WSPR: Weak Signal Propagation Path Reporting

WSPR (pronounced “whisper”) stands for “Weak Signal Propagation Reporter”. It is a protocol, implemented in a computer program, used for weak-signal radio communication between amateur radio operators. WSPR implements a protocol designed for probing potential propagation paths with low-power transmissions. Transmissions carry a station’s callsign, Maidenhead grid locator, and transmitter power in dBm. The program […]

Using DMR Radio

Digital mobile Radio works on a digital stream that works over the internet between DMR enabled repeaters. Getting Started with DMR: You’ll need to already be a licensed ham operator of Technician class or greater. To use DMR, you need to to have your call sign validated and get a Radio ID. Get your DMR […]

Ham Radio to Cell Phone Communications

Useful Email to SMS gateway information that lets you text phones using your ham radio. Video below demonstrates communications between Amateur radio equipment and cell phone equipment using email to text feature with Winlink.org’s Pactor HF email system. Checkout http://www.winlink.org for more information. Carrier Email to SMS Gateways Alltel – [10-digit-phone-number]@message.alltel.com AT&T – [10-digit-phone-number]@ tx.att.net […]

Cartoon Antennas

Studying for the General ham license, which is the next step up from the Technician’s license has led to some interesting (and entertaining) “ah-ha” moments for me regarding the design of radio antennas. Prior to dipping my toes into the ham test question pools, I’d always thought of antennas as passive equipment, responsible for receiving […]

Hello DX World!

The joke in the programming world, of which I have been a part for many years is the first baby program is always concerned with outputting a simple “Hello World” to the screen. So in Ham lingo, talking to the world, instead of your local area is called DX-ing. In the old days, you need […]