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Show Notes #122

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Mini-Topics:
  • New Version of CQRLog Released

    • Google+ Post from Tom (K8WDX)
    • CQRLOG  1.7.0 released! This version has one feature requested by many users -  online log upload. It supports HamQTH, ClubLog and HRDLog.net. I’ve been  using HamQTH upload  for a week or two and it works very well. How to  enable and set online log upload is described in updated help files.  There are also a few more  new features and lot of bugfixes. More in  download section. This version solved problem with building packages for  Debian unstable, Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 14.04.
    • E-mail from Petr (OK2CQR)
    • Hi Russ. Two days a go I released new version of CQRLOG. It may be interested for your listeners. 73 Petr, OK2CQR.
    • http://www.cqrlog.com/node/1085
  • Development of YFKTest is Officially Ended

    • http://fkurz.net/ham/yfktest.html
    • Message from Fabian Kurz (DJ1YFK)
    • I still get some mail now and then about YFKtest. Sice I think it is impossible to advance the current codebase to anything useful and maintainable, I officially declare the project dead. I’d be happy if anyone comes up with a fork, to which I’d gladly link.
  • What is with all these Linux distributions?

    • Doesn’t it seem a bit ridiculous that there are so many Linux distributions?
    • we have some one looking at trying Linux out because windows has cra….
    • So what happens? The poor fish asks some Linux geeks he knows and everyone gives him a different answer.
    • In the mean time the Mr. Average is becoming more and more confused about what to choose from.
    • Then somebody suggests a web site called DistroWatch where he can choose a Linux distribution to suit him.
    • Thinking there is a way out of his confusion Joe rapidly goes to DistroWatch and has one of those WTF moments.
    • …What do you think? Are there too many Linux distributions?
    • http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/locutus/what-is-with-all-these-linux-distributions-58569
Main Topics:
  • Radio Intruders:  Russian over the horizon radar returns with vengeance:
    • The just released December 2013 issue of the IARU Region 1 Monitoring  System electronic newsletter reports a new Russian over-the-horizon  radar signal has been heard loud and clear in the 20 meter band.
    • Wolfgang Hadel, DK2OhM, is the International Amateur Radio Union’s  Region One Monitoring Service Coordinator.  He says that this latest  Over The Horizon radar signal was about 10 kilohertz wide when it was  heard and recorded on 14.305 MHz.  And that it kind of sounded a lot  like the infamous Russian Woodpecker radar system of days gone bye.
Announcement:
Feedback:
  • Comment on Episode #117 from Adrian (YO8RZZ)
    • Hi. You were wondering about QRadioPredict and Flightgear. Well, I can provide a partial answer. A specific branch of Flightgear is designed to provide a real-time radio propagation simulation. So if you have an aircraft or object somewhere in the Flightgear world, and a VHF-UHF radio station close by, Flightgear can provide you with signal information and type of propagation almost real-time. So you can  simulate VOR stations, ATC communications, ILS signals, as well as general radio. Details on this page:
    • http://wiki.flightgear.org/Radio_propagation
  • Comment on Episode #121 from Brian (WB4ES)
    • The BeagleBone Black contains a LOT more GPIO capability than the Raspberry Pi (roughly 8 times as much), as well as more of other kinds of additional I/O. Not having more than a vague idea of how the RPi FM transmitter hack works, I don’t know if it can be done on the BBB or not. Basically it depends on whether you want lots of I/O or great graphics support as to which one is more suited to your needs. The RPi also has more flexibility with video and audio outputs out of the box.
  • Comment on Episode #121 from Dave
    • The  RPi exposes one of the BCM2835′s programmable clocks on GPIO4 pins. The  BBB needs to connect to an external programmable clock to do the same  thing.
  • E-mail from Mike (N2HTT)
    • Hi guys. I have been trying to become a yearly subscriber to the show via PayPal, but when I try to donate via the link on the lhspodcast.info page, I get to paypal and get this error: “the link you have used to enter the PayPal system is invalid. Please review the link and try again.” The top of the page shows the email address donations@lhspodcast.org. I have attached a screen shot of the error page. Please let me know how I can become a yearly subscriber. Thanks, Mike Aiello, N2HTT.

