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!

No, _you_ got a new Bluetooth mechanical keyboard and connected it to your phone and wrote a pointless toot denying doing that thing using that keyboard you just said you don't have.

It's a "Royal Kludge" RK61 in black, with orange lights, and brown switches.
Nice tactile feedback, not too much noise, and a very compact layout I'm finding shockingly easy to adapt to.
This is going to live in a bag with a laptop so size matters. It has a built in battery and can pair with three devices plus USB.

One of my patch cables fell apart, literally, the connector just came away from the cable.

I've been using this for at least a year? Maybe more?

On close inspection, I can't see that this was ever soldered at all?
That central wire doesn't have any evidence of solder.

Maybe the wire that is soldered is still in the connector and the wire failed?

But when?

Makes me wonder about all the failed contacts and time spent shouting CQ into the void...

Just setting up the radio on 20m... It's windy.

Actually. Forget that.


Yay! Resurrected my old ASUS Eee PC 701/4G

got it running debian, going to keep it command line only as I remember upgrading to 2gb of ram, and it only has 4gb of "hard drive"

Not sure what to do with it yet, a command line road warrior sounds fun...

Well at least I shouldn't have to worry about wear levelling?

The memory on this TNC-Pi is the bottom left chip, 23k.
The sd card was on offer, and is 128gb...

New year, new month, new pages in the

I try to keep to the original minimalist approach, which works OK for me.

Going to try adding some daily "journals" in addition to the normal to do stuff this year, so I can remember what happened not just what I had to do.

Obviously I'll be putting actual stuff in here, but thought I'd share before it was full of private stuff.

So, here's the plan.

Packet radio using TNC-Pi, with dialup as backup / access for people who can't reach over rf (it's only a 10w radio)

Probably won't be a classic bbs, but possibly something you can telnet into and access mastodon.radio via command line, maybe some basic "email", possibly access specific sites over gopher?

It won't forward anything to the Internet, but I'm thinking it could proxy specific stuff.

Because everyone needs a client that can display polls, right?

Oh ok.
Just me.

*keeps hacking*


I tried to improve my 1p ebay voip phone.
I replaced the barrel connection to be micro USB, but in the process broke the switch that tells the phone if the handset is up or down.
So I soldered in a manual switch to let me override, but it didn't work, and then I managed to break the pcb trace trying to fix it.

Then I found this cisco SPA525G phone on ebay (for more than 1p!)

What to do with it...
Obviously it's already on my home pbx and

Yet more pointless pager things!

I think I can send APRS messages to my pager now too.

If you'd like to try, send a message to M0YNG-10
and it should appear on my pager πŸ“Ÿ

My pager arrived!
I've had excellent service from the support team, and have everything registered and online (including my pistar for tx)

And, it worked!

Getting ready for !

πŸŽƒ πŸ¦‡

This smoke machine had an accident last year. I've soldered it back together.
The other one has a dodgy switch so hoping I can find a suitable replacement.

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