DMR The Journey Continues

So after much addoo, yelling, swearing and all round losing my crap, I have DMR working, well kind of. I still do not really understand what I am doing here, but i did have it connected to TG 3100 somehow amd was hearing people talking, so I know I am on the right path here, but I still do not know how to change talk groups yet. Anyway, setting up the hotspot was not bad, configuring a radio to talk to it and the world, what a bloody nightmare LOL.


20m FT8 Tonight

While i think FT8 and other digital modes are like watching paint dry, they do achieve one big thing, they allow for tiny stations like mine to work some DX. I am running about 25w into a dipole that is 8m AGL. For all intents and purposes I am nothing more than a portable station, the antenna is the sotabeams linked dipole i use portable and its hanging off the same squid pole I use. But I am working DX and its keeping things fun while I layout a schematic for a future project.


Pixie Power

I have had this bad boy sitting in a box for a while now. Unused and unloved. Well up until a few weeks ago I could not use it into anything but a dummy load because my old license restrictions did not allow me to transmit with anything other than a commercially manufactured transmitter. And being a good little boy, I had actually followed that rule.

So anyone, in box 1 we have a pixie, in box 2 we have an iambic keyer and the key is a Begali. I plan to fire it up tonight and see if i can get picked up anywhere on RBN, hear myself on a VK2 Kiwi SDR or even make a contact with a mate of mine who lives in VK3. RBN will be doable, VK4CT is just up the hill from me and I should be able to get a report from him at least.

Wish me luck.


Sotabeams Linked Dipole 20m SWR

I had need to throw up the sotabeams 20m dipole here at home while I am operating as VI4LWF a special event call sign for the Armistice Day celebrations. I wondered why the autotuner went bonkers when i keyed up for the first time and so i thought i should take a look at it on the VNA, well it looks little on the long side to me, especially when operating up around 14.310 where most VKFF activators congregate. Its not bad, it just could be better.


VKFF-1205 Mapleton National Park

Another day, another activation. 😉 So this morning the wife and I packed up the ute and headed off to Mapleton National Park to do a little radio, do some bush walking and generally relax and slow down for a time. The park is about 100km from home. We setup in the day use area and had the place to ourselves for the better part of 2 hours. Did not make a lot of contacts, enough to qualify the park for VKFF and not a lot more.


Spent the couple hours i was there following the shade. I left my hat at home and even though i was covered in sun screen, its not a good idea to be out in the hot Aussie sun without a hat.

While we were out there, we did a bit of bush walking. It was a good to get a few Km under the belt today. We have decided that next trip will be to Lamington Np, probably to Binna Burra to do a few walks there and the a little bit of radio afterwards.



So while im sitting here listening to the 7.130 DX net I thought i would start sorting out some of the many things i need to now that I have upgraded. So tonight it was sort out Eqsl and a new QSL Card. Going slightly boring and a little more serious this time around. HAHAHA



So in the interests of Fagging It Up as my friend Simon refers to DMR, i have setup a hotspot. LMAO. I still have no idea what i am doing, or how to configure the radio, but we are making progress. This is so non intuitive that its a nightmare. So from what i understand, i need to install a buttplug in the radio so that it has channels and zones and such to access the hotspot. If anyone wants to know how to do this, don’t ask me. I got no idea.


15m FT8

Well they say 15m is dead. And it probably is in other modes, but in FT8 its firing quite nicely. I am receiving plenty of stations and being heard by some of them. I even popped my cherry and had my first FT8 contact. So with that out of the way, i proceeded to work a bunch of other stations also. Its been a while since i worked any dx of any kind, so to get a few in the log on 15m is nice.


The map below is my receive map. Asia, the middle east and Europe all being received.

The transmit map is not as great, but that is to be expected, I am running low power into a dipole, so cannot expect to be heard like a big gun, but I am getting out and making a few contacts. I am still a bit iffy when it comes to FT8 procedure, i need to read the manual and make sure i am doing it right. But hey, if i can start working some all new ones, or getting confirms on places i have had contacts with already, I might end up with that DXCC on 15m that i only need about 20 confirms for HAHAHAHA.