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.

Coping With Color on the Linux Console (and XTerm and friends)

In the previous post about ANSI escape sequences, terminfo, and the tput utility, what I did not mention is that even though a given color such as blue or cyan is requested, it is beyond the program’s control the actual … Continue reading

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Tinkering in the terminal with tput

While it looks like a throwback to the 1980s or even the late 1970s, the terminal is a very capable way of performing tasks on a POSIX (BSD, GNU/Linux, etc.) computer.  Some tasks are simply better suited to a Text … Continue reading

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N0NB at 21

Me? No, I’m somewhat older than 21.  Dearie me! It was 21 years ago today that N0NB became an active callsign in the FCC database assigned to me.  My callsign for the prior 15 years of KA0RNY was thus retired … Continue reading

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Running N1MM+ logger with Wine on Debian Buster

I’m certainly not the first to attempt to run the popular N1MM Logger+ contest logging program on Linux through Wine.  I do think that I’m one of the few (NF8M, W2NRL (thanks to both of you for putting your experiences … Continue reading

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A personal milestone and a look back

35 years ago on November 4, 1983 a somewhat nondescript government envelope arrived in the mail box.  It was from the FCC and was the fulfillment of a dream.  It was a Novice class amateur radio license issued in my … Continue reading

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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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