LHS Episode #156: Beer and Balloons

dos-equis-calendar3Hello, podcast listeners! In this episode of Linux in the Ham Shack, your intrepid hosts discuss APRS software, Bluetooth TNC hardware, FCC regulations on WiFi hardware, UK ham radio licensing issues, the crazy idea that Microsoft might buy Canonical and much more. Thank you for tuning in, donating and subscribing and just being a friend of the show. Thank you also for sticking it out while we work hard to get back to putting our show out on time despite all of life's obstacles.

73 de The LHS Guys

Show Notes #156: Beer and Balloons

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Segment 1 (Amateur Radio)
Segment 2 (Open Source)    
Segment 3 (Linux in the Ham Shack)
Segment 4 (Announcements and Feedback)
Segment 5 (Cheryl's Recipe Corner)
  • Melt in Your Mouth Chicken
    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 cup mayonnaise (for a healthier option, use plain Greek yogurt in place of the mayo)
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    • 1 tsp seasoning salt
    • 3/4 teaspoon dill weed (optional)
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
    • 1/2 cup cornflake cereal (crushed) or bread crumbs (both optional)
    • Instructions: In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise (or yogurt if substituting), cheese, the seasonings and lemon juice (optional). Spread the mixture on top of each of the chicken breasts.  Roll in cornflakes (preferred) or bread crumbs (or sprinkle on the top, whichever you prefer; this is an optional step).  Place chicken into a baking dish and bake in a preheated oven, 375, for about 45 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve warm!!
Segment 6 (Social Media Roundup)
  • Donations and Subscriptions
    • Dillon Angle
    • Jeremy Hall
    • Scott Pettigrew
    • Robert Halliday
    • Bill Arcand
    • Mike Swanson
  • Facebook
    • Bob Recny
    • Ron Slay
    • Puiu Alexandru
    • Markus Schaper
    • Joseph J. Dozpat III
    • Michael Red
    • William Holloway
    • Chris Bloxsom
    • Doug Susie Rehder
    • Scott Pastor
  • Google+
    • Michael Houska
    • Ron Griese
    • D. Patsik
    • Osvalda Rosado
    • Rick Stoner
    • Andrew Stephens
    • Victor Torres
  • Twitter
    • @easyatracking
    • @jeffreycady
    • @Laijl
    • @heathvelliquett
  • YouTube
    • combatjm89
    • Robert Allen


Show Notes #155: Interview with Frank Howell

Episode #155 Audio (Listen Now)


Segment 1 (Amateur Radio)

Segment 2 (Open Source)

Segment 3 (Linux in the Ham Shack)


  • "Messing with the Envelope" by Heifervescent from the Doll Face EP, courtesy of Jamendo.
    • Location: United Kingdom
    • Released: August, 2015
    • Running TIme: 4:05

Segment 4 (Announcements and Feedback)

  • E-mail from James Blocker, KG5IOR
    • Russ, I am a long time Linux System Admin who has recently gotten into ham radio (KG5IOR) and discovered your pod cast. In fact I was listening to my first episode today #145 when you start talking about a subject that I've got a little bit of experience with. There is an open source project that will decode the Automatic Picture Transmissions (APT) to images call APTDEC https://atpdec.sourceforge.net/. In all honesty it does lack many of the features that WXtoIMG has, but it is very useful for people who like working on the CLI. Something else you might be interested in is a project on GITHUB called Doppler - https://github.com/cubehub/doppler. This project will take the IQ stream from an RTL-SDR dongle and using the TLE (Two Line Elements) data that can be obtained from https://www.celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/noaa.txt or https://www.space-track.org and shift the frequency of the IQ stream to adjust for the doppler shift that happens when the satellite passes over head. Two other software project that you might be interested in that are VERY closely related are GPredict - https://gpredict.oz9aec.net/. GPredict will download the TLE data and show a map and tell you the next time a satellite will be in range. The other software project is libgpredict. It is created by the same guy who wrote doppler and is just a C++ library for taking TLE data and calculating the next time satellites will be in range. Anyway I'm not sure how a simple email that was only supposed to be about APTDEC and it being open source had gotten to be this long, but if you have any questions about any of the software packages I've mentioned let me know and I'll do my best to help answer them. Thanks, James Blocker.

Segment 5 (Cheryl's Recipe Corner)

  • With fall upon us, I think apples. And, what better than to take advantage of the local apple crops than...
  • Apple Cake
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 (scant) cups sugar
    • 2 cups flour
    • 4 tsp baking powder
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
    • 1 cup golden raisins (optional)
    • 3 tsp vanilla
    • 1 cup oil
    • 2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (or nutmeg)
    • 1 can apple pie filling, drained*
    • Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Combine eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger (or nutmeg). Fold in apples, raisins and nuts. Turn into a greased and floured 9X13X2-inch pan for 1 hour or until done. Note: 2 cups fresh apples may be used instead of canned apple pie filling. Peel, chop and core apples, then dredge in sugar before using. Servings: 12.

Segment 6 (Social Media Roundup)

  • Donations and Subscriptions
    • Michael Swanson
    • Ronald Nesler (New)
    • Steve Conklin
    • J. R. Blocker (New)
    • Harrison Kyle
  • Facebook
    • Chuck Berger
    • Al Williams Wd5gnr
    • Ronald Hemenway
    • Tim Gord
    • Mitesh Ironman
    • Jay McDonald
  • Google+
    • The Recon Prepper
    • Tabitha Fallon
  • Twitter
    • @W5KUB (Tom Medlin)
    • @WA7NWP
    • @PHPDigitalLinux
  • YouTube
    • N/A
  • Mailing List
    • N/A
  • Merchandise Sales
    • N/A


LHS Episode #155: Interview with Frank Howell

frank_whiteboardToday we have a change of pace for you. Thanks to a blog post from Frank Howell, K4FMH, we managed to land an interview. He's a former professor who now works on myriad projects in science, technology, computers and amateur radio. He's also very involved in his community and philanthropic endeavors. Frank discusses Broadband HamNet, HamWAN, the Magnolia Intertie and gives us a treasure of information on networking with amateur radio. This one is a double episode, but you're not going to want to miss a minute of it.

73 de The LHS Guys