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Echolink installation procedure for the ZS6STN Echolink repeater

This Article describes the Echolink installation procedure for the ZS6STN Echolink repeater courtesy of Henry Stephan, ZS6MC.

 

 

 

Hardware in Use

  • PC/Laptop/Server with a Windows Operating System such as Windows XP Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows Server 2008 R2. For the ZS6STN EchoLink Station I am using a Server using Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • 250GB of Hard Drive (can be less)
  • 10GB of RAM (2GB minimum)
  • USB Audio Device
  • USB Dongle with Sim Card or WiFi Hotspot with a Sim Card or ADSL Modem Connection
  • VDU (Video Display)
  • USB Mouse
  • USB Keyboard
  • Headset to plug into your PC or a USB Headset

 

STEP 1: Download the EchoLink Program from www.echolink.org/register_data.jsp

Dstar Image of W6KD ( Very stable for your Pi )

15 JUN 2016: DStar Commander V2.01 is most current release

The DStar Commander enhanced images for the G4KLX ircddbgateway on the Raspberry Pi are available here. The download links are listed below: 

V2.01 is a maintenance and bugfix release with no new features added to V2.00

V2.00 has been rebuilt on the Raspbian Jessie OS and implements the G4KLX ircddbgateway dated 20151116 and dstarrepeater version 20151012, including CCS7. This release adds compatibilty with the new RasPi 3B and supports the Pi 3's onboard WiFi and Bluetooth (note: on the dvMega version of the image, the onboard Bluetooth is disabled to keep a stable UART dedicated to the GPIO serial I/O pins). 

Where to buy WHAT after you pass the RAE (Applicable to South Africa ONLY)

After I passed the RAE, it accured to me that once the exams were complete, there is generally no follow up where to buy what and from whom. You are unfortunatly on your own, that's if you are fortunate to have a buddy to assist you in this very vast hobby. Iv mentioned this in order to add some contact details behind the RAE manuals but since then not much has come of it. I hope that these contacts will assit you indefinaitley going forward, from coax cable , plugs, radio's and many other needed items to get started.

There will certainly be a few links that I may have missed, but the ones I remember are listed below.

http://www.kevtronics.co.za/Contact.aspx

D-star, DMR, Fusion, Which is right for you?

If you are an amateur radio operator and have not been living under a rock, then I am sure you have heard of one of the digital modes: D-Star, DMR or Fusion.  You may be wanting to dip your toes into the digital modes water but not sure which pool to dip them in.  This blog post is intended to present a fair unbiased opinion on each of the modes.  

Not until the end will you learn my preferred mode.  I use all of the modes I will discuss.  There are additional digital modes like P25, and Nexedge that I have not used and are also much less prevalent that I will not discuss.  I do not have enough knowledge of those modes to represent them.

Cool Stuff from around the Web

Building your own Amp

Ever wanted to build your own amplifier? 

This guy has an amazing range of very powerfull transverters and amplifiers that cover 160m to 9cm all with plans and in some cases he also sells kits. 

openSPOT: a new standalone digital radio IP gateway / hotspot

If you are thinking of building a DVAP hotspot you should also look at the openSPOT solution. openSPOT is a standalone digital radio IP gateway designed mainly for amateur radio. You can reach DMR, D-STAR and C4FM/System Fusion networks by using an openSPOT, internet access, and your DMR/D-STAR/C4FM radio.

It if a fully integrated solution so ne need for rasberry Pi's or PC. It has the following key features:

Type in Morsecode

If you have really nerdy Old Skool Ham Radio friend, who think that Morse is an effective digital mode you can now type them a letter (which you will obviously have to send by snail mail as they will certainly not have e-mail) in morse code with the True Type font available for download here

Umbrella Antenna for 80M

I was looking at reasonably sized 80 meter antenna's and this looks like umbrella antenna looks like it would fit the bill.

Go and visit this page to find out more on how to build one.  

Ever wanted to Experiment with Amateur TV?

It always had my fascination. The British Amateur Television Club published a handbook on how to get started. It culminated in a a 20 page PDF Handbook about Amateur Television by G3YQC and G8CJS published by The British Amateur Television Club. I've placed it here on the website for download.

Icom announces IC7610

Icom announced the IC-7610 during the HamFair 2016 in Tokyo. A new SDR HF+50 MHz transceivers. The IC-7610 will be the successor the IC-7600 and comes one year after the introduction of first ICOM SDR Transceiver, the IC-7300. SDR is the space to watch.

Go-box project by Thomas OE2ATN

Here is a great go-box project by Thomas OE2ATN based on an Elecraft KX2. Really nice handywork. Love the Pelican case solution. Probably Thomas chose the KX2 as it puts out only 10W so heat problems are not to severe in the pelican case.