Radio Preppers

General Category => Net Activity => Topic started by: gil on July 30, 2016, 09:19:31 AM

Title: On the air..
Post by: gil on July 30, 2016, 09:19:31 AM
Hello, I am listening to 14285 right now until 15:00 UTC, using the RT320 and whip antenna.

Let's keep this thread for on-the-air announcements..

Gil
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: vwflyer on September 24, 2016, 01:56:37 PM
Hi guys,
I'm monitoring 10.114 at the moment but if anybody wants to try another band I'm open to anything. It's 17:56 UTC right now and I will be at radio for another hour or so.
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: gil on September 24, 2016, 04:41:00 PM
Darn, missed it.. Another night?

Gil
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: vwflyer on September 24, 2016, 04:46:45 PM
Sure, whenever you like. I only occasionally get into France. Living about as far way from either coast as a guy can get, and running a lowish OCF dipole doesn't make my QTH and station a DX eating combo.
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: gil on September 24, 2016, 05:26:27 PM
Can't hurt to try...
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: gil on October 03, 2016, 03:02:48 PM
Hello, I am listening to 7185.5 USB right now...

Gil
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: Rescue9 on October 03, 2016, 10:52:27 PM
Hello, I am listening to 7185.5 USB right now...

Gil
Darn. Guess I need to subscribe to this thread so Tapatalk will notify.
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: gil on October 04, 2016, 02:04:59 AM
The PRC-320 Yahoo group uses WhatsApp for impromptu skeds.. I don't like the privacy implications but it works.. I'll post something about it soon..

Gil
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: vwflyer on October 21, 2016, 12:24:57 PM
I just had a QSO with a french station on 14.040. If he's actually in france then the band must be open as he gave me a good RST and i'm running 100W into an inverted v OCF dipole.
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: gil on October 21, 2016, 12:48:38 PM
Propagation has been decent lately. I made one contact with NC using my RT-320 with the 2.5m whip! Not on the air tonight unfortunately..

Gil
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: Sparks on October 21, 2016, 07:38:44 PM
The PRC-320 Yahoo group uses WhatsApp for impromptu skeds.. I don't like the privacy implications but it works.. I'll post something about it soon..

As a Mac user, I was recently warned about using WhatsApp (maybe more things are called WhatsApp, but here goes):

 http://www.macworld.com/article/3131018/security/the-cautionary-tale-of-whatsapp-slipping-on-strong-default-user-security.html
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: gil on December 22, 2016, 03:13:02 PM
On 7185.5 USB now.
Gil
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: gil on December 22, 2016, 03:37:43 PM
Now 3615 USB.
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: gil on December 22, 2016, 05:59:52 PM
Now 3560.
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: swxx on August 23, 2017, 06:19:48 PM
The PRC-320 Yahoo group uses WhatsApp for impromptu skeds.. I don't like the privacy implications but it works.. I'll post something about it soon..

Gil
The best option these days, as far as easy to use apps go (Jabber is great but not so easy to use or rich in features) is Telegram. There is much media fake news about it, but if you study the FAQ and Advanced details of how it works, you'll see it's way better than Whatsapp etc. https://telegram.org easy to set up groups, channels (for news broadcasts one-way), and direct encrypted chats.
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: scarr on August 23, 2017, 06:57:20 PM
I'd be really interested in a whatsapp/telegram/whatever group for notifications.

It would be great to do tests on the air e.g. start with cw, go to ssb, try fsq etc - see what works and what doesn't.
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: gil on August 23, 2017, 07:07:08 PM
Using Telegram is the best way to draw attention... Whatsapp is better in that regard. No need for encryption.

Gil

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Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: swxx on August 23, 2017, 10:59:06 PM
OK, I disagree on this one, from a principle standpoint: Telegram does not draw attention, it is hugely popular.  Group chats are exactly the same as Whatsapp in terms of encryption: the company in both cases could decrypt, and they block and ban any terrorist activity. It is only in one-to-one chats that there is the option of encryption to which on one else, not even the company has the keys. But I have always believed in NOT using companies that are unprincipled, lie to us, or abuse our ignorance: Facebook/Whatsapp is a huge data mining operation. As someone NOT engaged in illegal activity I don't believe anyone that I don't know, has any right to do that with my data. If I sign up to FB in the Terms and Conditions I am agreeing that anything and everything, images, text etc that I upload onto Facebook is the property no longer of ME, but of Facebook! They put that there in the small print that no one reads. Telegram was started by a Russian in Germany who was fed up with lawful business and personal communications being spied on by the government of Russia and he has held to these principles to EVERY government while at the same time built in very good ways to report any terrorist abuse. I've read all his posts, they are very principled, and he is leading the way in privacy, something we are still entitled to. For that reason, I don't use Whatsapp/Fakebook but am happy to use Telegram. Just saying, I won't use Whatsapp! There's amateur radio groups and CW groups there too on Telegram as well as CW News so I don't feel I am missing anything. And I'm certainly not attracting attention to myself via the use of such a popular program. Those of us in the East have long been aware of unwarranted spying on lawful citizens, it is those in the West who are now only waking up to this reality.
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: scarr on August 31, 2017, 08:12:33 AM
Conditions are good today - 40M working for NVIS, 20M great for EU contacts... let me know if any of you plan to be on the air
Title: Re: On the air..
Post by: swxx on August 31, 2017, 10:47:37 AM
Condx here today: Telegram and Internet were working fine, cell network and mobile calls was not. HF: I recently made a 2m long helical vertical about 3.5cm diameter which works very well on 20m, and today added 12cm base coil which resonates it on 40m. Boy does it work well. S8-9 to and from central pacific with 50W on CW, and S5 into K7 on 40m with 50W PEP SSB. W1YL/7 was S8. It really seems quite efficient, and condx indeed are good. Yesterday, did not try today, 30m LP EU to VK was very good. 20m today was also great from USA to AUS. But now there is a minor geomagnetic storm underway have not had a listen as the local noise is huge on all bands right now from the drug users, dealers and tell-lie-vision watchers but condx supposed to be poor on all bands so maybe the good time is over again for now.