AMRAD at Vienna Wireless' WinterFest
fgentges at mindspring.com
Sun Mar 13 20:20:13 CST 2005
The AMRAD van was taken to the Winterfest today, Sunday March 12th. We
accomplished a number of things and certainly firsts for the van.
+A wireless network hot spot was established.
+Added on to this basic capability was a VoIP telephone interface.
+A UHF voice receiver was connected to the computer and digitized.
+The VoIP telephone could dial up the UHF receiver and hear the local
weather forecast.that the UHF receiver was getting.
+An Internet connection was established and interfaced to the hot spot
Unfortunately, we did not have a wireless notebook to then connect to
the external Internet to demonstrate the connection. I had one to bring
but it languished on the floor of the lab and did not come with the van.
On other fronts:
+Radios for HF, 6 meters, 2 meters and 440 MHz were on the newly
installed shelf in the van.
+The rotator head, a mast, a 2 meter and a 440 MHz beam were installed
on top of the pneumatic mast in the van.
+The pneumatic mast was extended to 43 feet with the AMRAD banner flying
in the breeze for most of the WinterFest.
We had posters and handouts inside and outside at the van about AMRAD
and the AMRAD van and our plans. We had a chance to talk to a lot of
people coming by including a number of AMRAD members and AMRAD
watchers. Hopefully, we will get some more participation and ideas on
future work we can do at AMRAD.
We had a chance to see a number of technologies integrated together in
the van. Of course we learned a lot and we also confirmed we can do a
lot with the van. Oh, yes, we did all this on 12 volt power without a
120vac inverter running. We still do need 120vac to run the rotator.
A bunch of thanks are due to many AMRADers that participated in the work
that led up to today.
Now we need to decide what to do with the van next. Perhaps we should
deploy the van to the Manassas Old Virginia Hams Hamfest.
I still want to get a DirecTV/Directway satellite connection for the van.
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