I’m in Osnabrueck north germany and playing with my RtlSdr dongle scanning VHF
IW5EIJ Leonardo, yesterday night showed me a nice App running on Android, named SDR Touch.
Connecting the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the RTLSDR dongle will turn your smartphone into a nice wide band receiver.
Leonardo is however experiencing an unwanted and unexpected phone vibration during reception. Could not gave him any hint since, I don’t onw a Galaxy S3 and neither an Android device.
In any case this is a very cool solution, to have always your software defined radio receiver along to you.
Looking to see a similar app even on my iPhone.
A new IU prefix has been just announced.
The new IU Prefix will be added to the already in use prefixes for ham radio operators, I IK IW and the IZ.
In Italy, we have several other Ham Radio Callsign Prefixes like:
IR that are assigned toÂ FM Repeaters
IQ Are tipically assigned to club stations
but as you probably already know in italy we already have some special prefixes for hams living in particular regions:
- IA5: Tuscany islands (Elba , Giglio etc)
- IB0: islands of Lazio Region (Ponza, Ventotene, etc.)
- IC8: islands of Campania Region (Capri, Ischia, etc.)
- ID9: Eolie and other minor islands of north-east Sicilia Region
- IE9: Ustica island (Sicilia Region)
- IF9: Egadi and other minor islands of west Sicilia Region
- IG9: Pelagie and other minor islands of south Sicilia Region
- IH9: Pantelleria island (Sicilia Region)
- IL7: Tremiti islands (Puglia Region)
- IM0: all minor islands of Sardegna Region (Maddalena, San Pietro, etc.)
- IN3: Trentino – Alto Adige (special-statute Region)
- IS0: Sardegna island mainland
- IT9: Sicilia island mainland
- IV3: Friuli – Venezia Giulia (special-statute Region)
- IX1: Valle d’Aosta (special-statute Region)
So who will use the new IU Prefix ? all new hams not living in the above special areas.
With this 4 ways mixer I can connect up to 4 radios and use a single external speaker, can mix volumes, and with an Y cable I’ve also connected my new Yamaha CM500 headsets.
Mixer output is Mono so is perfect for ham radio usage.
Got used for 20 euros.
After new server’s hardware setup at ARRL LoTW started processing QSOs faster then before.
Delay is now aprox 7 days versus the 10 days performance of previous month.
You can chech the status here:
Just back from ARI Firenze HQ where we operted as IQ5FI DCI FI 465.
Tnx Leonardo IW5EIJ for bringing IQ5FI again on air.
All receiver tests will be published in famous receiver test comparison table
Rob Expect to publish data before end of year !
And I will postpone my purchasing decision after that.
Also Yaesu present during this period a new product, the Yaesu FT DX 3000, a 100 Watt HF and 50 MHz amateur radio transceiver for the casual dxer and for the contester.
Along to te FT DX 5000 is the sole Yaesu transceiver with a band scope and full digital display.
Aspect and dimension are very compact.
Price is not yet bee announced.
With Gmail Tap announced today (April 1st) , Google adapted the Morse Code to the new Tap interface integrating a morse code interpreter into their Gmail App for Android Smartphones.
At first while reading I did suspected April Fools and so I still believe it could be a joke, but reading comments on play.google.com looks it’s a real announcement…. Let’s see tomorrow. 😉
Read more on Gmail Tap
By the way, April fools or not, if you want to use Morse Code to replace your keyboard you can already download an iPhone App, that will do exactly the same, Morse Code Email
An updated andÂ complete list of ham radio repeaters in italy, is mantained by IK2ANEÂ in his website, where you can download theÂ italian repeaters excel file
Here isÂ a subset of Italian Ham Radio Repeaters in Tuscany and in Florence area (FI)
Nome Freq shift tone Prov. QRA Loc R0 145.600,0 -600 kHz 1750 LU JN53HW R0a 145.612,5 -600 kHz AR R1 145.625,0 -600 kHz LI R1a 145.637,5 -600 kHz AR JN53XL R1a 145.637,5 -600 kHz MS JN54BC R2 145.650,0 -600 kHz 1750 GR R3 145.675,0 -600 kHz 1750 GR JN53LD R3a 145.687,5 -600 kHz 79,7 MS JN54BC R4 145.700,0 -600 kHz PI JN53IP R4a 145.712,5 -600 kHz GR JN52SU R5 145.725,0 -600 kHz PO JN53OT R6 145.750,0 -600 kHz FI JN53SR R6 145.750,0 -600 kHz MS JN54BC R6a 145.762,5 -600 kHz PO JN54NA R7 145.775,0 -600 kHz MS R7 145.775,0 -600 kHz SI R7a 145.787,5 -600 kHz 79.7 FI JN53SR RU0a 430.012,5 +1.6 MHz FI RU1a 430.037,5 +1.6 MHz AR JN53TP RU2 430.050,0 +1.6 MHz 79.7 PI JN53IQ RU2a 430.062,5 +1.6 MHz 146.2 FI JN53SR RU3 430.075,0 +1.6 MHz 79,7 GR JN53LD RU3a 430.087,5 +1.6 MHz MS JN54BC RU4 430.100,0 +1.6 MHz FI JN53SR RU4a 430.112,5 +1.6 MHz 79.7 MS JN44XF RU5 430.125,0 +1.6 MHz AR RU6a 430.162,5 +1.6 MHz FI JN53SR RU8 430.200,0 +1.6 MHz LU JN53HW RU9a 430.237,5 +1.6 MHz FI JN53LR RU11 430.275,0 +1.6 MHz FI JN53QS RU12 430.300,0 +1.6 MHz FI JN53SV RU13 430.325,0 +1.6 MHz FI JN53OR RU13 430.325,0 +1.6 MHz MS JN54AB RU14 430.350,0 +1.6 MHz GR JN52RU RU15 430.375,0 +1.6 MHz 88,5 GR JN52TV RU20 431.325,0 +1.6 MHz 88.5 AR JN53XL RU20 431.325,0 +1.6 MHz 88,5 FI JN53SR RU22 431.375,0 +1.6 MHz 88,5 SI JN52TV RU24 431.425,0 +1.6 MHz PT RU26a 431.487,5 +1.6 MHz LU JN53GU RU27a 431.512,5 +1.6 MHz AR RU28 431.525,0 +1.6MHz MS RU28a 431.537,5 +1.6 MHz GR
In the Florence area, a popular repeater is the R6, on 145.750 -600 it is managed by ARI Firenze.