The "circuit" is really simple, and so is the coding, but the result is quite cool: Connect your paddle to your phone using a Raspi Pico.

I made club agnostic ham radio stickers, since DARC (my club) has a really shitty shop and I wanted something to show I'm a nerd.

Thanks, folks, for all the answers! I chose an instance now.

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Is there any PeerTube instance that is not embarrassing to put "normal" videos on? Like, some place with less than 80% nut jobs who think Covid is basically a cold only reptiles could make a fuss about?

Will I get some sort of award if I work all II<num>WRTC special event stations? There are quite a lot out there on the ham bands.

The panadapter was the first killer app on SDRs; the next one would be IF level DVR so that when you see a signal and tune to it, you could 'rewind' a few seconds and actually hear what you missed.

I'm a little sad. So, I shelled out 10 bucks for Mozilla VPN, hoping it would help me watch a Japanese show on Amazon that I've watched a while ago but that is now geo-blocked because ... who knows? But Amazon detects that I'm using a VPN and tells me to f* off. I'd totally buy the DVD but there isn't any, since the new mode of delivering video is nice geo-blocked internet. This is why certain languages don't have a word for "progress".

Probably a stupid question, but: in ham logging software, what does "RST(tx)" mean? Is it the report that I transmitted to the DX station or is it the report about my transmission, that the DX station sent? Neither xlog nor klog seem to document this.

Dentist: "Do you floss daily?"
Me: "Do you backup your data daily?"

roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Just read the balun piece in On The Air and really wonder how often (or what!) I have to read about baluns until I get what they do and can remember it more than a day.

i read a thing recently that blew my mind a little.
went something like:

people can imagine time travel to the past and one little act making massive differences in the timeline

but in their present they think even the greatest effort they can put in will not make any difference to the future

TFW when you DDG something you heard on the radio, DDG presents hits for the actual spelling of the word and you are - at the same time - amazed about DDG and disgusted with your spelling "prowess".

Put up my new portable vertical on the balcony this morning to call cq on 20m in CW using my boring but trusted FT 818 with 2.5 Watts. Nobody answered (everybody was busy contesting) but I got an RBN node's report from Portugal, which is 2000 km from here. Nice.

PSA: The "verified" symbol you see on Twitter etc means absolutely nothing on Mastodon or the Fediverse. On here, symbols like :verified: are just custom emoji that anyone can use and put after their name. Don't be fooled! 😁

There are ways to verify your identity on here, but the :verified: symbol is not one of them.

The easiest way to verify your identity is if you have a website that people already know is yours. You can paste a special code into your website which will verify your address and it will turn green on your Mastodon profile (see here for instructions:

Alternatively, you can set up a server as a subdomain of your known website address. For example, the European union set up their own Mastodon server at, and we know it really is the EU because the server address is part of the EU's well-known domain.

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #Verification

@m0xuu hi, Gopan, and welcome to this instance! Have much fun!

Unsurprisingly, the influx of attention here is causing an influx of harassment, including people spamming the introduction hashtags.

Make sure to block and report (on the hope that their instance moderators might ban them), and if an instance looks to be totally trash, think about sending it to your instance's admins for a de-federation or an instance-level block. Nothing like blocking a whole server worth of losers at once.

We all keep the Fediverse clean together!

Shelled out some money to buy me a portable HF vertical. I always wanted one and now that thing from recently where I could only work 2m in my back yard because of lack of motivation to set up an EFHW for HF on 20m won't happen again. Also, I can use it during my summer vacation. I decided I'd rather operate than build a vertical myself.

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