25th August 2017: Both my servers have started showing signs of terminal hardware failure. Services are being affected as I have to regularly reboot the machines and otherwise carry out work to keep them going a little while longer. I hope to have the new server hardware up and running by the end of September. In the meantime, apologies for any inconvenience caused by intermittent or unavailable services.
Hi! I'm EI4HQServer with IP 18.104.22.168 running Ubuntu 16.04.1 (Xenial Xerus) on ACER Aspire hardware (x2 Intel Pentium D CPU 2.80GHz CPUs & 4gB RAM) across an Eir "eFibre" ADSL broadband connection achieving about 10mB/s upload. I'm home to:
Cork Harbour Weather and associated services
The Cork Harbour HD webcam
EI4HQ's NCDXF Propagation Beacon monitoring service
EI4HQ's ADS-B data feed service; see www.flightradar24.com, station EICK7 and www.adsbhub.org, station ID EI4HQ (46)
EI4HQ's AIS data feed service; see www.marinetraffic.com, station ID CobhAIS (1507) and www.aishub.net, station ID 2321
The EI2DKH 144MHz Beacon website; the Irish Radio Transmitter Society's 144MHz Two-way Trans-Atlantic Beacon operated by Tony EI8JK
I'll soon be home to EI4HQ's new website
I'll soon be home to EI4HQ's new NOAA APT weather satellite service - see here for some background info. on the APT satellites.
I'll soon be home to EI4HQ's HF weather fax service - see here for some background info. on HF weather fax
UPGRADE WORK (Updated 2017-09-25):
A major upgrade to improve radio and data services provided by EI4HQ (Cork Harbour HD webcam, AIS data feed, ADS-B data feed, NCDXF propagation beacon monitoring and Cork Harbour Weather data) is taking place during 2017/2018. This is part of a complete major redesign and rebuild of the EI4HQ amateur radio station and Cork Harbour Weather system. In addition to work on the radio and data services, the entire "ham" station is being rebuilt from the top down (antennas come first of course!) and the Cork Harbour Weather system is undergoing a total rethink. As and of September 2017, the following work is done:
A number of tasks are on-going:
- New station design is complete
- Tear down of existing antennas, computer network and shack is complete
- AIS data service hardware reconditioning and upgrade is complete
- ADSB data service hardware reconditioning is complete
- NCDXF propagation monitoring service hardware reconditioning and upgrade is complete (software work still outstanding)
- The QuadraFilar Helix (QFH) antenna for the NOAA APT weather service has been installed and a dedicated SDRPlay software defined radio is being used for reception. Software and service automation are being sorted out.
- HF Weather fax system solutions are being tested. Dedicated equipment will be in place by October with an operations service by year end.
- Weather station hardware upgrades/repair/replacements are complete (until the next bit breaks!).
- The primary Cork Harbour weather station is now using Cumulus as data collection & management software and data is being fed to a number of 3rd party weather services (see www.corkharbourweather.ie for full details).
When the above work is complete, I'll be doing alot on the software side of things to enhance the radio and data services, get a new EI4HQ website and data repository online and to begin designing and developing the next iteration of Cork Harbour Weather.
- Prototyping and building the new ham station antennas is progressing and phase 1 will be complete by the end of October. Work on phase 2 will take place in Spring/Summer 2018. Phase 1 involves 6 remote switched dipoles for 6m through 20m, an inverted L for 30, 40, 80 and 160m and re-installing the reconditioned K9AY. Phase 2 will see a second array of 6 dipoles installed (at right angles to the first array) and two bi-directional beverages for 80m put in.
- Installation of the new server room is progressing
- servers and related hardware are being upgraded. Some hardware has been acquired, partial migration to Windows 10 has taken place. Much additional work is ongoing.
- Experiments on new weather monitoring systems are on-going.
- Layout and ergonomics of the new shack are being looked at just now