Working the projects….

I have two desktops for the radio room. The first is a Compaq Presario, is fairly new, has beefy RAM, a nice speedy processor, and running WinXP. I’ve been using the Presario for (1) running the RX-320 using RxPlus, (2) host for syncing with the Palm IIIxe, (3) burning CDs, (4) web browsing. The other desktop is an older eMachine – 700MHz, 64MBs of RAM, running WinME. I bumped the RAM up to a total of 192MB and added a PCI card that gives me two additional serial ports. Prior to today’s memory upgrade I’ve been using the eMachine for running packet and WinLink2000/Airmail through a serial link to my TNC (Kantronics KPC-3+) into my IC-706MKIIG. Pretty low impact stuff. Since the memory upgrade, I’ve attached the IC-PCR1000 and installed RxPlus… which runs a little more sluggishly on the eMachine as opposed to the Presario. But the IC-PCR1000 appears to be working. I still need to get the discone antenna installed outside.

An interesting note – I’d forgotten how buggy WinME was. Major pain installing the memory, the additional PCI card with the serial ports.

Projects, projects, projects

I’ve got several small projects I’m working on in the Radio Room.

(1) TenTec RX-320: it’s up an running fairly well – my work horse for shortwave, but can also monitor the ham bands up to 30MHz. I’m using Noël Bouchard’s RxPlus which has so far proved to be an awesome piece of software (PSK-31 works great, but haven’t gotten the RTTY to work yet). I’ve got an active antenna up an operational (McKay Dymek DA-100E), which makes a huge difference.

The only thing left is to get the ILGRadio database to work properly. So far it’s been a bit wiggy working with RxPlus.

(2) IC-PCR1000: I haven’t got this hooked up yet. My intent is to connect it to my discone antenna – I’d like to use the IC-PCR1000 for monitoring all the activity from 30MHz to 1.3GHz.

There’s a few things a need to do before I get it up and running. I’ve got to get the computer ready first. (a) Add a PCI card with 2x serial ports and (b) load the computer with software (probably RxPlus), (c) either find the AC power adapter or use one of my Radio Shack wall warts, (d) I guess I shouldn’t forget to mention that the discone needs to be installed outside – I don’t really have a plan for that yet.

(3) Palm m125: it’s a step up from my Palm IIIxe. The best feature about the m125 is that it accepts a SD memory card and for power it takes 2x AAA batteries. I’ll use an SD card to keep the m125 backed up (i.e. backupbuddyVFS) and I don’t have to worry about a proprietary power charger. When the power dies, I just pop in 2x AAAs and then use the SD card to revive the Palm – no need to worry about getting the Palm back to the home computer for a sync in order to restore it.

What I’m using (or going to use) the m125 for are:

(a) learning Morse Code with Smart Morse…

it’s a great program that teaches the letters individually.

(b) – but I need a cable to connect the m125 to the TH-D7A. Fortunately, Mobile Driven offers the answer..

… this will allow me a simple solution for using my TH-D7A for both packet radio and APRS.

New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana

Buffalo, NY – South Bend, IN
Daily Mileage: 455
Total Mileage: 1603
Total Number of States Traveled: 12

I started the morning in Buffalo, finding a Starbucks just down the street. After heading out of Buffalo and stopping by the edge of still frozen Lake Erie,…


I got on to Route 20 and headed west. This part of New York is actually wine country – there are vineyards all along Route 20. I stayed on Route 20 until I crossed into Pennsylvania and passed through the city of Erie. Back on I-90, I made good time into Cleavland to my day’s objective:


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – totally awesome!


I could have spent the whole day there. It’s about 6 floors with interactive displays and just all kinds of amazing stuff. Back on to I-90, I kept going west. A little west of Toledo I decided to give a call on the 2m national simplex calling frequency and had a great conversation with Tom, a J. B. Hunt trucker who was also heading west. He’s based out of Buffalo and was heading up to Wisconsin. Tom’s got an ICOM IC-706MKIIG – it does HF and he’s able to talk to folks all over the country while driving his truck.

I continued to make good time and made it into South Bend, Indiana shortly after 8:30pm.

Comfort Suites Hotel
52939 S.R. 933 N.
South Bend, IN 46637

Massachusetts, New York

Hyannis, MA – Buffalo, NY
Daily Mileage: 540
Total Mileage: 1148
Total Number of States Traveled: 9


I headed up to Plymouth… saw “The Rock”.


Skirted around Boston and headed west on Route 2. It was nice to be off the beaten path.


Route 2 headed up into the mountains on what’s called the Mohawk Trail. I stayed on Route 2 until I got to Troy, NY where I jumped on I-90 and continued west.

I crawled into Buffalo a little after 8pm. That damn GPS brought me in through the bad part of town… I’m thinking it’s doing that on purpose.

Best Western Inn – On The Avenue
510 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202

The truck needs gas and a good washing.

The goal tomorrow is to make it to the eastern bank of the Mississippi.