I now have an American call sign - KC2ZIL - as I passed the Technician class exam
at the RSGB convention in Milton Keynes on 10th October 2010 and I hope to do the
General and Extra class at another convention or The National Ham fest if I can get
down there, so fingers crossed.
After getting all my U.K. Licenses out of the way now is the time to start really
enjoying the hobby.
I am thinking about setting up an APRS station, but I am not sure which way to go,
I like the looks of a WX3in1 plus APRS Advanced Digipeater/I-Gate which comes from
Microsat in Poland. I need to do a bit more research into it before I take the plunge.
I would really like to take up CW as the mode fascinates me, I have a Bencher paddle
but I know that before I use it I should train on a straight key first. I have bought
a JM Precision USB morse interface so that I can use the PC as a training aid. I
will have to put some time into this in 2013.
Raspberry Pi update
I find the Raspberry Pi is slowly becoming a great little work horse and I have found
another use for it as a constantly running Gpredict platform for Satellite pass predictions.
I just access it via Tightvncviewer and I can see when expected passes are due over
my location, I really want to get back into weather satellite data decoding again
so this will help a lot.
I got a second Raspberry Pi & RTL Dongle, these are being used for WX sat and data
decoding as well as a general coverage receiver. The set up works really well in
conjunction with VAC.