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The EchoLink node has been up and running well for quite a while now.  You might ask, why would you want to change anything about it?

Well, to be honest, it’s kinda boring!  Yeah, it works, and it’s providing a service.  We have a few people who use it fairly regularly.  The truth is that it’s somewhat limited though, and I’ve been researching a somewhat newer technology called Allstar Link.

The nice thing about Allstar Link is that it would allow for linking with any other Allstar Link node, it would continue to provide EchoLink access to the club’s repeater and it provides several alternative methods to connect to the node itself.  It can even be a complete repeater controller in itself, a use that I intend to explore in another separate project in the very near future.

So today, I ordered the interface I need to connect to the existing EchoLink radio.  I already have a testing Allstar Link node up and running and have connected to it from virtually every IP based device I own.  When the interface comes in, I’ll move the radio from the existing EchoLink computer to the Allstar Link computer and we’ll just have us some new Allstar Link fun!  Hopefully, it’ll sound as good as the current setup.

The Technician’s class that I signed up to teach finished up yesterday evening with all the students passing their Element 2 exam to become licensed Hams.  I’m very happy with those results, but certainly can’t take a lot of credit for it. First and foremost, I have to give credit to the students themselves.  Not only did they listen to me drone on and on and managed to stay awake, but they clearly studied a lot outside of the class and prepared well for the test.  Hats off to Terri Booth, JD McReynolds, Derek Johnson and Dave Johnson for being such excellent students!

In addition, I need to give a lot of credit to John McReynolds (KC0NRO) for his immense help in providing explanations and the student’s study materials.  I could not have done this class without his assistance!  Also, I want to thank Chris Westrick (KD0JVF) for gaining the commitment to use the room.  Many thanks also go to Jay Basinger (AA0FR) and Jim Spencer (KC0NUY) for being part of the test team last night.  Last but not least, I’d like to thank the Members of Sullivan Fire House #5 for allowing us to use their facility.

I think when I first volunteered to run the class, I thought it would be a lot easier for me than it was.  Throughout my career, I did a fair amount of presenting and training.  I found out that the materials we used (the handouts and the slides) really need some coordination and a fair amount of  work before we do this again.  I intend to do that over the coming months and hopefully, the next time, things will go much smoother.  Over the course of the last month I also realized that my presentation skills have really gotten rusty.  They definitely need some shining up and polishing before we try it again!

As I said though, I’m very happy with the results.  I’m certain we will do this again!  Hopefully I’ll be better prepared!

As many of you know, 10 meters is seldom open these days.  It is today, however, and I got excited because I can hear MANY stations.  So I tuned one up and when he called QRZ, I tried to respond.  And I got nothing, only minimal power out.  Adjusted everything I could but still nothing.  Grrrrrr…  I need to get this radio working properly on 10 or find one that does!

I  know that I’m several years behind with the technology, but I’m giddy like a schoolgirl tonight because I built my first Broadband Mesh Network today. It wasn’t big,  just two nodes and a couple of devices connected, but it all worked just like it’s supposed to. I  am amazed at how easy it really is. Can’t wait to hook up one of my nodes to the big 24 dB gain dish antenna and see what we can do with that! 😁

All you hams out there know what this means… 😀


(For those of you who aren’t hams, it just means that I’ve been approved to administer amateur radio licensing tests. No biggie!)

I am currently attempting to organize a Technician’s Class Ham License exam prep session and test session for sometime in the near term future!  (Probably sometime in June!)  If you have any interest at all, and would be close by and would like to partake in a free class, and the test session afterward, please let me know.  This is still very fluid, and I’m shooting to have the class and test session in Sullivan, MO.  If you are close by and would like to become a ham, this is a great opportunity for you.  Pay attention to this site, or our club’s site at for more information!

but my license upgrade got listed today in the official FCC database! 😀

Ok, happy dance concluded.  Back to reality! LOL

Yesterday, after 25 years of being a licensed Ham operator, I achieved something I’ve wanted to do since my first day as a Ham.  I tested for and passed the license exam for the Amateur Radio Extra Class license.  I know this won’t mean much to most people, but it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

I guess it’s time now for me to get busy and get that VE paperwork filled out.  Some of my friends have been wanting me to do that for a while now.  I think teaching and testing can be a good way for me to give back to the Ham community so that seems like the best “next step” I can make.  Hope I can convince some of my Ham friends to help put on a Technician Class sometime soon.

I am happy! (For now! LOL) 😀

The 2016 Nascar season has finally begun!  It seemed like a shorter than normal off season, probably because of the mildness of the weather this winter, but I’m thankful it’s over.  The summer schedule makes for some busy weekends, but we’ll eat a lot of bratwursts and nachos and cheese dip!  Most of all we’ll enjoy the races and root for our favorite drivers (Go 48!!!!) and before we know it, it’ll be November again! 😀

The thing I find most difficult about Linux is that things aren’t always in the same place….

I ask you, why?