F@r+$ Net (hi hi).

    I guess at this point in my life is when you think "Maybe in @#$@#$&*$# years when/if I retire I can then" knowing full well that it probably won't happen because you won't be able to by that point or won't be
    able to afford it. Urgh, that's depressing. Remind me not to think of that again.

    I refer to the ham radio catalogs (HRO, DX Engineering, etc.) as PORN... because the prices are so nasty. Basically, if it says CALL/WEB, better be looking for something else...or be prepared to open your wallet wide
    (hi hi).

    Daryl, WX4QZ

    ... I CQ. Therefore, I HAM. -- DE WX4QZ
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  • From Sbaitso@432:1/147 to Daryl Stout on Sat Jul 31 14:00:06 2021

    On Tuesday July 27, 2021, Daryl Stout said to Sbaitso...

    I would recommend you instead go for the ThumbDV from Northwest
    Digital Radio. It's $80 cheaper than the DV Dongle, and it can do a lot more, especially with the BlueDV program done by PA7LIM. In the current version, you can do D-Star, DMR, and Fusion, with just your
    computer...no rig needed.

    I wasn't aware of ThumbDV, I will have to take a look at it. It's so much cheaper than a full rig, but it is still amazing how much it runs when you think about what you're actually buying.

    Offhand, I'm not sure if they done...but full info is on their
    website at www.arnewsline.org

    I took a look and they do put out a podcast version. It's on my "to listen to"
    list. It's a long list so I'm not sure when I will get there.

    You're not the only one -- Welcome to the Decrepit Old F@r+$ Net (hi hi).

    Well THAT'S depressing!!! ;)

    I refer to the ham radio catalogs (HRO, DX Engineering, etc.) as
    PORN... because the prices are so nasty. Basically, if it says
    CALL/WEB, better be looking for something else...or be prepared to open your wallet wide (hi hi).

    At least the cost of BBSing went down over the years. I can still discover new places and people without a bunch of gear.

    --- Zeus BBS 1.5
    * Origin: CIA AMIGA BBS - ciaamigabbs.dynu.net:6400 (432:1/147.0)
  • From Richard Menedetter@432:1/105 to Sbaitso on Mon Aug 30 18:55:06 2021
    Hi Sbaitso!

    17 Jul 2021 14:22, from Sbaitso -> All:

    Things have been very quiet here lately.
    At the moment I don't have much of anything radio related happening

    Same here.

    Pretty much to do with other topics.

    I bought a HackRF Portapack, but had very little time to "play" with it.

    CU, Ricsi

    ... Don't believe any false rumors unless you hear them from me.
    --- GoldED+/LNX
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  • From Richard Menedetter@432:1/105 to Sbaitso on Mon Aug 30 18:58:14 2021
    Hi Sbaitso!

    23 Jul 2021 22:03, from Sbaitso -> Daryl Stout:

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    116 117
    SEEN-BY: 1/118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 132 133
    134 135
    SEEN-BY: 1/136 137 138 139 140 141 142 144 145 147 148 149 151 154 155
    156 157
    SEEN-BY: 1/159
    @PATH: 1/147 100

    Those mails reached me 1 month late.
    Was the issue on my side??
    If yes I am not aware of it.

    CU, Ricsi

    ... Wait until it is night before saying it has been a fine day.
    --- GoldED+/LNX
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  • From Sbaitso@432:1/147 to Richard Menedetter on Sat Sep 4 10:19:36 2021
    Let me know how it goes when you get a chance to take a look at it.


    On Monday August 30, 2021, Richard Menedetter said to Sbaitso...

    Same here.

    Pretty much to do with other topics.

    I bought a HackRF Portapack, but had very little time to "play" with
    it.

    --- Zeus BBS 1.5
    * Origin: CIA AMIGA BBS - ciaamigabbs.dynu.net:6400 (432:1/147.0)
  • From Sbaitso@432:1/147 to Richard Menedetter on Sat Sep 4 10:20:33 2021
    Sorry, no clue. I have no idea how any of the message network transfers work, all I know is that I post and hopefully it makes it to others so they can respond. ;)

    Anyone out there that can take a look?


    On Monday August 30, 2021, Richard Menedetter said to Sbaitso...

    Those mails reached me 1 month late. Was the issue on my side?? If yes
    I am not aware of it.