Outro:

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  • Thank you to all of our listeners, live and quasi-live.
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Show Notes #121

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Mini-Topics:
  • Follow up on 2 stories from past episodes  + 1st Linux release of 2014:
    • Voice of Russia to remain on shortwave
    • Sun has ‘flipped upside down’ magnetically
    • Arch Linux = first Linux Release of 2014 (2014-01-05)
Main Topic:
Announcements:

Feedback:

  • Web Comment from Johan Maes (ON4QZ)
    • Hi, just to let you know that QSSTV version 8.1.x is out now also supporting HAMDRM.
  • E-mail from Dave Maydew (M0DCM)
    • Hi Guys,  Well, it’s been a while since I listened to any Podcast, especially with what’s gone on during 2013!  Anyway, whilst listening to episode 120, I could have sworn you had Richard Stallman with all the preaching about Free Software and GNU/Linux, until I noticed it was one of the co-hosts. I’m all for getting Linux out there, and yes I use Steam on my main none ham PC, and yes I use the “Proprietary” Nvidia driver, only because the performance of the Open Source driver is totally rubbish, even for playing video’s, and like Jonathon I’m a sight impaired Linux User.  For me there’s got to be a even medium between Open Source and Proprietary “None Free” software, and I can say this has got to be the way forward, especially if Linux needs to be used by more users.
    • Anyway, rant over!  I’ve just installed QSSTV v8.x on my Shack PC, and was pleasantly surprised to see that it now has DRMSSTV on it, and this is great, as I was about to purchase CrossOver to run the Windows version of the SSTV software, so it’s saved me some much needed cash!  My shack PC is a HP Elitebook 8440p running Ubuntu 12.04LTS with 4Gb RAM, and it just works without any changes needed to get any hardware working correctly.  I also use CQRLog, FLDigi and a few other Ham Radio applications connected to either my Yaesu FT-857D or FT-817D for portable operating, and I must say it really opens other hams eyes, especially when they notice I’m not running a bloated OS like Windows, and the fact everything is there out of the box, helps me to get others to make the switch to this great OS.
    • Also on the subject on the Raspberry Pi v Beaglebone, there’s some things the Pi can do that the Beagle can’t, like being used as a DC-250MHz 10mw transmitter, thanks to GPIO pin 4, I’ve been playing with WSPR on the Pi on 7 and 14MHz and have already had my QRP signal heard over 2000km’s!  So, I’ve been busy, and I’m planning to be just as busy pushing Linux for both Ham Radio use and for the sight impaired users, plus doing some portable operating once the warmer weather arrives, whenever that will be.  Happy New Year from here in the UK!!  Dave M0DCM in Walsall, UK.
  • Web Comment from Bob Chandler, VE3SRE
    • In show #117 in the discussion on “QScope” (yes I’m behind on LHS podcasts) there was some discussion on whether QScope is “open source” or not.  I prefer to use the term “free software” as Richard Stallman defined it back in 1991 because the issues are much clearer.  In looking at whether software is “free” or not the question becomes  whether or not you have all four of the “four freedoms”, along with  access to the source code so that you can exercise your freedoms.  These  four freedoms being the freedom to run the software as you wish for any  purpose, the freedom to study the source code and adapt it to your needs, the freedom to distribute exact copies of the software along with the freedom to release your own modified version of the software.
    • http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html
    • I might stress that the word “free” has nothing at all to do with money.  It’s “free as in freedom” and not “free as in free beer.”  You can indeed charge for free software if you want to, but most of the time people don’t charge for free software. Frequently of course free software projects ask for donations and I try to donate to projects that I like or use.  This confusion over the use of the word “free” is mainly confusing for us English language speakers.  We use the same word to express two different ideas.  For example in French or Spanish the term “libre” is used to describe “freedom,” while the word “gratis” is used to describe “without charge.”  So if you will, it’s “Software Libre.”  The “Open Source Definition” is longer and a bit more loosey goosey.
    • http://opensource.org/osd
    • The two “camps” come at issues from different angles.  Those in the free software camp tend to say that software should be free for ethical reasons.  Those in the open source camp tend to say that software should be open source because distributed development is the most efficient and cost effective way to develop software.  They’re both right IMHO, but personally I lean more towards the ethical side of things being more important.  Where things get a little bit more complicated, is when you are doing your computing tasks on somebody elses computer, like for example a web server.  The person who owns the web server may be running free software and is exercising their four freedoms, but you may not have your four freedoms.  You don’t necessarily know what is being done with  your data.  To address this sort of issue, the Free Software Foundation has established the “GNU Affero General Public License” to bring software freedom to network server software.
    • http://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.html
    • So for QScope to be “free as in freedom” it would need to be under the AGPL.  73 from Toronto, Bob.  P.S.  Was great Russ to meet you at Dayton last spring!
Outro:
  • Please check out our website:  http://lhspodcast.info.
  • Become an ambassador!  Visit the Web site for upcoming events and information how you can represent Linux in the Ham Shack at a nearby Linux con or hamfest.
  • You can e-mail us at info@lhspodcast.info or leave a voice mail at 1-909-LHS-SHOW (547-7469).
  • All hate mail is routed to Harrison at hatemail@lhspodcast.info.
  • Please subscribe to the mailing list.  A link is on the Web site.
  • Go to CafePress and Printfection and buy some of our show merchandise.  Each purchase helps out the show.  You can also help the show by clicking on the sponsored ads in the right-hand column of the homepage.
  • http://www.cafepress.com/lhspodcast
  • http://www.printfection.com/lhspodcast
  • Listen live every every other Tuesday at 8:00pm Central time, or Wednesday at 0200z.  Our recording schedule and countdown timer to the next episode is on the Web site.
  • Thank you to all of our listeners, live and quasi-live.

