Robust Offsite Backups For Home Network

I’ve had some bad luck with computer hard drives over the last year. First, the hard drive in my home server failed. Then the hard drive on my laptop failed several months later. The backups for each had stopped working a while ago. I was able to recover some files using ddrescue. This is actually… Read More »

Remote Control For Radio

Seen a few articles about people controlling their radios remotely lately and thought what most others were doing was a bit too complicated. It could be done a lot easier, at least in my opinion of what’s easier. First, rig control. Linux has the hamlib libraries that can control many different radios. I had built… Read More »

Kinetic Watch Charger

When Carrie and I got married, she gave me a very nice watch as a wedding present. It’s a kinetic watch (i.e. it is wound up by movement). I haven’t used it since the band broke a long time ago. Finally got the band fixed, but since it hasn’t been used, it’s not wound up… Read More »

Fixing Inoperative Rear Vent in Honda Pilot

Haven’t had much time for any projects over the last year or so. Having a new baby in the house tends to do that. Now that she is a little older and on a good schedule, I might be able to get a little time to work on some projects. My wife drives a 2005… Read More »

IR Remote Control for RasBMC Media Center

In my last posting, I turned a Raspberry Pi into a media center PC. One of the things I left undone before declaring the project a success was to set up some kind of hardware based remote control. I was only able to control the PC using the web interface or the XBMC app on… Read More »

Raspberry Pi Set Top Box

For a while now, I’ve been using DLNA to push video to my TV from my computer. The biggest problem I’ve had with that is that is my Sony TV is very picky about the video format. I’ve been stuck experimenting with options to pass to ffmpeg to convert the video from whatever format the… Read More »

November 2013 RACES Exercise

Today was RACES Exercise with Simulated Traffic 13-11. In the exercise, we were supposed to call up a net, contact as many other stations as possible using both voice and digital modes (QSO party style), and send a list of all of our contacts back to net control via voice or digital. In East Contra… Read More »

Turning the Volume Down

I finally started a blog. I’m going to chronicle my exploration of amateur (ham) radio and electronics. So, let’s get to the first post. For the first post, I decided to go after something simple. My daughter has an Elmo guitar, the volume of which is, shall we say, earsplitting. I’ve been threatening to wire… Read More »