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.

NASA have been making images of the sun every 0.75 seconds for a decade, that's pretty amazing.

They released a video where each second is a full day, at:

I found this via:
which also lists the days a few cool things happened.

Yay, my yearly fortnight of moderate stress at work is basically over, and now we move into the season of many interns.

Of course this year we got a puppy to act as a stress multiplier 😂

Here's Kin the golden retriever. About .9.5 weeks old and made of teeth....

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?

Just setting up my newest Pi! These things feel so fast, I’m hoping I can get away with no fan. This is hooked up to my 706mkII

Yay Sprat! I have a nice stack of radio magazine now, perfect for when I start to go stir crazy.

Spotted in Bath. The new Tesla trip hazard... or solution to charging when you have no driveway.

I’m surprised it’s still so windy and cold but very glad Saturday was so nice. I went out for a nice paddle in the sunshine, just a few hours before the storm hit!

I need to get my antenna pole down to free a stick pulley but I can’t do that until it stops being so windy!

Got a lovely anodised red case for my new 60% keyboard. Really pleased with the effect!

Today's project was Cordwood Puzzle 1, a secret santa present from a good mate.

Just hard enough to complete without cheating! (although I should have left the leads longer to keep things symmetrical).

Oh, and Happy New Year all!

I just had a cheap AliExpress PL-259 patch cable fall apart in my hands. I guess you get what you pay for!

Spent my weekend messing about on mountains in Snowdonia. Had an excellent time with a great snowy wild camp and some icy scrambling.

Lost a UV-5R in the snow but I hope someone else will pick it up and have some fun with with it.

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.

Yay! Sprat! Always an excellent read.

Definitely worth joining the G-QRP club if you aren’t already a member.

Got my Airspy HF+ Discovery!

Had to pay some fairly hefty import tax but this looks pretty nice.

Shame all the most user friendly and feature rich software is Windows only. I’d love SDR# for Linux or Mac.

Got a copy of the new English translation of Rothammel’s antenna book.

What a beast this is! It has more in it than I would have thought possible and nearly 1600 pages.

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.

Our stall at Westrally was busy! Manning it was good fun and stopped me buying too much junk.

Most interest was in G0VFS’ paddles but nobody bought them 💁🏼‍♂️

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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