Category: Not amateur radio

A personal, non radio related update.

My broken arm

It’s not often that I write an update here that’s completely unrelated to radio but it’s time for that now. On the last day of November, I visited a friend of mine who lives about a mile away for a meal and a couple of drinks. Although it was a cold night, it was dry […]

Essex Radar

Essex Radar

I’ve been running an instance of Virtual Radar Server (VRS) for some time and recently decided that this is something I can easily share to anyone who is interested. What is VRS though? VRS is a server running on my network that can take a feed from multiple ADS-B receivers, consolidate them together and provide […]

Moving to VNC Connect from TeamViewer

TeamViewer Commercial Use message

Technically this isn’t directly about amateur radio although there is a sort of radio connection. As part of my involvement with the Martello Tower Group, I look after some equipment at two of our remote sites. We have a Linux server running our D-STAR repeater, a Windows 10 PC running our SSTV repeater and a […]

What constitutes “real radio”?

This is a question that’s being asked a lot these days. For me, the answer is fairly simple. If it involves RF leaving my station on a frequency which requires me to have an amateur radio licence to transmit on, then it’s “real radio”.  That is, it’s “Amateur radio”. That includes, HF, VHF, UHF, etc […]

Changes to QSO365

I’ve recently made some updates to this site to make things better for my readers. Firstly, there’s a new “Subscribe” button up in the top right hand corner so you can receive email updates whenever I make a new post.  Simply enter your email address and hit the “Subscribe” button.  You can also subscribe to […]

This is one of the very few non amateur radio related items on this site.  I’m posting it because it’s a useful tip and I hope that it will assist fellow Mac users. I noticed about three years ago that a particular cache folder on my iMac was getting larger and larger.  I did some […]

Learning to code in Python – Hello Raspberry Pi!

Hello Raspberry Pi! by Ryan Heitz from Manning Publications

After my posts about building an APRS RX iGate, I entered into email discussion with Alan, K2RHK who pointed me towards his website specifically to see his experiments in APRS.  While looking through his site, I noticed he’d recommended a book for those looking to learn how to program a Raspberry Pi.  I mentioned that this was […]

Building a Raspberry Pi internet watchdog

Finished Raspberry Pi Zero W internet watchdog

I wasn’t sure whether to post this or not as it’s not specifically amateur radio – But there’s a small amount of electronics involved so I figured it might be of interest. A few days ago while Susan and I were out, I received a text from my son saying “I thought you’d like to […]

Shaving – A step back in time

No, you’ve not inadvertently clicked on a ‘Men’s Grooming’ website, this is still my amateur radio blog but I thought I’d write about something that affects 50% of the population, ie the male half.  The daily chore of scraping whiskers from our faces. I almost forgot that many radio amateurs are bearded.  If you’re bearded […]