Pinned toot

Time for a new as my old one's a bit out-of-date.

I'm a 37 year-old cis man living in western PA, USA. I work as a and (unfortunately) backup . I'm primarily a user.

I'm also into , my username's my callsign.

I started back in July and am now a student glider/#sailplane pilot.

My other interests include , , , (which I used to work in) and , especially my own named Freyja.

Pinned toot

I mentioned that I had my second glider flight on Sunday. I took my DSLR camera with me this time, and when my flight instructor had control of the glider I took pictures. Here are four of them.

It was another great day for gliding/soaring. Too bad I couldn't stay long due to Freyja's vet appointment.


Show thread

Another thing I learned: you can use rigctld as a daemon instead of having a program like FLDigi or Xlog connect to the serial device used to communicate with the radio directly using hamlib. This has two benefits:

1. Communication issues between the program and the radio don't cause the program to hang
2. You can use multiple programs with the same radio since they're not connecting directly on the serial interface

It's actually similar to how gpsd provides GPS data to multiple programs.

Show thread

Field Day is over. My results: 6 QSOs with 1 CW, 2 phone, and 3 PSK31. This is actually the most QSOs I've made on Field Day operating on my own. Unfortunately I had to break operating QRP to get both phone and one PSK31 contact.

On that note: I found I can work around NetBSD only supporting playback on the RIGBlaster Advantage by splitting the audio into a separate USB sound card and using that for receiving. This is how I'm able to operate digital on my NetBSD laptop.

I've managed to turn Field Day into a trial run for using Xlog on my NetBSD laptop for the first time. Along the way I got the hamlib functionality to work since NetBSD 9.0 finally supports the USB serial interface from my SignaLink.

I've made 2 QSOs so far, one nerve-wracking CW contact and one phone. Had to go above QRP to make the phone contact happen, but it was with someone in my old stomping grounds of western Pennsylvania so it was worth it.

Unix window manager stuff (2/2) 

Show thread

Unix window manager stuff (1/2) 

Another Field Day is upon us for

But to be honest, I haven't really operated in over a month. The computer I use for digital work is out of commission, I can't copy CW fast enough to make QSOs at the speed that most other hams are sending at, and QRP with an indoor antenna is especially bad when it comes to phone. So yes, doing ham radio here has been a frustrating experience, and I've let other interests occupy my time.

Might get on today or tomorrow, though.

Another Field Day will be upon us tomorrow. But my preferred computer for ham radio digital work, a RPi 2 model B I've been using since 2016, is no longer booting from any microSD card I put in its slot. Even after waiting for over a month it still won't. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this?

It's kind of embarrassing that until today I'd pretty much forgotten that I have a shell script that will take whatever text is in the keyboard and turn it into an audio file for me to play so I can listen to articles and blog posts from my RSS feeds while doing other stuff.

I'd really like to know why my VNC server has started crashing almost every time I select text.

It's been far too long since I posted pictures of , so here are a couple of pictures of her hanging out on one of the arms of my living room chair.

One thing I worked on during my time away from the Fediverse is setting up Nagios here at home, after spending a lot of time with it at work. I've got the basic services I want, but there's key differences between my setup here and what I do at work:

- I use NetBSD instead of Linux
- I use lighttpd instead of Apache
- I use instead of IPv4, with unique local addresses so nothing goes beyond my own LAN

"papa, what does 'estimated time remaining' mean?"

"it means wrong."

I'm checking out for a week starting tomorrow. I know I don't toot much so most of you probably won't notice but I'm doing it for my own well-being.

I was going to let this post just sit quietly on my site, but Tom Webb won't such an elegant comment, I want to make sure his words are read. How Do We Change the Police?

COVID-19, U.S. Media 

Some people will probably call me a masochist for doing this, but I'm attempting to set up Icinga (1, not 2) on lighttpd using FastCGI all on NetBSD. So far I've only managed to get lighttpd working. The rest is what I'm focusing on now.

Show more

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!