You can view this article from one of two view points (or both) … 1. The self-entitled, new millennium view that none are allowed to speak the truth if it is critical of (and may upset/offend) someone. 2. Amateur radio manufacturers and outlets prey on the captive audience of folks that partake of our niche… Read More That moment you speak your mind …
… well kind of! If like me, you have a habit of misplacing CAT cables for rigs, this little tip might come in handy. I’m fairly sure I’m not the first to do it, but I couldn’t find any ready to go instructions or write ups of this being done, so here we go –… Read More HOW-TO Program or CAT control your rig with an Arduino …
OK, so it’s time for me to come clean! My friends, even my family call me a geek; I have some slightly off the wall, not exactly main-stream interests which some of them have in the past commented on my “expertise” and “knowledge”. Amateur Radio (if you haven’t guessed already) and all that the hobby entails… Read More “The Knack” or “When Projects Go Wrong”
UPDATE (8/1/17): HRD Software LLC have issued an open apology to “all our customers or prospective customers”. Although undated, it can be assumed this is fairly recent, ie within the last week, as it references Rick Ruhl’s resignation on 31/12/16. The apology can be found here. I was a big fan of this software (which says a… Read More Ham Radio Deluxe in the poo? You betcha!
A few months ago, I tweeted Heikki to inform him that I was no longer able to geolocate on aprs.fi. This turned out to be a problem elsewhere (ie not my end!) however the problem was more “all-encompassing” and would affect all users of the site. Heikke has now addressed (or is about to address) the issue.… Read More aprs.fi moving to TLS
There isn’t a great deal of information available around the bazaars on compilation and installation of the ircDDB Gateway software from source code. With some dumb luck trial and error, it took me a couple of days to fight my way through what little information I was able to pull together. My first point of… Read More HOW-TO Install ircDDB Gateway From Latest Source Code
I’ve had this idea floating around my head after the YL commented (some time ago!) that the backlight on my DVMega/MMDVMHost Raspberry Pi was a tad on the … errr … bright side. She may have put it less politely but I soon agreed after I attempted to install it in the highest point in the… Read More MMDVMHost with HD44780 PWM backlight control
Sadly, this article from N6PSE of the Intrepid-DX Group has reinforced my belief that we, as radio hams, are our own worst enemies when it comes to furthering our hobby. After nearly 30 years in the hobby (20 plus of them licenced) I have yet to find an aspect of the hobby that hasn’t attracted some plonkers who… Read More The P5DX Story….
… a little over a week ago! (I’ve been having so much fun, I neglected to blog!) It finally arrived after a week of impatient waiting. Thanks must go to Karl, M0KSP for persevering through the flurry of successive firmware updates from Guus, PE1PLM to ensure I received a device with the latest firmware on-board… Read More The DVMega arrived …
It would seem the Phoenix DMR network, which is (was?) based on the DMR-MARC network with their warcry of “Motorola to the death”, is allowing both Hytera and homebrew MMDVM based repeaters and hotspots to connect. Could this be the reinvigoration that the network needs? Could this be too little too late? Don’t get me wrong, this… Read More Phoenix sees the light