Monthly Archives: August 2010

Where have I been?

I’m still trying to acclimate myself back into the working world.  If you didn’t know, I took three weeks off for a road trip.  We left Virginia and made it to Maine, hugging the coast as much as possible, and the returned coming through Pennsylvania.  It was fun and did me good to get away.

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IP Voice and Amateur Radio

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about. If you have a VoIP phone system in your house with your own phone switch (like Asterisk) why couldn’t you hook in a transceiver to monitor your local repeater or simplex frequency so you could monitor throughout the house without having to carry an HT? If you don’t like the idea of having every phone in your house be an output for your local repeater (or maybe just a few phones) you could easily setup a DTMF tone selection that would ring a certain phone, or all your phones, when someone dialed the special number on the radio side.

Lots of ideas that I’m thinking of in regards to this but I just haven’t thought about putting them all down. I’ll continue this thought at some point in the future.

DXCC Mixed Awarded

We stopped by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) on our road trip to submit my application for DXCC Mixed. The application was processed while we were at lunch and upon our return I was awarded my DXCC Mixed with 102 entities confirmed. The breakdown by band is as follows:

160m 2
80m 10
40m 42
30m 3
20m 70
17m 16
15m 51
12m 2
10m 17
6m 3

Most of my contacts are using RTTY (72) with PHONE next (62).

So with my first DXCC application being processed I guess I can start working on my band endorsements and other countries I need for DXCC Honor Roll.

Things to do: NTS and NTSd list

There needs to be a comprehensive list of all NTS nets and NTSD stations. This list needs to be in text format and a “pretty” graphical format and should be available on the ARRL website under NTS.

This would make it easier for those of us on the road to be able to utilize the NTS system to send messages back home or to friends.