My view on Amateur Radio

I’ve been in hobby long enough to have seen many sides of it, and a few things I’ve recently seen on Twitter and Facebook have prompted this post.

There seems to be an ongoing backlash at new people in the hobby, new modes, and today the RSGB magazine.

My view is Amatuer Radio is it’s a hobby, and different people will do things differently.

If you don’t like new modes carry on with CW or SSB (which was hated too when it came out).

If don’t like the society magazine don’t read it, or maybe offer to write for them.

Due to my current living situation I’m a lodger and just have a 2m/70cm antenna in loft, and 40-15M mag loop in room, usually tuned to 40M FT8. I also do DMR, D-Star and some Yaesu Fusion.

I don’t moan about not being able to do 80M or working satellites, I just do what I’m able to.

Amatuer Radio is a Hobby with things to do, and this is to encourage you to find own path in hobby.

Also when I’m on the Bands I will make a point to work any obvious UK Foundation or Intermediate station or anyone from UK.

CloudLog Patreon #001

I’ve know Peter 2M0SQL / MM3PHP for around 15 years. He’s now produces a self hosted logging application built on PHP and SQL that you run on own Web server space, or even on local network. Yes even a Raspberry Pi.

On a rare recent Skype call, I suggested he might try Patreon to support his making CloudLog. I have one he said, but never launched it.

I encouraged him and signed up quickly to support him. Currently only £5 a month, but with another 12 people (last time I checked) he’s earning a bit to support CloudLog.

Now that CloudLog supports multiple logbooks at some point I will move the logbooks back to thi site.

3D Printer

In 2018 I got a small inheritance from a relative. One of the items I was going to invest in was a 3D printer to tinker with. I had a budget in mind of £300 – £400.

A few weeks ago a friend offered to a chat group I’m in his old printer to anyone who would pay £75 (available online for between £170-£230 at time of posting). I said was keen and we settled on £70, and a roll of filament was thrown in too.

Anet A6 Printer

I am now the owner of an Anet A6 3D printer. I went on Amazon and also purchased a new UltraBase heatbed and 2x Mosfets (for the Print head and Heat bed of the printer). I was advised the heatbed I’d either need a sheet of glass or something better, so went for the UltraBase option.

Also I have a Raspberry Pi 3 with 7″ touchscreen and installed OctoPrint ( https://octoprint.org ) to control the printing & whilst I was at it, I upgraded the Pi 3 from an 8Gb SD card to 64Gb.

I hope to be able to show some of my 3D Prints soon, but as of posting I’ve not actually printed anything.

I’ve a list of things I will 3D Print soon –
https://www.thingiverse.com/M0TZO/collections/things-to-make

I will make a collection on Thingiverse of things I’ve actually printed.

Radio 2019

Was overdue for a post on this site. So here is a quick overview of current setup I use.

  • HF – Not currently setup for HF but hopefully later in year
  • VHF/UHF – FT-817 using Collinear dual 2m/70cm antenna in loft
  • D-Star / DMR – See Below
MMDVM PiStar Raspberry Pi Radio on 70cm.

The above MMDVM PiStar radio is used with the 2 radios and the Pager below.

Icom IC-E92D D-Star Radio
TYT MD-380 DMR Radio
Alphapoc 602R Pager

So short update, and yes mainly photos, but was about time and will try to update more regularly.

Endeavouring to learn CW