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The Online Radio Club 2020 AGM

As the club’s fiscal year comes to a close, preparation is taking place for the club AGM on 21st October at 1930 UTC. Nominations for Chairman and Secretary are being taken.

Daily Net now 1000z and Global activity Hour at 1700Z

Two reflector announcements: We’ve moved our daily net to 1000Z on XLX994B SmartGroup TORC2, Brandmeister TG994 and YSF37815 and Echolink 592933. We’re introducing a daily global activity hour on the reflector at 1700Z. This is a time to work easily across ITU region 1 and 2. Join us on XLX994B SmartGroup TORC2, Brandmeister TG994 and YSF37815 or Echolink 592933 Please come along … some days… Read More »Daily Net now 1000z and Global activity Hour at 1700Z

TORC zoom meeting 8 Oct 2020

Regular Club meeting – 8 Oct 2020

Thanks everybody, a fun meeting this week. This was a general chat meeting with no speaker. We talked about our projects and ideas again. Along for a chat:Jon M7KMW, Fred G1HCM, Michael G4XIX, Andy M0VVA, Jeff AB6MB, Grae G0WCZ We talked about: Congrats to Jon M7KMW for passing his Intermediate exam Lockdown Morse on Youtube Starting CW evenings again — first one to be Tues… Read More »Regular Club meeting – 8 Oct 2020

Regular Club meeting – 1 Oct 2020

A fun meeting tonight. Thanks everybody. This was a general chat meeting with no speaker. We talked about our projects and ideas. Attending:Jon M7KMW, Fred G1HCM, Michael G4XIX, Matt M0JNX, Grae G0WCZ and apologies from Andy M0VVA We talked about: Studying for intermediate exam — and re-taking a mock full exam Good value wire for wire antennas (e.g. standard 2.5mm/7strand has lasted 5 years) Raspberry… Read More »Regular Club meeting – 1 Oct 2020

Net moved: Now weekdays 1200Z

Given we’re mostly out of lockdown (for now), we’ve changed out nets around. We’re now having a weekday (Mon – Fri) net at 1200Z on XLX994B SmartGroup TORC2, Brandmeister TG994 and YSF37815. Feel free to drop in and say hello.

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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xlx dashboard screenshot

Our multi-protocol reflector

After a lot of work configuring and testing, we’re pleased to announce our multi-protocol reflector is now accessible across a various digital radio modes and reflector systems. Our XLX reflector has DMR<->D-Star transcoding on modules A-C and the main module B is now accessible from the following systems: Multimode: XLX994B, XRF994B, REF994B, DCS994BD-Star: SmartGroup TORC2DMR: Brandmeister Talkgroup 994YSF: 37815 (XLX994) We use the reflector for… Read More »Our multi-protocol reflector

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 Zoom.us 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

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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

D-Star reflector up and running

We are happy to announce The Online Radio Club has a UK based D-Star reflector running and available for use. It uses the XLX multi-protocol reflector software allowing further expansion to include cross-mode communications in the future.

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The Online Radio Club reflector status page: https://xlx944.onlineradioclub.org
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