Bikeforums.net – Idiots? Maybe. Illegal? Probably. GDPR violators? Definitely!

I joined the online forum “bikeforums.net” back in 2012, just to be able to read some of the postings on the road bike section. I didn’t post anything there in my time as a forum member, the community just didn’t interest me much, and they really didn’t seem like the most friendly bunch, but I thought nothing of it really – no skin from my back. However, over the past ~18 months or so, I started to get really stupid/medically dangerous spam to the address I used to sign up to those forums. Upon checking the forums, I could see …

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A good day on the radio.

Towards the end of 2020, I set myself an interesting challenge: On each band I can transmit on with the FT-891: Make at least one international contact on FT8 Within the 12 hour period from 9am. I used the DX Commander for QSOs on 80m, 40m, and 30m. I used the Hexbeam for QSOs on 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, and 6m. My in-progress longwave MagLoop was then used for 60m and 160m. Interesting QSOs from the day? 6m was open to Iberia and I made a few contacts to Spain and Portugal. My only 10m contact was in the …

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Licensed Drone Operator

I decided to branch out my hobbies into the flying of small unmanned aerial vehicles, and I obtained a DJI Mavic Air 2 over the weekend. I’ve already passed all necessary qualifications to hold the IAA drone operator’s license which is applicable all across Europe. That little aircraft is amazing really. The level of control it has, and the footage capability it has, are both so far ahead of what I previously had used. I’ve flown it through my Hexbeam radio antenna, I’ve flown it around and through the swingset on the lawn, and I can fly it around a …

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How dumb is dumb? This dumb..

Some time in the past two years, I had my Celestron CPC800 telescope on the footpath to the rear of the house, taking a look through the developing twilight at the planets Jupiter and Saturn. I had invited the others in the house to come out and take a look, as for some it was to be their first time actually seeing the gas giants through a telescope. One of the girls enjoyed looking at Jupiter and could discern the equatorial bands, then could see the Cassini division in Saturn’s rings. She then looks up at me and asks in …

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You may now call me EI4IWB

Echo India Four India Whiskey Bravo. That’s my new identity ont he airwaves. Saturday July 25th, I travelled to the Maldron hotel in Tallaght, Dublin, to sit the IRTS/Comreg HAREC Amateur Radio Licensing exam. Two-part paper, two hours long, 60 multiple choice sections, questions chosen from the syllabus and corrected by Comreg. About ten days later, including a 5-day quarantine of the paperwork to comply with Covid-19 regulations, I was informed of my e-Licensing account with Comreg. Later that evening the exam results were posted up, and I had a grade of “Pass” with a score of 85%, >60% needed …

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Solder kits – soothing constructions and learning tools

Since the start of the year, I’ve been teaching myself how to solder properly. I’ve found that putting together a complex kit is something akin to the same sense of progress and accomplishment that I used get with e.g. Lego Technic kits as kid. It’s good to get back the access to that set of feelings! I started with some cheap antenna kits from the QRP Guys to get better reception on my SDRs, found I quite liked putting them together and fettling them after the completion of construction. I purchased a proper Weller soldering station from Amazon and a …

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Bethesda, you screwed up..

Bethesda Softworks, you’ve really screwed it up. You managed, in less than two days, to turn a large group of hardcore fans against your company. How? By requiring a rootkit to be installed in order to play a game from a famous franchise. See here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Doom/comments/gjzi01/why_you_should_remove_doom_eternal_denuvo/ I’ve been a fan of the Doom franchise since I first played the game way back in the mid-90s. I played on everything from my first P133 through to my current behemoth machines. I thoroughly enjoyed Doom3 in spite of its monster closets. I spent a lot of time looking forwards to the newest …

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Build Complete. Beast. Behemoth..

UserBenchmarks: Game 116%, Desk 134%, Work 134%CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X – 97.7%GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 – 124.8%SSD: Corsair Force NVMe PCIe M.2 960GB – 257.7%HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB – 46.3%RAM: Corsair CMW16GX4M2Z3600C18 2x8GB – 116.1% Timespy: 10974 Firestrike: 23244 Port Royal: 6643 Unigine Heaven Basic : FPS: 363.50 Score: 9158 Build details: CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900XGPU: Asus RTX 2080 Dual OCSSD: Corsair Force NVMe PCIe M.2 960GBHDD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TBRAM: Corsair DDR4-3600 2x8GBMBD: Asus ROG STRIX X570-E GAMINGPSU: Corsair HX1200iCase: Corsair Obsidian 750dCooler: Corsair H115i Pro