I am not a very good blogger. That said, I have the very best intentions. Here is a quick run down of the things I have been doing:
1. Contesting: PJ4Q M/S in CQWW CW last fall. Hopefully our results are still top 5 in the world, which is quite a feat considering our competition in this brutally competitive classification. Robert S52R, Steve PJ4DX, Peter PJ4NX , Scott W4PA (our ring-leader) and myself made a pretty good showing. Of course, snorkeling.
2. Playing with Raspberry Pi and high-quality audio DAC hardware. I am trying to produce a little web-player for the living room system that is controllable via iPhone and web-based tablets. I am using Volumio and the IQAudio DAC+.
3. Just received in the mail a nice kit from Hayseed Hamfest for the RANverter Pi SDR upconverter. It turns an R820T-based tuner receive dongle into an SDR for HF reception, and can be attached to an inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer and controlled via ethernet.
4. I have also taken possession of a Funcube Dongle Pro Plus and have been very impressed. I am slowly assembling parts for a satellite downlink station, and it is next on my list to play with (once contest season is over with.) I am very interested in the SATNOGS project, and want to contribute soon. As Ward Silver N0AX said to me in PJ4 2013, “…satellites are the future of ham radio.”