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Garland Brothers and the golden age of hobby electronics


Does anyone reading this remember Garland Brothers on Deptford Broadway? When I was about 11 onwards, I became interested big-time in what my Dad did as a hobby – Electronics. He had studied radio maintenance in the RAF as a National Service recruit and it led to a lifetimes interest in radio and electronics. In…

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G6AFY = 33


It’s 12pm on 14th February 2015 and G6AFY is exactly 33 years old today! On this day in 1981 I pressed that PTT and spoke with Les, G8MKU who was all of 100 yards away. A wonderful hobby.

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I love Logitech!


I find Logitech a superb brand, one I always go for if I have a choice. I bought one of their K750 Solar powered keyboards last year. I was just after a decent keyboard, the solar feature is not that important to me. But the keyboard is the best I have ever had the pleasure…

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Outlook 2003 loses large portions of sent emails


Yeah I know Outlook 2003 is out of support now, but for those who still use it… Users were noticing that when they sent longer emails, large chunks of the emails were not sent. That is they were truncated at some seemingly random point in the text. It came to light when recipients were replying…

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People try to balance arguments about the strangest things – upsetting hackers.


Is it just me? The article below contains a couple of counter-arguments in an attempt to balance the rights of hackers against the attempts by GCHQ to disrupt their activities. For example: “Legally, we enter a very grey area here; where members of Lulzsec were arrested and incarcerated¬†for carrying out DoS attacks, but it seems…

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wxtoimg – changing baud rate for GPS and Receiver type


I have spent some months now using wxtoimg to receive the NOAA APT images on 137MHz. It is a well designed program and produces superb results. Two small niggles I found are easily remedied it seems. Both require modification of the configuration file c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\WXtoImg\wxtoimg.cfg. ¬†This filecontains all of the configuration settings for the software Changing…

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Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy


When I was a lad, about 8 I reckon, I found a book in the school library at Bybrook Junior School. It was called ‘Danny Dunny Invisible Boy’ by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin. They were American novels written in the 50s – 70s about a boy who lived with his mother who was housekeeper…

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Saving a version of a Visual Basic 6 project


I’m writing this one up as it took me hours to locate an answer on the net. I had been working on a project in Visual Basic 6. The project was issued and distributed and I had to move on to adding new features. I wanted to do this by saving a copy of the…

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Raspberry Pi LED Flashing!


Well the first steps to working with new hardware usually go through the age-old step of making an LED flash. I finally managed to do that very recently and recorded the moment for posterity! I recommend reading MagPi magazine – it’s very professional and very informative. What more could you want from a mag? Please…

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Problem using Win32DiskImager to write to SD Card – Error 5, Lock problem


Same day that my Pi arrived, I tried to write the Debian squeeze image to an 8GB Sandisk Micro SD. Actually I tried it with a 2GB unbranded and found the same problem. The problem was that when clicking the ‘Write’ button in Win32DiskImager, it would say it could not lock the disk, the disk…

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