Author Archives: Nate Bargmann

About Nate Bargmann

An amateur radio operator, vintage motorcycle enthusiast, and all around tinkerer interested in too many things to focus on one for very long. When I'm typing here, it's likely that I should be doing something else.

4 State QRP Group Bayou Jumper (Paraset inspired QRP XCVR)

Just before Christmas the 4 State QRP Group announced that a new kit is available, dubbed the Bayou Jumper. From its introductory page: “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear” and build the Bayou Jumper. The name … Continue reading

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Compiling WSJT-X 1.7.0 on Devuan Jessie

The latest version of WSJT-X, 1.7.0, was released on 19 December, 2016.  I found that the available Debian formatted package would not install as it is biult for Ubuntu 16.04.1 (and variants) which has a newer version of Qt5 on … Continue reading

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My first introduction to amateur radio

It was early 1977 as I recall, probably just after New Years, I was 13, CB was big in the popular culture and I wished to be able to take part but a CB at the time was just too … Continue reading

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Running Electraft utilities on Linux amd64 and multiarch

At this time the Elecraft utilities for Linux are only available as i386 32 bit precompiled binaries.  Other architectures such as amd64 or armhf (Raspberry Pi) must use another means, if possible.  The Debian Linux distribution and its derivatives (Ubuntu, … Continue reading

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Enabling sysvinit on Minibian Jessie 2016-03-12

As I was building a very minimal system for running APRX (N0NB-10) I chose to use Minibian as the starting point rather than stripping down the full Raspbian image to run on a Rasberry Pi model B.  Stripping the system … Continue reading

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New weather station online

After ten years of reliable service, I have replaced the Peet Brothers Ultimeter 2000 with a Davis Vantage Pro2 wireless unit. This allows me to have the sensor unit a greater distance from the shack as it will transmit to … Continue reading

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Defining your own happiness

Once again I had to relearn a tough lesson about letting one’s happiness be defined by others.  To wit, the heartbreaking end of the 2014 World Series for those of us who are Kansas City Royals fans.  I’ve been there … Continue reading

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Marshall County ARC Field Day featured in ARRL Midwest Division newsletter

It’s actually a rare occasion that I check out things like the ARRL Midwest Division newsletter.  A week and a half ago I did so for the first time in a long while (shameful, I know), and found, to my … Continue reading

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Debian 7.3.0 (Wheezy) in VirtualBox

To test a software build I installed Debian 7.3.0, a.k.a. Wheezy, into a VirtualBox drive.  All seemed well except the VirtualBox Guest additions did not seem to be active as a shared directory to the host computer could not be … Continue reading

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Netiquette

In this post “netiquette” will refer to the way we conduct ourselves on amateur radio ARRL National Traffic System affiliated traffic nets, not the Internet version. Amateur radio traffic nets, particularly ones conducted in a phone mode, attract a number … Continue reading

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