    --- Zeus BBS 1.5
    * Origin: CIA AMIGA BBS - ciaamigabbs.dynu.net:6400 (432:1/147.0)
  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Sbaitso on Fri Dec 17 19:50:00 2021
    On 09-04-21 10:20, Sbaitso wrote to Richard Menedetter <=-

    Sorry, no clue. I have no idea how any of the message network
    transfers work, all I know is that I post and hopefully it makes it to others so they can respond. ;)

    Anyone out there that can take a look?

    probably a stuck semaphore at the hub. I've had burnout and things have largely been on autopilot of late. But I'm on the comeback trail. :)


    ... If you're thinking what I'm thinking, you need professional help.
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  • From Nelgin@432:1/128 to All on Fri Dec 17 22:37:52 2021
    On Fri, 17 Dec 2021 19:50:00 +1100
    "Vk3jed" <vk3jed@432:1/101> wrote:

    On 09-04-21 10:20, Sbaitso wrote to Richard Menedetter <=-

    Sorry, no clue. I have no idea how any of the message network
    transfers work, all I know is that I post and hopefully it makes
    it to others so they can respond. ;)

    Anyone out there that can take a look?

    probably a stuck semaphore at the hub. I've had burnout and things
    have largely been on autopilot of late. But I'm on the comeback
    trail. :)

    Does that mean I won't have to wait over 2 weeks for an areafix request
    to come back?
    --
    End Of The Line BBS - Plano, TX
    telnet endofthelinebbs.com 23
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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Nelgin on Sun Dec 19 19:39:00 2021
    On 12-17-21 22:37, Nelgin wrote to All <=-

    On Fri, 17 Dec 2021 19:50:00 +1100
    "Vk3jed" <vk3jed@432:1/101> wrote:

    On 09-04-21 10:20, Sbaitso wrote to Richard Menedetter <=-

    Sorry, no clue. I have no idea how any of the message network transfers work, all I know is that I post and hopefully it makes
    it to others so they can respond. ;)

    Anyone out there that can take a look?

    probably a stuck semaphore at the hub. I've had burnout and things
    have largely been on autopilot of late. But I'm on the comeback
    trail. :)

    Does that mean I won't have to wait over 2 weeks for an areafix request
    to come back?

    Not while I'm around to keep an eye on things. I'll also look around for an upgrade for Mystic.


    ... Celery farmers play the stalk market.
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  • From Sbaitso@432:1/147 to Vk3jed on Thu Dec 30 14:03:10 2021
    It happens, it can be tough staying motivated all the time especially when usage drops or the only feedback is negative. Good to hear that you are getting back in the saddle and hoping things turn around soon.


    On Friday December 17, 2021, Vk3jed said to Sbaitso...

    On 09-04-21 10:20, Sbaitso wrote to Richard Menedetter <=-

    Sorry, no clue. I have no idea how any of the message network
    transfers work, all I know is that I post and hopefully it makes it to
    others so they can respond. ;)

    Anyone out there that can take a look?

    probably a stuck semaphore at the hub. I've had burnout and things have largely been on autopilot of late. But I'm on the comeback trail. :)


    ... If you're thinking what I'm thinking, you need professional help.
    === MultiMail/Win v0.52

    --- Zeus BBS 1.5
    * Origin: CIA AMIGA BBS - ciaamigabbs.dynu.net:6400 (432:1/147.0)
  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Sbaitso on Mon Jan 3 19:47:00 2022
    On 12-30-21 14:03, Sbaitso wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    It happens, it can be tough staying motivated all the time especially
    when usage drops or the only feedback is negative. Good to hear that
    you are getting back in the saddle and hoping things turn around soon.

    Yeah, think I'm back for a long while. Just easing back into things. It wasn't due to something going wrong on the BBSs, was a bit more complex than that. I have a soft spot for BBSing, so it was just a matter of time before I came back. :)



    ... Remember, you don't have to be smart to be a Sysop.
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  • From Richard Menedetter@432:1/105 to Sbaitso on Wed Jan 5 14:15:32 2022
    Hi Sbaitso!

    04 Sep 2021 10:19, from Sbaitso -> Richard Menedetter:

    Let me know how it goes when you get a chance to take a look at it.
    I bought a HackRF Portapack, but had very little time to "play"
    with it.

    1 quarter later, still no time :/
    But compared to how weak the microcontroller that is bundled with it is, it can
    really do interesting things ...

    CU, Ricsi

    ... Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die!
    --- GoldED+/LNX
    * Origin: Fear sells copies, moves product, and gets votes. (432:1/105)