Here's how to get DX spots and propagation reports on
your PocketPC PDA without a packet connection. First, register for a free
http://avantgo.com/ by choosing
new user signup at the bottom of the page. Choose "create channel"
once you are logged in and simply add the DX Summit spots as an avantgo
channel. For example, my DX Spots channel uses the following URL:
and my Propagation channel uses this URL:
I've setup the PocketPC PDA to refresh these pages every 15
minutes or so.
What does this mean??? Here's how it works. As I sit
in my office, my iPAQ is plugged into my desktop PC, which is connected to the
internet. As my office email, calendar appointments, and contact list is
periodically updated, so are these web pages. Then, once I leave work for the
day, I simply undock my iPAQ and hit the road. If I want to checkout the last
WWV or DX Spots to be downloaded, I simply start Internet Explorer and pull up
the appropriate page:
- Works great.
- No extra hardware required (packet)
- Propagation (WWV) numbers don't change too quickly anyway.
- Static snapshot that loses value over time
- Can't post new spots
Ok, this shouldn't be too tough. Assuming you already
have a good packet feed into your mobile (a 2m radio and a TNC), getting a
serial connection to display spots is quite easy. Microsoft
lists these simple steps:
- On the Start menu, tap Settings, and then tap the
- In Connections, tap the Modem icon. A new Settings screen
for Modem Connections appears.
- In the Select a modem list, select New Connection. Another new
screen appears that asks you to Make a New Connection.
- Name your new connection “term” and make sure that the modem type is
set to “Hayes Compatible on COM1:”.
- In the Baud Rate list, make sure you select the maximum speed
your appliance can handle. Most appliances support 9600 baud.
Now comes the trick: Tap the Advanced button, and then select the
Enter dialing commands manually check box.
Tap OK to accept the advanced settings, and then tap Next
and OK on the Settings screen.
The Settings screen for your terminal connection.
- Real-time spots and WWV data
- Can post new spots
- Extra hardware required (TNC, VHF radio, packet nodes, cables)