 

Music:

Show Notes #120

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Topics
  • Quick Impressions of Fedora 20
Main Topics
Announcements & Feedback
  • Linux in the Ham Shack Brief Hiatus
  • Last episode before our mini break.  The next live recording will be on January 7, 2014.  Happy holidays!
  • New Contest:  Win a Raspberry Pi
  • The contest began December 1st, 2013 and runs through January 31st, 2014.   The winner will be announced on the live recording of LHS Episode #123 on February 4th, 2014.  Entries must be received by 12:00am Central on  February 1st, 2014 in order to participate.  There are three ways to win.
  • Active  Linux in the Ham Shack paid members will be automatically entered to win.  Therefore, if you are already a member or if you sign up for a membership (either monthly or yearly) by January 31st, 2014 you will be  entered into the contest.  Your membership must still be active on February 4th, 2014 at the time of the drawing to win.
  • You may also enter by calling the LHS Voice Line at +1-909-547-7469 and completing the following thought: “My new Raspberry Pi will be used to…”  Be as serious or ludicrous as you want.  This method of entry requires no money, just a little of your time.  Make sure to leave your phone number or e-mail address so we can contact you if you win.  Your personal information will not be disclosed, but your response will be played on the air!
  • You can render artistically in some way your concept of a Raspberry Pi.   This can mean the computer, a raspberry pie, or some other interpretation we haven’t thought of yet.  You can use any artistic medium, from a sketch to beat poetry.  Be creative!   You will receive  TWO entries into the contest if you choose this option.  We will post your creativity on the Web site for others to  enjoy, and mention what  you’ve done on the show. Have fun with it!
  • The winner will receive a brand new Raspberry Pi, HDMI-to-DVI converter and power supply with USB cable that can be used to power your new Pi from a wall outlet or any powered USB port.  Thank you for being a loyal follower of the show.  We look forward to your entries and best of luck!
  • Feedback:
  •  Emails:
  • From: Rubens Kinjo
  • Hey Russ, hey Pete!
  • I finally recorded a message for your show. In this message I thanked you about your support 4 my art event. Kampai, Rubens Kinjo (Rukin)

 

  • From: Michael N2HTT
  • Hi Pete. I wanted to let you know about two things that happened recently: First, I got HamOs to work on my tower, and I like it very much. Most of the issues I had earlier were mistakes/inexperience on my part during the install. It is running very nicely now and I have integrated the tower into the QRP side of the shack, where I am using it for logging and fldigi. I was very happy to get HamOS going, I felt I hadn’t given it a fair shot. And it really is very complete, lots of good stuff already installed.
  • Secondly, I have started a blog at WordPress about my ham radio and Linux experiences, which you could find at http://n2htt.net. There are only 4 posts so far, but I have many more planned, centering on the things I learned while playing with Linux. I particularly wanted to point out the third post, called “There are lobsters in the woods.” which is of course about LobsterCon. There is a brief YouTube clip of the Tuna Tin 2 Mojo ceremony, which was shot and narrated by you! I’m looking forward to the next podcast, stay warm and be well …73 de Mike
  • Audio feedback with a music suggestion.
  • Donations & Subscriptions
    • Scott Pettigrew (Monthly)
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Outro
  • Please check out our website:  http://lhspodcast.info.
  • Become an ambassador!  Visit the Web site for upcoming events and information how you can represent Linux in the Ham Shack at a nearby Linux con or hamfest.
  • You can e-mail us at info@lhspodcast.info or leave a voice mail at 1-909-LHS-SHOW (547-7469).
  • All hate mail is routed to Harrison at hatemail@lhspodcast.info.
  • Please subscribe to the mailing list.  A link is on the Web site.
  • Go to CafePress and Printfection and buy some of our show merchandise.  Each purchase helps out the show.  You can also help the show by clicking on the sponsored ads in the right-hand column of the homepage.
  • http://www.cafepress.com/lhspodcast
  • http://www.printfection.com/lhspodcast
  • Listen live every every other Tuesday at 8:00pm Central time, or Wednesday at 0200z.  Our recording schedule and countdown timer to the next episode is on the Web site.
  • Thank you to all of our listeners, live and quasi-live.

 

Music
  •  ”Satellite” by Sushi Drive In from the album Demo 2011, courtesy of Jamendo.