Many of you know I have been working on a project to put the SRO repeater on the internet.
Well... it is there.
This has been a $0.00 budget program. (nothing like a large budget to motivate you)
All testing and settings have been done using the BGBG technique (by Gosh By Golly).
The hardware involved is:
1 Old XP computer with a single 1.6 Gb processor, Updated to Windows 7 With SP1. Cant upgrade any further, CPU does not have SSE feature. I tried and it crashed!
1 Homemade interface to radio from parts lying around the shack, On the table, under the table, on the floor, other places in the basement etc.
1 Homemade Antenna,made from aluminum rod, copper pipe, Plastic water pipe and fittings.
Old Coax lying in bins
Solder and a shirt (I got to close to the soldering iron).
And a old Icom IC-27H running 1 watt. (yes 1 watt, any more and instead of getting into Hollywood site (about 4 miles away) I would get into Lake Zurich 30 miles away.
Kudos to Don W9RA for throwing his 2 cents keeping me honest. He let me know what it sounded like at the other end. I had no way to hear what
came out of the computer.
Give it a try...
I am usually in the shack between 8:45PM and 9:15PM. I'll try to keep a HT on also other times in the day.
Echolink will run on Windows , iOS, Linux, and Android. Yes, I have it running on my cell phone.
It is a free Download.
Hope to hear you soon
SRO Meeting Due to the COVD-19
meetings will be on Zoom and all members are invited to participate.
The newsletters will contine to go out to the members every other month.
We can also still be in contact with one another - CFAR (147.15) is up and well. Get on the air and start conversations with others.
Don't let the pandemic keep us down from talking with our friends.
If You’re From Chicago, This Will Be The Most Jaw-Dropping Thing You See Today. No Contest.
Max Wilson spent 18 months putting together a time lapse of Chicago and I have no idea in the world how he did it. I might call in sick from work just to watch this on repeat for a couple of hours today.
George Ulm W9EVT has a great QRZ page. George built the first two 2M repeaters in the Chicagoland area: C-FAR and the CFMC 2M repeater. C-FAR went up first and the CFMC machine went up several days later. Take a look. George W9EVT QRZ Page
Take a look at the April 1940 Issue of Mike Shy. This is accessed on the Newsletter page.
If you are contemplating joining Society Radio Operators (SRO), you probably would like to know something about the organization. What follows is a brief description of the make-up of the club and some of its activities.
SRO is chartered by the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to technical improvements and public services within our community. The club is guided by four officers and three directors who are elected by the general membership for one-year terms.
Club activity is reported in "Mike Shy." Our newsletter is sent to all SRO members, and includes information on SRO activites, local happenings, the repeaters, technical articles, hamfests, etc.
General meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of every other month at the Salavation Army in Norridge; attendance is optional. Usually an an informative program follows the handling of club business.
For detailed information on SRO and its club activities or in joining our club, you are welcome to explore the rest of our Web site.
Amplifiers & Calculators
Try this handy site from Jim Hawes AA9DT. He provides a
lesson on Ohm's Law, plus simple calculators to design
transistor amplifiers and convert germanium transistors
circuits to silicon. Now you can use those old hamfest
project books! Click
Do You Want To
Get Your Ham License?
QRZ.COM is the place to be.
Click here and
try to pass QRZ's Practice Amateur Radio Exams