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ON0MON back online

ON0MON back online

The repeater is back operational and working perfectly. There are no more Raspberry Pi for me; even if the repeater is experimental and subject to outages, it should not be for an unreliable hardware. Raspberry Pi are good for playing with and for home applications, not for a 24/7 repeater.

The server is now a Intel Xeon running at 3GHz with “just” 4GB Ram and a 64bit Operating System.

Ah… just because you spent your time reading this post, here is a teaser: soon there will be some big changes, so now, more than before, stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

Unexpected outage – Work in progress

Unexpected outage – Work in progress

The first Raspberry PI broke a week before the winter holidays, luckily I had a second Raspberry PI and so by simply swapping the memory card I was able to restore the repeater in a couple of minutes.
Today the second Raspberry Pi decided to stop working so I’m moving everything on a spare computer I have but it will be based on Windows due to some hardware incompatibilities with Linux.

So, ON0MON is work in progress, expecting to be back no later than tonight, 1st Feb 2015.

Stay tuned.

100% Service UP

100% Service UP

Holidays are over and everything is back operational.
I’m considering to shutdown this website, quite useless as there are no real feedback and no real benefits and move to the more common Facebook platform. Twitter accounts are already setup…

Hey you two people (spammers excluded) out there that are reading this blog time by time: if one day it will be unreachable try again after a couple of days, if still unresponsive means I shutdown the website. ๐Ÿ™‚

Busy time…

Busy time…

I’m busy, I’m really busy.

Some changes at work are taking almost all my time and this is really disappointing.
I’m spending most of my life travelling and, to be honest, at the beginning it was amazing but now starts to be a little bit too much.

I spent the last 6 months going from Portugal to the United States, from Estonia to Greece, from Belgium to Kosovo… now I have in the calendar Turkey, Spain and France.

I removed some of my antenna system and shut down the weather station, including the original website which was used to host the statistic and the real time weather forecasts.

This way is going to kill my social life and myself but it’s my job and I will do it with professionalism.

Cushcraft R-9

Cushcraft R-9

Trip to the States, as usual, as every year… Trip to San Diego, as usual as every year… Visit at the Ham Radio Outlet, as usual, as every year….I spent another huge amount of money, as usual and as every year.

This year I bought a Cushcraft R9, great antenna, perfect replacement for my Cushcraft R8, adding the 80m band and some extra changes compare to it, great deal… but when I received it, I realized that I have no space for such antenna, so I sold it…

I should be curious on how it performs but honestly I’m not really missing it.

It’s summer time… STRROOKE!

It’s summer time… STRROOKE!

It’s summer time for the Northern Hemisphere and it’s time for holiday.
No, I’m not announcing my QRT or the activation of a rare island somewhere, I just want to highlight the number of STROKE you can find spotted.

After almost 30 year of Ham Radio I’m still not so used to the STROKE before the callsign.
It’s nice to hear Germans spending their holidays in Greece having the SV-STROKE before their callsign…. good deal! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yeah, I know, it’s a bullshit what I’m writing in this post, but there are 25 degrees in South Belgium today and I feel bored…

Happy Holidays !!!!!!

Italia UNO! (I1)

Italia UNO! (I1)

I’ve been for some time in the Italian Regione 1 (Italy1 or I1) and honestly I had no time to turn on my rigs.

I tried a couple of times to use the Yaesu FT-857D but the 35 degrees CELSIUS outside were too much for me, so I spent most of the time in a swimming pool.

I had the Kenwood TH-D72 with the APRS turned on during the whole trip and I was able to report my position just once in France… not really powerful the actual configuration..
I will setup a new antenna and a very long cable as soon as possible in order to have the 2m/70cm always on…

What about a static APRS installed permanently on the mobilehome???? hummm….

Kosovo Cellphone Security Warning

Kosovo Cellphone Security Warning

  • Premise: I’ve been in Kosovo in 2008 and spent in Pristina some time; I NEVER flight with AirPristina or Air Pristina or any subsidiary company of them.
  • Fact: Since I left for good the Balkan area, on my cellphone I start to receive SMS with flight proposals from Air Pristina. All the messages are sent using a U.K. number.
  • Deduction: Kosovo Mobile Phone Companies are collecting and selling YOUR phone number to Air Pristina, which is using it to send SMS spam about their company.
    There is no such way to prevent this, as source phone number is changing every time and there is NO blacklist for cellphones.
    Origin is U.K. so it’s impossible to block an entire country especially if you have connections over there, neither is possible to block the source by keywords as there is no such feature on the cellphone.
  • Issues: The problem itself isn’t a big issue, it is not causing any disruption of the service but thinking a place like the U.S. where you pay (while in roaming) for any SMS received, these messages are causing a loss of money to me.
  • Solution: If you plan to travel to Kosovo, consider to carry with you a single-use SIM card for your stay in that country. Legally there is nothing you can do, as Kosovo is a “non-country” but for some countries which had recognized their independence.
Moving to Sixth District

Moving to Sixth District

I’m movingย  to the Sixth District for a while.
The trip is already setup and also the plan, during my stay in CA, is well defined.
I’m won’t disclose anything now but for sure I’m going to visit some interesting places on the East Coast and most probably I will spend some money for my shack.

Any idea or suggestion is very welcome!

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