On Wednesday evening, ABC Radio Hobart contacted us through our Facebook page wanting to know if someone would like to talk about the experimenters night and what happens at REAST.
Justin VK7TW made a detour from his regular sojourn to the club rooms to visit the ABC studios and give an interview on the things that have been happening recently on Joel Rheinberger’s Evening’s show.
With permission from ABC, we can share the audio of the interview below.
The REAST Club Buy of the Radioddity GD-77 DMR handhelds has been a great success, with a total of 20 handhelds sold in this club buy.
We’ll be taking a break for a bit to focus on other club activities, but there may be another buy depending on developing interest.
A big thanks to Clayton Reading – our DMR Guru – for all of his hard work in the setup and distribution of radios to everyone, and of course thanks to everyone for buying in and opening up a new aspect of this exciting hobby
Great News ! The frequency assignment to get another 70cm pair for adding a digital repeater to VK7RAD has been completed, and ACMA has provided the allocation we need to progress with the installation of the Yaesu DR-1X repeater. Further news coming as things unfold, so stay tuned !
This monthly presentation covers aspects of Radio Astronomy ranging from the development of Radio Astronomy (Karl Jansky and Groth Reber) through to the role of microwave mapping in developing theories of the universe and studies into HF planetary radio emissions from Jupiter. Presented by Mike Groth (VK7MJ).
Following a great deal of interest in Digital Radios, repeaters and DMR radios, REAST is arranging for a series of club bulk buys of the Radioddity GD-77 DMR Handhelds.
These are available for purchase from the club for $120 each ( $130 for non-members ). You may have seen these available online in the usual places, but unlike other sellers these will be setup and configured for you so that all you need to do is enter your callsign and you will be on the air.
If you have not been around the Clubroom,or had the chance to use VK7RAD recently you may not be aware that work has started on the upgrade of REAST’s Repeater Infrastructure. Recently Damien Styles (our new Repeater officer) installed a Spectra MX-800 Repeater, replacing the trusty old Phillips 814 that ha served for many years. Word has it that the more modern hardware has resulted in a noticeable improvement in audio quality. Don’t take my word for it – get on air and give it a go !
For those of you asking about the Yaesu DR-1 – we are (still 🙁 ) waiting on the license variation to get additional frequencies for this and when we have the OK from ACMA we will be getting that up and running to !
REAST member Vince Henderson VK7VH has written in with this excellent article on how he is using Pocket RxTx, an Android application, to remote control his Ts-2000 Radio.
A couple of years ago, I looked at the remote radio control Android app, called Pocket RxTx. It had many teething problems. I left it alone until it showed signs of being reliable.
The latest beta version caught my eye. The result is that I am now using the latest beta version of the app. It works very well. The app is written by Dan Toma, an Amateur Radio operator, YO3GGX. Full details of the app are available at his website www.yo3ggx.ro
The details of my set up are as follows –
TS2000 – CAT connection from radio rear com connector to PC RS-232 serial port. This is a straight type cable. Audio in/out and PTT is via an interface that connects to the 13 pin ACC2 port on the back of the radio. PTT via pin 9 PKS and pin 8 GND, mutes the front mic. Audio in (from interface) via pin 11 PKD and pin 12 GND. Audio out (to interface) via pin 3 MANO and pin 4 GND.
The Pocket RxTx website lists the radios that have been tested with the app. You will probably find your make and model of radio, in the list.