logging, cloudlog, Docker, multi-user operations, Clublog
I see an open issue in their tracker, https://github.com/magicbug/Cloudlog/issues/358 regarding multi-user use. I suggested a name "Clublog" to focus the effort on what it would take for a radio club to offer logging to its members.
If anyone has applied themselves to using Docker to corral #cloudlog dependencies, I'm interested to hear it.
One more project for the shack. I do have a Jetson Nano which is ready for some radio projects.
blog: Washtenaw County siren test net
The Washtenaw County Michigan EOC test county warning sirens monthly on the first Saturday of the month during the spring, summer, and fall months.
Of the reports I heard, one siren was in need of maintenance, and I did not copy the location of that siren. In addition, one operator N8ZLR had problems with transmission, able to key the repeater but with no audio; that was fixed by the end of the net.
dashed lines=no solution yet
What are your thoughts? How would you log from fldigi and flwkey to Cloudlog?
DMR, fix your radio hour, net at 1600 EDT / 2000 UTC
The #W8RP #DMR repeater is back working in Ann Arbor, MI due to the work of Dinesh @AB3DC and Jay #WB8TKL and the Brandmeister team. For reasons (as of yet unexplained) the server was out of sync with call signs so no audio was getting thru, tho connections were being acked.
Every day at 1600 EDT (2000 UTC) we host a "shut-in roundtable" on DMR Michigan statewide, BM 3126. All are welcomed, and we had a check-in from #M1MRB on 3/27.
radio, net activity, W8UM / UMARC
Very happy that the local 2 meter nets are busy, but I'd love it also if the U of Michigan ARC repeater got some more nets on it - it's an Echolink repeater with about 30 minutes busy weekly, and I think we could increase that count these days.
Just needs a time slot and someone to step up as net control and we're good to go.
ARROW shut-in net, 10am report
W8EMV NCS for the 10am ARROW shut-in roundtable. 71 minutes, 11 check-ins, 3 rounds.
Distance: Bob WD8PIC, Sylvania OH (40 miles). 50 watts into a Kenwood, with an antenna built into his condo building. Impressive on many levels, the condo has an HOA. Photos on QRZ of his QTH https://www.qrz.com/db/WD8PIC
Check-ins from Ypsilanti Twp, Ann Arbor, York Twp, Pittsfield Twp, Saline, Dexter, Scio Twp, and Sylvania OH.
Several also QSY to 145.62 for a short simplex net.
DMR net at 1400 EDT, 1800 GMT on Brandmeister 3126 "Michigan One"
We're using the same Brandmeister talkgroup, 3126, that's used for the Monday evening 830p Eastern / Tuesday 0030 GMT "Michigan ONE" net; details of that net are here
as well as codeplugs that include the talkgroup for a variety of radios.
cleaning the shack
I find that I can think a lot better if I can spread out a piece of suitable paper next to my computer and have a flat surface to write on. Some things are very hard to lay out in ASCII text but are easy to diagram with pen and ink.
There is enough work surface here, but I have a bit of a mishmosh of computer parts in various states of misrepair, and it's by no means orderly.
I am keeping the dust down by not inviting the cat in, and by running a fan with a furnace filter.
Good chat with Mat @M0XPX - we ended up on the Michigan One DMR channel (3126) due to some unexplained limitations either in my radio, my repeater, the Brandmeister network, his hotspot, or his radio.
Bets are that I misprogrammed my RD-5R to tx on a different talkgroup than the repeater uses for dynamic channels. M0XPX could hear my calls on Feditalk, but I didn't hear his responses.
We concluded that DMR is indeed real radio because it doesn't always work.
If someone who is routinely monitoring that channel can confirm that they saw something on their rig (even if they were not there to hear it) I'd appreciate it.
Still not sure what time of day will naturally find everyone in sync.
keeping a logbook, daily nets
I will eventually get better at logging, but now I have a dedicated logbook at my dedicated radio table.
We have 3x daily nets for shut-ins on the local ARROW repeater, 10a 2p (on DMR) and 7p Eastern time. The 2m repeater is not wired up to the Internet in any meaningful way, but the 70cm #dmr repeater is on Brandmeister and we're using 3126 (Michigan One) for the 2p EDT net. Had one check-in today from Florida.
Michigan is now on Eastern Daylight Time, GMT-4.
sony discman battery extrication
I need to find the right pair of tongs or grips to try to pull a battery out of an old Sony Discman D-4. The pack is dead and probably a bit swollen from corrosion, which means I can't just pop it out to try to repair or replace or reverse engineer it.
Hackaday has this
where someone built a LiPo pack for a similar vintage Sony, so I know that it's worth it. It was a nice player (my first CD player) and might still work! Very well built.
pop music, amateur radio
There are lots of songs by singer-songwriters writing about time on the road listening to and singing for the radio. e.g. "Listen to the radio" (Nanci Griffith, 1989).
Not a ton of songs about CB radio, but "Convoy" (CW McCall, 1975) is a classic.
Are there any singable tunes about ham radio, morse code, telegraph operators or anything even close? There must be something in the past 150 years that matches that.
Closest I get would be "Telstar" (1962).
Our local #dmr repeater (W8RP) has evidently lost its link to Brandmeister. Awaiting a report on getting access to the site to reprogram things.
SE Michigan "shut-in" net
With the help of WB8TKL and @SteveW8SFC and a rotating cast, we had the 10am ARROW "shut-in" net for those of us spending the morning with our radios. The plan is to check in at 10am, 2pm, and 7pm daily on the 146.96- repeater located in Ann Arbor.
Six check-ins this morning.
I will make a point to mention mastodon.radio on the air to let people know. @AB3DC is ARROW club president.
Ed Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, MI EN82.
Member of ARROW, University of Michigan ARC.
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