CAKE Report For October 22, 2016
I have long ago, run out of superlatives but the session today deserves special accolades.
We had been invited to Ward AE6TY ‘s beautiful home overlooking the ocean on a brilliant Fall day. In addition to Ward and Ron W6WO the following members took part, Warren NR0V, Peter K6UNO, Kerry K3RRY, Richard W1WUH, and John N5HPB. A Powerhouse of expertise if ever I saw one.
Glen KG0T delivered an outstanding presentation on the rapidly growing family of SDR products. Of particular interest was his description of the range of Ham relate projects beginning with the quadrature mixing due to Dan Taloe, then Softrock and those that mix analog and digital techniques. We were well informed about the current state of the art which almost entirely apply on digital signal processing including the low cost Raspberry Pi and Dongle platforms.
Glen demonstrated software called WebSDR which operates rather like WSPR and PSK reporter. This software allows many stations all over the world to deliver their receive audio to a multitude of listeners over the internet. It feels like tuning in a Panadapter and listening to the conversations being received at remote sites. All a listener needs is the WebSDR software and a connection to the internet. I have this near the top of my to-do list now.
Our next CAKE date is Nov 12th which is an opportunity for our club to join the SFARC in operating special event stations to celebrate our centennial along with the National Park Service. For that reason I will not be attending a CAKE session that day and moreover I will be leaving the area until shortly after Christmas. I hope all CAKE devotees will use the remainder of the year to discuss additional exciting subjects.
73 Ron W6WO