Report for Week beginning 5 April 2020
Don’t forget the Digital Net on Saturdays at 2100z on XLX299R.
Sunday 5th April 2020
0700z-0730z D-Star Net
From Bill VK4ZD
Jean-Pierre F1CFA, Phil VK2MCB, Nick G4HCK, David ZL2WT, Dev 9Y4DG, Vernon G0EGW, John ZL2JPM and I were present.
From Phil VK2MCB
From my end, there appeared to be significant packet losses over the internet. John ZL2JPM has a good background in digital communications and offers the following comments. I have highlighted a few of these comments which might avoid such problems in future. As an aside, I will act a Net Controller and call people in as I see them appear on the 299R Dashboard. John’s advice follows:
From John ZL2JPM
Some more thoughts on the issues of clashing, packet losses and bit errors on the ROAR Dstar nets.
1. For those with hotspots (by Hotspot, I mean something like a PI-Star repeater - or a local repeater’s gateway - with its hardware modem RF-connected to a DSTAR Radio such as a Kenwood Th-D74 or Icom ID Series), the linkage to the reflector is direct, managed by hardware and is usually very responsive. In normal circumstances, there should be no errors with those using a good internet connection to their hotspot – provided operators introduce a short delay between initial Key-up and Speech AND final Speech then Key-down. At least two/three seconds at the start and end of a QSO should be adequate.
2. For those with Peanut, their linkage to the reflector is different: they don’t connect directly to the reflector, but go via the Peanut server and thence to the reflector. Not only that, but they are encoding in their PC soundcards and the management of their link is both on their computer and at the Peanut server. All of this offers great simplicity, but introduces opportunities for delays that don’t usually occur in Hotspot connections
3. So the best way to ensure that everyone gets the best connection, we all need to extend the time gap to four seconds, BOTH at the start and at the end of a QSO.
Finally, everyone should be logging into www.xlx299.nz before they join the ROAR nets. Why? They can then see who is on the net, estimate who is currently speaking (by noting the “Last Heard” time for the R module), and then during the gaps, “key-up – count to two and key-down” to reveal themselves. The Network Controller can see the Key-up on the reflector dashboard and can acknowledge/ call the new member in at the appropriate time. Those with Peanut should avoid a lengthy initial key-up (i.e. announcing themselves by speech – no need!) because the system announces them on the dashboard. You know your Key-Up is successful if you see your Call-sign appear at the top of the reflector user list – so have faith that the Network controller has also seen it and will call you in.
These thoughts should make it a bit more satisfactory for everyone – more-so because the loads on many networks are an order of magnitude higher during this COVID19 pandemic than beforehand and packet delays are more likely.
0730z - 0800z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+10 and gave me 59+15
John ZL2JPM was 56-8 and gave me 56-9
0800z-0900z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,294 / 14,285 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 58 and gave me 57-9
John ZL2JPM was 56 and gave me 52-4
Vernon G0EGW was 56-7 and gave me 57-9
Nick G4HCK was 55 and gave me 57
We went QRT at 0846z
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
No report received
2100z NA Transcontinental net on 7.185
(4PM EST or 3PM CST)
The Net will be on 7.185MHZ
Join Us on the ZOOM video conference and give us your input on how to improve the net!
Join the Video conference even if you don't have HF or can't hear the net on HF!
You can join the net on ZOOM. If you do have HF capability and can not hear the net, we can work with you thru ZOOM to locate a frequency that will allow us to communicate over the airwaves!
Join The Net On Sunday and enjoy the fellowship!
ZOOM has added a new dimension to the net activities making it possible to bring more people into the net.
ZOOM allows net controls to collaborate on getting a new caller recognized.
Join us on ZOOM and Join the ROAR net.
If you can hear Net Control or a Relay Station you can tell us and additional efforts will be made to log you into the net over the air.
At 1830Z you can join net control on ZOOM by using this Zoom Meeting link : https://zoom.us/j/7848247670
Ed - N4EDT
Cell 205-919-4610 (Feel free to text me at this number if the need arises.)
0800z Tuesday April 7th EUR 20m net on 14,294 / 14,285
From Bill VK4ZD
Vernon G0EGW was only 22 today but on the following day Wednesday I had a 59 contact with G0UWK (he gave me (he gave me 59+10) on SP on 20m. That's the luck of the draw.
From Nick G4HCK
This week the 20m band has not been that active at the times we try and make contact. Thanks goodness for Peanut.
On Sunday on 20m I did hear Bill and Vernon which was great but Tuesday I could only just hear Vernon.
All the indications from the experts suggest we are starting to move into the new cycle but I have a feeling it will be a few more months before we really begin to feel the benefit.
Keep safe – keep washing those hands.
From Dev 9Y4DG. Note that Dev placed this advice on the ROAR Facebook Page.
How to Get on ROAR’s Digital Voice
In 3 Easy Steps
Dev Gosine, 9Y4DG
1. Get your Peanut Access Code:
a. Go to the following site, with and electronic copy of your license for upload and
complete the registration process…
2. Download Peanut For Hams
a. This is available for Android and Mobile devices only.
b. For Android:
visit the Pay Store and perform a search for Peanut For Hams and
download and install the app
c. For Windows
i. Use the following link to download the latest Windows version:
If you need any further assistance, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me
at +1 868 360-9009. (I’m always available on WhatsApp).
Looking forward to hearing you on IFROAR Digital Voice Network
Rotary Club of Canberra