Category Archives: Amateur Radio

How To Run rigctld at Startup

I found a page that makes running rigctld at startup on systemd machines relatively simple. You can check it out here. You then just point all of your ham radio programs at 127.0.0.1:4532 and it all just works, like it … Continue reading

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Keeping Linux from changing your default audio randomly

If you are like me, you have multiple audio sinks and sources for your laptop. Linux seems to prefer USB audio, which is bad when that USB audio device is your HF radio. The result is general weirdness when sending … Continue reading

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The Uncertain Future of Amateur Radio

https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-uncertain-future-of-ham-radio

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My notes on the TYT MD-2017

The programming cable is just a passive device. This means the radio must be connected to the cable and turned on before your computer will be aware of the connection. The programming software (“CPS”) is included with the firmware updates … Continue reading

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FT-70R Battery Problems? Update the firmware…

Apparently the firmware on the Yaesu FT-70R has problems reading or charging the battery or something like that. Update the firmware here.

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Linux USB ports wandering all over the place? Here’s a way to pin them down.

I was tired of hunting down my USB serial devices on every reboot, so I found this link and solved the problem.

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FCC Field Offices

Need the phone number for your FCC field office? This is probably your best bet.

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My new job!

I am now working part-time at the Portland store of Ham Radio Outlet! I’ll be helping match you with your perfect radio and accessories. This means I’m decreasing my presence at Breitenbush and within the next few weekends or so will … Continue reading

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ARRL Now Offering New “Radio and Wireless Technology” Patch Program for Girls Scouts

I’ve felt for a long time that ham radio in the US needed to support scouting beyond the Boy Scouts of America. This is good step forward. The ARRL has begun offering a new Girl Scouts “Radio and Wireless Technology” … Continue reading

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Problems installing cqrlog on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I had a problem today getting cqrlog to install on my Ubuntu 14.04 laptop, and here is how I solved it. This assumes you do not have mariadb already installed. If you already have that installed, you won’t have problems … Continue reading

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