10012021 – VK3/VN-016 & VK3/VN-023

Couple of local summits. Activating in the good weather. This was the second attempt at these summits as the harmonic balanced separated from the crankshaft  the week before whilst driving up. No damage as pulled over in Castlemaine and Russell (my brother in-law) was able to retrieve a replacement unit from spare Subie and come up so was able to […]

01012021 – New Year’s Eve Activations

01012021 – New Year’s Eve Activations No staying up late watching fireworks for SOTA activates on New Years Eve. Get to bed early has have a big days ahead, Int activation with Andrew VK3ARR. We have history of NYE activations. The plan is always is to position ourselves for maximum points in a remote summit. All the high scoring summits […]

Pi Setup

Prepare the SD Card. I am going to use the latest being Buster desktop only. Download from raspberrypi.org verify and write to the SD card; // Verify the download #shasum -a 256 ~/Downloads/2020-08-20-raspios-buster-armhf.zip 9d658abe6d97f86320e5a0288df17e6fcdd8776311cc320899719aa805106c52  /Users/allen/Downloads/2020-08-20-raspios-buster-armhf.zip // Verify the SD card; #diskutil list // Unmount it; #diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk3 // copy the image across; #sudo dd bs=1m if=~/Downloads/2020-08-20-raspios-buster-armhf-lite.img of=/dev/disk3 Setup the SD card […]

Raspberry Pi LAMP Stack

The “LAMP” stack is a group of open-source software (Apache, MariaDB and PHP) that is typically installed together to enable a server to host dynamic websites and web apps. This term is actually an acronym which represents the Linux operating system, with the Apache web server. The site data is stored in a MySQL database, and dynamic content is processed […]

25102020 – VK3/VS033

VK3/VS-033 – Point 585/Waterloo It has been a quite SOTA year with COVID. Even though travel restrictions had been eased for us country folk, I still don’t want to travel great distances or stay overnight for an activation. That time will come again but for now just keeping the home fires burning and not attracting attention. So close summits are […]

ISS Monitor

Announced September 2020, the ISS has activated a 437.800 MHz cross band FM repeater. Using a uplink frequency of 145.990 MHz with an access tone [CTCSS] of 67 Hz and a downlink frequency of 437.800 MHz. This is worth trying so need to know when the ISS was going overhead. Searching for prediction software and come across the Open Notify API which […]

Proposed Activations – 2020

COVID restrictions have placed SOTA and WWFF activations in question. I live in the country so spared the worst of it however have been limited as to where and how far I can travel. Currently the Level 3 restrictions have been lifted. Still have constraints as to visiting people but no longer have to justify leaving home or being concerned […]

Weather Station Update

Weather Station v2 Not happy with the performance of the current external weather station. Whilst it functions as deployed reading reliably the wind, rain, temp etc, is let down by the power demands. This is a flaw with the original design as I can’t exploit low power modes with the inability to determine why the device was woken from sleep […]

2020 with COVID-19

25/1/20VK3/VC-039 (Mount Gisborne)26/1/20 VK3/VC-007 (Mt Macedon)5/2/20 VK1/AC-040 (Mt Ainslie)7/2/20 VK2/MN-176 (VK2/MN-176)7/2/20 WWFF Sherwood Nature Reserve (VKFF-1996)16/5/20 VK3/VC-024 (Mt Beckworth)29/5/20 VK3/VC-032 (VK3/VC-032)7/6/20 VK3/VS-050 (Mt Leura)14/6/20 VK3/VS-004 (Mt Langi Ghiran)14/6/20 WWFF Langi Ghiran State Park (VKFF-0760)20/7/20 VK3/VC-018 (Mt Buninyong) COVID-19 has slowed up activating this year. There has been restrictions to movement since March. Whilst there were fires in central Vic, nothing […]

Web DB Server

A Linux LAMP server on a ARM processor (64bit Quad Core @ 1.2GHz) in a Raspberry Pi 3. The stack in this case consists of; Linux-raspi2 (5.3.0-1027-raspi2)(Ubuntu 18.04)Apache/2.4.29 10.1.44-MariaDBPHP 7.2 PHP is used to store then display the data. Apache for the heavy lifting. API The REST API is in a simple single PHP file. This is the interface to interact […]