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Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA]

Established: January, 1958 an ARRL Affiliated Club since 1961

"Whiskey 8 Quack Quack Quack"

Meets at: James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E. Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI 48817 Monthly: 2nd Tuesday @ 7:00

Club station located in the James P. Capitan Center - Lower Level.
Grid Square EN72wx   Latitude: 42.9819 N   Longitude: -84.1164 W   Alitude: 760 ft.

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SARA Reference Materials

Follow the links below for better understanding of things and to assist in your design efforts:

Electronic and Physical References

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Zumspot Nextion Pi-Star

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 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.

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Shiawassee County HSMM/BBHN

Highspeed Multimedia [HSMM] ~ Broadband Ham Network [BBHN] efforts are ongoing by individual members (not a 'club' sponsored activiity). Members provide the operating site networking for the club's Field Day activity. Usually three to six stations, each using a computer logging program on the 'linked system' for smooth operation. Networking details are captured here to assist members in keeping things coordinated for ease of setup.

SARA continues to utilize the BBHN hardware for Field Day logging and linking of the various station positions. It is a great way of keeping things synced up in the field. We have not continued to expand into a 'county-wide' emergency network even though we continue to discuss the topic. We will keep the topic open, but plan or removing some to the olderer data soon.

Raspberry Pi ~ RPi  Removal of Older RPi Material ~ Posted 09 Dec. 2018

NOTICE: We will be redoing the Raspberry Pi portion of this page in 2019. We have recieved zero direct comments on this contrent and the 'Web counter' is not showing many new hits (or repeat visitors). We will look at keeping some RPi content but we will remove the current content... if you find any value to what we have had posted please take the time to let us know what you might like to have going forward. Use the 'Web Site Contact' link in the footer of our web pages to state your wishes.

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Some club members are starting activities using Raspberry Pi 2 and status will be reported here as we have items to report. (starting December, 2015). These little computers are great around the home and radio shack for many little tasks - you should look carefully at what they can do for you. New hardware (RPi 3A+) and software (Raspian in 3 different versions) continue to be added (Nov-2018), keep checking back as the new features and tweaks may change what you want to do with the RPi. I know that the RPi environment has changed quite a lot over the four plus years I have been following (Dec-2018).

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Some of the 'new look' links we are working with (2019) and will add any 'original' information we decide to keep:

That is a couple of years worth of reading on RPi...GREAT 'FREE Information"! Enjoy.

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Arduino / AD9850 / AD9851 / Si5351 Projects & References

Amateur Packet Reporting System [APRS] Shiawassee County, MI and GPS

Solar References

Solar influences to radio conditions is an area of study for amateur radio operators. We track and use the information in predicting radio paths. This area is meant to be a small reference to solar activity and information for hams..

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