I now have an AllStar/EchoLink node! Join me: 47923 or KV4S-L (1003254)

After being on and still on the Digital HotSpot craze, I started looking at the Analog options and that brought me to the Open Source AllStar system.

I was actually a little surprised to see how much EchoLink and IRLP are still used for over 20 year old systems. AllStar plays very nice with EchoLink and to a degree IRLP. Most of the IRLP nodes I’ve looked at connects up with AllStar as well.

To find out more check out: https://www.hamvoip.org

Based on that site I invested in the equipment and just got it going about 2 days ago. The setup is harder than the other digital hotspots but most of that is because it’s command line Linux that you need to be familiar with or at least be able to follow from the guides. The guides over on HamVOIP are outstanding.

At any rate my nodes are online!

AllStar: 47923
EchoLink: KV4S-L (1003254)

Link up and lets chat!!

For all my modes and ways to connect check out this page: https://kv4s.com/connect

73,
Russell, KV4S

Amateur Digital Modes, My new toy!

After being mostly inactive (other than the ALERT club meetings) for the last 5+ years, I started getting interested in Digital after seeing folks talking about DVAP for D-STAR. During my research I found there was also a mode called DMR that allowed private calls and group calls based on commercial systems. I also learned there was a D-STAR and DMR repeaters about 4-5 miles from me easily accessible via an HT. Part of the reason for my inactivity was there were no analog repeaters in my city. Also, during my research I found out about Raspberry Pi hot-spots, a new advancement in the hobby that made things feel new again and I was totally hooked.

November 10th, 2018 I was on the air with my Radiodddity GD-77.  I started getting on the repeater and having a great time. Later, I added an Openspot and a ID-51 to my gear. The last piece was a Nano-Spot that had wireless built in and I could take my hotspot mobile.

I verbalized my thoughts and showed off my Nano-Spot mobile setup in this video:

 

Where I hangout:

DMR:
ID: 3101393 (DMR Private Call)
Alabama Talk Group: 3101 (DMR-MARC Network or Brandmeister)
ALERT-K4NWS: 31013 (Brandmeister Network)
Alabama Link: 31010 (Brandmeister Network)
Central Alabama: 31015 (Brandmeister Network)

D-STAR:
Direct via (UR/To): KV4S
Gateway: KV4S B
Alabama Reflector: REF058 B

Amateur Radio Anniversary

This June marks my 13th year as an Amateur Radio Operator and 10th as Extra class.
I became an Amateur Radio operator in 1999, upgraded to Extra class in 2002.

While I’m not quite as active on air, I still find this one of the most interesting hobbies out there. I’m most involved with the Skywarn aspects and an active member of the ALERT club who works with the National Weather Service to help relay storm reports from the Amateur community.

Birmingham's Local News stations interviewing for Field Day 2009

@N4HUB Tune into NBC13’s Midday Show today. Paul Nash, W4JY, will be interviewed after 11:00am about BARC’s Field Day this weekend in Trussville.

@N4HUB Tune in to CBS 42’s Wake Up Alabama show Friday morning from 6 to 6:45am. Jeff Drew, N4JDU, and I will be talking about Field Day. 73, Hub

Saddened by the passing of Charles Spanos, N4DKE

The Amateur Radio community and beyond was saddened Monday morning when we learned of the passing of Charles Spanos, N4DKE.

“It is my sad duty to report that Charles Spanos, N4DKE passed away at 5:30 AM this morning. There are no details at this moment.

Bill, KW4J”

I feel I only new Charles a short time… I moved to Birmingham in 2001 and spoke with him several times over the years on the 146.980 repeater. Some of my commutes and drives after work we would utter the phrase “You load sixteen tons” a familiar song that goes like this:

You load sixteen tons, and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Saint Peter, don’t you call me, ’cause I can’t go;
I owe my soul to the company store…

Somehow even though the words are depressing when he said it it would brighten the day.

At Shelby County Amateur Radio club meetings when we all did introductions (we gave our name and call sign) he would only say “Ya’ll know who I am”. That was his catch phrase!

Thanks to “Just” John Miller for the following pictures:
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Goodbye Charles, we truly lost a great engineer and electronics/antenna genius. You will be missed.

Funeral arrangements as follows:

There will be a viewing of the body at 6:00 pm Wednesday June 17th at the Greek Orthodox Church on 19th Street South with a service following at 7:00 pm.
Flowers can be sent to the church. Donations made be made to ARRL under his name and call sign.

This is in addition to the 11am funeral on Thursday morning June 18.

The link to the church is…  http://holytrinity-holycross.org