FreeDV Global QSO Party at the Shack.
The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) have organised a major international event to expose more people to a digital voice mode FreeDV, which has the potential to provide noise free reception of weak signals where SSB would be hard to hear, on the weekend of the 27/28th April.
What is FreeDV?
FreeDV is an open source digital voice transmission mode developed for HF Amateur Radio by David VK5DGR. It is founded on open source principles with the Codec2 specification and code fully available to the Amateur Radio community at no charge.
Peter VK5APR has agreed to set up a station running FreeDV at the shack using the club callsign VK5BAR. All members are encouraged to come along and see this mode in action, or alternatively set up a FreeDV station at home and join the fun.
If you currently run digital modes eg FT8 then running FreeDV only requires downloading and configuring free software. Note that 2 soundcards are used. The 2nd soundcard may be a USB headset, audio dongle, USB radio interface eg SignaLink or in the case of modern transceivers the inbuilt USB interface, along with the computers inbuilt soundcard.
For a lot of info regarding this QSO party and getting and setting up FreeDV see the AREG homepage at https://www.areg.org.au/ .
The QSO Party is from 0030hrs Z 27/04/2019 to 0030hrsZ 28/04/2019 ie 1000hrs Saturday to 1000hrs Sunday ACST.
It is proposed that the shack would be open mid morning Saturday into the evening, and possibly on Sunday depending on interest shown.
Hope to hear you on air experimenting with an exciting, new digital voice mode designed from the ground up for communicating over difficult real world HF radio paths.
If you would like to take part in this event at the shack please email Peter (VK5APR) at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Peter onHome: 83525904 Mobile: 0419 965 904
We are having a working bee at the shack on this coming Saturday. We need to clean up the GG shed in preparation for the plasterer to commence work on the following Monday morning.
We will be dismantling / clearing away the shelving frames to give a clean floor that can be accessed, clearing out all the spider webs and any other assorted live stock we may find, and plugging the holes and flutes of the GI roof with rock-wool to prevent them coming back. A general clean of the dust and dirt will help as well.
I have a couple of volunteers already, but more will be needed, tools required are a broom(s) perhaps some with extended handles to get to the top of the walls and the apex of the roof area. We also have to disconnect the lighting and bundle the cables ready to be brought down through the new ceiling gyproc ready for the lamps to go back up. I will bring some flood lights and an extension cable as the power to the shed will be isolated before hand.
If you have a reasonably tall 'A' frame ladder, that would probably help with this exercise as well.
If you can lend a hand, then please drop me a line before Friday, so I have an idea of who is coming !
Regards & 73
Mob 0429 825 590