I am an amateur radio operator, federally licensed by the FCC. My callsign is KC0YLK, and I try to check into several nets in the Springfield area each week. I am on the Board of Directors for SMARC, the Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club.
I also belong to and support the Joplin Amateur Radio Club in Joplin.
Most of my time on the air lately has been on the 146.775 MHz D-Star repeater in Ozark, MO - W0OMD. D-Star is a new technology from Icom that transmits voice and limited data digitally over the normal "airwaves". It's an incredible mode, but is still a novelty in the early adoption stage. I think it will grow, and more hams will begin enjoying how much it enhances communication - the clarity of transmissions is the primary thing that amazes me.
I have posted an online version of the D-Star presentation I present live. It does not contain all of the material, just what fits in a non-personal medium. If your group in the SW MO and surrounding areas would like to see the presentation live, please contact me.
Programming callsigns on the IC-2820 for Gateway operations
[currently offline]Callsign calculator for deciding how to program your D-Star Radio for operation on the Gateway system
My HF experiments have not worked out well since I live in an apartment - there's no signal to be found. I'm moving the dipole and boatanchor to Joplin to set up and try out there.
I have finally bought a TNC and now also have a GPS, so I will soon begin experimenting with packet and APRS...they look cool, I've just been spending time elsewhere for now.
I have a side project related to ham radio, QTHmap. QTHmap is a mashup of Google Maps and the FCC's released data of amateur radio operators. QTH is 'jargon' for an amateur's home, so the site allows a callsign to be entered, and then puts that callsign on a map. It also allows for city view to see what other amateurs are in an area, and a net view for net control to keep track of where checkins are coming from.