Progress on my portable/offgrid kit. FT-857D with pack frame, for digital modes, and soon a 10ah LiFePo4 battery. Probably will use an old ThinkPad X230 for the computer side of things… maybe. Not the best power efficiency. Still need to decide on a bag, maybe PRC 117G pouch (molle ftw). Not to mention solar panels and a charge controller. Still considering options there as I of course want to support multiple loads (such as lights, computer charging, etc.)

Finally built my - it was actually a really easy build! Nice. Haven’t really read the manual to know all its functions but I quickly tried trx mode and wrote out my callsign in morse for the first time! I had to guess at “7” because I haven’t actually got that far (in the LCWO order of character learning) yet… 😄

Wow, that's kinda uncool. @protonmail updated their services/plans (which is fine), and in the process magically auto-subscribed me to all their email newsletter subscriptions, even though I had previously unsubscribed from all of them but one.

birdsite nsfw ad 

woops, opened the official Twitter client by accident. even shittier and more psychologically hostile than I expected.

Sweet, got my award, (which just denotes that I received some SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station)… the second one I’ve received (prev one in 2019)! Kinda fun, and cool to have as an official “receipt” of my participation in their project. Based on the award # I’m the 1113th person to receive one.

dang, they happened to transmit the same image again, but it didn't come in much better that time around lol (on the upside I'm trying a different technique/software and able to filter out a ton of noise outside of the effective SSTV frequencies)

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One more SSTV image, not so good, but still quite legible! pretty poor reception this time around though haha

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wow, got an even better receipt of this latest image from the International Space Station! This time I put my NA-771 on my Yaesu VX-8DR with an adaptor. not bad at all!

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Picked up a pretty decent reception of transmission from the on 145.8mhz! Lots of noise I guess due to ionospheric effects or interference, but still not too bad at all! Picked up with my Baofeng BF-F8HP and Nagoya NA-771 antenna and decoded with BlackCat Systems SSTV app for iOS. Looking forward to picking up more transmissions today/tomorrow!

sooooo much insanely good stuff “pay what you want” on Bandcamp right now. just picked up so many favorites I hadn’t purchased yet… so stoked!!! I’m not done yet, either 🥰

TFW you're playing a competitive game and you die from a projectile that missed you by this much. Nice hit boxes... there's a gap more than double the width of my character's model but that shit still hit me. Cool.

Found some cool old stuff. Adobe Magazine(!) from 1997 and ComputerLife magazine, also from 1997, with an interview with Rand Miller. Will have to get better photos and send that to him. Love digging through this stuff. I have a bunch more as well, some 90’s graphic design catalogues featuring fonts, clip-art, software etc… oh got a MacWarehouse issue even! haha

so I’ve had this seemingly-useless old thin terminal PC for years. got it from Value Village for $10, suspecting the nondescript gray “pizza box” might be something interesting. I knew it was Motorola-powered but I just checked and it quite interestingly has a Motorola 88k processor (MC8100RC20)!!! very cool! I don’t really have any use for it but… pretty neat artifact. The machine is a Network Computing Devices MCX-L from 1992 and unfortunately I can find very little about it online.

East Sooke Regional Park, looking out to the Salish Sea. near Aylard Farm. ultra-serene area!

Ancer Research Group / Datacomp DFK121 mechanical keyboard (Futaba MA switches) from 1989. Subtle tactile press, clicky release. Never used any other keyboard with switches quite like this! It’s almost like buckling spring, but much easier to press. Very satisfying even if a bit noisy! 😄

almost forgot I had this! got it from a guy I was buying some old Mac software from via craigslist a few years ago.

Received these awesome stickers in the mail! Thanks @FiLiS , @mischa , , and the kids too! These are great haha, and I love the note. I’ll be happy to send a postcard. I’ll try to find a cool one that nicely depicts the atmosphere here! 😊

birdsite, poor ux 

it’s pretty ironic that this extraneous notification is trying to help me reduce extraneous notifications. It took 3+ restarts of the app for it to finally stop showing “1 unread” and this being the unread so-called notification 😂

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