Say what you will about ham stereotypes. During one of our testing sessions last Saturday, the candidate was running Linux and the other examiners kept asking if that was a version of Apple.

It feel so wrong that my VHF rig has been getting more use as a broadcast FM receiver lately. But gotta get my NEWS somehow!

US hams! There are spots still open for this Saturday's "Field Day Amateur Extra Upgrade Party".

Remote testing conducted by GLAARG VEC using ExamTools. All you need is an FRN, a computer with zoom and a browser, and a distraction-free environment.

This session is focused on upgrades to Extra prior to the question pool roll-over, but all are welcome.

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NanoVNA is working again! TL;DR - The USB-C adapter isn't delivering power to the charge controller, so I soldered in leads for a spare 5V adapter I had lying around.

£340 for a USB device that will 'protect the user from harmful 5G' using proprietary "stick and sticker" technology.

As in, it's made from a £5 memory stick and a 0.5¢ sticker.

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Friend of mine (and very good cook) got started in his own restaurant this month. The worst of luck now as it's a lovely place to hang out, but they can only do takeaway and delivery now. If you live in the area (Rivierenbuurt, Amsterdam), want to support and/or have very tasty food; check them out:

#supportyourlocals #food

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SE Michigan "shut-in" net 

With the help of WB8TKL and @SteveW8SFC and a rotating cast, we had the 10am ARROW "shut-in" net for those of us spending the morning with our radios. The plan is to check in at 10am, 2pm, and 7pm daily on the 146.96- repeater located in Ann Arbor.

Six check-ins this morning.

I will make a point to mention on the air to let people know. @AB3DC is ARROW club president.

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Maybe ham masto will recognize this one.

Does ANYONE remember Rocky's Boots?
Edutainment game for the Apple ][e.
Teaches basic logic gates through a puzzle solver.

I've asked SO MANY software nerds about this and nobody else seems to remember it. Did I imagine it? Who the eff taught me logic circuits then? EXPLAIN THAT!!!

Looking for a short, cute call?
I was considering picking up K6YO tomorrow (when it comes available), but I decided it wasn't "me" enough. So have at it, fediverse.

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Our friend Chris finally did a write-up of his 16 core Z80 alternate future cyberdeck, and it is absolutely beyond bonkers:

@W9SMG And no. Dog had nothing to do with said antenna failure. I'm just rough on my travel radio. It's why it's such a cheap unit to begin with.

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Stock antenna on my travel HT basically disintegrated, so I picked up a diamond SRJF10. It's so *cute*!


Greeting Fedihams. I'm your newest addition.

Everything about me is already in my bio, but as a quick recap, I'm primarily an Open Source Software developer. I'm a sort-of-newish ham. I had my tech no-code back in the 90s, let it lapse, spent a few years helping to build the internet, decided that was a horrible mistake, and got my ticket back a couple years ago straight up to Extra because without that CW requirement... why not?


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