Friday, April 28, 2017

What's New In Linux For Ham Radio


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  Okay so what is new in Linux ? Well there are always new distributions coming out and updates for various Linux distributions. If you are looking for some good information on Linux click here .
You can also check out ARRL for Linux for excellent information on using Ubuntu. Honestly I have not come across too many new programs for Ham Radio and Linux. I would do some web surfing and who knows what you may find.
 Now if you are going to run the newest Linux Distro I would make sure you have a fairly new Desktop or Laptop Computer to run it. I had one customer that tried to put it on an older computer and it would not run. You can check out this website at this link for some interesting computers. There are plenty of computers that are not too expensive unless that's what you want.
Here is one other place to find lots of good software for ham radio and Linux. 

    
                              The software in the video may not be for Linux.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Most Popular Ham Radio Program On Google



All Those Linux Distrobutions
 I started searching around to see what is the most popular ham radio program on google and Andy's Ham Radio Linux looks like it's the winner. They apparently came out with a current  version as of December 20, 2016. Well that is a few months off, but hey it's apparently working. If you are interested you can click Andy's Ham Radio Linux.
 Their description says that it is a remastered version of Ubuntu Linux. If you check out the website you can see that there is a good amount of Ham Radio Software packed into it. It does not take a huge amount of disk space and requires at least a 1Ghz Processor as well as 1gb of memory. So all the computers built today can easily handle that. So it is definitely worth the time to check it out.
 If you are looking for various linux software programs for Ham Radio I would suggest looking at www.dxzone.com . You can click on this link Ham Radio Programs For Linux Platform to see a variety of different linux programs that may be of some use. Otherwise if you download the current Ubuntu Distribution you can run the live cd or install it on your computer. Then you can see what Ham Radio Linux programs are available or what other programs you can download. Hey it's free due to being open source.
           
     Hope this video from a couple of years ago give some ideas as to what programs are out there for Ham Radio.





Sunday, December 18, 2016

Homebrew Yourself A Moxon Antenna This Spring


Moxon Antenna At The Top
 Yes we are in the cold weather and now is the time to start planning your homebrew antennas for your ham shack. One of the easiest ham antennas to build is the moxon ham antenna. There are plenty of ways to build one and most parts are available at your local lowes or home depot or your local hardware store.
 Most of your planning should be on where you plan to mount your moxon ham antenna. Always make sure there are no power lines close by. The next thing to tackle is what band are you planning to transmit on. For example will it be on the 17 meter band or the 40 meter band etc.... Just remember the higher in frequency you go the bigger the moxon ham antenna will need to be. In other words a 10 meter moxon will be smaller than a 40 meter moxon antenna.
 It is possible to multiband with a moxon antenna. You can have multiple bands with various lengths of wires. The more bands the more wires and the heavier the antenna will be. Many hams use lightweight fiberglass fishing poles that are around 16 feet in length. These will be used for the spreaders. Now you can buy the spreaders online, but they will be a little more expensive.
 The next piece of important equipment besides the coax cable is the rotor. This is going to be turning your moxon antenna in the direction you want to transmit. If you are dealing with a large moxon antenna, then I would buy a rotor that can handle the beast. If it is just a 6 meter moxon then a small tv rotor should do the job.
 I would also use a good antenna analyzer to tune the moxon antenna properly. MFJ makes some excellent ham antenna analyzers for a pretty good price. This is one piece of ham radio equipment that will serve your ham shack quite well for any future endeavors. You can click on this link to visit my website for ham antennas and equipment or search below.

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