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Glad you found my page!  Here are some areas I know a bit about:

  • Packet radio / APRS without a hardware TNC
    • APRS digi-gate responding to WIDE1-1 packets, using DireWolf as a software TNC and to support clients such as YAAC or Xastir (DireWolf digi-gates just fine by itself on a Raspberry Pi with a USB soundcard)
    • Mobile digi-gate/i-gate (APRSdroid on a first smartphone connecting with a second smartphone for Internet hotspot and a Raspberry Pi)
    • APRSdroid with a HT
    • I have also used soundmodem as a software TNC to support Xastir as an APRS digi-gate (this was more difficult to set-up than DireWolf)
    • Some recent activity and heat maps indicating stations heard directly and packets gated to APRS-IS
    • This project began using an HT; a used mono-band 2m mobile radio was a great upgrade!!
  • Digital modes
    • Using fldigi and NBEMS/flmsg on a Raspberry Pi & Lubuntu-based computer (HF/VHF/UHF)
    • Exploring modes via WSJT-X...
  • Amateur satellite services (see AMSAT & GPredict) (A tangent--which star is that up there?  Check using Stellarium.)
  • 2m/1.25m/70cm FM, with good results using ladder-line "slim jim" antennas.
  • HF via new all-mode rig & home-cut wire backyard inverted vees/attic dipoles
  • Scanning/listening using a mid-1990's Uniden BC245XLT w/ aftermarket telescopic antenna.  (Also started SWL back in the mid-90s on a Realistic DX-350.)
  • Scanning/listening using Software-Defined Radio, in particular listening to both the web application at http://websdr.org/ and my own DVB-T USB dongle (a NooElec NESDR SMArt).  (If this sounds new to you, the former is merely a webpage and the latter is a piece of hardware to plug into a computer. Software to tune and visualize is free.)

A ham and avid geocacher convinced me to finally jump in and take the tech exam during the summer of 2016--glad she did (and fortunate that she is friends with my XYL)!

I leave you now with a number of no-frills resources for current weather information (this is my professional background).  See you on the air!

* IEMBot Anonymous Monitor - https://weather.im/iembot/
(A chat room monitor where one may view realtime issuance of NWS text products (warnings, storm reports, spotter activation notices, etc).  More information at http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/projects/iembot/)
- https://weather.im/iembot-rss/wfo/kiln.xml
* Current radar loop (base reflectivity) & warning boxes - http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/lite/N0R/ILN_loop.gif
Base velocity - http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/lite/N0V/ILN_loop.gif
Storm relative velocity - http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/lite/N0S/ILN_loop.gif
Vertically-integrated liquid -
Echo tops - http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/nexrad/index.php?type=ILN-EET-0-6
Velocity-Azimuth Display Wind Profile - http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/nexrad/index.php?type=ILN-NVW-0-6
1-hr precipitation - http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/lite/N1P/ILN_loop.gif
Storm total precipitation - http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/lite/NTP/ILN_loop.gif
Regional radar mosaic - http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/Loop/centgrtlakes_loop.gif
* Current local visible satellite - http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/wfo/iln/h5-mloop-vis.html
Regional visible - http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/ma/h5-mloop-vis.html
Central/eastern US-Canada infrared - http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/nwatl/h5-loop-avn.html
Tropical Atlantic Ocean wide view - http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/tatl/h5-loop-rb.html
* METARs/TAFs - KDAY & KFFO - http://aviationweather.gov/adds/metars?chk_tafs=on&chk_metars=on&hoursStr=2&station_ids=kday+kffo
Wider Dayton region - http://aviationweather.gov/adds/metars?chk_tafs=on&chk_metars=on&hoursStr=2&station_ids=kday+kffo+kmie+kves+ki19+ksgh+kmgy+khco+kiln+kcvg+kluk
GIS hoverable map - http://aviationweather.gov/metar/gis?zoom=8&lat=39.63849&lon=-84.58267&layers=B00FFTFFTFFTT&plottype=wind%2Cvis%2Cwx%2Ccover%2Cwgst&scale=1&density=all&metric=false&decoded=false&taf=true
* Snowfall - raw model guidance comparison - http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/image_loader.phtml?site=kday
Model output maps - http://mag.ncep.noaa.gov/model-guidance-model-area.php
Tropical cyclone focused model maps - http://moe.met.fsu.edu/tcgengifs/
* Build a meteogram for your location - http://wxmaps.org/custom/meteogram.html
GFS Meteogram for Cinncinati - http://wxmaps.org/pix/cvggfs.png
NAM Meteogram for Cinncinati - http://wxmaps.org/pix/cvgnam.png
* NWS plain-language forecast for ZIP Code 45424 - http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.84324085428307&lon=-84.11625099848402
* Tropical cyclone model guidance - http://www.ral.ucar.edu/guidance/realtime/current/
* Android app (wX) -
(mPING) Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground project -

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