Modifactions / Software / Hardware
Recent Yaesu FT-847 Projects
As part of getting the Station back up and running these modifacations were made to my Yaesu FT-847.
Lithium Battery Holder Installed for easy battery replacement
Fan Modifacations to quieten thing down
Recent Antenna Projects
Retiring to town sounds a lot easier than done when it comes to Amateur Radio Antennas.
However a bit of home work and luck provided a final result that is much better than expected.
I decided to try to have a clean simple station that would work as many Bands as possible, however 20M is my main focus. I installed a GAP 20M Mono at ground level in the best position I could find on my small town block,
which is far from the best position I would have chosen if I had more space. The antenna is 30M away from the Radio,
I installed an MFJ-994BRT at the base of the GAP20 along with an Ugly Balun made up with 7M of LL400 coax wound on a 120mm PVC core. Surprisingly this provides a better that 1.3 to 1.00 SWR on 10 - 40 Metres. My VHF - UHF Antenna
is a 3 Band V-2000 mounted on a TV Facia pole.
Recent Echolink Projects
As the world moves from 'Wires' to 'Wireless' changes need to be made to keep things moving forward and EchoLink is no exception. Upon disconnecting the Landline and National Broadband Network and moving to a 4/5G
Cell Network, I needed to rethink my internet connections for EchoLink and Allstar. After reading about some limitations associated with using a free PUBLIC Proxy Server I decided to create my own Private Proxy,
this is how I did it.
1) Find a VPS Host, I went for the most reliable and affordable that I could find for around $1.00 per week VPSServer
2) I decided on Ubuntu 20.40 as the Operating System, purely because I use LinuxMint which is based on Ubuntu on my desktop.
3) I am used to using cPanel and DirectAdmin so I installed Webmin on the VPS, there are plenty of Tutorials on Webmin installation available.
4) This is the EchoLinkProxy instalation tutorial I used, when you have it all done, don't forget like I did to run java -jar EchoLinkProxy.jar
in your Terminal program to bring EchoLinkProxy on-line.
Currently the nature of the script requires a manual start-up if the server is Stopped, Restarted or something else goes wrong, I understand that Anthony may extend the Tutorial in the future to cover auto recorvery, which in my opinion would be good.
I now have a quality, reliable Echolink connection that does not rely on the generosity of others at a cost of less than $5.00AUD per month