Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with Garrett Dow, KD6KPC, about RepeaterBook.
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Tech Corner – RepeaterBook
In this episode we talk with Garrett Dow, who is the creator of the website RepeaterBook.com. RepeaterBook is an online repeater directory that started in 2006 as HWHam.com. He started the website and online repeater directory to have a online directory that he could access from anywhere without having to have a paper directory that is basically outdated before he even bought it.
A couple years later, he was approached by James Ewen, VE6SRV from Alberta, Canada and requested that he added the repeaters in Canada to the database. From there it grew fairly rapidly to encompass the entire US and then eventually to several countries around the world.
The directory currently has over 32,000 repeaters listed in its database and is adding more everyday. RepeaterBook has the status of the repeater as well that is unique to other repeater directories. The status of the repeaters are set by one of the 95 admins or by user input from the community at large.
While the website is great to have, in this day and age, the use of mobile devices has made it where a website is just not enough. So phone apps were developed for IOS, Andriod and Kindle devices. They are powerful in and of themselves with a ton of features. One of the neat features of the mobile apps is that the entire repeater directory is built into the app, so you don’t have to have internet access to use the app. If you are somewhere that doesn’t have cell service, you can still find a repeater to use. The app is updated about every two weeks with all the updated information.
The app uses the GPS on your device to find the list of repeaters within your set distance from you and list them in whatever order you have set in your app setting, but it defaults to distance from you. In the andriod version, there is a search feature that you can use to bring up a list of repeaters in another location other than where you are right now. They are working to bring this feature over to IOS as well.
RepeaterBook.com has a direct access link from both Chirp and RTSystems. If you have these programs to program your radios, you can pull repeater information from the website directly to program to program your radio.
If you use something other than these two programs you can export a list of repeaters to a CVS or several other formats and manually import them into your programming software.
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Repeaterbookcom/128708780551588
- Twitter: @repeaterbook https://twitter.com/repeaterbook
- Google+: https://plus.google.com/communities/103169382395875005017
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/repeaterbook-com
- ZBM2 Software http://www.zbm2.com/
- BlueCAT http://www.zbm2.com/bluecat.html
- CHIRP http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Home
- G4HFQ Software: http://www.g4hfq.co.uk/
- RT SYstems: https://www.rtsystemsinc.com/
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The PWRcheck has eight display modes including voltage, current flow in either directions, wattage and amp-hours and will measure from 0-60V with 40A continuous load. It is accurate to within +/- 10mV and +/-10mA.
It has a backlit graphics LCD that will display data in digital, analog and bar graph formats. You can even monitor your backup battery with a programmable “gas gauge”.
The non-volatile memory stores more than 100,000 data points without power. That is nearly two and a half months worth of data @ 1 point per minute!
It has a USB computer interface for configuration and data download and you can program it to sound an alarm for over current, over or under voltage and amp-hours.
The software that comes with it allows your to program every aspect of the PWRcheck operation such as data logging rate, display formats and alarm conditions. You can display current, voltage, wattage and amp-hours in real time. It has integrated charting software that automatically collects and displays data. All the data can bed downloaded and stored for later analysis!
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