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Playing with the Airspy HF+ Discovery (or trying to). It works fine with GQRX but the airspy utils, like airspy_rx don't work on my Pi or my Mac.

I *think* I need to update its firmware, but to do that I need to use Windows, so I'll have to do it at work.

Also, since I can't use the airspy tools I can't even work out what firmware release it currently has! Frustrating!

It was so badly crimped I was able to reuse the plugs and sleeves to make a new cable, with a slightly nicer bit of coax.

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

For those of you that use VPN: "CVE-2019-14899 - Inferring and hijacking VPN-tunneled TCP connections." sounds like a load of fun:

<Here is a list of the operating systems we have tested which are
vulnerable to this attack:

Ubuntu 19.10 (systemd)
Fedora (systemd)
Debian 10.2 (systemd)
Arch 2019.05 (systemd)
Manjaro 18.1.1 (systemd)

Devuan (sysV init)
MX Linux 19 (Mepis+antiX)
Void Linux (runit)

Slackware 14.2 (rc.d)
Deepin (rc.d)
FreeBSD (rc.d)
OpenBSD (rc.d)

This list isn’t exhaustive>

To help even more people access better online privacy, we decided to extend the #BlackFriday deal until the end of the week. Get up to 50% off on ProtonVPN Plus during our only sale of the year. Happy #CyberMonday! 💚

Ordered various DIN connectors to try to hook the TNC-Pi to either my 706 or ft818.

I have a lot of random connectors but nothing that fits. I might also try using my data mode cables if I can work out what sort of adapters to make.


It looks like the ARRL's $5 shipping works for international orders.

Maybe a good time to buy those heavy things which would otherwise attrack super expensive international shipping!


* mastodon really likes HTTPS, this isn't using it so you might need to manually tweak urls
* it defaults to the normal url ( for images, avatars, etc.
* this is the first time I've tried this, so it might be misconfigured and/or break

I've been using it, and it seems to work.
Let me know how you get on!

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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.

If you think the security of static websites doesn't matter, *imagine* if someone maliciously altered the "copy and paste" instructions for Let's Encrypt. Would you detect the change? (Image below is faked, but you get the point. I'm just using Let's Encrypt as a common example)

Had fun at the club’s construction completion. Some interesting bits and bobs on display and a good bit of catching up and talking shop.

Did you just lose 100m customer SSNs because your root password was "password", you set an S3 bucket to public or you didn't patch a well known vulnerability for 8 months? Worry not! Our free excuse generator will help you develop an air-tight breach statement in no time!

"The fucking advanced persistent threats used weaknesses in our vendors to make a mess.
But we have since watched the movie #hackers 8 times back to back, so it will never happen again." #infosec

Having a quick play with my nanoVNA before heading out. This thing is cool! Especially coupled with the nanovna-saver software.

It’s really fun being able to measure filters so easily.

Can anyone recommend a decent howto on using WSJT-X with an SDR (AirSpy ideally) on Linux?

To everyone who still makes text-based tutorials, thank you!

I'd much rather follow a text tutorial than wait 15+ minutes for a video tutorial to load.

Your work is very much underappreciated. Thanks again! 💜

Nice, a new RadCom plus issue:

Not sure there has been one of these released since I joined.

It's a shame the subscription process is such a farce though. The email called it quick and easy and the link took me to the RSGB shop, (which looks like it's from 1990), and then I had to supply a load of details to subscribe!

Just found out the TNC Pi Kit I ordered got sent back to the US.

Apparantly I failed to pay a customs charge I was notified of. I guess the local post office managed to lose the card because it definitely didn't arrive at my office. Grrrr!

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