The #44CON Talks, Workshops and speakers list is now up: https://44con.com/44con/44con-2019/44con-2019-talks-and-workshops/
Finally got my Pi synced to the PPS pin on the GPS I plugged into it. It's currently indoors with a small ceramic antenna, but works.
Software is gpsd and chrony, hardware is a cheap ublox board with a hirose u.fl connector and a patch antenna, soon to be replaced with a chinese outdoor antenna.
The Pi is a model b, configured to use the standard UART (ttyS0) not the better one (ttyACM0), but that might need to change.
I think it'll be cool to add a little display with position/clock info.
Had a lot of fun on the club’s fox hunt last night. It was my first, so I basically went to see how it worked. My team failed (mostly due to a lack of decent gear I reckon) but I will know what to do next time! First on the list is getting my tape measure antenna working.
Looking forward to it!
The RSGB has relaunched RadCom basics: https://www.rsgbshopping.org/public_html/acatalog/RadCom-Basics.html
For some reason they have done it using their crufty and ancient online store!
I highly recommend the Ham Radio & Electronics Stackoverflow weekly newsletters.
They bundle up the top questions each week and mail them out, which makes for a quick and easy way to learn a few interesting things.
To signup, go to your SO account (on any instance) find your profile and navigate to newsletters.
This double sideband TRX kit looks like fun, and not too expensive: https://www.dk9jc.de/blog/equipment/180-d4d-dsb-transceiver-kit-for-digital-mode-for-only-39-95
A bit like a useful version of the RSGB's PSK receiver kit perhaps.
(I don't remember where I found DK9JC's blog, but it's worth subscribing.)
It is proven! I am mpf on Keybase: https://keybase.io/mpf/sigchain#8cdc9fffaf805595458fe5e1c0b41fe2fcc54c3ce128b2607b1301b3f27231d30f
The HAM @Hammut
Looking for a twinband T-antenna. In Rothammels antenna-book it is called Multee. Designed by W6BCX. Think it is more than 40 years old. I am looking for a simple solution for my 2-band QRP-TRX. It would be nice if hams from abroad would help me with internet sources. I haven't found any.
There's 15% off "Tech & Appliances" on eBay UK at the moment with a coupon code (PLUGIN15).
This includes the Radio Communication category!
UK radio amateurs: how does licensing for portable repeaters work? Is it the same as for fixed repeaters?
I'm curious because some foundation license holders I know want to make a low power portable repeater using back to back HTs and I think they almost certainly aren't allowed but I can't find anything obvious in the license terms about it.
Haha, someone tuned a bowl of Custard and made some FT8 QSOs: https://michaelcullen.name/2019/04/custard-antenna/
This looks like a cool way to prototype using SMD parts: https://www.g8jnj.net/SMD%20PCB.png
He's using kapton tape stuck on a PCB as a heat-proof mask, then sticking copper tape on top of that to make interconnects.
This gem popped up on RSGBTech in the midst of a discussion of the current Amateur Radio exams! https://groups.io/login?r=%2Fg%2FRSGBTechnical%2Fmessage%2F48564