It’s been one year since the spammageddon of Hacktoberfest requests and issues with contributing to only accepted opted-in repositories – but this year there are some good changes:
You can now use Gitlab for PRs.
Monetary donations are also encouraged for open source projects.
You can either get a shirt or plant a tree, for completing 4 PRs with improvements to participating open source projects.
Also, of course if you have a project yourself you maintain, you can add “Hacktoberfest” tag to get participants to find your repo. 🙂 What are some of the projects you might consider helping?
Continue reading “Hacktoberfest 2021 is here!”
If you have used Ham radio and are on Linux, you most likely have used the Winlink program Pat, an open source interface to use Winlink over internet (and some radios if you have that set up). The long awaited new release now includes the forms feature! and other improvements! If you haven’t set it up here is a quick review:
Continue reading “Pat 0.11 Review and setup… the long awaited update!”
Chances are you have seen a movie or book recently covering the topic of an EMP – an Electro-magnetic pulse from a faraway nuke that could cause outages and damage. While most of what you hear will either be dismissive of the possibility, or a horror story of years of electronic wasteland, the reality could be more in the middle and is something folks can prepare for, according to a US government publication linked in the documents section of the SHARES site.
The SHARES system is a HF long range ham radio service but there are several recommendations in the document that just about any civilian should be considering, not just radio maintainers and organizations:
Continue reading “Government publication shows practical ways you can prep for an EMP”
If you have been using Amateur radio for some time you may know about the app connected to hearham.live repeater listing, which lets you keep an offline record of radio repeaters and a topo-map, on your Linux computer, tablet, phone, or even Android phone. But what would you do during an EMP or solar event causing extended downtime and damage of all computer devices?
Continue reading “Introducing the new EMP-proof Ham Radio Repeater Listing”
These past few weeks have certainly been trying for some communities with power outages, winter weather and utility failures. Ham radio is a very good way to communicate in your local community, but what if lots of other people are on the local repeater? What if you want a notification if your child or buddy is calling you, but not every other kerchunk or distracting story on the local repeater? If you have a DMR digital radio and id and digital repeater nearby, the tools on Hearham.live may help – and help save your battery leaving a radio on all day 🙂
Continue reading “Listening for a callsign on DMR with Hearham.live”
The Radioddity is a fairly popular affordable amateur radio, and a good entry level way to get into DMR radio. (You may use this referral code for a discount)
Continue reading “Review: Radioddity GD77 DMR Radio”
This week, the New Zealand amateur radios on vhf.nz were added to the worldwide Hearham.com repeater listing. These are pulled in with permission and this now allows offline listing of the ham radio repeaters to work for folks in the Android or Linux version of Repeater-START (Showing The Amateur-radio Repeaters Tool):
Continue reading “New Zealand repeaters are up! and an intro to csv importing with fgetcsv()”
The repeater database has been udpated today as a Merry Christmas present for DMR Radio users! – over half of the radioid.net DMR listings have now been pulled in to Hearham repeater listing, with permission. This means users looking for DMR digital repeaters will find the RepeaterSTART app more useful in the future!
Continue reading “Merry Christmas, and a Repeater Listing update”
As you may have noticed, the repeater-START app doesn’t currently have an option to change that internal km/mile calculation. It also does not have any option to filter the repeaters of VHF, UHF or your preferred band.
Let’s see how to add a new dialog, then store the options, and load them on your program’s start:
Continue reading “Building a Linux app part 8: Adding an options screen”
Budgie Desktop is an interesting Linux distro which you can see is the base of Linux in the Ham Shack, downloadable here.
Continue reading “Review: Linux in the Ham Shack Linux”