Ah yes, because you can't play computer games without a controller specifically decorated to match your gender. Or something.

@oppen did I miss something about your site or did the snow/powercut cause you issues?

Ariane hasn't been able to check updates for a while ... Says "new update available: not found <path>”

Erm... I don't think I have my energy sensor configured correctly...

I got an e-ink / e-paper display! :alex_grin:
It arrived with the connector was broken off in the box :alex_sob:
I'm being sent a new one but I wonder if it is possible to reconnect this some how?
The white stuff looks like it held the ribbon cable/ flexible PCB against the screen rather than solder, but it is probably impossible for a human to line that back up and fix it in place again.
Wonder if magnet wire or something and a very fine iron and solder may work.

Dug out this iPod when looking for something else, and it lives!
Put on there and some @powderpaint and it is working great.
(It looks less gross and shiny IRL...)

Alex stickers are on their way to five generous contributors!

If you would like one, pop a donation to help cover our costs via PayPal to cq@m0yng.uk or liberapay.com/M0YNG and let me know your address.
(obviously it's a free sticker to say thanks, not a purchase.)

If you have donated before and would like a sticker, do let me know!

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 cq@m0yng.uk should work...
You can make an ongoing contribution via liberapay.com/M0YNG/ too

Thanks again to @Anna for her great art!

:alex_thinking: what could be better than a mascot for our instance?

How about matching emoji of :alex: Alex?

Thanks to @dzuk we have custom Alex emojis! (I told you there were more birthday things coming!)

:alex_grin: Grin
:alex_laugh: Laughing
:alex_rolling_eyes: Rolling eyes
:alex_sob: Sobbing
:alex_thinking: Thinking

Three years ago today I registered the mastodon.radio domain

To celebrate our birthday I am super excited to reveal our new mascot @alex!

@Atsuko has done an amazing job at bringing them to life and we have a server banner too!

More birthday surprises to come...

PS: I don't need any money to keep our instance running or pay for this great art, but if you want to help I'll be able to buy that raspberry pi 4...

Can't stop thinking about this fortune cookie I got earlier in the week...

How do you power your raspberry pi zero?
Solar panel to buck regulator to super capacitor to lipo shim is a sensible way, right?

Tip: when making up a charging cable for your cheap Chinese radio that didn't come with a plug for your country - don't guess at the polarity of the connector or assume it will have reverse polarity protection.

It's been a sunny day and my 20w solar panel barely keeps up.

I don't need a 50w panel, I don't need a 50w panel...

This came incredibly quickly, thanks @bleeptrack

Now I just need to work out what to do with it.
And how to do that...

Had a pedestrian mobile QSO in the snow (not settling ☹️) with G6AHX on 70cm simplex. Pretty sure they were doing the hard work compared to my tiny radio on 0.5w

People want to browse mastodon over right?


Well it's a good thing that this is just an experiment then.


No guarantee of uptime, speed, quality, etc.

Here are my two

The top one connects to my hf radio and I connect via vnc to run data modes like and

The bottom one hides beneath a TNC-Pi and connects to the radio below it. Currently it is serving as an igate on 2m

I still need to take down and fix my hf aerial after the winds earlier in the week. That loop shouldn't be there and is caused by the pole segments collapsing into themselves.


Got some more bits of my map thing working today.

* Things that move whilst the map is open leave a trail (in addition to loading the historic trail from the server) and actually move
* Things that transmit whilst the map is open have an animation that shows you they have transmitted

(I couldn't find anything that would show APRS stations you heard on the air that was remotely accessible, they all seem to be desktop software from the '90s, so I've made this for the browser.)

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