How it all started for me…

Wednesday, 3 November 2010 11:33 by G7EIX

The photo below is from 1989.   That was my 109” Land Rover FNW60Y, the same Land Rover that took me through so many events in my life.

I learned to drive and took my test in this 2.25 liter 4-Cylinder beast.  No official lessons, just 5000 miles of driving at the side of Sonny – G7DCT every evening for 4 weeks and then I turned up for the test and passed first time.

I made my first 2m SSB contact from the top of Otley Chevin (the pic below)

I covered around 80 WAB (Worked All Britain) squares with Sonny G7DCT and Keith G4VRW using a hand crank 13 element Yagi and a Yaesu FT-290 with a 30Watt Microwave Modules Amplifier.

Most weekends would see us throw a small generator and the antennas in the back and head out on the road to visit the hills and dales around Yorkshire, England.

I miss it.

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The poor mans Flex Radio

Monday, 18 October 2010 15:28 by G7EIX

A WebSDR is a Software-Defined Radio receiver connected to the internet, allowing many listeners to listen and tune it simultaneously. SDR technology makes it possible that all listeners tune independently, and thus listen to different signals; this is in contrast to the many classical receivers that are already available via the internet.

websdr.orgA typical WebSDR Waterfall Display

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Many WebSDR Nodes are available around the world

A WebSDR server consists of a PC running Linux and the WebSDR server software, a fast internet connection (several hundred kbit/s uplink bandwidth per listener), and some radio hardware to feed antenna signals into the PC. This radio hardware is typically a quadrature mixer connected to the PC's soundcard, like the popular SoftRock kits.

You can take a look for yourself at http://www.websdr.org