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Norweigan air wifi, so cool

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I highly recommend this! I’m sitting on a Boeing 737 at 36000ft somewhere over Spain and I’m connected to the internet. Norwegian air have WiFi on board and this means I’m able to sit here updating my blog looking down on the world below. Brilliant!! Beats the hell out of the other airlines that I’ve flown with.

 

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Learning to code on codecademy

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Want to learn computer coding? Head over to codecademy.com where you can learn to code in languages just as python for free! It is a fantastic way of learning as they introduce coding concepts. Then you get to test your new skills in the IDE that’s embedded in the webpage. Your code is tested to see if it works or not and if it does you gain merit points. Each time you complete a module in the course you are awarded skill badges.

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G7WJW’s experiments in amateur radio and electronics

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G7WJW’s experiments in amateur radio and electronics. Various experiments in radio and reviews of software and equipment. Adventures in programming in Python and using development boards.

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SDR Radio Software and Remote Listening For Free

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I’m using a great piece of software that I’ve stumbled across recently. The software is written by Simon Brown HB9DRV, he wrote, up until recently, the wonderful Ham Radio Deluxe software. SDR-Radio is an application that Simon has written to use with RFspace’s fantastic range of software defined radios as well other usual suspects such as the Softrock range of SDR’s. One thing with this app which I have found invaluable is the ability to connect remotely to SDR receivers over the internet.

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End fed long wire for 160m to 6m from M0CVO

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Well I’ve taken the plunge and bought an end fed long wire antenna to get something up in the air at my rented house. I bought the antenna from Waters and Stanton, it is just over 40m long and is made by M0CVO. The antenna looks like it is well made with a professional looking 9:1 Balun, it has a SO239 connection and an earth connection. The instructions state that you do not need to connect the earth connection, but it is recommended to connect it to deal with static.

I plan to string it up from the peak of the roof of the house and slope it down to the end of rear garden. I do have the option to get it higher and hang it from a tree out the front of the property. If I was really cheeky and I thought I could get away with it, there is a tall tree behind my neighbours garden but that would mean the wire crossing over their garden. I’m not sure that they would like that :-/

Allegedly the antenna is capable of operating between 160m and 6m with a good ATU. I just need to take the plunge now and see what complaints I get with this wire antenna.

Check back soon for my review of the antenna once I get it in the air.

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Happy New Year 2012

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Welcome to my new look website for 2012.

What a start to the year! I’ve moved house and I’ve moved the web server to a new host and now I’m using WordPress for the content. Please bear with me while I get used to WordPress. I’m sure I will make plenty of mistakes along the way, but then that’s half the fun in learning something new.

So the challenge for the new house. The garden is postage stamp sized and also were renting the new house, so I can’t do anything destructive or that will breach my tenancy agreement. I’m thinking maybe a magnetic loop in the small loft space.