Radios at Narrabeen
We will also have an Echolink station remotely connected to the JOTA-E (E for English) Echolink conference.
Automatic Position Reporting System - APRS
APRS is an amateur radio system originally developed to maintain an ongoing record of the location of a mobile radio-transmitter.
There is a page of Challenge Questions with a prize for the most answers. These questions can be used with radio or IRC contacts to keep the conversation interesting. There will be a map to record locations.
Phonetic Alphabet and Morse Code
Morse code is a method for transmitting information using standardised sequences of "dots" and "dashes" to represent letters, numerals, punctuation and special characters. Do you know what letters the beeps spell for when you receive a text message on your phone? (Hint)
Type the words into the text box below and select Morse Code or Phonetic Alphabet to see your message translated.
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Amateur Radio Operators identify themselves by using their call sign. This is a unique sequence of letters and numbers assigned to then when they receive their license.
Each country is assigned one or more unique prefixes for all operators or stations. In Australia we use VK followed by a number for each state, then an individial 2, 3, or 4 letter code. Here is a world map showing call sign prefixes.
Echolink uses the Internet to carry transmissions as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to another Echolink station. This allows low power UHF radios to make world wide contacts, even when weather conditions are not favourable. Here is a brief description of how Echolink works.
Amateur Radio Groups
There are many local, national and international associations, organisations and groups for Amateur Radio Operators.
The J-code is a tool that enables a very basic conversation in those cases where there is no common language between the youngsters. The J-code is a set of abbreviations used for JOTA and JOTI similar to the Q-Code used by radio amateurs. JHJ
Foundation Amateur License
In 2005, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) introduced an Amateur Radio Foundation license, targetted at a younger and less technical audience. The examination format for this license is typically a two day seminar, followed by a multiple choice test and practical examination.