TX Factor

Episode 21

In this early summer episode we look at programming your DMR handie and running a SharkRF openSPOT digital radio IP gateway. We review the new Icom IC-7610 transceiver, and Mike visits Bob’s shack in Cornwall to learn more about operating through linear satellites.

In our free-to-enter draw, there was a chance to win two great amateur radio-related items: a Prism protective dust cover for your rig and a copy of Andrew Barron ZL3DW’s book Amsats and Hamsats? Draw is now closed.

Parrots and Sharks - TX date 29th May 2018

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Show Notes for Episode 21 (TXF021)

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Linear Satellite Working

Here are some useful links to help you find all the information to you need to get on air through the linear satellites.

Orbitron is a great piece of satellite tracking software, but there are several others too. Download Orbitron at stoff.pl

Or google Satellite Tracking Software to see all the various options.

Amsat North America is at amsat.org

Amsat UK is at amsat-uk.org

Check the RSGB bookshop for the latest books that will help you on your way including the brand new Amsats and Hamsats by Andrew Barron ZL3DW rsgbshop.org

Shark RF OpenSPOT

To find out more about the Shark RF  OpenSPOT, read or download the manual or get the latest firmware update go to sharkrf.com  

DMR and Codeplugs

In the feature Bob showed you the settings to put in to each channel of your code plug for the reflectors you want to use via your openSPOT. Note that for the Timeslot setting you can select either 1 or 2 as the OpenSPOT is not fussy on that score and the Colour Code setting is set to the default OpenSPOT setting of 1.

To find out more about the exciting and sometimes confusing world of DMR a good first introduction is at dmrfordummies.com

Icom IC-7610

Download a pdf of the product leaflet with full specs here icomuk.co.uk

Or download the manual here icomuk.co.uk

For a fully detailed PDF fact sheet of episode 21 (TXF021) show-information click here