• HAM noob questions

    From fU@9:92/1.3 to Zero Reader on Mon Apr 11 10:04:00 2016
    hi,

    just read that you're a ham-expert :)

    i'm from germany and i want a small HAM setup for my BBS. what is the
    minimal requiered hardware i need for it?

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  • From Zero Reader@9:91/18 to fU on Mon Apr 11 14:07:00 2016
    On 04/11/16, fU said the following...

    hi,

    just read that you're a ham-expert :)

    i'm from germany and i want a small HAM setup for my BBS. what is the minimal requiered hardware i need for it?

    Hahahahah well I wouldn't call myself much of an expert.. I enjoy DXing and building kits and things like that. When you say you want a setup for your
    BBS, are you looking to create a packet radio BBS?

    If you're looking to do packet on VHF, I'd say all you need is something like
    a J-pole antenna, or a Ringo Ranger antenna, plus a decent VHF rig (something from Yaesu perhaps). You probably need a TNC (terminal node controller)
    unless you can do that via AFSK (basically using your computer sound card as
    a modem). You'll need a power supply for the radio. You could probably get
    all this stuff from eBay for a low price.

    Beyond that, I don't really know what else needs to be in place to make that work. There are lots of tutorials out there. I wouldn't mind setting up a packet BBS myself...

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  • From fU@9:92/1 to Zero Reader on Thu Apr 21 00:22:00 2016
    Hahahahah well I wouldn't call myself much of an expert.. I enjoy DXing and building kits and things like that. When you say you want a setup
    for your BBS, are you looking to create a packet radio BBS?

    it's a useful answer - thx for it expert ;)

    i want my existing BBS with telnet and gsm(cellphone) modem access set up
    also for packet radio. 2k4 or a bit more are possible i think.

    i've heard about that "your soundcard is your modem stuff" before, does that realy work? is there a need for a special soundkart or would a soundcard
    which is soldert on the mainboard work for it?

    in germany we have some relay-station where your packet-radio signal can be bridget to long ranges. it's called here sometimes digipeater.

    here is a list as an example:

    Rufzeichen Standort System Ausgabe (Ablage) Geschwindigkeit (callsign) (location) (outbound?) (speed)
    DBOVN Neuss APRS 144.800 (simplex) 1200 baud
    DBOTV Meerbusch APRS 144.800 (simplex) 1200 baud
    DBKX Viersen APRS 144.800 (simplex) 1200 baud
    DBRWI Dsseldorf DIGI/MBOX 438.375 (simplex) 9600 Baud
    DBOVN Neuss DIGI/MBOX 438.525 (-7.6 Mhz) 9600 Baud
    DBII M”nchengladbach DIGI 439.900 (-9.4 Mhz) 9600 Baud
    DBDSP Dsseldorf DIGI 439.700 (-9.4 Mhz) 102,4 kBaud
    DBII M”nchengladbach DIGI 1242.825 (+ 20 MHz) 9600 Baud

    with this kind of a network you can connect from your home to a station of
    the digipeater network and send your data across the country without having a antenna that glows in the night and let you hair spread in the air :)

    is there a simlar system in the US?

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  • From Zero Reader@9:91/18 to fU on Wed Apr 20 21:33:00 2016
    On 04/21/16, fU said the following...

    i want my existing BBS with telnet and gsm(cellphone) modem access set up also for packet radio. 2k4 or a bit more are possible i think.

    i've heard about that "your soundcard is your modem stuff" before, does that realy work? is there a need for a special soundkart or would a soundcard which is soldert on the mainboard work for it?

    It sounds like you know more than I do about this stuff! If you are going to
    do the soundcard/AFSK route, I'd suggest getting an external sound card, like
    a SignaLink USB box to keep the radio business separate from the computer
    sound card. You wouldn't want to send your Windows "dings" over the air,
    hehe. Also, the SignaLink has some physical knobs so you easily adjust your audio drive.

    This solution works quite well because modern computers are more than
    powerful enough to support a "software" modem.

    Here in the U.S. we use some software called "WinLink" to send e-mail over
    the air. The emcomm whackers really like that. You can spend a $1000 US on
    the PACTOR modem for that, or just use the soundcard AFSK. Either method is about the same speedwise IMHO.

    in germany we have some relay-station where your packet-radio signal can be bridget to long ranges. it's called here sometimes digipeater.

    Yep we have those also!

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  • From vk3jed@9:91/26 to Zero Reader on Sat Jan 7 03:31:00 2017
    Zero Reader wrote to fU <=-

    It sounds like you know more than I do about this stuff! If you are
    going to do the soundcard/AFSK route, I'd suggest getting an external sound card, like a SignaLink USB box to keep the radio business
    separate from the computer sound card. You wouldn't want to send your Windows "dings" over the air, hehe. Also, the SignaLink has some
    physical knobs so you easily adjust your audio drive.

    I'm not a big fan of the Signalink, because it is essentially a VOX/SOX device, which means in some situations, it can be unreliable, and in all situations, there is an increased delay in keying the PTT. I prefer devices with a positive software or hardware generated keying action.

    This solution works quite well because modern computers are more than powerful enough to support a "software" modem.

    The soundcard/software modems themselves work very well, these days, often better than many hardware based modems.

    Here in the U.S. we use some software called "WinLink" to send e-mail
    over the air. The emcomm whackers really like that. You can spend a
    $1000 US on the PACTOR modem for that, or just use the soundcard AFSK. Either method is about the same speedwise IMHO.

    You can also use a software modem called WINMOR for HF Winlink. I have used this to send email from remote sites in the Austrlaian outback.

    in germany we have some relay-station where your packet-radio signal can be bridget to long ranges. it's called here sometimes digipeater.

    Yep we have those also!

    There's not as lot of packet infrastructure here, other than for APRS. interest has waned. I am looking at setting up AX.25, NET/ROM and IP over packet here. I'm also wondering if I can ovver IPv6 over packet. I do have plenty of spare addresses (I have a /56 here, only using a /64).


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  • From Zero Reader@9:91/18 to vk3jed on Sat Jan 7 16:17:00 2017
    On 01/07/17, vk3jed said the following...

    I'm not a big fan of the Signalink, because it is essentially a VOX/SOX device, which means in some situations, it can be unreliable, and in all situations, there is an increased delay in keying the PTT. I prefer devices with a positive software or hardware generated keying action.

    I like the Signalink... it's always been rock solid for me. I managed a 6 khz RTTY pile-up in split mode for several hours handing out QSOs during a contest once and it didn't let me down.

    I have heard that they have an issue with the noise floor which could affect sensitivity, and there could be some issues with Windows if the volume isn't set properly -- apparently the Windows volume control needs to be set to 100% to maintain linearity.

    It's a good solution for guys who want to do a variety of digital work.

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  • From Tony Langdon@9:91/11 to ZERO READER on Fri Feb 10 18:29:00 2017
    Quoting Zero Reader to Vk3jed <=-

    I like the Signalink... it's always been rock solid for me. I managed
    a 6 khz RTTY pile-up in split mode for several hours handing out QSOs during a contest once and it didn't let me down.

    Where they really fall down is if you use them to handle voice - so many people

    try to use them for things like Echolink nodes. Adds nasty tails, and slow speakers can cause dropouts.

    It's a good solution for guys who want to do a variety of digital
    work.

    Providing all you use it for is constant carrier digital modes. :)





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