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.
I have an eBay saved search for "roller inductor", just so I don't miss any bargains (😂).
These things are so expensive, but look gorgeous. 1.5kW ATU anyone?
Hahaha, the TLS 1.2 RFC was written by people from "RTFM, Inc." https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc5246.html
Talking of maplin. If anyone on this instance and in the UK wants any RP-crimp SMA plugs or sockets then let me know.
I’ll happily send a few (no charge!) to anyone who needs them. I think reverse polarity is generally used for WiFi gear. I have a bunch of each for RG174 and RG58.
I also have a load of other random connectors, just nothing particularly common, so if you’re looking for something odd then let me know and I’ll see what I have.
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!
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