6. HamRadio

My interest is in digital and satellite areas, so voice mode will most likely not be covered here.

Computer installation is to my Lenovo Thinkpad T530.

6.1. Linux HamRadio Package Information

Linux focused HamRadio software packages, my installation is with Fedora.


6.2. Xiegu G90

The HF mobile radio.

The Xiegu G90

The Xiegu G90

  • Product home for the Xiegu G90 and other items.

  • See Xiegu.EU in Sweden.. and the download page.

  • The Groups.io has a lot of Xiegu G90 information.

  • Sinotel in UK have good information about the Xiegu products, also check the download area.

  • Radioddity with Xiegu information.

6.2.1. Firmware Updater

A command line tool for firmware update web site from Dale Farnsworth. Source code is on GitHub.

  • Programming serial cable plugged in.

  • Power disconnected from the G90.

  • Start the g90updatefw

  • Re-connect the power cable.

  • G90 power on, and the program will run.

This g90updatefw will work in FreeBSD with the Linux binaries installed, and then just download the g90fwupdatefw Linux/amd64 executable from Dale Farnsworth’ web site.

For FreeBSD is <serial_device> connection on my Lenovo Thinkpad T530 /dev/cuaU3.

# g90updatefw <firmware_file> <serial_device>

6.2.1.1. DispUnit

DispUnit upgrade

Example for DispUnit update with firmware 1.77.

6.2.1.2. MainUnit

MainUnit upgrade

Example for MainUnit update with firmware 1.77.

6.2.2. Hook-Up

6.2.3. Antenna

Dipole antenna.

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6.3. Retevis RT3S GPS

The VHF/UHF handheld radio.

Tip

The Hytera TYT MD-380 should be more or less same radio.

Retevis RT3S GPS

Retevis RT3S GPS Handheld

6.3.1. CodePlug

The CodePlug information.

Use of MS Windows for CodePlug file.

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6.4. WSJT-X

See also

Web site for WSJT-X

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6.5. DMR - Digital Mobile Radio

See also

DMR for Dummies.

Brandmeister Wiki.

Brandmeister Network.

DMR UK

DMR Guide UK

QDMR a GUI application and command line tool to program DMR radios, available for Linux.

AmateurRadio.digital DMR Digital Contacts Download.

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6.6. APRS - Automatic Packet Reporting System

Tip

Be aware of there is digital APRS and analog APRS, some radios do only have one of these. Anytone AT-D878UVII PLUS has both.

Tip

  • TNC=Terminal Node Controller, radio modem.

See also

APRS Wiki

PinPoint APRS, free software that allows you to visually track and communicate with people using Amateur Radio (”Ham Radio”) equipment.

Xastir APRS, Xastir provides mapping, tracking, messaging, weather, weather alerts, and Search & Rescue features over radio or internet.

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6.7. FLdigi and FLrig

6.7.1. FLdigi Configuration

FLdigi configuration.

6.7.2. FLrig Configuration

On Linux will the USB to serial be a device like /dev/ttyUSB0.

Make sure to have the permission to use this device, add the user to the dialout group.

See also

  • fldigi (and flrig) help pages for all the software from W1HKJ.

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6.8. Frequency Usage

6.8.1. FT4

Band | Frequency

80m

3.57500

40m

7.04750

30m

10.14000

20m

14.08000

17m

18.10400

6.8.2. FT8

Band | Frequency

80m

3.57300

40m

7.07400

30m

10.13600

20m

14.07400

17m

18.10000

6.8.3. JT65

Band | Frequency

80m

3.57000

40m

7.07600

30m

10.13800

20m

14.07600

17m

18.10200

6.8.4. JS8CALL

Band | Frequency

80m

3.57800

40m

7.07800

30m

10.13000

20m

14.07800

17m

18.10400

6.8.5. RTTY

Band | Frequency

80m

3.59000

40m

7.04300

30m

10.14300

20m

14.08300

17m

18.10600

6.8.6. QRP CW

Band | Frequency

80m

3.56000

40m

7.03000

30m

10.10600

20m

14.06000

17m

18.09600

6.8.7. 70cm DMR

See DMR Plus DK..

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6.9. HamRadio Equipment List

  • QRP Labs order 15719: QCX CW transceiver kit (40m) Serial Number is: 2829 (assembled).

    • Firmware revision T1.00e (upgrade IC 1.03 installed), PCB board revision 3.

  • QRP Labs QLG1 GPS receiver kit. (assembled).

  • QRP Labs QCU Clock kit, PCB Revision 4, firmware c1.02a. (assembled).

  • The Limerick Sudden Z-Match Kit from the G-QRP Club

  • The Ultimate Keyer from Midnight Design Solutions

  • Dual Band Trap Dipole Antenna 20/40 meter, from Pacific Antenna. (assembled).

  • Vector Network Analyzer, nanoVNA (brand: AllAboutFun), accepts nanoVNA-H, nanoVNA original firmware.

    • Firmware installed: hugen79/NanoVNA-H_20210130.bin

    • …next time, make sure to order the NooElec nanoVNA, better quality.

  • Vector Network Analyzer, nanoVNA-H (brand: Hang Shan Store).

    • Firmware installed: hugen79/NanoVNA-H_20210130.bin.

  • Antenna cable attic to shack, RF400 LTA, solid center, velocity ratio=84%, inner resistance=3.2 ohm/km, braid resistance=7.5 ohm/km.

  • TennaDipper II from QRPkits Pacific Antenna, determining the 50 ohm resonant frequency of an HF antenna or antenna tuner.

  • TAR1090 ADS-B Reciever (only local network).

  • ADS-B Exchange - MyIP - check all is working (only local network).

  • ADS-B Exchange - My Feed.

  • My RaspberryPi: Aircraft Map - Grafana Dashboard - ADSBexchange Status (pi adsb123 or admin adsb123).

  • Seven AM Radio Electronic DIY Kit, Electronic Learning Kit.

  • tinySA Spectrum Analyzer from Banggood turned out to be a clone that fails test 5 and 7, serial number AD1210200008 :-/

6.9.1. The wish list.

  • Handheld, Anytone AT-D878UVII Plus (APRS digital and analog, receive APRS, Bluetooth, GPS)

  • Mobile/shack, Anytone AT-D578 III Plus (APRS digital and analog, receive APRS, Bluetooth, GPS, Airband)

  • Kent Twin Paddle Brass, Base plate Steel, Kit, see Wimo DE

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