I mentioned last week having really enjoyed the BATC Net (British Amateur Television) which is conducted weekly via ATV using the wide band transponder on the QO-100 satellite - and streamed online which is the only way I could watch. Wanting to learn a little more, I went poking around the BATC Web site and decided to become a member when I found a “cyber” option that permits me to be a member and download the CQ-TV magazine on the skinny. I haven’t had time yet to fully consume the Summer 2021 edition, but it’s a definite keeper!

Trying to come up with another ham shack project that includes LoRa networking as a way to learn more about it. This helps:

“LoRa and LoRaWAN permit inexpensive, long-range connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices in rural, remote and offshore industries. With LoRa wireless and LoRaWAN, you can build wide array of applications in the area of smart agriculture, smart cities, smart environment, smart healthcare, smart homes & buildings, smart industrial control, smart metering, smart supply chain & logistics, and many more”.

From the opening pages of the book, Beginning LoRa Radio Networks with Arduino written by Pradeeka Senevirante and available for free download here. Find the GitHub source code repository that goes along with the book here.

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club e.V. (DARC) is pleased to announce that it will be boosting and securing European HAMNET expansion by providing sponsored hardware for radio links to make use of the AMPRNet IP space in Europe. This new DARC project is made possible by a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), a California-based private foundation.

HAMNET is a closed network for amateur radio purposes and focuses on communication via high-speed radio links. It is not an Internet substitute. There is no access from the Internet or to the Internet. As a data network for radio amateurs based on TCPIP, which primarily digitally networks the relay and / or digipeater locations with one another, this carrier medium offers a multitude of possible applications. For the user, direct connections by means of HF user entrances to each other (peer to peer), as well as connections to server services (all operating modes) and interfaces to existing amateur radio operating modes (e.g. packet radio) are possible.