🇬🇧 I'm still searching for radio amateurs on mastodon, by the way.

🇩🇪 Ich suche übrigens noch nach Funkamateuren auf mastodon.

🇸🇪 Jag letar fortfarande efter radio amatörer på mastodon, för övrigt.

🇱🇺 Ik zoek overigens nog naar zendamateurs op mastodon.

Please retoot!

@DC7IA And please write your call sign or 'amateur radio' into your bio. :)

@zyabin101 Whoops. Didn't see your toot for half a year. What sort of radio programming?

@DC7IA If you broaden your search a little, there are some hams on GNUsocial.

@DC7IA Correction in Dutch:
"Ik ben nog steeds op zoek naar radioamateurs op Mastodon".


@Blaveloper Thank you. I'm still at the beginning of learning Dutch.

@DC7IA I have my ham license (KE7EKT) but I only have little 5-watt handheld radios and I only use them at amateur rocket launches ( 🤔

@jamey @DC7IA I have fun radios, but I still don't have a license... despite having co-proctored the exam. :>


@DC7IA @jamey Austria.

I really have no excuse for still not having a license, though :3

@jamey @DC7IA
Well, aside from spoons shortage due to chronic illness, I guess. :-/

@sander Cool. Jeg forstår bokmål. Jeg har lært det for to månader.

@sander Takk så mye, men det er nesten samma som svenska. :)

@DC7IA Joda, svensk, dansk og norsk er veldig like.

@sander Ja, men dansk uttalning forstår jeg ikke. ;)

(Jeg kan læser det.)

@DC7IA Jeg sliter også med dansk. Vi bruker å si at det høres ut som danskene har en potet i halsen. Doen dialekter er tydeligere enn andre, men mange er utrolig vanskelige.

@sander Hmmm. Hvordan er det om man lær seg dansk och svenska? Etter det forstår man også norsk, eller hur?

@DC7IA Stort sett vil man greie seg fint. I alle fall skriftlig. Men det er mange dialekter på norsk, og noen av dem forstår ikke nordmenn en gang! For eksempel denne:

@sander Etter jeg har hørt det mer enn én gång forstår jeg hva han sier.


@sander Har dere en bokstavningsalfabet som ikke er samma som for internasjonal amatør radio?

@DC7IA Jeg er usikker på hva du mener. Vi har tre ekstra bokstaver; Æ, Ø og Å. Om det er det du mener.

@DC7IA Right here. Love digital modes and scanners, learning Morse. You?

@DC7IA Nice! Have you done any SDR receiption of satellites?

@DC7IA I don't have a license (yet), but I have a radio that I mess around with. Baofeng UV-5RA

I'm really interested in IP over HAM. Seems like a cheap-ish way to re-decentralize the web.

@teslas_moustache Don't try to replace the WWW, amateur radio isn't meant to replce something else.

@DC7IA I'm not talking about replacing it. I'm talking about building it out, e.g. to rural areas.

Internet started on phone lines, but it didn't replace phones.

Don't think there's anything wrong with receiving text and images over one section of EM spectrum over another.

@teslas_moustache No, but you should be aware that a licence is needed to access that spectrum.

@DC7IA I am aware of this.

I don't have the resources to even begin implementing this. I'm just interested conceptually.

@teslas_moustache @DC7IA FWIW, there are lost of nonprofit WISPs out there that build wireless mesh networks, and those can extend quite far.

IIRC, there is also an amateur point-to-point microwave network that spans most of Austria and extends into Bavaria, but I can't recall the name right now.

@kellerfuchs @teslas_moustache It covers all of Germany except the eastern part, a lot of the Netherlands, part of Denmarks and via Internet the UK.

@DC7IA @teslas_moustache in most countries there are areas of spectrum that have a "blanket license" allowing use of certain frequencies without a further license, and they do get used for community wifi/mesh networks etc but these all vary within every country and sometimes even within regions.

Research online and if needed check with your local Communications Ministry; they can be more approachable than you might think!

@DC7IA @teslas_moustache

I'm thinking of things like the SRD band allocations which are common to most CEPT countries (doesn't Freifunk make use of this, as commercial off the shelf WLAN equipment is in fact covered by the SRD license equivalent for each country?)

But I agree that using existing amateur spectrum for anything other than its correct licensed use is a bad idea (IP over HAM isn't a new idea, it grew alongside IP over PSTN in many countries including UK, US and DE)

@vfrmedia @teslas_moustache WLAN is ISM. We have ISM at 9-10 kHz, 6 MHz, 433 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz.

@DC7IA @teslas_moustache

simlar to the the UK (although also 169, 868 MHz for some alarms esp for elderly people). I have the big CEPT document somewhere at work but its 87 pages long!

But other than WLAN, most of this spectrum really isn't that suitable for resource intensive IP-based traffic and is near other allocations so equipment must be compliant and deployed correctly to avoid harmful interference to other users (or issues with adjacent strong signal from other systems).

@vfrmedia @DC7IA My current project is integrating these 433 MHz door sensors into my home automation system.

@DC7IA Hi! I'm not yet a radio amateur but I will take the exam on October 18th!

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