Keith C. Perry on 16 Aug 2015 16:59:10 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] FOSSCON communication ops

Ok, thanks for the come back Jim...

I didn't know about the "hamcon" frequency so I added that to my radio.  I'm interested to see how that gets used.

To my other point though- general FOSSCON op comm...  is there a need for that or is something already in place?  That type of traffic isn't something that would be carried over the ham bands generally but considering that most ham radios are FRS/GMRS/MURS capable is would be an opportunity to have hams (and non-hams) help out with that if there was a need (and they had a capable radio).

I know it may seem like a weird question but I've done a lot of conferences from the attendee, presenter and personnel point-of-view and the one thing things that is necessary all the time is good communications.  I think I noticed last year people "running" around looking for each other or having questions about who was where.   My understanding of this location is that it is a little bit smaller so perhaps this is not a significant concern.

There will probably be enough hams around to jump in if needed- 'kinda what we do anyway :D

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Fisher" <>
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Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 6:47:08 PM
Subject: Re: [PLUG] FOSSCON communication ops


Last year was my first FOSSCON as an amateur.

We went, what some thought was a little 'ham heavy'.

There is a trend in security conferences for license testing and much
more. Much of the 'much more' is based on SDR.

I will have amateur gear and so will others. I suggested that we use
the 'con simplex'

Simplex 146.580

as our local talk frequency.

If you want license testing or anything else at FOSSCON please let the
staff know your interests. Not me. All the others. My interest in

If there is a strong enough interest, I am sure that /almost/ anything
amateur related can be added to FOSSCON '16.

Less than ONE week!

Gotta go, tons of stuff to do!

See you all at FOSSCON Saturday.



On 8/14/15, Keith C. Perry <> wrote:
> Good point !
> One of the things I like about the Baofeng's is that there is nothing to do
> to achieve this. In fact, in CHIRP there is a default config for FRS/GMRS
> and MURS. Just open those up and copy them to your config. You'll have to do
> some name editing since the Baofeng screen is only 7 chars but once you're
> done you're good.
> Most important thing is to set the power to the lowest setting which
> actually is still to high for FRS...
> Which is why have have a little "mini-duck" antenna :)
> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
> Keith C. Perry, MS E.E.
> Owner, DAO Technologies LLC
> (O) +1.215.525.4165 x2033
> (M) +1.215.432.5167
> From: "Guo Yixuan" <>
> To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List"
> <>
> Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 12:36:01 PM
> Subject: Re: [PLUG] FOSSCON communication ops
> On Aug 14, 2015 12:08, "Keith C. Perry" < >
> wrote:
>> This might not be the right place to talk about this but Chris (paden) and
>> I were talking about this and I figured I would just put it out there. I
>> know Jedi Jim is lurking too...
>> Are we going to have a net up for FOSSCON? To operations cases come to
>> mind here:
> Great idea!
>> general communication for FOSSCON operations
>> opportunity to show and talk about amatuer radio to attendees. This
>> includes pointing out to people that they do not have to be licensed to
>> purchase the radio and ANY decent vhf/uhf ham radio is going to be worth
>> getting because you can use it for FRS and MURS without a license. If
>> someone has or wants a GMRS license they can also use the same rig. Point
>> being, they can listen in on amateur stations and even if they don't
>> license (or get licensed right away), the radio is still useable.
> It's worth noticing that some vhf/uhf radios don't allow transmitting on
> FRS/MURS bands by default (to my surprise). It's better to check the spec
> before purchasing one.
> eg., for TH-F6A, some electrical mod is needed:
>> I want to credit Jim for getting me to first consider the Baofeng's last
>> year. I didn't want to put out the money to fix or replace my Yaesu so
>> this sub $100 was perfect to get me back on the net after a very long time
>> being away.
>> Anyway, this is first full FOSSCON so I'm not sure how things have
>> operated before but I thought I would ask.
>> 73, N3QQZ clear
>> :)
> By the way, I'm quite new to amateur radio. I was encouraged by my college
> friend and took the exam, but didn't try much after getting my callsign
> (KC3CES). Anyway, I'm looking forward to play more with radio if time
> allows.
> Cheers,
> Yixuan
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