Lockdown = bands are jumping! Just nabbed Switzerland, Germany, and Poland in quick succession! All on 17m FT8

Worked my first 10m band opening today on FT8 - South American stations coming in very strong for a short period of time

Quarantine or not, I'll watch "The Princess Bride" anytime it's on tv. Definitely a top 5 movie for me

Almost had Ecuador but couldn't quite complete the contact. Next time!

Very good propagation on 17m today - worked some European stations along with Guadeloupe and Guantanamo Bay (!). All with 15 watts into the slinky antenna!

@sir only used it for very basic personal backups but it's been awesome. If you email, you immediately talk to an actual engineer who is empowered to solve issues.

In other ham news, I've now contacted stations in 48/50 states...Alaska and Hawaii are going to be tough from the East coast with my modest setup....

The MUF actually got high enough that I made a contact on 15 meters - to South America even! Idk if all hams know about this site but it tells you the highest frequency likely to produce ionospheric propagation at 3000km. Very helpful for seeing which bands are "open"

prop.kc2g.com

I work in IT which is the reason this house has:

- mechanical windows
- mechanical door locks
- no Alexa/HomeKit/Google
- no Internet connected thermostats, lamps, or whatnots
- a dumb TV
- wall switches for lights

TBH I don't even know what she meant by that and she didn't explain

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My 7 year old niece upon seeing the HTs and various receive equipment on my desk: "are you a YouTuber?" LOL

You don't usually see too many of the rock crusher DX stations on 30m (it's why it's my favorite band among other reasons) but they're out today. Who wants to bet every US station calling is observing the FCC limit of 200 watts PEP???

If any hams want a show, get on 30m FT8. TT8SN is on from Chad (the African country) and everyone is going nuts trying to contact him. My whole screen is filled with people calling him lol

Made my first contact using the a little while ago. Worked KD5ILA on 40 meters PSK31 mode using fldigi. He was operating for Winter Field Day

Made a blog post about pulling down images from the International Space Station:

jbo.io/posts/iss-sstv/

A blog post on this is forthcoming, but I'm very happy with my Pinebook Pro so far. However being on arm64 has brought me back Linux wise. Been doing a lot of compiling from source and just spent an hour getting my Brother laser printer to work! Talk about a blast from the past!

If you want the Linux-circa-2004 experience back, just try Linux on ARM!

* everything compiles slowly
* distro-hopping to find better hardware support
* oops, you need proprietary drivers for that
* forum posts hold the authoritative documentation *and* code for your distro

:D

@tomasino yeah idk what I was thinking...never had a problem posting a phlog lol

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