Learning about Echolink

Back in March, I obtained my technician class amateur radio license. Since then, I moved and things have been very busy, so I just recently started getting back into ham radio.

I had seen some things online about Echolink, so decided to learn a little more about it. I downloaded the echolink app, but before I could use it, I had to verify my license to gain access.

Once I got the app up and running, I decided to try and make a contact. I was able to make contact with a guy in Apache Junction, AZ on my phone while driving down the highway. He told me that although I was on my phone, he was actually talking to me on his Kenwood portable radio. He also said that our conversation was being bounced off a repeater in Wisconsin. We chatted for awhile, but unfortunately, because I was driving, I could write down his call sign.

The great thing about echolink is that you can connect with people around the world with just a laptop or smartphone. Eventually, I will be buying some better equipment to make some great long distance contacts directly from my radio. You can learn more about it at www.echolink.org

Nerd in the woods

A few months ago, my family purchased a 10 acre piece of property out in the woods. Prior to that, we had lived in town and on the beach for the past 8 years. There were many things we had to adapt to moving out here, being 30 miles from town meant planning our grocery [...]

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Review: Linux Academy

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A few weeks ago, while listening to the Everyday Linux podcast, I heard them talking about a site called the Linux Academy.  I have always had a desire to learn more about linux and have been playing with different distributions for many years.  I never really got deep into it, I mostly just played with [...]

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Ham Radio license test

I have been wanting to get my amateur radio license for about a year now. I find it interesting that there are so many people communicating all over the world. I did some studying and found that a test was being offered in Pensacola, FL on 3/8/2014. I decided to make the trip and hopefully [...]

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Ham-ing it up

I decided to look into obtaining my license to operate ham radio. I heard Leo LaPorte talking about it a few years ago and was always curious about it. A lot of people think of ham radio operators are a bunch of old nerds, but I have learned that a lot of younger people have [...]

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Why my family will not receive any electronics this Christmas

No electronics for Christmas may sound a little strange for someone like myself who is so passionate about technology. My wife and I discussed this a few months ago, as we began to realize the amount of stuff our kids already have. I am one who feels it is very important for kids to learn [...]

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Make Virtualbox and Mavericks play nice together

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I love Virtualbox and have been using it for several years. I use it to experiment with new linux distros and learn more about linux. After updating to Mavericks, I had a few issues, so I uninstalled and re-installed Virtualbox. Things seemed to be working fine, problem solved, so I thought. When I rebooted my [...]

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3 Steps to updating a Github remote repo

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If you have ever run into an issue where you are trying to push code to a repo, but find that you are still connected to another repo, it can be very frustrating. It’s actually fairly simple to change the remote repo   First run git remote -v View existing remotes # origin https://github.com/user/repo.git (fetch) [...]

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Learning about Enumerable’s

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Last night I finished the Collections lesson from www.jumpstartlab.com. It was a great exercise, which provides you with some data and requires you to sort the data in the following ways:   Find all the even numbers Find the square of each number Determine if there is a number evenly divisible by 31 (you’ll need [...]

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Micro Blogger Project from Jumpstartlab

A few weeks ago I started working with a some friends on a few projects. We decided to go back through some of the lessons on www.jumpstartlab.com  In the past, I had done the Blogger project and Ruby in 100 Minutes, but then got overwhelmed with tons of other resources and went on to do [...]

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