Re: WebSDRs on SHF

Richard <richard@...>

No reason why not Adrian the Raspberry PI is a good little SBC
The difference is thats passing data to a central server, and you're not using the data from your SDR , but using the collected data as a whole
If you set up a local web sdr server you have to use it as a client, albeit as your own system you have extra privileges.
And I suspect most will want to see what they are receiving as it happens, and not log in to a remote server.
If a central server is used , who is going to fund it ?
An even bigger problem is the majority are listeners, not as bad as some who only turn their rigs on on Tuesday evenings then turn them off for a month.
Also the same people that complain of lack of activity,
But unless a lot of thought is put in , it will end up as a microwave WSPR network

The easiest way is to run a local web sdr and allow others to log in a view the logs, The later version of the Rasp Pi could do this and provide a secure net interface.
The hard thing is logging a trace on a waterfall display, so you really need to live stream the sdr output, then you are up against your upload rates if multiple user logins.
my thought s
Richard g8jvm

On Mon, 2019-02-25 at 18:32 +0000, Adrian G4UVZ via Groups.Io wrote:

Like Ed, I am no computer expert ! However I have a Raspberry PI connected to an SDR which receives ADSB data on 1060Mhz .This is magically fed into the interweb and contributes to the UK Radar360 network. Not sure if this could be upscaled to provide a simple websdr?


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From : richard@...
Date : 25/02/2019 - 18:23 (GMTST)
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Subject : Re: [UKMicrowaves] WebSDRs on SHF

This is where there is a problem Ed.
The amount of SDR RX and type available will cause a problem as amongst the amateur community there is no standard.
Its easy enough to design an interface with one of the SBCs , its the interface between your flavour of SDR and the interface to the internet
which will be fun.
The last thing anyone wants is to tie up equipment so they cant use it.
Richard G8JVM

On Mon, 2019-02-25 at 18:00 +0000, Ed G3VPF via Groups.Io wrote:
I have a good site (500 ft asl) on the south coast available with power and internet. Have a 23cms masthead unit available and space for a second masthead system, perhaps 3cms. My difficulty is not the RF side but the software side.

Does anyone have a suitable processing box that will sit between the SDR interface and the internet that I can just plug-in and go?


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On Monday, February 25, 2019, 17:09, g4zod@... via Groups.Io <g4zod@...> wrote:

I have some spare wave guide in stock and there is no reason why I could not pop it into my Mill and cut some slots in it.
What sort of accuracy is required?
Many thanks
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On 25 Feb 2019, at 15:07, Neil Smith G4DBN <neil@...> wrote:
I'd be totally happy to machine up a load of omni slot arrays and send 
them out free* in return for a small donation to UKuG funds. I've got a
7ft tall 23cm reduced-height waveguide slot array taking shape in the
machine shop now, something like that would scale easily to the higher
bands, maybe 8 slots per face milled in ally, or better, a tubular
arrangement, with a nice easy way to couple to an LNB without needing to
machine the feedhorn off.

If it would fit in a bit of polythene pipe as a radome, so much the better.

Neil G4DBN

*offer limited to the first 50 takers!

On 25/02/2019 13:19, PAUL NICKALLS via Groups.Io wrote:
I have seen slotted omni (or nearly) antennas made from circular
tube.  Maybe a size that would allow standard copper water pipe to fit
in the end of a LNB maybe with a coupling sleeve.  A simple design for
the home constructor would be good.  A simple pipe cap on the top and
some silicone sealant at the bottom.  Probably need some tape to seal
the slots.  Anyone got time to experiment?

Paul G8AQA

On 25/02/2019 12:40, Neil Smith G4DBN wrote:
The loss of the CCX beacons and the difficulties in getting licences
for beacons on some bands has got me thinking about whether a wider
network of home-sited WebSDRs might actually be of more use than
remote beacons. Especially if they were able to receive digimodes and
report to PSKReporter or the RBN as well as have the usual WebSDR
display.  Perhaps that might be a project to push now that so many
new stations are taking advantage of the very simple and cheap
receive options available for 3cm.

OK, we'd need to come up with a decent design for an omni antenna
which would work with the usual LNBs and be simple enough to put up
on a chimney in an unobtrusive radome, but a few dozen of those
dotted around the UK might make for an interesting resource, same as
we have now with FT8 on 2m.  I just call CQ for 10 minutes, spinning
the beam every other transmission, and I get a coverage map showing
where I am being heard.  Might also encourage a few more to try
microwave band operating from home.

Personal beacons are always hugely welcome, but it would be nice if
there was a way to know when they were operating.  Perhaps some sort
of auto-update facililty on Beaconspot so it is aware of when the
personal beacon is transmitting?

Neil G4DBN

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