"Whiskey 8 Quack Quack Quack" ~ Established: January, 1958 an ARRL Affiliated Club since 1961
IARU: 2 Grid Square EN72wx Latitude: 42.9819 N Longitude: -84.1164 W Alitude: 760 ft.
Meets at: James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E. Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI 48817 Monthly: 2nd Tuesday @ 7:00 PM
You're invited to a SARA club meeting! 7:00 PM the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Corunna, MI.
Contact us at: SARA / W8QQQ <Email>
Page Last Updated: 09-Aug-2021
SARA Calendar from the W8SHI site.
Details: VE Testing.
CONTACT US: SARA / W8QQQ <Email>
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Follow the links below for better basic understanding of things and to assist in your design efforts:
A couple of SARA members bought 'Zumspot / Nextion Pi-Star Kits' and we are sharing information and links for the setup here. Hamvention 2019 was a good time! Have more fun! Here are some papers and links to get moving with a ZUM spot / Nextion Display / Raspberry Pi 3B.
First, get this document: Ham Radio Outlet's ZUMSPOT 2.4 Nextion Startup Guide and follow their excellent directions, is is simple to get going. The following links are 'cleaned' and re-shown below for further reference.
Pi-Star is great software for digital voice hotspots and repeaters. It can handle DMR, D-STAR, and YSF, as well as P25, NXDN, POCSAG, and some cross modes when used with a multi-mode digital voice modem that supports those modes. Read about it in Playing with Pi-Star by KE0FHS, an additional paper on configuring and using Pi-Star.
In general, members found the ZUM spot easy to use.
Highspeed Multimedia [HSMM] ~ Broadband Ham Network [BBHN] efforts are have been declining in recent years. The activity was not a 'club' sponsored activiity and the group shifted to using a cabled high speed switch for Field Day efforts. The goup members provide the operating site networking support for SARA's activities. Usually recently we have been using stations, each using a computer logging program on the 'linked system' for smooth operation. Networking details may be captured here to assist members in keeping things coordinated.
SARA had previously utilized the HSMM/BBHN hardware for Field Day logging and linking of the various station positions. It was a great way of keeping things synced up in the field. We did not continue to expand into a 'county-wide' BBHN emergency network. We decided we did not have enough resources to make it functional. We have thus closed this topic (for the foreseeable future). We have no current-future plans regarding the HSMM network.
A large amount of Raspberry Pi information links:
That is a couple of years worth of reading on RPi...GREAT 'FREE Information"! Enjoy.
If you want to start working with Arduinos then the following may interest you.
Not a "large list of hints", but a few items that are handy when needed. After 40 years of personal computer usage for a large varity of uses, there are a couple of things that have become personal favorites and needing to place items in an easy retrive location, I [WB8GUS] decided to store these here for now. You may enjoy these as well!
For Windows the "logitech site" works great - Logitech Unifying Software it covers Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (or older) all are supported.
Unsure on MACs, but you can search online.
The list of available devices grows as devices are added and they 'always' seem to find some bugs to squash, so keeping these drivers updated seems like a vary good practice. Watch this once Windows 11 comes out, unsure if it will be impacted - so be alert. See: 'omg!ubuntu' site.
Where is "your speed blocking" issue? Lets find out... issue one: is it a WiFi or Network issue?
TIP: Restart your computer (device) and close any application you do not actually require for our test (very important for video issues). If the issue is WiFi, you need to get the devices 'very close' to the WiFi equipment you are using. You need a strong/reliable connection for running the test (in my case I used a temporary CAT cable and disabled WiFi for a base line and then restarted WiFi (disconnected CAT cable) and run the test.. Turn the WiFi on your device off and then back on. Once you are back, visit the web site speedtest.net The test should take just a few seconds to run. Make note of the upload and download speed reesults. If possible get everyone else to turn off their devices/computers when trying this test. If the speeds at a 'normal' distance for your equipment position then when the equipment is "close", you have a WiFi problem (and not your network ISP area). If test results are about the same, then you probably have an ISP/internet network issue. This will guide you towards what possible solutions may be appropriate.
So what is a 'good' speed? You will need about 10 megabits per second (mbps) download and 5 mbps) upload for video applications (higher is always better). When other people are using the system, speeds need to be even higher. Under these conditions perhaps 25 mbps download and 10 mbps upload would be desired.
If your numbers are 'low'. Insure you have a newer router a two band router will use the faster 5 GHz (vs 2.4 GHz) when it works reliably. Think about a longer cable between the modem and the router. Consider a move for the router to a more central location in your house. You may consider a "MESH" router system (these started about 2016), the Amazon eero router ($199.00 for a three pack), the Google Nest WiFi ($269.00 for router and one point), or a Netgear Orbi ($179.99 for router and 1 Satellite). If you invested in a fancy Apple router a few years back, alas, Apple officially grounded its AirPort WiFi system in 2018, time to look elsewhere for good support.
Still lacking on speed? you could have an issue with your ISP/modem.
TIP: Turn off and Restart your modem (wait at least ten seconds here). You want to reset all of the memory and get a true fresh start.
Try contacting your ISP and see if they can update your router to a faster unit. Perhaps consider paying for higher speeds from them. Is there more than one provider in your area?