Hack Green SDR Makes for Easy Listening
A quiet radio net on the eighty meter band from 0730 today. All signals Readability 5 and Strength 9+ with some minor fading, when listening via the Hack Green Web Software Defined Radio (SDR).
Check out the audio quality by listening to the recording. On my own radio, traffic was much more difficult to receive due to local noise.
IT Problems Here
At this station the shack PC was exhibiting frequent audio drop outs via the browser which I first reported on two weeks ago. The SmartPhone in my pocket proved to be a useful alternative receiver and helped me to further narrow the fault down to a local PC issue.
Mainly this week, amateur radio is taking a back seat due to the fine weather and summer activities.
Jack, G3PWK worked the French island of Corsica during the week. According to Gordon – G3WOV, while not too distant, Corsica is hard to work due to low levels of activity.
A PRC351 at my location has been playing up on transmit and I managed to find time to “TAP Test” it. Works OK now. The old remedies are the best they say:)
QSY at 0800…
On the sixty meter band a slightly noisier frequency with some deeper fading recorded from Hack Green. A shorter than usual net, closing at 0820, and joined briefly by Derek, G3XWD calling in.
Solar activity during the week made for reports of interesting radio conditions. This time around I am pleased the 200 Watt PRC320 based installation I use in Gravesend is producing Five and Nine plus signals at Nantwich and sounds very well. The station uses a low slung inverted vee dipole. This gives the Web SDR a second purpose – for testing HF kit.
We’ve Never had it so good.
Mike – G4ICC mentions that without the Web SDR we would be struggling to hear each other. This reminded me that in previous years, trying to operate this net on these frequencies has proven quite difficult at times. Web SDR has changed that as you can hear in the recordings above.
73 de Stu – G4IYK