WordCamp Edinburgh 2018

Friday 16th – Travel Day It’s Friday 16th November and I am super excited about going up to Edinburgh for a weekend of WordPress. I pack my bag, check my tickets and head into Manchester. On arriving, I rendezvous with Kayleigh Thorpe and we head down to the platform for our train. The good news

Productivity Overhaul

Every Friday morning, I have a 2 hour personal development period. While mostly it is learning new things to further my skillset, I also use it to review my toolsets and see if I can make my workflows etc faster and ultimately easier! At the weekend I attended WordCamp Edinburgh. On the Sunday I joined

Warning! Before updating your Zum/HS hat firmware to 1.4.12

I want to bring your attention to this commit: https://github.com/juribeparada/MMDVM_HS/commit/7020510f2ee945bcba8021b93912cb09bda2183dDue to issues over in the states with hotspots being used on frequencies intended for satellites, the developer has banned the use of the following frequency blocks. // Banned amateur frequency ranges (satellite only, ISS, etc) #define BAN1_MIN 145800000 #define BAN1_MAX 146000000 #define BAN2_MIN 435000000 #define BAN2_MAX


HUBNet is a network based on the Allstar system. The core values are to provide linking between RF repeaters of all modes and bands. Bringing radio amateurs together and allowing you to rag chew across short and large distances without the 5 and 9 contest grind. Check out the website: https://www.hubnetwork.uk/

Beware the fake Nagoya Antennas!

Sadly, all sellers on Amazon appear to be selling copies and getting the real thing is surprisingly hard. Amazon also rejects reviews warning others that these are false. I know, because I have one I bought myself. I ended up buying a Welsh made antenna from Sandpiper, so I at least know it is genuine,

WordUP Brighton

Me and Kay went down to Brighton last week for their monthly WordUP meeting. The night was all about images and there where some great talks. Rich Copping talked about the use of images and tips on where when and how to use them effectively. Kay talked about image optimisation and how to use galleries

Buying goodies and terrible mic fright

So, as I re embark on my radio journey I have bought a few bits and pieces. I have a new CAT cable so I can program / control my FT-857D. I have ordered a Nagoya NA771 antenna for my little Baofeng UV-5R and I have a new meter coming so I can keep a better

First small project: Swap out the noisy fan!

The Watson W25-AM (25 Watt) power supply, is renowned for its jet engine antics, once you draw more than 500ma from it. Enter the spare 80mm fan I had won many years back in a radio club raffle. Gave it a good clean out while I was at it. It is much quieter now. I


Here I ramble about WordPress, Linux System Administration, Amateur Radio, Music and anything else I can think of. I am a member of the Warrington Amateur Radio club. I also attend the Manchester WordPress User Group. If you are new to WordPress or even a seasoned hand and live in the Manchester area, come along. They