• Re: Amateur Radio while socia

    From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Rampage on Fri May 1 19:56:00 2020
    On 04-28-20 09:02, Rampage wrote to Daryl Stout <=-

    so why not not use the web cam mic and use a regular mic? my headphones have a mic built-in that i use... it works a lot better than the old
    stick mic i was using... i've thought about getting a mounted
    professional mic but funds are not available for that niceity, right now... and with a (proper?) mixer board, one can easily choose their inputs as well as their outputs...

    Getting a good mic and setting it up properly can work wonders for audio.

    my limited experience in this is limited to streaming, though... i see streamers with sound mixers as well as video mixers so they can
    broadcast their
    content with several "scene overlays" as well as various audio
    sources... doing this for radio shouldn't be that much different other than the licensing and call sign requirements... internet game
    streamers generally don't have those restrictions to worry about...

    I can see a lot of possibilities.


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  • From Rampage@432:1/139 to Daryl Stout on Tue Apr 28 09:02:06 2020
    Re: Amateur Radio while socia
    By: Daryl Stout to VK3JED on Wed Apr 15 2020 09:50:00


    My audio has been poor on the nets, but with the webcam, it's too
    hot. If I turn it away, it sounds like I'm in a tunnel.

    so why not not use the web cam mic and use a regular mic? my headphones have a mic built-in that i use... it works a lot better than the old stick mic i was using... i've thought about getting a mounted professional mic but funds are not available for that niceity, right now... and with a (proper?) mixer board, one can easily choose their inputs as well as their outputs...

    my limited experience in this is limited to streaming, though... i see streamers with sound mixers as well as video mixers so they can broadcast their
    content with several "scene overlays" as well as various audio sources... doing this for radio shouldn't be that much different other than the licensing and call sign requirements... internet game streamers generally don't have those restrictions to worry about...


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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/101 to VK3JED on Wed Apr 15 09:50:00 2020
    Tony,

    The amateur bands, particularly VHF/UHF are coming alive again here, and it's V>all thanks to COVID-19. Locally, one of the clubs I'm in started playing wit V>Zoom for meetings, and 2 days ago, we decided that since we're hams, perhaps V>it's about time we got on the air, to help break the social isolation a bit. V>Yesterday was our first of what has since become a daily net at 1PM every day V>on a local repeater, and it's been a lot of fun.

    I've noticed that on the D-Star Nets I do during the week. Yet, there
    are some who get mad because I cancelled the net due to a holiday or a
    threat of severe weather...as was the case here this past Sunday.

    If I have a tornado heading for my QTH, doing a net and getting a
    checkin to satisfy the ego of a ham who's trying to see how many nets he
    can check into in a day, is the least of my worries. In Arkansas, a
    tornado and a divorce have the same thing in common...either way, you're
    going to lose the trailer. <G>

    On Sunday, another local club is hosting their regular Sunday morning coffee.
    with a difference. Instead of a traditional meetup at a cafe, they are
    holding an on air net - you make your own coffee at home, then get on air for V>chat.

    The DRE (Digital Radio Enthusiasts...there's another meaning to that
    that males know all to well <G>) morning net, which normally ran
    just Monday through Friday, added "The Virus Net" on Saturday. It's a
    place to let off steam, be sarcastic, etc.

    With COVID-19, I've got masks and gloves...I guess all I need now is
    some Kentucky (KY) Jelly. <EG>

    All this activity has led me to do some work on my shack. I spent much of V>today fixing problems and tweaking things, and there's a lot more to do. V>Suddenly, I'm connected to the world, and now I have a list of projects to V>complete as long as my arm. :) Ham radio has become fun again!

    You must have some long arms. <g,d,r>

    One day, I'll get packet working and combine my BBS and radio hobbies. I V>actually have the shack side almost setup - just have to add a radio. , then V>setup a mobile/portable station. I am able to run IP (v4) on packet as well, V>that's already configured using LinBPQ.

    I'm the scribe for a packet net via telnet on Monday...we had a dozen checkins there this past Monday...I think that set a record for the net.

    I also have to work out where my OpenSpot has got to, so I can get back on DM
    I had made up a kit that works for both wired and wifi connections, but I
    can't seem to find it. :/

    It's where you put it last. <g,d,r>

    So is anyone else getting back on the air to help deal with social distancing V>or isolation? Please share your experiences. :)

    I never did get off the air, but my USB headset mic went south. With
    everyone "working from home" via their computers, you can NOT find a USB headset mic anywhere. I found two headset mics, but they had an older
    prong plug.

