- Use simplex wherever possible freeing the repeater for necessary uses.
- Monitor the repeater (listen) or determine if the repeater is in use, and if there are any peculiarities in its operation. After listening for a few seconds, identify, un key and listen to see if it was quiet for a reason, and to allow someone to let you know if there is a reason not to continue (low audio, low signal strength, etc). Then, if all OK, proceed.
- Donâ€™t break into a contact unless you have something to add. Interrupting is no more polite on the air than it is in person. Interruption without identification constitutes malicious (and illegal) interference.
- Use the minimum power to key up the repeater. To make contact, simply indicate that you are on frequency . For example “IW5EDI monitoring”. Do not kerchunk.
- Remember amateur radio transmissions are being monitored by many non-hams with scanners. Watch your language and your manners. Please don’t bring disrepute on the Amateur Radio Service.
- Repeaters are intended to facilitate mobile and portable operation. During rush hours, base stations should relinquish the repeater to commuting mobiles. Some repeater owners have strict rules requiring this.
- Keep transmissions short and thoughtful. Do not monopolize the repeater. Pause between transmissions to allow other amateurs to identify themselves if they wish to use the repeater. Pausing also allows the timer to reset, avoiding a “time-out”
- Identify legally. In Canada that means at the beginning and end of a contact and every thirty minutes of operation.
- Repeaters are installed and maintained at considerable expense and inconvenience. Regular users of a repeater should financially support the individual or club owner in their efforts to keep the repeater working properly.
An interesting article by W2BRI you should read if you want to home made your own magnetic loop antenna
After having allowed hams to use their QRZ as alternate name, I’m going to show you how to lookup people by their amateur radio call-signs (QRZ), even if they are not in your friends-connections (Friends or Friends of Friends)
Just type into the top facebook search bar:
People named “iw5edi”
this will bring you to the Facebook Open Graph search result page with the results.
This is an example result page for a lookup searchÂ for the callsign IW5EIJ :
Language and devices
Unfortunately there are still some restrictions, since this feature is powered by facebook graph-search feature that is available only on desktop computers using the english language settings.
For all other devices and languages this is not avabilable yet.
Apparently the search by callsign works with all devices and languages, but this it’s not true, since by typing the callsing will return only the Altenate names of those that are already in your network and will not lookup within all facebook users database.
I’ve tested this by looking up for a ham radio call sign that is not in my network and it works:
As an additional restriction, looks like is not possible to make partial searches like “IW5ED*”, but is still possible to refine search by adding additional filters to your query, like city, interest, etc.
I’ve not been able to understand if, after having added your alternate name, you can immediately be found with your call sign, or if this take time. I’ve added my call sign in mid July, it immediately appeared in the profile page, but not in search results. I’ve checked after one month and it worked.
Thanks to an online petition made via change.orgÂ Â promoted by NW7OR,Â starting from today facebookÂ allow to add your own ham radioÂ call-sign as altenate name and have it displayed in your public profile page
This should allow others to look for your your by usingÂ your QRZ.
This is how appears now my Facebook profile page… you can notice my callsing IW5EDI just below my name.
How I did it ?
Simply by editing my profile page and adding my QRZ as Alternate Name
What’s new ?
Well, the true is that an alternate name wasÂ possible and accepted in Facebook also before today, but looks like at Facebook someone changed the rules
Yes because those rules since yesterday where quite strict, not allowing to add numbers or all capital letters.
Here you can read a snapshot of the on-line help, that evidently need to be updated by the folks at facebook.
As a short note, i can tell you that at time writing, if you look for me on facebook by typing my call, you will not find me right now.
I belive the cause is that Facebook need to reindex their data and this may take time… Will try to update this post with latest news.
in the mean time, if you want, you can add me as friend in Facebook.
Starting from mid august, is now possible to lookup call-sing within facebook.
Just select from the top facebook search field the People Named prefix and type the call sign !
If you have setup a ham radio Wi-Fi link and you want to measure the real throughput, copying files, or accessing to speedtest.net is notÂ really the proper way.
I’ve written an article on calculating the total bandwidthÂ in WiFi links , and I try to eplain the reason and give you some more hints.
This picture I’ve taken few days ago, reveals, what I’ve always considered, the symbol of amateur radio in Florence.
This Yagi Antenna tower, erected very close to the old bridge several years ago I suppose belong to IK5JXR (I5BKO), now SK.
Just wanted to share this piece of my city with you.
FT5ZM clublog log db has been updated right now!
So it means they have an internet connection
Are you in the log ?
Google glass are wearable computer, with a built-in Android OS on it, and in this movie N3WG Nick Garner show us a sample application of a ham radio related application written for the Google Glass platform.
Practically Nick is able to remote control an Elecraft KX3 radio via the PigremoteÂ connected via Wi-Fi, of simply give commands to the Android OS to display latest dx spots, or show GMT time.
I already wrote a post some months ago about the first ham radio app for google glass, QSL query byÂ AE5DY, but this app is a real example of a practical implementation of this new google interface.
Well done Nick !
Looks like the Arduino platform is getting popular and popular among amateur radio community.
I’ve been reading a lot’s of interesting projects based on the Arduino, from CW Players, to antenna tuners, beacons, keyers, and rotor controllers, magnetic loops controllers and more.
The Arduino looks is so popular that the ARRL is also publishing a book dedicated to application in the amateur radio use.
Well, honestly I’m not so inclined to microprocessors programming and related subjects,Â and I believe I will feel more confortable with the other misterious device named Raspberry Pi, since is much more closer to my daily work that what the Arduino is.
In any case i will attend to a meeting dedicated to the Arduino and the Ham Radio applications that will be held at my local ham radio club in Firenze in the coming January.
David Young, AE5DY announcedÂ QSL Query the first Google Glass application associated with the hobby of amateur radio. It is basically used to look up FCC call sign information, primarily for use in filling out QSL cards.
Currently, the information returned by QSL Query includes the name, address, and license class of the person associated with the submitted call sign.
Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like format, and user can communicate with the Internet viaÂ voice commands.
Google Glass diffusion is very limited due to the high cost but certainly, this is another demonstration of how Amateur Radio’s experimentation is always up to date with new technologies and communications media.
For more information visiti AE5DY webpage deidcated to QSL Query