Back in the late 80's and early 90's I always would browse through the amateur radio echo but never had enough in the budget for radio gear in addition to my computing gear as a kid. But now I do :).
A few months ago I passed my technician test and have enjoyed exploring
a new area of technology (for me) along with the portions of the
spectrum I'm permitted to use. I'm hoping to move up to a General
license this winter.
I picked up a Yaesu 991a for my base station with an Anytone 878
UVIIPlus & 7 watt Baofeng for HTs. Have had success so far with the ISS both phone and packet and looking to do a lot more with packet this winter.
Hoping to meet some of you here and on the air!
What software (and hardware setup) have you been using
for packet? What was
your experience sending packet to the ISS? Do they
have a BBS or something?
Thank you so much for the detailed reply. I will definitely look you up on QRZ!
HamTestOnline is great - that's how I passed my tech exam. I like how
it helps you build confidence and presents the test as you can expect
it on exam day. I was making progress on the General portion but things got a bit busy here with the kids back in school, etc. I have a 9 year old and a 6 year old so as you can imagine things are a bit crazy !
I'm going to start setting aside some evening time after the kids fall asleep to push through the studying. I'm very interested in exploring digital modes on the HF bands. I've also had a few great phone QSO's on the 10 meter band including a few occaisions where I hit South America!
So for local packet work I was using Outpost which was the easiest path to take - it sets up a pretty basic terminal / tnc that works in conjunction with direwolf via AGWPE if I remember correctly. Where I
live packet is really tough as the closest BBS is just on the edge of what I can reach with my current configuration.
For the ISS I started playing around with UISS which helps manage the very tight constraints of a pass. But I've also been able to decode packets on just my HT's build in APRS functionality. I also managed to use an Android app called APRS droid along with a cheap Yaesu HT! Even managed to reach the station with the rubber duck!
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