Greetings from the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. I'm here thanks to the guys at Ham Radio Workbench podcast and my belief in giving back to the hobby and mentoring those that want to join us in all we do with this great hobby.
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73 de Thom / K7FZO

If you use Android, you can find lots of Fediverse-related apps and other free open source software on @fdroidorg, an alternative to Google Play which emphasises privacy and ethical software.

Also, some apps which cost money on Google Play are free of charge on F-Droid, such as Fedilab @apps. (This is because the app devs encourage people to use F-Droid.)

Due to Google's anti-competition roadblocks, it's slightly tricky to install F-Droid, but once it's installed it's very easy to use. It looks and works very much like a normal app store.

If you are comfortable using an APK file you can get it from F-Droid's website at

For less technical people, there's a step-by-step beginner's guide to installing F-Droid at:

#Fediverse #Android #FediTips #FOSS #Libre #FLOSS #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #DeGoogle #GooglePlay #Alternatives #FDroid

First time took part in the IARU contest, mainly to check if I can work with my 818 on battery power and the AMPRO 40m car antenna. Turns out I can! 6 QSOs done, unfortunately it was getting a bit late and I had to go back home. Definitely will try to work with that setup again!

@jaquesviljoen @Rayston

Nice compare, Jaques!

Personally, I wish it was easier to purchase VHF or UHF allmode TRX for .

That class of radios used to be available roughly 20 to 30 years ago, but seems to have mostly disappeared from the market.

Welcome, and good luck with the license study and exam! If a digital text mode for HF with direct QSO, if you want ragchew-ability, and message store+forwarding option sounds like it might be interesting for you, research JS8 / JS8call.

QRPVer 20m 3W + Raspberry Pi + Rii BT keyboard + flrig keyer + USB/RTS CW cable + Android Morse Expert

Ok, switching to 14.078MHz JS8 to see if we get luckier at sunset. 🤞🏻

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Chromebooks foisted on students? Teachers monitoring what children do outside of the classroom via nonfree software? Surveillance of children is common, and it's at your child's school, too. Support #FreeSoftware

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