@nethope seems like a good crisis management plan!

I have no managed switches at all, but I think 5 dumb ones. I'm not sure managed are worth the cost, effort, and power draw?

@nethope I have a fairly basic setup of a gateway/router and two wifi access points
I run the management software on a low power "server" which has been a pi 3 in the past

This means I can only do vlans on WiFi because I don't have a managed switch so that's something to consider

Pretty sure I got all the hardware off eBay

Today I activated peak EA5/AT-071 "Manzorrilla" for the 1st time. It seemed a leisurely climb, 1 km away from a main road, 161 m ascent. Ha! No path! Rocks, pines and bushes. Could stay only 1 hour → 18 QSOs (FM, SSB and some CW): Xiegu G90, DX-HF-20 whip+counterpoise. As to , I was very, very clumsy managing the mini pile-up in 14065 kHz. I apologize if I couldn't work all who called. All very nice and QRS for the newbie CW-er!! VY 73 ES TNX!

@freemo every time I trim my beard I get 5 - 10 of these in my fingers during the following days as I stroke it.

Maybe I need a better trimmer...

UK Census 2021, trans 

A good reminder over on Reddit:

old.reddit.com/r/transgenderUK

The 2021 census includes:

""Is the gender you identify with the same as your sex registered at birth? -> This question is voluntary" and provides two reply options:

* Yes
* No, write in gender identity (and provides a box to write down your gender identity)"

As they note, it's useful to fill this out accurately if you /are/ trans:

"There is a lack of information on how large the trans* population is the UK, and estimates vary a lot - and are often disputed. Resourcing and funding for GICs and other services are based on population sizes. Both the government and transphobes tend to push down estimates of how large the trans* population is as a reason to under-fund GICs and services. If the size of the UK trans* population is more accurately known then the government will have less excuse to continue to under-fund and under-resource GICs and services, and transphobes will be less able to claim that 'there aren't many trans* people in the UK' and then claim that 'services aren't justified for a small number of people'."

Everyone, Please welcome @w8nim !

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
mastodon.radio/explore
(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: pad.dc7ia.eu/p/radio_amateurs_

And there are apps!
joinmastodon.org/apps

I'm a recording engineer also Fender and Taylor guitars tech. Kinda new on hamradio, but have been involved in antenna design form many years, as a hobby, helping fellow hams. I love stuff with tubes, but on the other hand I really enjoy programing and tweaking things like hotspots or dmr radios.

@M0YNG .network Hi Christopher! Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm a recording engineer also Fender and Taylor guitars tech. Kinda new on hamradio, but have been involved in antenna design form many years, as a hobby, helping fellow hams. I love stuff with tubes, but on the other hand I really enjoy programing and tweaking things like hotspots or dmr radios. I was born in Argentina but living in Peru the last 20 years.

Everyone, Please welcome @OA4DVG !

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
mastodon.radio/explore
(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: pad.dc7ia.eu/p/radio_amateurs_

And there are apps!
joinmastodon.org/apps

12/ I am aware of all of the very legitimate criticisms of #Signal. They are real and they are why I am excited that there are so many alternatives with promise, some of which I use actively. Let us technical people use, debug, contribute, and evangelize the alternatives.

And while we're doing that, tell Grandma to contact us on Signal.

/END

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11/ So #Signal gives people: dead-simple setup, store-and-forward delivery, encrypted everything, encrypted voice/video calls, ability to send photos/video encrypted. If you are going to tell someone "it's so EASY to get your texts away from Facebook and AT&T", THIS IS THE THING you've got to point them to. It may not be in 2 years, but for now, it is. Do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. It advances the status quo without harming usability, which nothing else does yet.

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Everyone, Please welcome @Guido !

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
mastodon.radio/explore
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And this list of radio amateurs on mastodon, may be of interest: pad.dc7ia.eu/p/radio_amateurs_

And there are apps!
joinmastodon.org/apps

@F1RUM basically yes, my idea was to just use your existing mastodon account

@F1RUM thanks for the info and ideas. But you didn't answer if you think it's a good idea !

I'm hearing a few people talk about how is a superior chat protocol, and I do remember using it in the past.

So I have some questions!

1) Can you hand off authentication to mastodon? e.g. using oauth
2) What is a good server to use in 2021 for xmpp? Ideally that can do question one!
3) Does anyone want a mastodon.radio xmpp server? Even as a short term experiment?

Yes I do know about matrix, no I'm not interested, it seems far too resource hungry to put on the side as an experiment.

@FireTerrier some more info on repeaters essexham.co.uk/repeater-basics

There are a few ways you can operate, most common is simplex. Your signal goes out and is directly received, the person or people you are talking to also send out a signal which you receive directly.
2m and 70cm are generally "line of sight" so you can at best reach a few tens of km

With a repeater your signal is received by the repeater and repeated out, and that signal is received by other radios. Then they do the same.

@FireTerrier welcome! It sounds like you are already well on the way with this!

The uv5r won't give you much range, have you looked for repeaters in your area?
These are usually in high places and allow handheld and mobile radios to communicate over longer distances by passing the signal through the repeater.

Have a look at repeater book for 2m and 70cm repeaters and see if there are any nearby on FM
repeaterbook.com/repeaters/Dis%

Ok, time. (Bear with me, new to ham and very new to mastadon, haha).

I'm from northern california, the heartland of "oh shit we're on fire again where the hell is it this time?". I got into ham radio as a way to listen to chatter and track the fires movement and progress around us, seeing as last year I lived right in the midst of the LNU fire. I'm currently studying for my techie license, getting materials tomorrow.

Any tips/tricks/advice is appreciated!
Rocking a baofeng uv5r

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