    My audio has been poor on the nets, but with the webcam, it's too hot.
    If I turn it away, it sounds like I'm in a tunnel.

    So, I looked on Amazon last night, and found a Logitech USB headset
    mic...it should be here by next Tuesday. Too bad Radio Shack is not
    around...I used to have one of those small desk mics that ran on AA
    batteries.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Daryl Stout on Thu Apr 16 17:56:00 2020
    On 04-15-20 09:50, Daryl Stout wrote to VK3JED <=-

    I've noticed that on the D-Star Nets I do during the week. Yet, there are some who get mad because I cancelled the net due to a holiday or a threat of severe weather...as was the case here this past Sunday.

    Well, our Isolation Net went ahead on Friday and Monday, despite both being public holidays here. :)

    If I have a tornado heading for my QTH, doing a net and getting a checkin to satisfy the ego of a ham who's trying to see how many nets
    he can check into in a day, is the least of my worries. In Arkansas, a tornado and a divorce have the same thing in common...either way,
    you're going to lose the trailer. <G>

    Haha yeah, a matter of perspective there. :)

    The DRE (Digital Radio Enthusiasts...there's another meaning to that that males know all to well <G>) morning net, which normally ran
    just Monday through Friday, added "The Virus Net" on Saturday. It's a place to let off steam, be sarcastic, etc.

    Cool. :D

    With COVID-19, I've got masks and gloves...I guess all I need now is some Kentucky (KY) Jelly. <EG>

    While that's the safest way, still a case of TMI. :D

    complete as long as my arm. :) Ham radio has become fun again!

    You must have some long arms. <g,d,r>

    You don't learn. Running's not going to do you any good. :P

    I'm the scribe for a packet net via telnet on Monday...we had a dozen checkins there this past Monday...I think that set a record for the
    net.

    Cool. I still haven't got packet up. I don't think I have all the pieces. Will have to have a closer look at what I've got. Just have to connect the TNC to the radio, and got limited access to parts now. :/

    I also have to work out where my OpenSpot has got to, so I can get back on
    M
    I had made up a kit that works for both wired and wifi connections, but I
    can't seem to find it. :/

    It's where you put it last. <g,d,r>

    Well, I have since found the OpenSpot, and you were right, the issue was working out where that place was. :D But it's now up and running permanently in the shack on DMR. :)

    So is anyone else getting back on the air to help deal with social
    istancing
    or isolation? Please share your experiences. :)

    I never did get off the air, but my USB headset mic went south. With everyone "working from home" via their computers, you can NOT find a
    USB headset mic anywhere. I found two headset mics, but they had an
    older prong plug.

    I'm using real radios. :P My IRLP/Echolink node, which is a duplex repeater has now been converted into a glorified wireless mic. The duplex capability is useful, and the remote base is my main analog radio. I've extended the capabilities of the remote base, adding a "digital mode port", which can pass audio to the radio, while bypassing the VoIP stuff. The digital mode PC is at the other end of the house, and I'm using USB over IP to brisge that gap. :)

    My audio has been poor on the nets, but with the webcam, it's too
    hot. If I turn it away, it sounds like I'm in a tunnel.

    So, I looked on Amazon last night, and found a Logitech USB headset mic...it should be here by next Tuesday. Too bad Radio Shack is not around...I used to have one of those small desk mics that ran on AA batteries.

    Cool. :)


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  • From Ray Quinn@432:1/108.23 to Rampage on Sun May 31 20:08:18 2020

    Hello Rampage!

    28 Apr 20 09:02, you wrote to Daryl Stout:

    mounted professional mic but funds are not available for that niceity, right now... and with a (proper?) mixer board, one can easily choose
    their inputs as well as their outputs...

    my limited experience in this is limited to streaming, though... i see streamers with sound mixers as well as video mixers so they can
    broadcast their content with several "scene overlays" as well as
    various audio sources... doing this for radio shouldn't be that much different other than the licensing and call sign requirements...
    internet game streamers generally don't have those restrictions to
    worry about...

    You may look into the Open Broadcaster Software https://obsproject.com/ for Windows, Mac OS 10.13, and Linux. It is "Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming." KDENlive https://kdenlive.org/ is "Open source video editor. Free and easy to use for any purpose, forever." for Windows and Linux.


