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I have an admittedly strange question: I am looking for a rackmountable device that does not cost much, generates heat, makes somehow sense or is at least fun and doesn't contain sensitive data. Maybe a small server running folding@home or maybe something else. Well it does not have to be rack mountable, but it would be an advantage. Any ideas?

Finally managed to have all tools and info in one window with the help of tmux. The following data is now available while logging QSOs (bottom of the screen, left to right):

* selected band on the PA
* PEP/Average Power of last transmission
* SWR during last transmission
* temperature reported by the PA

* temperature/humidity inside the rack
* outside temperature/humidity

Data of the power amplifier is queried via a serial port, temp/humidity is gathered with two DHT22 sensors via GPIO pins.

I know - the soldered connections are suboptimal but I struggled with melting plastic ...

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This won’t win a beauty contest but it works ;) A 3D printable power pole distributor which is cheap and rack mountable. The top is not my design, the bottom is a remix of two other designs.

Thanks to Bill, AK3Q, my Hermes lite 2 now has a interface for the Hardrock-50. He gave them away for free to a lot of people. Highly appreciated, very happy!

Does anyone of you know a 3D printable design for a PowerPole distributor that has 8 to 10 pairs of PowerPole connectors, thingies to mount the distributor with screws to the underlying surface and as a bonus a fuse holder?

After I finally connected my garden house to the GAN (garden area network) I am now starting a little experiment. Moved my Hermes Lite 2 SDR into the garden house, added a network enabled remote antenna switch and put everything in a plastic box on the inner side of the wall, right there where my antennas are placed outside. This is now a remote operated station but still on the property with shorter coax cables, better grounding options and reduced pot. lightning damage. Feels weird but fun.

There must be a better solution than this. Any ideas how I could fix the fan on the heat sink?

Look what came!

I have @alex stickers!

Would you like one?
I think it would cost me around £2 to send internationally, so if you were to donate at least that much and give me an address to send it to I will try my best to send you a free sticker to say thank you for helping to keep our instance running.

PayPal to should work...
You can make an ongoing contribution via too

Thanks again to @Anna for her great art!

Today I once again fell in love with the 817. With just 5w I was able to work multiple European entities on 2m SSB. At home my VHF radius is more or less 50km. The QTH was very nice and the weather optimal.

SDR TRX + VPN = Awesome! I added a rpi3 to my home network, moved it into the DMZ, set up some firewall rules and installed Wireguard on the pi. With the SDR software on the laptop I can now dial into my home network and establish a connection with the Hermes Lite. Just had my first remote SDR QRP QSO with F4IXL/P and am pretty impressed how nicely it worked.

Oh and maybe a set of regular qso log pages (1 line per QSO) for unpersonal but somewhat special contacts, e.g. new DXCC, band etc.

Will I regret not having logged all the mechanical QSOs? Would you be interested in a DIN A5 (or half letter format) template for this?

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Default 59-73 QSOs would then not be logged any more. What are your thoughts?

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To the ham radio operators among us: Do you log each and every QSO? I am doing this at the moment but it feels a bit more like a burden than benefitial. I am thinking of switching from an electronic log to a paper log which is not focused on QSOs but on the other OM/YL. An idea would be a ring binder with custom paper sheets where one or more pages are dedicated to one OM/YL. On this page i would take notes on what has been discussed, when and with what reports.

The DIY 1/4 wave 20m vertical works like a charm! A very nice antenna for unbeatable 20€ which gave me good reports from G and PT during the tests.

Today the QRP guys tri band antenna kit finally arrived - after 2,5 months of USPS shipping. This one will be compared with the HF-P1 very soon.

After many years of inactivity I finally was out for a proper bike ride. One side quest was to find a nice place for portable HF operations. This place looks good: bench, tree, solid post for antenna mounting and no surrounding hills etc.

Today I did a little hike, was on the Schweinsberg tower and was rewarded with a great view and some nice QSOs 🙂

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