Storm Switch

As we live in the country, the power supply is not reliable. Any issue downstream results in power loss. This is frustrating as we have solar cells and actually sell into the grid. During winter even minor storms usually result in short periods of no power and summer is worse as the heat stresses the grid, brownouts and again storms […]

Home Weather v3

The ‘Dashboard’ has received rework to improve existing and display additional information. Yes there are several home weather dashboards out there but by the time you install, register and integrate into existing systems it was more fun to build own. The interface may be blocky but I understand what is going on behind the scenes. This gives me a view […]

APRS and rabbit warrens

Have had APRS in Subie and with the HT for a while. VHF has limited use out in the bush due to lack of coverage but HF (30m) has potential. Anyway that aside I was intrigued by references to “Ham Radio of Things (HRoT)”. The value is having a view as to local activity, not just positions of cars but […]

more Raspberry Pi’s

The Raspberry Pis are slowly but steadily increasing in numbers. First thing to go astray was the version of OS install. Whilst the config will depend on the devices role all are running the same base install. The Raspbian image for all models of Raspberry Pi is now based on Buster, the latest version of Debian Linux. Debian 10.6 was […]

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 then Unzip to access the img file. #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 […]

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 […]