5th Annual Hotham SOTA Summit Weekend.

This is normally an annual event, with 2020 being postponed due to The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season now known as “Black Summer” before being cancelled due to COVID restrictions. So rescheduled for for February 2021 we started to lay plans then COVID again struck in late December 2020 resulting with Victoria closing its border with NSW. The proposed February date […]

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 […]

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 […]