Category: Not amateur radio

Website updates complete and a few general news items

A couple of months ago, I started working on some upgrades to qso365 and I’m pleased to report that everything is now complete. The most obvious thing was the change of theme which controls how the website looks. The old theme was the original one I set up in 2010 and was starting to feel […]

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 […]

com.apple.bird/session/g

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 […]