Hi! I'm EI4HQServer with IP 126.96.36.199 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 become home to EI4HQ's new website during 2018 - see here for a preview of on-going work.
EI4HQ's NOAA APT weather satellite service will resume shortly - 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
During 2018 I'll become home to EI4HQ's HF weather RTTY service
During 2018 I'll become home to EI4HQ's NAVTEX weather and DX service
UPGRADE WORK (Updated 2018-05-07):
A major upgrade to improve radio and data services provided by EI4HQ 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 April 2018, the following work is done (despite interruptions by storms Opehlia and Emma, two record breaking weather events here in one Winter!):
A number of tasks are on-going:
- The majority of the new ham station antennas are up. A ground mounted multiband (homebrewed) trapped vertical for 30, 40 and 80 metres, that's also an inverted L on 160m is up and working beautifully. The reconditioned K9AY is done and working great. Dipoles for 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 metres are up and doing the business. All the associated cabling and control systems are installed and operating. A second phase of antenna work will take place in Summer 2018 and will involve a second array of 6 dipoles being installed (at right angles to the first array) and two bi-directional beverages put in for 80m (that I hope will also be useful on 160 metres).
- The AIS data service hardware reconditioning and upgrade is complete except for a server move that will happen over the Summer.
- The ADSB data service hardware reconditioning is complete except for a server move that will happen over the Summer.
- The NCDXF propagation monitoring service hardware reconditioning and upgrade is complete other than software work that's still outstanding including a website move.
- The QuadraFilar Helix (QFH) antenna for the NOAA APT weather service is installed and has been tested successfully. A dedicated SDRPlay software defined radio will be used for reception. Software and service automation are being sorted out.
- A HF Weather fax system solution is being tested. Dedicated equipment will be in place by Summer 2018 with an operations service by Autumn 2018.
- A HF Weather RTTY system solution is being tested. Dedicated equipment will be in place by Summer 2018 with an operations service by Autumn 2018.
- A HF NAVTEX and DX system solution has undergone extensive testing since November and is now in long term service. The antenna is a PA0RDT mini-whip and the receiver is an Airspy HF+ (a beautiful little radio with performance to boot). During Summer 2018, a homebrew 9 pole Chebyshev "medium wave killer" low pass filter will be installed and I'm working on a dual loop omni-directional antenna for LF/MW work that will also be used for Navtex reception.
- Weather station hardware upgrades/repair/replacements are complete but the solar sensor has failed and will have to be replaced. It's looking increasingly likely that a replacement station will have to be purchased during 2018...
- 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).
- As part of my work, an experimental high resolution localised (circa 60km coverage radius) weather radar has been installed in Lower Cork Harbour and is currently being commissioned. Data from this radar will be integrated into Cork Harbour Weather services in the latter part of 2018.
- 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 for certain radio work has taken place. Much additional work is ongoing.
- I've made a start on the software side of things to enhance the radio and data services, get a new EI4HQ website (see here) & data repository online and to begin designing and developing the next iteration of Cork Harbour Weather.
- Layout and ergonomics of the new shack are largely complete though I'm still tinkering!