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to mastodon.radio: I'm a newly licensed (July 19) amateur radio operator from Germany. My callsign is DL6MHC. I work in the field of information security, like to photograph on film, play games on 8-bit computers, support the FSFE, play chess (very unsuccessful) and prefer a command line over a GUI. Thanks for having me :)

Does anyone of you own a Hermes Lite 2 SDR TRX? I just ordered one and am looking for a PA. 50W would make me happy.

Did not work and don’t know why not. Will try again tomorrow night

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I‘ll test my recently purchased TH-D72 tonight at around 21:00UTC when there seems to be a good ISS pass. Someone interested in trying an APRS qso? Will be my first try so chances aren’t high it will work.

This mighty little device tunes my heavily shortened EndFed antenna (15,5m long) to 160m 😮 I'm somehow unexpectedly QRV on 160m now. Oh and I forgot to give credits to the creator of this project: github.com/Dfinitski/N7DDC-ATU

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Is there any ham radio dealer in the EU that accepts BTC?

This is how my noise floor situation was over the last 24h.
Red line up: Station unusable.
Red line down: Mike pick-up time
I wonder if tomorrow will look similar.

Thanks again @SM0RVV, this looks nice (if you ignore the fact that the interference is not so nice):

I’m developing a small python tool that monitors my TRXs S-Meter in order to document when the noise floor goes up and down. Goal is to correlate the data to find the noise source. The s level is stored into a SQLite database but now I want to generate nice graphs to make the times of interference visible. Anyone knows a good way to do this with python?

Mastodon.radio people!

I have commissioned @Atsuko to create a mascot and banner for our instance.

(I'm quite excited by this!)

It would be super if we can help Anna by sharing photos of our shacks.

Please share photos of:
* you in your shack
* just your shack
* you operating a handheld (maybe aiming an aerial?)
(doesn't have to be you, but obviously with permission!)

Plus, I get to see your shacks!

Contributions are welcome, but not required (good art costs) liberapay.com/M0YNG

Installed the new cobweb antenna today and had a quick SSB QSO with an US station on 20m. It seems to pick up much less noise than my other antennas but has very narrow bandwidths.

I wrote a Python script that

* monitors one or more Brandmeister TGs for activity
* stalks one or more hams and detects when they key up in any TG

The script will then notify you via Pushover or Telegram with a message like this:

"N0CALL (No One) was active on 91 (World-wide) at 2020/12/08 12:04 (8 seconds)"

It's still beta and I would be happy to have your feedback. You can find it here: github.com/exitnode/pyBMNotify

Bash oneliner of the day:

curl -s lotw.arrl.org/lotw-user-activi | grep -i dl6mhc | cut -d ',' -f 2

What you get: The date of the last ADIF upload by a callsign. Somewhat inaccurate, depends on how often lotw updates their csv file.

Peter from uninformativ.de wrote a really awesome blog post on his endeavor to install #OS/2 warp in 2020. Highlight is a video of an old P133 taking over 2 minutes to boot.

If you're as old as me you will for sure get nostalgic feelings just by listening to the sound of the machine.

uninformativ.de/blog/postings/

The qrz.sh bash script has been updated. It doesn't need GNU grep anymore and therefore works on BSDs (tested on NetBSD) thanks to sed. I just closed ~30 stackoverflow.com tabs 🙈

I just finished a little script for querying QRZ.com from the command line: github.com/exitnode/qrz.sh
Maybe it's of use for someone else, too.

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