Amazon Alexa as a Shack Companion

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by M0PSX, Nov 22, 2017.

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  1. M0PSX

    M0PSX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Pete M0PSX, from the virtual club Essex Ham, takes a look at the Amazon Echo Dot, and sees if Alexa can make for a handy shack companion.

    Using Amazon's Alexa, it's possible to check your amateur radio calendars, check on a ham's APRS location, see DMR usage, check the weather and predict ISS passes. This short video looks at some of the ways that a voice-activated gadget could be a help in the shack.

    Got a tip on using Alexa in the shack? Add it at

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    M0ORH, KV6T, W1WH and 1 other person like this.
  2. KB8OTK

    KB8OTK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Alexa in this house belongs to the XYL and it's not in the radio room. Maybe the XYL will get me one for Christmas this year.
    73's de KB8OTK
  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Volunteer Moderator Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    So we can now "talk" to Alexa with your voice, while working FT8 on your computer? Does Alexa ever give less than a 5 by 9?

    Crazy stuff in the ham radio world....

  4. VE7YE

    VE7YE Ham Member QRZ Page

    "Alexa. Get me another beer!"
    KD4MOJ, NL7W, KA8SYV and 11 others like this.
  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Volunteer Moderator Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    "Sorry Alexa - again again again - you are 3 by 3 3x3

    beer beer beer not deer deer deer ... do you copy?"


    NL7W, KE5OFJ, N7ANN and 3 others like this.
  6. K6BRN

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    Hmmm. We used to be worried about bugging devices and cameras placed in our homes by others. Now we actually PAY to have our homes bugged by non-secure monitoring devices we install ourselves. Wow. Privacy is just a concept, after all.
    NL7W, KC9WUV, K3BR and 53 others like this.
  7. KK2DOG

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    Now we can't have people going around here making sense.
    KC6KNL, VE7DXW, WA4GW and 6 others like this.
  8. M0PSX

    M0PSX Ham Member QRZ Page

    For those keen to do so, it's increasingly difficult to live "off grid". Devices like smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, laptops, webcams, security systems, car trackers and home automation, not to mention web browsers, online services, social media and email, are all able to monitor us, but for most, it's an essential part of life in the 21st century.
  9. NF6E

    NF6E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Only if I can get it equipped like this:

    NL7W, NV4B, N9MET and 26 others like this.
  10. N4DJT

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    why would you willing put a listening device in your home.. lulz..
    NL7W, KC9WUV, N4LNE and 13 others like this.

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