Category Archives: Radio

RSGB TestReach Tutorial

You can get the feel of how the Online system works by using the links below and taking the TestReach tutorial – you can use it as many time as you like and you can pass it on to anyone who’s interested in the exams etc 
Navigate to https://rsgb.testreach.com using your usual browser. 
Username: testcentrecheck1@testreach.com
Password: rsgb123$TR 
Click the ‘Take Tutorial’ tab
You should note that this is the standard TestReach tutorial and in it it mentions a couple of functions that we aren’t using, namely the Resource (Q6) and the Remote Invigilation (Q7) functions. 
 
Thanks to Dave Wilson (M0OBW), for this info.

Linux SDR APRS IGate setup

Ok… Firstly, there are many guides to doing this already on the internet, but most of the use a Raspberry Pi. I’m not using one, for reasons that will be made clear later.

Secondly, I couldn’t find any one of the guides that did exactly what we wanted.

Before you read all this rubbish, it is important that to use it you will need an Amateur Radio License and Callsign, and and APRS-IS Passcode. If you don’t have them, then go and get them before continuing.

So, with that in mind…

On with the motley

Simple PC to Baofeng Audio Cables

This post is not about the the PC/Baofeng cable that is used for programming the radio. If you want one of those, then try Amazon.

This is about connecting the audio streams twixt the radio and a PC.

The basic mission is to take the Soundcard in/out from a PC and connect it to the Kenwood K2 connector that the Baofengs uses.

These cables are simple, and they work, but they may cause damage to either your PC or radio if used incorrectly. Much like a can of Coke.

UPDATED WITH DIAGRAMS FOR THE MENTALISTS

Only read on if you understand the risks

APRSdroid without a radio

If you are getting started with APRS, then the easiest was will be to do it on your Smartphone. This post is only about using Android phones, obviously. The clue is the “droid” part of APRSdroid.

NOTE: for this you WILL require an Amateur Radio License and Callsign. If you do not have a Callsign, then I suggest you just watch what is going on on the APRS.FI website.

So you’ve got that this isn’t about iPhones?