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Ok, I promise: This is the last pic of the Hardrock 50 I‘ll toot :)

Last night I completed the build of the Hardrock 50. Thanks to the awesome documentation it was very enjoyable and easy to do.

I forked the Hugo theme "smol" and released it as "amberterm". If you see it, you know why it is named like that ;)

The theme includes the additional files to automatically generate a Gemini capsule from your Hugo markdown files.

More information here:

...and of course here: gemini://

Please welcome me to the community of gemini site owners: gemini://

It is 100% automatically generated by Hugo from the same sources as

That is great fun!

I relaunched my personal website after I figured out how to handle the imprint obligation (Impressumspflicht). The new home can be found here:

Furthermore, I moved my GitHub repos to Still looking for the best method for notifying GitHub visitors about the new location.

I finally managed to work 100 confirmed entities :) My new adventures will be working QRP with my recently purchased FT-817ND and building a small PA for the times I need a small boost.

uBitx v6 modifications, Part III: 3D printed knobs (I like VFO knobs with a finger recess) and chassis tilt bails

uBitx v6 modifications, Part II: Since the AGC board has a S-Meter tap, the next mod was obvious :) The S-Meter of a dead Yaesu FT-290R was a perfect fit for the uBitx case and I think it looks nice.

uBitx v6 modifications, Part I: The uBitx is a very nice radio but the missing AGC is an ear killer. I decided to purchase an AGC board from kit-projects and soldered it onto the radio main board. It's tiny and I was afraid to damage something but it turned out fine.

Does any of you run or know interesting gemini sites? Or even any sites with amateur radio related content?

Here is a nice cheat sheet for those who also have problems interpreting the excellent solar report banner:

I really have to share this: just worked two PY stations with just 5W in SSB on 20m! This is so crazy what you can do with a handful of watts. Antenna was a simple cobweb 6m above ground, nothing fancy.

Today I learned about pylint ( and then about how crappy my code is - but I learned and fixed a lot. This tool is amazingly easy to use and gives good results!

qrzlogger ( is now installable via pip:

# python3 -m pip install qrzlogger

All this Python packaging is new to me so I hope it works.

Anyone owning a Xiegu G1M? Thinking about getting one but am unsure because of several reviews stating that the 3,5mm jacks are poorly soldered to the PCB. Any good/bad experiences?

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