Sit. Rep. #120: Contests, Digital

1- Digital Ham:
What is the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP)?
      A technique to connect amateur radio systems, such as repeaters, via the internet using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
What is meant by Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), as used in amateur radio?
      A method of delivering voice communications over the internet using digital techniques

What must be done before you may use the EchoLink system to communicate using a repeater?
     You must register your call sign and provide proof of license
How might you obtain a list of active nodes that use VoIP?
     All of these choices are correct    (Stations that connect to EchoLink or IRLP are called nodes.)
• By subscribing to an online service
• From online repeater lists maintained by the local repeater frequency coordinator
• From a repeater directory

How is access to some IRLP nodes accomplished?
     By using DTMF signals
What type of tones are used to control repeaters linked by the Internet Relay Linking Project (IRLP) protocol?

What name is given to an amateur radio station that is used to connect other amateur stations to the internet?
     A gateway  (Sometimes, nodes are also gateways.)

K: What do you say when you see a hitchhiking frog?
L: Hop in.

2-  Ham Contests:
What operating activity involves contacting as many stations as possible during a specified period?
Which of the following is a good procedure when contacting another station in a radio contest?
     Send only the minimum information needed for proper identification and the contest exchange

What is a grid locator?
    A letter number designate assigned to a geographic location

Which of the following methods is used to locate sources of noise interference or jamming?
     Radio direction-finding
Which of these items would be useful for a hidden transmitter hunt?
     A directional antenna

M: How do snakes call each other?
N: Poison to Poison

3- Now that most trees have lost their leaves.  Notice which trees still have some leaves and which trees kept all their leaves.  Practice identifying the trees by their bark and the few leaves left.  Practice ID’ing the evergreen trees.  Notice which trees feed the birds and the wildlife through the winter.
4- What kind of tree, bush, or shrub that you can plant will help wildlife through the winter?  Check to see what planting / hardiness zones are for your location.
Here is a link to the USDA Plant Hardiness Map.  

5- Have you ever made a bird feeder using a pine cone and peanut butter?  Add 1 piece of string to tie it up and watch the results.  Have your camera/phone ready for pictures!
Here is a link for Winter Bird Feeding.

P.B. and Pine Cone

Semper Paratus,

Thanks to KB6NU Ham Radio Study Guides

Scout Skits: by Thomas Mercaldo

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