Originally Posted by mhumm2
KA5LQJ de KA5UTN
Skaperen is absolutely correct. You don't select a Linux distrubution based on reviews, you select it based on use. Try it out for a month and see how you feel about it. I tried FreeBSD for awhile... very painful. Then I tried Solaris. Now I'm a Kubuntu user and very happy. The repository has all kinds of HAM stuff. I don't use any because I'm strictly VHF/UHF, but for HF guys, any Debian- type distros would work.
I switched to Linux 2 years ago and I've never looked back. 73s !
Hi KA5UTN (I won't give your name or QTH away, LOL!)
Well, If possible, I want to use it on 6, 2, and 70 cm as well.
I'm not sure which mode to chose, but I hear BPSK is pretty reliable. I have all sorts of possibilities that I'm hoping to implement.
#1, Skywarn is HUGE around here. The states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi really get hammered during the season. The local Skywarn bunch is not much interested in getting reports from outside the local NOAA office's Area of Responsibility
. That's OK, though. There location out at the Greater Shreveport terminal does not
allow for any tall towers or big antenna arrays to listen to much more than maybe 40 miles away, unless someone brings up the repeater link to the East, which goes to Jackson, MS.
GOD gave me an idea
to start a spreadsheet and eventually convert to a database that would have all the FIRE, POLICE, EMS, HOSPITALS, FEMA (700 MHz) & LEGACY (800 MHz) frequencies, callsigns, agency's name, QTH of the transmitter, State, County or Parish, the E.R.P. (effective radiated power) of the base, repeater (mobile relay) and mobiles. I also left some room for a section on REMARKS. I've got some of the agencies out as 250 miles in radius from Blanchard, LA, near Shreveport.
Now, I've been a licensed Amateur Radio Operator for over 30+ years. I don't think I'd be able to hear 250 miles away, even if I put up a 2,000 foot TV tower, LOL! So, I've spoken to several groups in Texas, like Fort Worth, Austin, Belton, Longview, Cass County and Texarkana, TX. They are eager to help
form a 'network' that would pass on ahead information about storm activity to those areas that DON'T
have a close by NOAA office. The area that receives this information would pass it =forward
to those ahead of them in the path and also informing the NOAA office in their area. It's not REALLY Skywarn reinvented. It's main purpose is to save lives and help protect property.
Tornado's and hurricane's don't travel in straight lines, but if a storm developed, then died out, there have been cases where it popped back up many miles and hours away and struck without warning or short notice in the middle of the night. Hopefully, this will give folks a heads up
Well, I kinda got off track. "Thanks" to each of you who answered. I did find a wealth of information in each of your post and I am most greatful.
, the 1st wife of 40 years, says it's time
for Supper. If I tary to long, the dogs will eat good, LOL!
73 (Best Regard)
Donald J. Buck
Amateur Radio - KA5
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