SunZilla is a portable solar generator designed to replace conventional diesel generators in remote areas or outdoor events it travels in a box and the solar panels just unfold like a flower but it's even more it's an open source framework which allows you to develop your own modules We put all the different functions like inverting from DC to AC, for example we put them in standardized boxes which can be just plugandplayed to each other All the plans are open and you know exactly what you have to do.
To make a module which fits to our system and you can even adapt the code to make it perfect to your needs It's tackling 2 problems The social problem is that there's lots of people in the world that don't have access to energy you don't have to bring a whole grid to them but you can just bring SunZilla Of course, the environmental impact is there's less use of fossil fuel the diesel generator emits noise and air pollution and SunZilla does not in the bigger picture it's about making people independent again.
From big power suppliers we want to create grids from the bottom and not from the top of course, I could go to a big company as an engineer, I would earn a lot of money but this is not what I want I want to leave my footprint a positive footprint in the world and use the time I have in my life to do something great and make the world a bit more sustainable I was always looking for a project or something where I can put my energy in.
Which will provide a benefit to the environment or to people, in general, in the world for me, it feels very selffulfilling to know that we work as a group and we are deciding on what we do and why we do it You feel connected to a bigger community of people who try really hard to work on this issue it feels like, okay, we are going in this direction and maybe we'll arrive there and could contribute something to it, too life is about learning and with such a project.
My Amateur Radio Go Kit CC Available
Hi. My name is Chris. And I'm here to help you.Stay Connected. In this tutorial, I'm going to quickly show you my amateur radio emergency deployment kit. Its a bit of a mess of wires right now, but it does work pretty well. over here, I have a dual band radio and its connected into the Rig Runner 4004U which has a number of Anderson Powerpoles and 2 USB adapters that allow me to charge things like my phone an iPad, anything else that takes a micro USB slot. I also have a small USB LED light which I can plug into any night operation.
In the big black box I have a couple of sealed lead acid batteries that I use to power the system. There's also a small AC to DC converter the Powergate PG40S which connects the AC power supply and the battery backup. In the event the AC power were to fail it would automatically switch over to the battery backup. Over here, I have a 2 meter linear amplifier so I when I am running on 2 meters I can pump upwards of 50 watts out of a small handheld radio.
The thing I I find most important about an emergency kit is to be able to charge it when you are on the go. Thus, I have it set up for solar panels to charge the large battery. This specific solar panel pumps out about 30 watts in fully bright sunlight. And its able to charge this battery fairly quickly. While still a work in progress, I'm pretty happy with it doubles as both my home station as well as an emergency deployment kit if needed. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial checking out my amateur radio go kit. If you want to see.
Introduction to Ham Radio What Equipment You Need for a Ham Radio Shack
For Expert Village, I'm Kurt Glaser, N7QJM. On today's sessions, we're talking about what actually makes up the ham radio rig, per say. There are just different names for each thing that we use. Our ham radio gear is used is actually called our rig. The shack, where we're actually in right now the place we're actually at is called a shack and as you can see, it's full of stuff. We're having a lot of fun operating ham radio. Then the actual gear, over here, we call it the rig and we're going to be breaking those down. So, let's.
Go each of those parts right now, so you get a better understanding of what they are. Yes, this is the main component of an amateur radio station. This is the antenna. And, this is an important piece because you feed the antenna with these cables. And, also, since I have this on a pipe here, I need it to be supported. I use these particular pieces here, called guide wires, which support it against the force of the wind. Right now the antenna is facing straight West and of course, what's different We're in the rain in Seattle.
Well, we're continuing now and now we're inside the shack of N7QJM. We're looking in the back of the power supply, right now. These devices, right here these guys are fuses. Because you can operate by a battery, car battery, or an in house battery if you want, and I'll pan over here to these fuses. These fuses, right there, will allow you to utilize, if it blows out see if it blows out instead of the other, which is really cool. Which is really cool. Now we have the actual the station in operation right now. So, this is.
The power supply, the back of the power supply. This is the back of the transceiver, and this is the back of the antenna tuner. And so, let's go the the front now and look at the various pieces. The antenna that we talked about just a little bit ago, that's where this piece actually terminates, it connects to this guy here, and this is the transceiver. This transmits and you can actually see the frequencies changing and you can pick up various. This is your volume, so that's how that works. There's somebody that's tuning. This over.
Here is the signal strength meter, that tells you what the signal strength is. This guy over here, I'll turn it off. This tells you for the rotator, this is the antenna rotator. Unfortunately it doesn't go up and down, it just rotates side to side. Then, of course, down here is the power supply. So, those are the rig. This is the actual rig. The pieces of the rig, again are the tuner, the antenna, that's a real handy device, so you can use a simple antenna to operate on various frequencies, and then you have the transceiver, then your.
