Course-finding, or fox looking, is a well-liked task in ham radio circles the place a bunch of other people armed with radios try to find a broadcasting supply. But even so being a pastime for amateurs, it’s additionally a vital software within the belt of regulators who’re making an attempt to trace down violators of the air area. There are numerous tactics to determine the right location of a radio transmission, however this one manages to drag it off the usage of each a ship and a Steam Deck, every armed with a software-defined radio.
This mission involves us from [Aaron] who’s widely recognized within the beginner radio circles for his SDR-focused Linux distribution referred to as DragonOS; which has all of the equipment wanted for a top quality SDR revel in, on this case KrakenSDR and DF Aggregator. He’s loaded the entirety up on a Steam Deck and left that during a safe location at the shore of a lake, whilst he carries 2nd instrument with the similar application with him on a ship. With the 2 units listening for a selected sign, he’s in a position to briefly 0 in on his pal at the shore who’s broadcasting at the 70 cm band because of the assistance of all of those application applications.
Whilst ham radio isn’t at all times recognized for being a younger and thrilling task, the arrival of software-defined radio and different virtual modes appear to be shaking issues up in that global. Without a doubt dashing round a lake on a ship is a laugh by itself as neatly, and a fox hunt like this can also be performed with one thing as small and easy as a Raspberry Pi too.