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New blog entry on how to build the shortened 30m dipole I tooted a few days ago:

So, I have a serial device that I can talk to, but not from.

I can connect at various bauds and send commands, which are executed, but I don't get any information back, not even echo.

What stupidly obvious thing have I forgotten / got wrong?

This device used to work, as did the serial->usb. Plus known good adaptors have same issue.

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

Actually. Forget that.


Might go play radio up a hill today, will anyone be there to talk to?

Virtual-ID for Thunderbird stopped working and it is not developed anymore.

Does anybody know another client or plugin where I can change the from-addresse easily when replying to an email?

Please boost this. This is very important for the way that I work with emails.


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I'm sorry Europe, and I'm sorry UK.

Personally I think us leaving Europe is foolish, and harmful to both sides.
Whatever the faults of either side, we did, and do, great things together and I'm sure we can work better together than apart.
I think it's easier to affect change from within, but I really hope we can continue to work together.

When you read the news, remember many of us in the UK do not want this.

Most of all, be kind.
That's what we need most right now.

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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...

Ha! Found the remote control for my mini hifi. Now I can finally select the radio station I want to listen to.

So that's where it went...

Curated, advert free, music designed to aid concentration.

I use to listen to this a lot, and now I've re-found it.

I'm very tempted to light my computer case with EL Wire...

It's the same case I've had for [redacted] years, so it doesn't lend itself to cathodes (although I have done that) and the front panel lights no longer work, so no "ON" state.

The motherboard is slightly too old for all this fancy new RGB LED stuff.

I guess I could use "normal" LED light strip, but something about EL appeals.

Anyone done this?
Anyone know a good reason not to? (other than adding a heap of RF into my case)

Highly recommended reading if you do Ops or DevOps.
Paraphrasing someone who commented elsewhere:
First I chuckled,
Then I nodded with increasing frequency,
Then I cringed,
Then I wept,
And finally I just dissolved in tears.
Ouch! I'm in this [picture] and I don't like it!
#DevOps and a bit of #infosec.

Hi, everyone de DL4MAT.
I'm fully-licenced (class A) since last year, mostly operating CW on 80m using my big fat FT-818 (just kidding - it's not that big). Also trying to get the hang on satellites but haven't been successful, yet. Then, again, the diplexer is yet to be installed in my sat setup.

Please welcome @dl4mat !

@dl4mat, 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!

I have had my tech license for just over 3 years. I work local repeaters, simplex, DMR. I am VERY active with Hamshack Hotline. I have had my HH phone for just over 2 years and have been one of the support staff for nearly that whole time. I have been a member of the Engineering (aka provisioning) Team for just over a year. I love the work I do and the challenges it can present from time to time.

Reading about the Open Book Project got me thinking about repurposing the screen in my old Kindle Paperwhite. But what is going on with this strange growth on the back? Heat? Impact? Swelling battery?

Frustratingly (but not shockingly) two of the three dialup modems I've gathered so far have issues.

One did work, then stopped talking over serial.

The other appears to be deaf and doesn't detect the dial tone. When configured to receive, it never answered.

So, if anyone has a serial dialup modem gathering dust, please let me know!


A 96-year-old ham radio operator from Toronto ticked a wish off her bucket list when she talked to an astronaut on the International Space Station.

Full story:


Open source (software and hardware) voice standard for amateur radio:


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