How to Use a Ham Radio How to Contact People on a Ham Radio
For Expert Village, I'm Kurt Glaser, N7QJM. On today's sessions we're talking about, there's a certain protocol when you make contact on the ham radio. Typically what you'll do is when you make contact you identify who you are, who they are with call letters and call signs, and then from there, you establish what the signal strengths are. And, for just radio, for speaking, basically, it's just readability and signal strength and there is actually a meter here on the rig, I'll see if I can zoom in real quick to the meter.
Yeah, there it is, the meter is right here. That's where the meter is and it tells you actually what the signal strength is on the unit itself. Anyway, that is the piece right there, we're going to pick up a conversation, just a real quick conversation of somebody answering me back on my CQ. So, we actually have somebody now. WA7OB, this is Nancy 7, Quebec, Juliet, Mexico. Fine business, thanks for coming back to my call, you are about ten over nine into Redmond, Washington. My location is Redmond, Washington and my handle.
Or name is Kurt, Kilo United Romeo Tango. Back to you, give me your call one more time for the log. Over. That's his call, that's his call Tom. He's right by us, here. So, there' is how you start a QSO, and you just start talking back and forth. They usually identify, and you can hear him back here a little bit, he is identifying himself, where he's located, what the signal strength is, and then usually talk about what type of gear that we run in the shack itself. So, we are having a little conversation with Tom.
How to Use a Ham Radio How to PreTune a Ham Radio Antenna
Hi I'm N7QJM, Kurt for Expert Village. We're continuing our session on finalizing the actual operational aspects of the antenna. So we're going to actually tune to the frequencies of the particular band we can operate in as a general class licensee. And we will tune the antenna to make sure that we can have optimum performance going out into the atmosphere so that we can get contacts on our ham rig. So stay with us. Now we're going to tune to this lower frequency here which is listed right here on the twenty meter band for the.
General class license. And we will see now if we can actually operate on this. What we need again to do is go back into this tuning mode, which is the CWM is for tuning this particular rig. Now I don't know if you can see this very well, but what I'm going to do now is tune off of the antenna tuner and we're going to see if we get good reflection going out. Now this crossing section is know as the standing wave ratio and that's what you want to see when you tune the antenna. You notice that this frequency, in the twenty.
Meter band is tune very very well. One thing you want to do is make sure half way into the band as far as I can operate, and you always want to listen first to see if there is anybody there. Now we'll switch it back and we'll check this up here again on the tuner. Okay, the wave ration is looking even better than it was before so we're in good shape there. Let's tune it to the top end of the band, and we'll go from there. Now we're at the top end of the band, 350 on the twenty meter band, and we'll try it one more.
How to Use a Ham Radio The Basics of Ham Radios
Greetings. I'm Kurt Glaser for Expert Village. We're talking about ham radio, and my call sign is N7QJM. Welcome to these 15 sessions. We'll be looking at some of the key points on becoming a ham radio operator, how to put a station togetheror, what we call a rig, and other important pieces to amateur radio. First off, you have to be licensed to operate in any country in a broadcast mode. Now, you do not have to be licensedI'll be real clear thereyou don't have to be licensed to listen. So if you just want to listen to radio or.
Shortwave or amateur bands, you don't need to be licensed. Now be sure to check the country, though, about the code test. And that's what we're talking about a little bit as well. Because, effective in April of 2000, in our countryhere in the United Statesthe FCC said there are only three classes of licenses any more. The Technician class, also, the General Class, and the third, the most important one, the highest level The Extra Class. Some of thesein some countries again, I want to reiterate, you'll need to check with that.
Bureau to see if you need to have the Morse code test, as well as the written test. So be sure to check that throughout the world, for your own regulations in this area. Now, in terms of online resourcesbecause there's a lot of online resources in amateur radio anymoreone of the ones that I use quite regularly is called HamTest. com. Especially in preparing for any examination or test. You can take a practice exam, and you can even look at all the questions that you'll need to respond to. Now listen, the next session.
Introduction to Ham Radio Fun Things to Do With a Ham Radio
Hi, for Expert Village, I'm Kurt. We're continuing our series on amateur radio today, and we are looking at the fun things you can do once you become a Ham Radio operator. The fifth thing is yes, you can using this unit, you can actually talk to an astronaut! The International Space Station has an amateur radio station up there, and licensed Ham astronauts take time to make contact with mostly children in schools on earth. There are also two, or at least three perhaps, amateur radio satellites that you can bounce signals with a directional.
Antenna, and communicate to other Hams around the globe. Digital communication modes is number six. You can connect a computer to these things and use software to communicate digitally over the air. Some of these digital modes can be more effective in marginal transmission conditions, when over the air is really hard. And it's error free, which means you actually get the real communication. Number seven, we're getting close here, internet communication. You can set up a URL, and have communication that way, across the amateur bands, or you can use another mode as well. And, this is called IRLP, and this uses local repeaters.
