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Tue 30/04/24 : Stop Being A Grumpy Old Sad Ham

  • I've decided to stop feeling grumpy about the current state of amateur radio.
  • I've decided to get on and enjoy it, and to not care if there are people, behaviours, modes or band-uses that would previously annoy me.
  • It's just a hobby.
  • And I note that the new OFCOM licence documents seem to have redefined the purpose of Amateur Radio:
4. The Licensee must ensure that the Radio Equipment is only used:
a) for the purpose of self-training in radio communications, including conducting
technical investigations; or
b) as a leisure activity and not for commercial purposes of any kind
  • I'm not sure when Clause 4. b) appeared, but it means I no longer have any justification to be grumpy at people who use amateur radio with no underlying ethos of self-training.
  • I don't want to be a sad ham. There's too much fun stuff to do in radio as a hobby, so why spend precious time tuning around and finding fault with what you hear on the air? Just get on the air and do your own thing.
  • I recently threw my toys out of the pram over You Tube and its forcing of adverts on everyone - (i.e. when they started to warn people to stop using AdBlockers).
    • I decided I wanted no part in You Tube and deleted my account/videos.
    • I notice that recently they seem to have stopped warning me about using an AdBlocker (UBlock Origin)
    • Have they give up that fight, or are the AdBLock developers just getting better at hiding?
    • Anyway - I might post a few videos now that I'm getting back into the hobby, and enjoying it, and not being a grumpy old ba***rd.
  • I even had some 40m SSB QSOs recently - something I thought I'd never do again.
30/04/24 15:17 BST · john

Mon 08/04/24 : Wayback Machine

I was wondering if my old Google/Blogspot Blog was still around archived at the Wayback Machine and I found several snapshots are still available;


Looking through the available captures I can find some specific posts, but there's a lot of things missing, of course. Still, it's an interesting & useful thing.

08/04/24 12:15 BST · john

Sun 07/04/24 : Allstar

I had a think, and indecisive as ever, I decided to change from Svxlink/Echolink to Allstar.

There's no real advantage to either system, as most people/nodes are linked on one of the major “clusters” such as HubNet which is accessible from all platforms (Allstar, Echolink, DMR, YSF etc).

I've set up Allstar node 48148 on 144.9125MHz at 5W. http://stats.allstarlink.org/stats/48148, it also acts as an Echolink node, too GM4SLV-L

I used previous config files from MB7AZE AllStar Config and GM4SLV Allstar to configure the new node which is running Allstar V2 Beta from downloads.allstarlink.org tweaked to suit the current setup where necessary.

I'll add a new wiki page HERE with the details soon

  • The Echolink part certainly works
  • Someone connected via Echolink while I was walking the dogs and it turned out to be Vic G0RAS
  • We had a nice chat - I was trying to keep the howling gale from the TH-D72's microphone.
  • Vic was connected via the Echolink mobile phone app - no radio link at his end.
07/04/24 08:50 BST · john

Thu 04/04/24 : VPS & SSL

Trying to decide if this blog should be a general catch-all place for any and all subjects, or only for Radio related ones.

I'll start adding things that aren't strictly radio and see how I feel.

Let's start with a computer/server related one….

Virtual Private Server

I got a email to say my domain gm4slv.org.uk has renewed for another 2 years and another that my ssl certificate for use on this website has renewed too.

This means remembering how to install ssl certificates on the webserver. Fortunately I didn't have to go through the initial steps of creating a signed request etc. The new certificates were simply drop-in replacements for the existing ones. My wiki already had a step-by step account of installing the original ssl certificates, so it was easy enough to repeat the process to replace them with the new ones.

how to do it

04/04/24 10:07 BST · john
public/radio/blog/start.txt · Last modified: 02/05/24 08:12 BST by john