Monthly Archives: May 2008

New DXCC entity confirmed

Got a return QSL from EA6SX today. Before you say “You didn’t have Spain?” you should know that this isn’t exactly Spain. Turns out it this is from the Balearic Islands in the Med. Contact was made on 16 Mar on 17 meters.

Grid JM19ik

Thanks Mike for the QSL!


I’m an Amateur Radio operator. There are certain pieces of software that I need to use. Most of them are not available for the *nix platform. So I use tools to help me run them. Virtual software like Xen, Wine, and Sun’s VirtualBox have helped me but I still can’t get everything working properly. Either the OS or the software doesn’t work right or I get everything working except the virtualized OS doesn’t see the USB device or the serial port which throws me back to square one.

So I reluctantly decided to dual boot my laptop. Run F9 and Windows XP together. It would be annoying to have to do this and I really hate the idea of having a Windows install.

Oh and that won’t work, either. I boot from my XP install disk and the screen goes blank. I simply cannot win.

So I’m just plain frustrated. It is two days before Hurricane Season officially begins (and two months since I really started the project) and I need to have this software up and running properly. Does anyone know of a virtualization program that would allow me to run XP and allow the OS to actually utilize the serial port or the USB ports?

Shortwave to FM to CD

Before travelling the seven hours back to Virginia, today, Amanda reminded me to grab some stuff off the Internet that we could listen to on the way home.

I went to my favourite radio programs and downloaded their latest (and some times a few more) podcasts. I burned the files to a few audio CDs with ease and we listened to them on the way home. Great idea.

Of course this got my mind wandering somewhere around Dunn, NC. All of the podcasts that I grabbed I usually listen to over the radio. Before the VOA stopped most of its’ English broadcast I could usually hear Our World on shortwave in the early morning hours. I used to listen to the BBC broadcasts as well until they stopped their shortwave service to the Americas (and now Europe and…). Radio is now FM. And that is where I usually listen to my other radio shows but listening to them without any static or that “radio” sound made me a little sad. I used to love to just listen to the AM signals coming into my receiver. The static and shifting signal was a comfort to me knowing that I was able to hear news and world events without having to rely on any other technology other than the transmitter and the receiver. And the receiver you could build yourself.

It is amazing to me that the BBC would have discontinued their shortwave service to so many parts of the earth. The BBC World Service used to be, in my opinion, the elite of the elite. But sadly they felt that the Internet and local FM radio stations would cover their listening area for them and they should discontinue their transmissions. What they don’t understand is that some NPR stations do broadcast the BBC World Service over FM but it is during the hours of 0100 to 0500 when most people are asleep and that most places still don’t have access to the Internet in a true fashion to make use of this service.

Oh how I long to hear the BBC come through my shortwave receiver speaker.

Arg!!! Configuring Mutt, again…

I’m away on travel this week and when I’m away from home I typically use mutt to do my emailing. I had a heck of a time getting it configured properly last time. I did, however, get it working perfectly after a few days.

Fast forward a few months and I slicked my computer to install Fedora 9. I spent HOURS backing up all my data onto an external hard drive and thought I had it all. I say THOUGHT because I spent HOURS restoring my data and getting all the packages straightened out. So here I am, ready to use Mutt and what do I find? My .muttrc file is missing. Apparently it did NOT get backed up and thus not restored.

So here I go again… Rebuilding and relearning. Maybe this time I’ll take notes.

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Serial problems with Sun xVM Virtual Box

A few days ago I posted that I was having problems with getting some Windoze programs to work under Wine. Joel suggested I try Sun xVM Virtual Box to run Windoze on which would fix many of my problems. I had tried other virtualization programs but Sun xVM seemed to work the best I have seen.

I’m having one problem, however. I am not able to map /dev/ttyS0 to Serial 1 on Windoze. I do get an error after a while in the VM but I can’t quite figure out what I’m doing wrong.

I guess I’ll be working on this tomorrow. If I can’t get that to work then I’m going to have to find something else. 🙁

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Eine neue Sprache…

Wondering how well Google’s Translation system worked I have converted my earlier blog on learning a new language from English to German.

Als ein amerikanischer hatte ich den Luxus, nie zu wissen, eine zweite Sprache, denn ich wollte die Reise in die benachbarte Stadt zu kaufen oder etwas zu tun. Von dem, was ich verstehen, die EuropÀer haben nicht so einfach. Mit allen LÀndern ziemlich klein und voller zusammen Einwohner muss sich mit vielen verschiedenen Sprachen hÀufig (oder so habe ich gehört).

Als ich in High School habe ich ein Semester Spanisch. Ich habe nicht gefĂ€llt. Ich fĂŒhlte mich, als ob mein Gehirn einfach nicht akzeptieren wollen, eine neue Sprache Pauken und es wurde in nur nicht funktioniert. Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob dies hat sich geĂ€ndert, aber ich glaube, ich wĂŒrde gerne zum Erlernen einer neuen Sprache, und zwar jetzt. Vielleicht ist es mein Engagement in der Fedora-Projekt hat die Menschen aus der ganzen Welt arbeiten auf ein gemeinsames Ziel. Vielleicht ist es meine extremen Neugier, was andere Menschen reden ĂŒber ihre Blogs auf Fedora Planet.

Also mit nÀmlich gesagt, in welcher Sprache soll ich lernen? Ich war in Richtung neigt Deutsch, aber ich habe keine rationale ErklÀrung zu meiner Wahl. Jede Vor-oder Nachteile zu einer bestimmten Sprache?

Update: Well, I guess that answers that. Robi posted that apparently the German conversion “hurts”. I do not wish to further hurt any other German-speaking/reading people out there so until I actually LEARN German this will be my last attempt using Google’s Translator.

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