For those who are interested in ColorSpot, the CLI DX cluster client:

The software can be easily installed via pip:

# python3 -m pip install colorspot

I observed that it eats a lot of CPU when processing a line which is noticable on a rpi. Will look into that.

I'd be happy to get some feedback.

If you don't want the lotw integration, just keep the username at N0CALL in the config.

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

I'm not saying David Bowie was holding the universe together, but did anyone else notice the simulation really starting to break down right after he died? Just saying... Let's restore from a save point around late 2015, and have an other go, shall we?

I’ve worked this station on several bands. Apparently they’re sick of me.

Nothing like getting a “No, thank you.” right off the bat.

I've only done this once before, but today I did it so hard, it had me outside checking whether it looked like local fauna might've tangled with the feedline, or WTH...

Got back in, tried again, STILL the SWR was high, and not moving as I remotely adjusted the length of the antenna.

Oh. Shoot. WSJT-x says 10 MEGAHERTZ, not 10m.

Well, there you go. Those aren't the same thing.

New vs Old Inverted Vee antenna orientations. This should give me a more symmetrical pattern, & is better oriented to be broadside ENE toward Europe. LOTS of DXCC entities I haven't worked over there yet.

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I SUPPOSE I could've said "The pattern in free space is like the mitosis of 1 spherical cell splitting into 2 spheres, about 90% done splitting." But it's not fair to assume someone using a screen reader has ever seen the biology films I've seen... you know? So I went with something more obviously gross, but with likely a more universally understood simile.

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Since MMANA free edition wants to optimize gain in one direction, I manually moved the opposing directors in 2cm increments (1cm for each of the closest directors) until I got the best numbers. Only took about 9 iterations until I hit the best spot.

Making the alt text for the Far Field Plot tab was... challenging.

Anyway, I think I have what I want, and I think I'm going to build it.

Move my HF antenna yesterday. Long process, solo. Used to be by SW corner of shed, now at NE corner of house. Were it not for the Maple shown in the pic, I could now get the elements 180-degrees opposed, though they're very nearly that now. They used to be about 135-degrees. One went due West, the other about SE.

The "zones" shown in the Nest camera allow me to see what band the antenna is configured for.

So... QRP, depending on context, means "Can you reduce power?" or "I will reduce power." It has then been adopted as an adjective to describe how a station is operating (typically understood to be 5-10W or less, depending on mode).

Under a watt? They call that QRPp.

Why not QRrP, since you've reduced, and then FURTHER reduced your power? You didn't reduce your POWERpower.

Alright, enough on-screen experimenting. Time for practical antenna work.

Going to move Tune-A-Tenna, mast and both ends, and all guy positions, to allow its legs to be closer to 180-degrees opposed.

Spent a couple hours fiddling with my BowTieYagi idea in MMANA. The optimization routine, however, seems designed to care about unidirectional gain, whereas what I want is bi-directional gain.

Will it tell me how to adjust it for 50 ohms an 1.09 SWR? yes. But it does so by making it deaf to the rear.

I guess it'll have to be manual adjustments, ergo, very slow.

What's on my mind?

Oh, same as usual...
@smitty is always on my mind.

Clearly, we could just use microphones… but who DOES that, these days?

So I live North of "the cities". Bearing to the 2m repeater where I may still have a few old friends is 210, but I can't hit it. I can hear it 90%. So, yagi, right?

Except, I don't want to reject I-35 to the North. I want a lopsided bowtie. So would THIS work?...

A little more gain North, but still some gain South, & ignore E/W.

The information for this summer’s plaque event has been published over at Based on our growth the last couple years, we’re expecting quite a lot of participation!

I am angry. These companies and their CEO deserve bankruptcy and prison.

Special note to the people constantly telling me that fighting for privacy has nothing to do with fighting against gender-based violence: go f*** yourself.

You wonder what I'm talking about? Read this

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Ah, the Local and Federated firehoses are working again for Tusky with

It should be an interesting yet troubling day as US progressives deal with a supreme court stacked with christofascists reverses itself on abortion rights.

Maybe this will make the progressive supermajority finally realize they need a total political war on the institutions of christofascists, like gerrymandering and religious tax exemptions.

:boost_ok: :ablobcatwave: Please boost this post if you would like the EFF to join the fediverse. :ablobcatbongo:

In a survey the EFF sent me, I suggested they create an account on the fediverse, so they can reach more supporters and support innovative free software that promotes interoperability among platforms, something they've advocated for in the past, too.

If you can boost this post, maybe I'll be able to show them that there are quite a few users who would like them here!

The EFF is the infamous nonprofit organisation that fights for privacy, government transparency, and digital freedom. Their fight is very important, and the EFF is very special to me.

You can see some of their work here

In the meantime, you can follow @eff, which is an unofficial mirror of their Twitter.

Finally figured out what to do about mastodon logins... I think.

I made a 2nd one at, which appears to be a large, populous, noisy place.

As I understand it, as I follow things, like things, etc., the system figures out more about what sort of things I'm interested (and disinterested) in seeing in the feed.

Right now it reminds me of Twitter from many years ago. Gotta read fast, or whatever caught your eye is gonna scroll off the bottom of the screen REAL quick.

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