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Amateur Radio Afloat and Portable

Kenwood TH-D74

This week I’ve added a hand held to my communications tool box. You may have read my posts on APRS over HF, well this radio includes a Bluetooth TNC for APRS over VHF which you can use directely from the radio or connected to a tablet running APRS droid, or connected...

FT8Call

What is FT8Call? FT8Call is a derivative of FT8 the digital mode that took over the HAM Radio bands last year due to its ability to be heard over very long distances even when there is poor propagation. I enjoyed FT8 to begin with but I soon found it to be a bit...

Raspberry Pi off grid

I have been spending some time recently setting up my raspberry pi for use portable as it’s a great little computer that doesn’t take much to power it. i was going  to post some tutorials about how to set up it up to use the GPS so we have accurate time when not...

Man Portable Computing for Amateur Radio

Since I joined the Portable Digital & QRP group on facebook its rekindled my interest in mobile computing. Ive always been interested on getting out into the field with a computer set up of some kind, as early as the mid 1980s when I was in the British Army we...

Solar powered portable and waterproof pc with monitor

I finished putting my portable computer with monitor together today. its self contained with a power bank that has a solar panel to keep it charged. Ive got a 13inch screen, the option of a raspberry pi or a lattepanda (running Windows) the lattepanda is more power...

lattepanda single board computer

My new project to add to my portable set up is this little computer I discovered recently. Although I love the raspberry pi for its small size and low power usage, most of the available software for Amateur radio runs best on Windows. I found the Lattepanda which is...

APRS Messenger

If you have read some of my earlier posts you will have heard about APRS messenger testing Ive been doing along with some of the members of the Portable Digital & QRP group on facebook. Julian (OH8STN) is producing a series of videos about it, the one below is a...

…and now, the weather.

when you live on a boat knowing about the weather is always handy and quite important. It’s also quite useful when you are putting up antennas for amateur radio. So to begin with I had planned to just get an anomometer (spelling?), you know one of those things that...