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NMHamWAN get connected.

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Connecting to the network depends on a few things: will you have coverage where you are? are you planning to integrate into your existing network, or create a new one? While many people have succeeded in joining the network independently, we recommend working with a HamWAN elmer initially to help make the process easier. Join us in our webchat to ask any questions.

In this guide, we will purchase the hardware, assemble the hardware, configure the metal to connect, find where you have signal the best, mount the hardware, and then integrate it with your home network.

Request your ARRL LotW Certificate

This process is a bit time consuming, due to waiting for a postcard to arrive to verify your account. So, we recommend you start here. You don’t have to have an ARRL membership to use this service, either.

  1. First, download the software “TQSL”. Links are as follows (current as of April 2014): Windows, Mac, or Source
  2. Install the software as required on your specific platform. For more specific help with this, refer to the ARRL.
  3. Once installed, you will be prompted with “You have no callsign certificate installed on this computer with which to sign log submissions. Would you like to request a callsign certificate now?” Click yes.
  4. Fill the fields with your details; note that QSO end date in most cases should be left empty.
  5. Once complete, you will be prompted “Do you want to upload this certificate request to LoTW now?” Click yes.
  6. Once this has completed, you will see the full TQSL window. Go ahead and click on the “Callsign Certificates” tab, select your certificate, and click on the “Save the callsign certificate” button.
  7. For radio amateurs in USA authentication is done with a postcard that is mailed to your address that is in the FCC database. If this address is not current please visit the FCC ULS website and update your address information. You will go to the LoTW web page and enter an eight digit code from the postcard after which the TQ6 file will be e-mailed to the user.
  8. If you’re in the US, the postcard will give you instructions; basically, go to http://p1k.arrl.org/lotw/passwordand enter the code on the front (located 2 lines above the mailing address). Once you get your postcard, jump to the section marked “Import your certificate for HamWAN”.

Buy the hardware

Assemble the hardware

  • Assemble the grid dish, taking care to ensure it is oriented for H-pol like in the picture to the right.
  • Mount the grid dish on a mast, which then on put on something like a tripod
  • Attach the metal to the grid dish. FYI, make sure to never power on the metal unless it is attached to an antenna
  • Use the included hose clamps to mount the metal to the mast
  • Connect the metal to the power injector, and plug it into your computer; attach power and listen for the beeps

Configure the metal to connect to HamWAN

  1. Upgrade your modem
    1. Download the latest version of the “mipsbe”, “All packages” version of RouterOS from here
    2. Connect to the router using winbox. The WinBox application above is a GUI tool for configuring the router. To auto-discover your modem, click the […] button and then double click on the MAC address (not the 192.168.88.1 IP address) that comes up. This will force winbox to use a Layer 2 protocol, not dependent on IP settings. If you double click on the IP address, winbox will use a Layer 3 protocol, and any IP changes you make might disconnect you. Default login = admin and password is blank.
    3. Click on “Files”
    4. Drag and drop the file you downloaded into the Files window
    5. After the transfer is done, reboot the router by clicking System -> Reboot
    6. Re-connect to the device once it comes online and open the command line interface to the router. You can open a command line in WinBox by clicking on “New Terminal”. To paste commands in winbox, it’s necessary to right-click and select paste rather than trying to use Ctrl-V.
  2. Give your modem a name! Your callsign and then your location is a good idea.

Mid weekly notices NM5MR.com

As usual we will have our Weekly coffee This Wednesday 12:00-12:15 @ Village Inn, 1741 Rio Rancho Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. ​Please Let me know if you are planning on coming so I can make sure there is table space is available .
NMHamWan.org Is ACTIVE on Sandia Crest, With coverage to South East and South West sectors. ​Why!! Nmhamwan.org/wp
Then next educational meeting will be January Saturday 01.24.15 @1300​​. Presentation will be made by Don W5FHA on Direction finding . The meetings are help @ the APD North West Substation. 4051 Ellison Avenue, NW 87114

One of our Club Members is now a SK and Willed be missed.

http://www.riverafuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1490498

NM5MR Arc Weekly update. Happy New Year to you all.

As usual we will have our Weekly coffee This Wednesday 12:00-12:15 @ Village Inn, 1741 Rio Rancho Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. ​Please Let me know if you are planning on coming so I can make sure there is table space is available .

NMHamWan.org Is ACTIVE on Sandia Crest, With coverage to South East and South West sectors. ​Why!! Nmhamwan.org/wp​

Then next educational meeting will be January Saturday 01.24.15 @1300​​. Presentation will be made by Don W5FHA on Direction finding . The meetings are help @ the APD North West Substation. 4051 Ellison Avenue, NW 87114

Holiday notices. Happy New Year

We have decided to CANCEL the coffee until January 7th due to the Holiday’s…I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. Knock Knock 2015 is here.

NMHamWan.org Is ACTIVE on Sandia Crest, With coverage to South East and South West sectors. ​Why!! Nmhamwan.org/wp​

Then next educational meeting will be January Saturday 01.24.15 @1300​​. Presentation will be made by Don W5FHA on Direction finding . The meetings are help @ the APD North West Substation. 4051 Ellison Avenue, NW 87114

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and happy new year.

All,
I have been getting a lot of questions about equipment needed to join the NMhamwan dot org. This is the published white paper page that we are using.
https://www.hamwan.org/t/tiki-index.php?page=Standards&structure=HamWAN

Actual Radio link https://www.hamwan.org/t/tiki-index.php?page=Radio+Modem&structure=HamWAN

Let the kids talk to Santa tomorrow.

Subject: BIG NEWS

Date: December 22, 2014 at 11:48:40 AM MST

HELLO, Pat.

I have received an email from the big man! We can get Santa on Christmas Eve at 2:00PM on the 145.33

NC will be Ko5Y Ken. Will you all pass the word for us. We want all children to check in. Old and young kids to check in.

Mark

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