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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!

I've neglected my WSJT-X announcement duty!

WSJT-X 2.3.0-rc2 was released on 2020-11-15.

Release notes at:

Mailing list message at:

I don't think there are any obviously visible changes here. I'm hoping it will work properly on a Pi, which the previous rc didn't.

Etherify: This is a really cool hack which uses ethtool to transmit morse which is then picked up by an SDR.


I think I have packed everything into the box!

F4GOH's aprs thing
Lipo cell
Cell charger, and boost converter
Oled screen
GPS module
USB extension for updating the code
Power switch
SMA extension for aerial

It's so tight the only thing glued in is the power module so it remains aligned to the hole on the back for charging!

Ahh, the deps are wrong, expecting an updated package at some point.

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I've not managed to install this on my Pi, despite it running the Buster version of Rasbpian, there's no version of libgfortran that's new enough.

But considering I'm not on 2200 and 630 m that's no great loss!

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X-ray of my HP 28S. 28 kV, 63 mAs. Not sure what the large dense circular object is, but it's something that sits under the LCD. Perhaps some epoxy covering up a chip. I'll have to try another shot with higher energy x-rays.

The first release candidate for WSJT-X 2.3.0 is out.

This release adds two new modes for LF/MF, called FST4 and FST4W.
I had heard some rumours about this but not looked into them!

Release notes at:

Mailing list message at:

has a built-in "AFSK1200 decoder" so you can read AX.25 packets directly from an .

Here are some local packets!

Almost downloaded a gig of MPLAB to try to program a PIC using a pre-supplied hex file...

... only to discover there's a tiny GUI tool for the PICkit 3 programmer I have. Win! Actually, I just used Windows as last time I tried this stuff on Linux it was really hard.

I definitely prefer AVR stuff, but I guess that's what I'm used to.

I'm building an N7DDC ATU kit from eBay.

Overheard: I just don’t want another bit of communications equipment on the house!

Great to see The Dork Web's recent radio content --

This is one of my favourite newsletters at the moment, check it out if you like deep dives into miscellaneous nerdery (you know you do!).

It also mentions @DC7IA's ham list, which is great 👌

Really enjoyed the bits of the GQRP online convention I made it to and looking forward to the recordings of the rest.

Some sessions had close to 300 people in attendance!

OK, so I don't use the 30% keyboards I built in the past, but I still want one of these:

Great news, the GQRP convention will be making recordings available after the weekend.

Pretty sure I can't be at my computer from Saturday, 5 September 2020 at 10:00 - Sunday, 6 September 2020 at 19:0, so that's perfect!

The lineup for the GQRP club online convention looks good!

• “Building QRP transceivers” with Hans Summers G0UPL, designer and manufacturer of the QCX QRP transceiver.
• “HF propagation and QRP” with Steve Nichols G0KYA, author and chairman of the RSGB’s Propagation Studies Committee
• “Homebrew SSB Transceivers” with Pete Juliano N6QW, co-presenter of the Soldersmoke podcast and a prolific home brewer.

are just a few I could fit!

Written a quick blog post about and with the code of my APRS to Mastodon thing that is currently powering @aprsbot

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