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Doogee V20 mobile phone showing thermal imaging software

Doogee V20 Pro Rugged Smartphone

I have been looking for a thermal imaging camera for over a year, the main use case was for PCB fault finding but a secondary use would be for checking heat loss around the house. My requirements are a high resolution sensor (for reasonable accuracy of SMD components), macro lens availability, direct connectivity with PC/Mac/iPhone/Android and small enough to poke through holes and see inside… Read More »Doogee V20 Pro Rugged Smartphone

The (tr)uSDX

After some initial hesitation, due to negative feedback from some of the club members, I have decided to build a small HF QRP transceiver called the (tr)uSDX. I won’t go into the history of where the design came from (there are plenty of posts on the internet already) but the official kit, as endorsed by DL2MAN, can be purchased on AliExpress here (affilliated link).

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What to do when there is no response from the CW Reflector

Occasionally there will be hiccoughs on the server which require some remediation – it’s only software after all. Here are a few steps you can try before raising a ticket by emailing What’s happening in the above? When you connect to the server, it updates a database stating that you are connected, have established a session (by sending a hi) and which channel you… Read More »What to do when there is no response from the CW Reflector

Morserino Lite menu structure

The Morserino Lite has a revised menu structure, compared to the official Morserino project. Go To SleepCW Generator – Random – CW Abbrevs – English Words – Call Signs – Mixed – File PlayerEcho Trainer – Random – CW Abbrevs – English Words – Call Signs – Mixed – File PlayerKoch Trainer – Select Lesson – Learn New Character – CW Generator (menu as above)… Read More »Morserino Lite menu structure

Reflector channel usage

The reflector channels can be QSY’ed to by sending :QSY<channel #> Channel # Description 0 Calling 1 DX Cluster spot announcements 10 RSGB News feed 11 BBC News RSS feed

How do I converse with the server?

We have tried to use standard Q codes wherever possible to aid in learning CW. All server interaction starts with a colon except for the initial logon, so, when you want to ask the server to do something you start the instruction with a colon and all server responses start with a colon. That way the server knows your message is to it and you… Read More »How do I converse with the server?

Club members activity dashboard updated

We have recently updated the club activity dashboard and now host it in a publicly available location. The page shows club member’s activity by mode in both list form and with spots on a map.

Daily reflector net replaced by regular monitoring

Now we are, mostly, out of lockdown and are back to our regular business the daily net on reflector XLX994B has been replaced to ad-hoc calls with regular monitoring of the reflector by club members. Please continue to use the reflector and all its modules to keep in touch as and when possible.

Digital modes added to club member’s dashboard

As part of our club service to show club members where other members have been active on the bands, we have now added digital mode statistics to the club Grafana dashboard and PushSafer alerts. This is taking a feed from PSKReporter every 5 minutes (a restriction imposed by PSKReporter) and stores the information in a time-series database for graphical/tabular view. One of the great things about the dashboards is that it maintains history, so we can scroll back in time to see activity since records where created or look at the “big picture” over an annual basis. Another huge benefit is having one place to see activity across multiple sources!

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Club members dashboard

We are really excited to now have a series of club member activity dashboards available to club members to visualise their amateur radio activities in real time. There has been extensive work in writing Python scripts for data gathering from various sources collated in a time-series database in order to render in these fantastic Grafana dashboards.

Club activity dashboard

The XLX reflector dashboard has been useful to prove to the club that the reflector is being used on a regular basis and is also invaluable to assist in the running of the current daily “lockdown” net at 0900z. Feedback from members has been extremely positive.

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Club Zello Channel

Today the club has opened a dedicated club channel on Zello under the club’s callsign “MX0ONL”. We are finding that many radio amateurs have adopted Zello as a form of communication due to the current poor band conditions and also due to reasons outside their control.  This Zello channel will allow club members to communicate from their mobile phones when away from their radio or… Read More »Club Zello Channel

2019 General Meeting

The Online Radio Club will be holding its General Meeting on 30th November 2019 and all club members are welcome to join the conference room to attend the meeting. 2019 General Meeting Event Link

Club reflector DMR/D-Star transcoding

Thanks to efforts from Grae, G0WCZ, the club digital mode reflector XLX994 has now been upgraded to provide transcoding between DMR and D-Star across all modules. Reflector users who connect to the reflector via XLX994[A-Z] (on either DMR or D-Star) or via TORC[1|2|3] (on D-Star) can now communicate from either DMR or D-Star.  We expect to add a Brandmeister Talk Group to XLX994B/TORC2 in the… Read More »Club reflector DMR/D-Star transcoding


SOTA – Lake District 28th-31st July 2019

Members of the club (2E0MXA, 2E0GGA and M0VVA) travelled to the Lake District where they attempted to activate various summits. The plan was to activate: 28th July – G/LD-020 Dale Head (tentative)29th July – G/LD-004 Skiddaw30th July – G/LD-003 Helvelyn31st July – G/LD-012 High Stile (tentative) Equipment used: Elad FDM Duo transceiver (5W) HF SSBKenwood TH-D74 handheld (5W) VHF FMBaofeng GT-5 handheld (5W) VHF FMSOTAbeams… Read More »SOTA – Lake District 28th-31st July 2019

SOTA week – Brecon Beacons 2nd-5th July 2019

Club members (2E0MXA and M0VVA) traveled to the Brecon Beacons to attempt to activate three summits, in better conditions than our May activations. Equipment used:Xiegu G90 transceiver (20W) HFKenwood TH-D74 handheld (5W) VHF FMBaofeng GT-5 handheld (5W) VHF FMSOTAbeams 40/30/20 trapped dipole10m SOTAbeams mast 3rd July am – GW/SW-001 Pen y Fan Pen y Fan is the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons, completely accessible,… Read More »SOTA week – Brecon Beacons 2nd-5th July 2019

SOTA weekend – Snowdonia 26th-28th May 2019

The late May UK Bank Holiday took us to Snowdonia, North Wales for the attempted activation of Glyder Fawr, Tryfan, and Y Garn. Glyder Fawr is the highest peak in the Glyderau range. Sunday 26th May Members of the club (M0NJX, G0WJZ, 2E0MXA and M0VVA) travelled to North Wales on 26th May and set up camp in Llandudno, immediately stretching our legs by a walk… Read More »SOTA weekend – Snowdonia 26th-28th May 2019