A person on this can actually just communicate N7QJM using the repeater here in the Seattle area. Anybody out there from Hawaii or some others You can actually broadcast in other parts of the world using these repeaters that are linked together. Now be sure to check with your neighborly ham radio operator if you have questions, or you can email me, as well. And lastly, I love the rag shoe! We just call it talking, and hamming it up on the Ham bands. I've talked to people all over the world, including Antarctica, a 767.
Introduction to Ham Radio How to Get Started as a Ham Radio Operator
Hi. For Expert Village, I'm Kurt. We're continuing our series on amateur radio, today, and this section, we're talking about the fun things you can do after you have your ticket or your license, and are a ham radio operator. I think there are seven or eight of them, so let's start right now listing them. First one is DXing. You can communicate with people anywhere on the planet, that's what it means foreign country communications. The bands that you typically use are the ten to a hundred and sixty meter frequency range, and you can communicate.
With them. Obviously, you get to learn your language skills a little bit, as well. Sometimes the bands are up, sometimes they're down. Secondly, emergency and disaster communication. Organizations in the amateur radio community, as the Amateur Radio Emergency System, the ARES and the National Traffic System, the NTS, prepare amateurs through training that you can assist in cases of disaster, national emergency, and other issues. The third piece is just technical goofing around and experimenting. You can do this from any walk of life you can be a technician, you can be a teacher, a scientist, or even a retiree, done with.
Work and having fun using and doing Ham Radio. This is probably the main attraction to the hobby for most, it was for me, and hopefully it is for you. You can make just a simple antenna, to as complex as making a transmitter, like this. Or you can hook up communications between this and your computer. The fourth thing is contesting. Now almost every weekend, there's an amateur radio contest going on on some band and in some mode. Hams get on the air, and you compete to make the most contacts in a limited period of time. It also.
How to Use a Ham Radio How to Demonstrate Ham Radio Bands
For Expert Village, I'm Kurt Glaser, N7QJM. Okay, these are the actual amateur radio bands in the high frequency area. Over on the left hand side here, we'll zoom in over here on the left hand side, this gives you the frequency range starting at the 10 meter band and going all the way up over to 160 meters, which is, as you can see quite low in the frequency. It's all the way down into the 1.8 megahertz frequency range. So, as you go higher in the meters the frequency actually gets lower. It goes all the way up into the 10 metes which.
Is the 28 megahertz band for HF or high frequency operation. This chart is a real handy chart, we picked it up at a ham auction, and it works out really good. Next, we have the UHF or VHFUHF band plan and you are entitled to operate in various frequencies. There is one new one on top of this, 1240, but this one starts here at the 6 meter band continuing from our 10 meters and frequencies continue to go up to 2 meters to 220 to the 440, which is around the business band they call in operating frequencies. The 900 band, which is where.
Introduction to Ham Radio How to Modify Your Ham Radio to Get More Range
For Expert Village, I'm Kurt, N7QJM. Today we're continuing our series on ham radio and what fun you can do. Today we're actually out here near the antenna structure. We're doing some contesting and we're going to be using this antenna to hook it up I'm going to show you how to extend the antenna of a normal hand held rig like we have, that I've usually been showing you. So, we'll do that right now. We'll here's out hand held rig right there, and we're going to hook this particular piece up to it. This is a BNC type.
Of connection that were making onto the ham antenna right there on this rig. I went and purchased myself some RG8 or the type of cable here, wrapped it up like this and of course we've connected it over here to the antenna as you can see here. It's just got a PL259 connection, these are called the elements right here. There's a number of them. I believe this is a seven element beam and it's for the 70 centimeter band that works with this particular unit here. Now, I'll show you how to hook it up. Ok, again so we.
Have the antenna right here and we have the cable which we have connected to the antenna and now we're going to connect this end to the antenna here. So watch carefully, what I'm going to do is I'm going to twist, see if we can get in real close here, I'm going to twist the top off of this, you can see I'm twisting it off, pulling it real lightly, and it's now disconnected. Put this down over here. And now I'll take this particular connection here and luckily it actually adapts real easily, and you just put it on like so and twist it.
That's it. That's how you connect it. Now lets mount the antenna so that we can get broadcasting. Ok here's the end of this one right here. We're going to actually mount the antenna using one of the elements as a stand and hook it right in here like so. So you're just going to stick that in like that to mount the antenna onto because this is equal distance and balanced real properly. We'll just stick it in there like so, we'll do that and then you raise the antenna. That's how you do that section right there. And,.
There's our antenna up at the top, cable feeding down along the PVC pipe as you an see and we've got a nice solid antenna facing straight west. It's a beam antenna too so you can point it in the direction that you want to broadcast. Well that is it. For the price of a cable and PVC pipe and the antenna up on the top, you can have a great long distance broadcasting mechanism for your hand held radio. Instead of this, you have a beam antenna that you can beam. So for Expert Village, I'm Kurt, N7QJM we are QRT and 73's to you.
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