Testing keyboard / mouse

Today I tested a nice keyboard and mouse combination. Read report below the picture. Keyboard The keyboard is a Mistel X-VIII Gloaming mechanical keyboard. A separate wrist rest was offered. The board looks very nice and it types very well with its Cherry MX silent red switches. But… the computer… Read the rest

Gray line made visual

In the image below, created yesterday evening, you can beautifully see the effect of what is called the ‘gray line‘ (see explanation by Paul NA5N Harden below). It is the line between day and night, as can be seen in the image. Along this line radio connections are ‘propagated‘ by… Read the rest

HAM Clock

A fellow HAM – Jon K60J – pointed me to a nice program: HAMclock. Click on the name to go to the page where you can have a look and download it when you like it. I did, and installed it on my Raspberry Pi 4B. I also had a… Read the rest

FT8 connections

What is FT8? The last couple of weeks I have been trying to get digital mode FT8 working. FT8 is a means of transmitting (which I don not do yet) and receiving messages that are digitally coded, and then encoded into analogue signals so that they can be transmitted over… Read the rest

Digital mode receiving

Amongst the ways we can receive (and transmit) information are the digital modes. One of the popular modes is called FT8. The program WSJT-X that I use is capable of coding and decoding that FT8 protocol. Using that program I received (and was able to decode) the stations in the… Read the rest

Antenna cables through ceiling

Today I drilled a hole through the ceiling of my office / shack to feed the antenna coaxes through. A nice piece of PVC pipe inserted in the hole and through the isolation helps make it clean. An old rag inserted in the hole from attic helps keep the cold… Read the rest