Pi Pi Pi Piledriver

The boards I designed and ordered have arrived today, so i hastily threw together the Pi board to make sure I did not screw anything up. Everything is legit and I no longer have the stupid low power symbol coming on all the time. Everything is now powered off a 5A psu and even with the LCD, wireless keyboard and mouse and hard drive hanging off it, its happy as. No more losses in crappy USB cables. The other thing on the board is a bandpass filter. So i can play with some of the rf generation techniques that you can do with the pi. More on that later.

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15m FT8

Well, from what all the talk is currently, we are no longer in solar minimum and the new solar cycles has started with vengeance. As of writing this post there are currently 21 sunspots and 15m has been open during the daytime for the last couple of days. Not that there is lots off activity, but there is enough to warrant showing some interest in the band. Anyway, I am a 15m fan boy as it is, so i need no coaxing to get on 15m and see what is going on.

The above image shows 24 hours worth of data. Not that i have been spending great amounts of time here, every hour or so i put out a few calls or enough calls for the watchdog timer to kick in and then check the map. I am not making much in the way of contacts, but I am being heard and I am hearing stations and I have had 2 incomplete contacts.

Well, I have now managed 1 contact in 2 days HAHA. Not that it matters all that much, but its good to see my favorite band open and doing something. Its been a while since there has been much action here. I know the 10m fan boys must be foaming at the mouth for some action up there. Bring on more sunspots.

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