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I got my full license in July, having done my intermediate in Jan and Foundation in Dec, so I consider myself a newbie with an M0 license.

Got into radio to regain some knowledge in electronics (I have a degree in it, but don't use it for work so have forgotten a LOT).

Loving it so far, especially construction and and messing with digital modes. Definitely still a bit mic shy but working on it!

Also, I 100% recommend the Bath based courses!

Time for another biased poll.

Do you know what CC and BCC stand for in eMail without having to look it up?

I would appreciate it if you boosted this toot. :-)

Let's try this again (corrected URL, thanks @vautee)

I posted my notes on getting the digirig working:

Basically: it works, it's cool and tiny and I learned the FT818 does CAT based PTT.

I posted my notes on getting the digirig working: http://localhost:1313/2021/04/24/digirig-ft818nd-with-wsjt-x/

Basically: it works, it's cool and tiny and I learned the FT818 does CAT based PTT.

I got a digirig after seeing someone here post about them. It arrived earlier this week and I just made some cabled to connect it to the FT818.

So far I am super impressed! Also, I learned the 818 can do CAT controlled PTT.

Details at: and I'll write up my experiences shortly.

Let's make a colour together! <3


Did corona affect how ham radio license tests are conducted in your country?

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The pace of changes to hamlib seems pretty fast at the moment, too. I don't really keep track of that, but it might be worth a look:

I keep meaning to try the utilities bundled in WSJT-X (and forgetting!)

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Yesterday saw the release of two new WSJT-X versions: WSJT-X 2.3.1 (GA) and WSJT-X 2.4.0-rc4.

2.4.0-rc4 has tweaks to Q65 and various other changes. 2.3.1 has bug fixes, updated docs and a few other bits.

Announcement at:

Release notes at:

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Also on the subject of keyboards I made myself a rev1 Sofle split board with Cherry Browns (

I'm still tweaking the keymap and I'm not used to using it but it's fun. The two screens look cool too.

Here's a pic with Royal Nave 2 caps.

I just made myself a "Gherkin Express" 40% keyboard. It's as big as a credit card, but fairly thick because I accidentally ordered the wrong size PCB.

Still, it worked once I filed the connector down! Instructions etc. at: as well as endless awesome tiny keyboard projects.

A recommendation from's latest stream for charging HT's with consumer 5v USB battery packs & a boost converter cord. It's working great!

10 days after the last RC we have WSJT-X 2.4.0-rc3.

It looks like the changes are mainly bug fixes, and this release is focussed on Q65. I guess it's time to build more antennas!

Release notes at:

Announcement at:

Downloads in the normal place:

Fediverse friends and followers from around the world, I have a huge favor to ask!

If you are out for a walk or drive and you spot a payphone, would you mind sending me a photo of it? (DMs are always open) I will feature it on my #100DaysOfPayphone thread over on the birdsite and of course give you credit.

When I started this a couple of weeks ago I didn't realize all of my old photos from before 2018 are gone, which means the hundreds of old phone photos I had taken at one point are also gone. But maybe this opens an opportunity to see payphones from around the globe.

This could be a payphone that you spot in the wild that still exists (thank God there are still some of those out there) or it could be a photo you took in the past of a phone that may or may not be there anymore. But please, let me see your payphones!

If you have photos of other cool phone equipment or phones that aren't payphones, they won't work for the #100DaysOfPayphones thread, but I encourage you to send them my way as well. Phone related stories? I'd love to hear them! Please help me spread this around the world!

All payphones are acceptable, but I especially encourage you to send in any photos you have of payphones from countries other than the US or phones that are unique in some way. Also, PLEASE boost this toot and help me get this call for help out there! Thank you! 📞

WSJT-X 2.4.0-rc2 has been announced.

This includes bug fixes and improvements to Q65 and removes the ISCAT mode. Expect 2.3.1 soon too.

Release notes at:

Announcement at:

Downloads at: as normal.

So ofcom is updating spectrum licenses to require that all stations comply with EMF exposure regulations because people are afraid of 5G and "electro-sensitivity" (TIL).

Here's my favourite bit of the latest consultation:

> Some, mainly confidential, respondents raised fears that 5G and other technologies could be used for surveillance and crowd control purposes.

At least the requirements will be fairly easy to comply with!

Essex Ham have produced a useful page giving brief details and links for online training courses for the Foundation, Intermediate and Full exams in the UK.

See the Online Amateur Radio Courses page at

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