Ham Radio Infrastructure Projects

There are probably more complete and better lists out there, but maybe I can list some off the top of my head.

  • APRS digipeater/iGate
  • Winlink gateway
  • WSPR beacon
  • JS8Call forwarder
    • or is this just everyone running the program?
  • CW Skimmer for Reverse Beacon Network
  • VHF/UHF repeater
    • and repeater network
  • TARPN/AREDN/Broadband Hamnet node
    • I list these together because it seems to depend on the year who is gaining and who is losing ground. Maybe we need to make them interoperable?

These are mainly hardware solutions to get signals and data farther, faster, and in and out of the Internet. Ideas on the software side might be:

  • Standardized packet or digital queries to get information
    • news
    • weather (see Winlink)
    • equipment setup help (???, although I’ve seen talk of Wikipedia access)
    • disaster support (where to get food, water, shelter, etc. after a disaster in the area, although perhaps this fits broadcast best if local broadcast hasn’t been effected)
    • APRS-style location information, without the overhead of APRS
      • E.g., what if I could query a local computer using touch tones to get local information?

What are some other ways to contribute the “infrastructure” of ham radio, to help it remain resilient (and stay fun)?

One thought on “Ham Radio Infrastructure Projects”

  1. matt says:

    A sort of related thought, could you spot yourself to SOTA or POTA using APRS over HF? See http://www.aprs.net.au/hf/hf-aprs-frequencies/. Then you could ID what mode (SSB, etc.) you are running and get the spot picked up. Or even (!) standardize the digital self-spotting format enough that you could set up a “SPOT ME” button or menu item, although building the peak/park entry interface might be awkward on existing radios. Since modern radios are computers, seems like this is possible.

    EDIT: You can spot POTA using JS8call, e.g., slide 11 of this presentation.

    EDIT: See here: https://ham.stackexchange.com/questions/715/how-can-i-generate-a-list-of-aprs-igates-on-30m

    To elaborate on the “APRS-style location information” point above, you could provide information about frequencies on which to use other services. So if you’re remote or in a disaster area and can’t look up what the Winlink/APRS/emergency frequencies are, you essentially turn to a “411” channel and ask. The 411 station would need to include a computer with backup power, etc., but it would be a gateway to using other services.

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