2020’s First Task

I have been slowly collecting SMD parts, most of the bigger stuff is just as easy to use as through hole, so making the change has not been such an issue as i thought it might. But, the problem comes, how to sort and store them. Well there is a solution, the uSleeve by EEVblog. Dave Jones has these really high quality parts sleeves on his webstore. They are kind of expensive for plastic sleeves, but, they anti static and come in A4 sizes, one with 10 pockets and one with 7 pockets. You get 10 of each for $25 Aud shipped. So I am in the process of moving parts out shoe boxes and into A4 ring binders.


First Contact

No this is not a sad story about when the Australian Aboriginals first met white people and had their lands taken from them, this is the beginning of the story of 2020 and the first contact I made, hopefully the first contact of many. Nothing exotic here about VK2 but it is the first contact in the log for 2020 and the beginning of a new decade in amateur radio for me. Onward and upwards.


Merry Christmas 2019

Its been a long year, I have not achieved half as much as I would have wanted to, but that is how things go. I do hope to get some bench time next week and move a few projects along that have been sitting waiting for attention for months. Things are winding down at work, so I should have some time next week. Anyway, if I do not post again before hand, have a very merry christmas and a happy new year. Bring on the new decade.


SETI at Home

So what seems today like 500 years ago I got involved in the Seti At Home Project. Actually i got involved not long after it first started with my initial sign up date being the year 2000. Horay for the stats they keep. Anyway, while chatting with some friends, I was reminded about Seti and that it has been a long time since I had even thought about it. So i downloaded the client and fired it up and have let it run in the background of my computer ever since.

I have always been a bit of an astronomy fan boy, particularly radio astronomy and being a radio fanboy and homebrewer of sorts, Seti is a pretty good fit. Its funny, back in 2000 I think i was running a 486 and it took a day to process a data block, now with a fancy GPU in my office computer I am processing a data block every hour. Havent computers gotten faster.

And its not just aliens you can give up your computer processing time to. The science united project that also uses the Boinc client has plenty of other scientific projects that could use the help of distributed computing methods to crunch the data. So if you got a buzz for science check them out and give them a go.