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GM6MEN-L operating schedule w/c 1st January 2012

Posted in Amateur Radio by gm4uls on December 31, 2011
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Planned schedule for the coming week is as follows:

Sunday 1st – normal**

Monday 2nd – normal**

Tuesday 3rd – normal*

Wednesday 4th – normal

Thursday 5th – normal

Friday 6th – station taken off air at 14.30 for antenna maintenance.

Saturday 7th – off, possibly reduced hours

* ‘normal’ means operation at least during the ‘core time’ of 16:00z to 2000z.

** I hope to run the link for as long as possible over the  1st and 2nd. The only definite ‘down time’ will be during sleep hours.

GM6MEN-L operating schedule w/c 25th December 2011

Posted in Amateur Radio by gm4uls on December 26, 2011
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Planned schedule for the coming week is as follows:

Sunday 25th – normal**

Monday 26th – normal**

Tuesday 27th – off

Wednesday 28th – normal*

Thursday 29th – off

Friday 30th – normal

Saturday 31st – normal**

* ‘normal’ means operation at least during the ‘core time’ of 16:00z to 2000z.

** I hope to run the link for as long as possible over the 24th, 25th, and 26th and the 31st, 1st, and 2nd. The only definite ‘down time’ will be during sleep hours.

GM6MEN-L operating schedule w/c 18th December 2011

Posted in Amateur Radio by gm4uls on December 19, 2011
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I now have the facility to listen to traffic from local users from time-to-time, thanks to being able to run Echolink on my laptop and connect via a proxy server. You will hear my voice coming over the Perth Link.

Planned schedule for the coming week is as follows:

Sunday 18th – normal*

Monday 19th – restricted**

Tuesday 20th – normal

Wednesday 21st – normal

Thursday 22nd – normal

Friday 23rd – restricted

Saturday 24th – normal***

* ‘normal’ means operation at least during the ‘core time’ of 16:00z to 2000z.

** ‘restricted’ means possibly no operation during core time. There may be limited operation at another time during the day but I won’t be able to say in advance when that might be.

*** I hope to run the link for as long as possible over the 24th, 25th, and 26th. The only definite ‘down time’ will be during sleep hours.

GM6MEN-L operating schedule w/c 11th December 2011

Posted in Amateur Radio by gm4uls on December 11, 2011
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I now have the facility to listen to traffic from local users from time-to-time. Planned schedule for the coming week is as follows:

Sunday 11th – normal*

Monday 12th – off**

Tuesday 13th – normal

Wednesday 14th – normal

Thursday 15th – normal

Friday 16th – normal

Saturday 17th – normal. Possibly I will be at Jaycee Electronics in Glenrothes for part of the day, but that shouldn’t disrupt the running of the link. If you see me there come and have a word.

 

* ‘normal’ means operation at least during the ‘core time’ of 16:00z to 2000z.

** ‘off’ means no operation during core time. There may be limited operation at another time during the day but I won’t be able to say in advance when that might be.

GM6MEN-L operating schedule w/c 4th Dec 2011

Posted in Amateur Radio by gm4uls on December 5, 2011
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w/c 4th Dec 2011

Sunday 4th – normal*

Monday 5th – normal

Tuesday 6th – normal

Wednesday 7th – normal

Thursday 8th – off during core times

Friday 9th – possible operation late afternoon onwards

Saturday 10th – normal

*take ‘normal’ to mean operational during the core times of 16:00 – 20:00 at minimum.

Problem connecting to the IRELAND conference

Posted in Amateur Radio by gm4uls on December 5, 2011
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This post is simply to log the two glitches I seem to have when connecting the gateway to the Ireland conference. I’m going to ask the opinion of other IRELAND users. They’re not a grave problem, just a minor annoyance, and they occurs only when I try to connect the link to the Conference – it does not happen with any other connection. If I don’t find a solution then I can easily live with it and work round this.

The hardware and software involved are as listed here. Although I use a Belkin wireless router, the PC is connected by cable not wireless. Echoproducer loads perfectly. My settings include automatic connect (and re-connect on disconnect) to IRELAND with Admin password. When I connect the first thing that happens is that I get the following dialogue box in the centre of my screen:

Only by clicking ‘Switch To…’ can any progress be made, and only then if there is no traffic on the conference. Sometimes I find the same dialogue box on the screen after I have been out of the shack for a while, in which case I don’t know and couldn’t say if there had been a disconnect-reconnect while my back was turned. Any suggestions? If you genuinely think that the answer is “It must be your hardware/software/router” then please say so, but please also remember that it only happens with IRELAND, not with any other conference or connection, so Occam’s razor would suggest otherwise.

The next glitch is that occasionally the first connect with IRELAND is what I call a ‘blind connect’. The screen shows that the gateway is connected, but users are unable to hear or to talk to the conference. The screen shows no list of connected stations on the right hand side. I have been told that GM6MEN-L does appear on everyone else’s screen.

The problem repeats itself if I simply disconnect and re-connect. However, if I disconnect and spend some time connected to a different station (usually it’s GB3KD-R, but that’s by-the-way), the next connection to IRELAND will be okay.

I wonder if anyone has any ideas?

 

Link up-date

Posted in Amateur Radio by gm4uls on December 2, 2011
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Operational schedule will be disrupted over Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December 2011.

The link will continue to sit mainly in the IRELAND Conference (Echolink), but will occasionally connect instead to W2FLA-R (Echolink) and through that to a network of repeaters in North-East USA including the 10m repeater KQ2H. Often this will be at quiet times for KQ2H but sometimes users of GM6MEN-L will be able to hear the effects of F layer propagation on the 10m FM repeater.

At some other times the link will sit in Room 101 English (eQSO).