In Australia, conservationists have led a push for replacement of a range of appliances that were in good working condition for more energy efficient appliances. For this reason, some types of appliance can no longer be purchased, or serviced with spares as required.
The humble flourescent light is one of those. Although still one of our most efficient lights, rivalled only by the best of LEDs, the push is on to replace the conventional magnetic ballast flourescent T8 flourescent with T5 lights, and in the interim, T8 lights with electronic ballasts. Continue reading The fraud of energy efficient lighting – e-ballasts
Last update: 3rd February, 2015, 4:41 PM
BLHeli v12.0 has been released. Continue reading BLHeli v12.0 review
Last update: 31st August, 2014, 9:35 AM
A very quick trial of aprx v2.08 was concluded in less than 24 hours. Continue reading Headless aprx server – trial wrapup
Last update: 29th August, 2014, 11:58 AM
In the continuing trials of APRS digi+iGate servers, an aprx server running on a RPi.
Continue reading Headless aprx server trial
Last update: 16th April, 2015, 3:46 AM
I have been investigating ‘lost APRS packets’, a result of many root causes.
One is a perception that when I drive in the local area, I often do not hear my own digi ‘echo’ yet I find that it did receive a packet and submit it to APRS-IS. This problem is much more apparent using a TNC-X that with any other KISS TNC in its place.
A possible explanation is that it did echo but I did not hear it due to collision with another digi.
So that led me to explore whether TNC-X fails to quickly detect the other digi already transmitting. Continue reading TNC-X – DCD behaviour
Last update: 8th April, 2019, 8:17 AM
Headless javAPRSSrvr described a trial iGate+digi based on javAPRSSrvr v4.1b5. This article wraps up the trial. Continue reading Headless javAPRSSrvr – trial wrap up
Last update: 16th April, 2015, 3:46 AM
APRS-IS depends very much on a timestamp created at the time that a record from an iGate is received.
Very few stations transmit a timestamp in the packet header even though accurate time is usually available when the GPS provides valid position data.
So in a network where packets are carried through many digipeaters (a result of the end user supplying an inappropriate PATH), and many of these digipeaters having several iGates listening, there is a need to weed out duplicates.
The mechanism to discard duplicates falls down when the duplicate submission is delayed significantly, and some network infrastructure is notorious for latency.
Continue reading Latency in APRS networks
Last update: 25th August, 2014, 7:46 PM
At first, the MIC-E compressed packets might seem to have advantage in reducing channel utilisation and improving the probability of successful packet transmission… but it comes at a cost.
The linux iGate daemon aprsd 2.2.5-15 has had a problem with corruption of MIC-E packets for more than ten years resulting in occasional gross errors in position reports processed by those nodes. Continue reading Should you use MIC-E compression in your APRS tracker
Last update: 26th August, 2014, 6:05 AM
This article documents an open squelch data carrier detect (OSDCD) for a Flash Packet Radio Control Board (VK6) TNC-2. Continue reading Open squelch data carrier detect for Flash Packet Radio Control Board (VK6)
Last update: 23rd August, 2014, 12:37 PM
I have been doing some research on APRS recently, and Brian, VK2AH, kindly donated a MFJ-1270B.
Over the years I have heard so many reports that the MFJ-1270B does not accommodate twist (an amplitude / frequency slope usually the result of lack of pre-emphasis, usually the result of audio overdrive of the transmitter, and usual for hams). More detailed discussion is at The extent to which APRS works is often an accident.
There is no shortage of bad signals to test the tolerance of the TNC, with two local overdriven digis, and travellers through the area. Continue reading MFJ-1270B TNC review
Last update: 13th November, 2014, 8:18 AM