    Ray


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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Ray Quinn on Tue Jun 2 20:10:00 2020
    On 05-31-20 20:08, Ray Quinn wrote to Rampage <=-

    You may look into the Open Broadcaster Software https://obsproject.com/ for Windows, Mac OS 10.13, and Linux. It is "Free and open source
    software for video recording and live streaming." KDENlive https://kdenlive.org/ is "Open source video editor. Free and easy to
    use for any purpose, forever." for Windows and Linux.

    One thing I would like is video streaming software that doesn't need a GUI. That way, I could stream the local ATV repeater. Everything in the shack is currently running headless, so a GUI isn't the best thing. I'd have to run VNC server.


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  • From Rampage@432:1/139 to Ray Quinn on Thu Jun 4 14:13:17 2020
    Re: Amateur Radio while socia
    By: Ray Quinn to Rampage on Sun May 31 2020 20:08:18


    You may look into the Open Broadcaster Software https://obsproject.com/ for Windows, Mac OS 10.13, and Linux. It is "Free and open source
    software for video recording and live streaming."

    thanks... i', already a streamer, though ;)

    KDENlive https://kdenlive.org/ is "Open source video editor. Free
    and easy to use for any purpose, forever." for Windows and Linux.

    now this might be handy... i don't currently edit any of my videos but this will be handy if/when i do need/want to :)


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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/101 to Rampage on Sun May 31 20:05:00 2020
    so why not not use the web cam mic and use a regular mic? my headphones have a mic built-in that i use... it works a lot better than the old
    stick mic i was using... i've thought about getting a mounted
    professional mic but funds are not available for that niceity, right now... and with a (proper?) mixer board, one can easily choose their inputs as well as their outputs...

    For one, I'm out of USB slots. And, I've got the USB headset mic working
    now. The ham radio stuff (except for the mode of Echolink), is on my laptop...Echolink and the BBS are now on my late Mom's computer (the BBS
    power supply and hardware failed in late April...and nearly nonstop stormy weather kept me offline.

    Daryl

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  • From Ray Quinn@432:1/108.23 to Vk3jed on Sat Jun 6 19:39:44 2020

    Hello Vk3jed!

    02 Jun 20 20:10, you wrote to me:


    One thing I would like is video streaming software that doesn't need a GUI. That way, I could stream the local ATV repeater. Everything in
    the shack is currently running headless, so a GUI isn't the best
    thing. I'd have to run VNC server.

    I thought I saw something that would work, but can't remember what or where. I would like to stream the local ATV repeater without a GUI - put a receiver at the site and feed it into a stream capture device.

    I need to start running more things headless as I currently have 11 "monitors" of one sort or another, including a couple for ATV.

    73 de Ray W6RAY



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  • From Ray Quinn@432:1/108.23 to Rampage on Sat Jun 6 19:48:44 2020

    Hello Rampage!

    04 Jun 20 14:13, you wrote to me:


    thanks... i', already a streamer, though ;)

    KDENlive https://kdenlive.org/ is "Open source video editor. Free
    and easy to use for any purpose, forever." for Windows and Linux.

    now this might be handy... i don't currently edit any of my videos but this will be handy if/when i do need/want to :)

    You are welcome.


    Ray


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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Ray Quinn on Mon Jun 8 14:51:00 2020
    On 06-06-20 19:39, Ray Quinn wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    I thought I saw something that would work, but can't remember what or where. I would like to stream the local ATV repeater without a GUI -
    put a receiver at the site and feed it into a stream capture device.

    If you do find it, let me know. :)

    I need to start running more things headless as I currently have 11 "monitors" of one sort or another, including a couple for ATV.

    Ouch. :/


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  • From Ray Quinn@432:1/108.23 to Vk3jed on Mon Jun 15 11:40:22 2020

    Hello Vk3jed!

    08 Jun 20 14:51, you wrote to me:

    If you do find it, let me know. :)
    11 "monitors" of one sort or another, including a couple for ATV.

    Ouch. :/
    So true. The wallet and temperature in the room. Gets up to 90F if I leave the door closed. If I open it, the thermostat is directly outside the door.



    73 de Ray Quinn W6RAY



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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Ray Quinn on Fri Jun 19 12:17:00 2020
    On 06-15-20 11:40, Ray Quinn wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    Ouch. :/
    So true. The wallet and temperature in the room. Gets up to 90F if I
    leave the door closed. If I open it, the thermostat is directly outside the door.

    Bit warmish. :) In those conditions, I hope you don't do live ATV. :D


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