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It was suggested I post, and pin, a toot with information about what it costs to run this instance.
I like this, I want to be transparent, and I think it's important that the community have trust and confidence in me, and the hosting.

Currently the costs looks like this:

* £112.50 a year for a VPS
* €25.00 a year for the domain name

All media (avatars, etc.) are sotred on the server, we use 20G of 40G so far.

More details (and optional donations) at

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Hmm. Thrown up a 20m aerial and all I can hear are contest stations, but at least I can hear them!

Let me know if you would like to try a sked on 20m!

I need to fix the aerial if I want 40m
And a different setup completely for much else and more long term operation.

Oof, still can't see any HF with this setup and a 20m attic dipole. Not sure what's up. Direct q sampling on.

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Certain this isn't legal anymore, but an interesting watch nonetheless.

"Making a Spark-Gap Transmitter" on YouTube

#introduction As a polymath, I always have the feeling that I get lost in all of my different interests and projects. Sometimes I think the fediverse can help me to get things under control. But it possibly will only increase chaos.

I'm working in the humanities but like to challenge myself with obsolete technologies. Looking at the soldering iron in my shaky hands is terrible but it will not prevent me go on trying.

On the air I hate 59 - 73! contacts. If you don't want to talk, do not answer my call. (FT8 is not an option.)

Always look at the big picture and try to dive deep. If you're only interested in your niche, we'll have little to share.

Why does every political leader I've seen have a sign language interpreter beside them when making such important announcements, but not in the UK?

(OK, Scotland do)

Absolute major achievement today: Phonie QSO (SSB) on 20m from Germany to the USA (DL6MHC <-> W1C) with only 20W and a end fed wire antenna! First time for me but I was lucky to be one of the first responding to them calling CQ.

I like the idea of a hf vertical for space reasons.
But then I need radials, which undoes the space benefit.

How well should I expect a vertical to work with a ground spike?

And where to place it? Next to the vertical?
Next to the shack?
Somewhere else?

Guess I'll download it all later, bandcamp seems to be creaking under the weight of the purchases.

Had to kill the tab for their homepage because the "recently purchased" animation was hogging all my computer's ram. And I mean all 16gb plus swap.

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Just bought a bunch of stuff off , including everything I could spot by Master Boot Record.

Ended up net controller for the @G5BK club meeting net thing in GB3CG.

16 stations in my list, plus I hear there was activity on 2m simplex, 10m, and more! is running an Isolation Sale, and many games are 100% off. Yup, you can get them for free.

COVID-19 self hosting for school 

So looks good, but there is no terms of service on their hosted service so I'm reluctant to use it.

(I'd like to test before trying to host my own)

Does anyone have any other suggestions for similar services that are open source?

Think I'll put a 2/70 radio in the "office" today.
Plus I'll have DMR with me.

While we're all focused on the Corona crisis the US government is quietly pushing an internet #surveillance bill that is aimed at abolishing message encryption:

We should probably pay attention to this and spread awareness even if we are not American:

I want to run a distributed film night for some friends, the kind where we all watch the same film at the same time but in different places.

I'm sure there is a proper name for this.

And I'm sure I've seen other groups on the fediverse do it.

Are there any tips?
Is there a specific platform for it that works great, or do we all just "get the dvd" and chat using the same platforms as usual?

I think if done right this could be a really useful technique to keep social bonds during isolation.

Please welcome @AB3DC !

@AB3DC, please toot an so we can get to know you 😀 add some hashtags too so we know what interests you.

You can find more people in the instance in the directory
(you can opt into this too once you have 10 "friends", and add tags to your profile) and the local timeline.

And this list of radio amateurs on mastodon, may be of interest:

And there are apps!

Hello Mastodonians! I am here because Ed W8EMV brought you to my attention last Thursday night during our DMR net. I do the net control duties on our DMR repeater on MI TG 3126 every Thursday evening at 20:00 eastern time, USA, and would love to have you check in with us during the net. Everyone is welcome and we'd like to find out how things are going for you wherever you are. We talk about DMR radio and other amateur radio subjects but we discuss just about anything, so come by for a visit!

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