Summer Reading

While it’s yet a few days before the official first day of summer, the oppressive heat wave that will soon cover most of these United States dropped into Indiana over the weekend and we’re roasting enough here to cause me to declare, “close enough” it’s summertime! No fresh corn on...

Hilltopper Redux

Got a note from the Four State QRP Group that they are kitting another run of the popular Hilltopper QRP Transceiver kits. Designed by Dave Benson, K1SWL, and kitted by the 4SQRPers, it’s been a popular kit that I’ve built in every flavor. So far. I hear they are testing...

NORAD Checks With Balloon Hobbyist Groups

NORAD has learned to check hobbyist websites to identify balloons since the US military shot down three unidentified objects in 2023. After dubious shootdowns, NORAD now checks with balloon hobbyist groups The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade is a hobbyist group that builds, launches and tracks “pico...

LoTW Downtime Monthly Status

With more than a month of continuous downtime the only thing funny about the situation is the continued chorus of those insisting, “the data is safe” and “why is everyone getting so worked up about this?” These ditties from the evolutionary descendants...

Framework Laptop 16

I have been keeping an eye on the devolopment of Framework Laptops for months, so when I received an email yesterday declaring, “Framework Laptop 16 in stock” I quickly assembled a custom configuration and hit the order button. I’ve been told my new laptop will ship within 1-2 weeks....

Raspberry Pi is Now a Public Company

Raspberry Pi, the precocious little single-board computer that is universally adored and used for practically everything these days, is all grown up. Today, we’re proud to announce that Raspberry Pi has listed on the London Stock Exchange, as Raspberry Pi Holdings plc. This is a watershed moment for...

AMSAT Mail Alias Service to End

In case you missed the news, the AMSAT mail alias service will be terminated on August 1st, 2024. The popular feature permitted mail directed to yourcallsign@amsat.org to be forwarded to any email address you chose. This feature has been a staple of satellite enthusiasts around the world for decades. A...

HAM RADIO International Amateur Radio Exhibition

HAM RADIO 2024: From June 28 to 30, everything will revolve around amateur radio in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. In cooperation with the organizers, the DARC, as the collaborative partner of Europe’s largest amateur radio trade fair, this meeting will open the doors to a world of almost unlimited...