Sad to see it go, though I only ever used it a handful of times. There is a certain buzz to be got from briefly speaking to someone from another country through a satellite, that you just don’t get from using the plain old telephone (or skype for that matter).
We all have an interest in the weather to some level or other. I finally cracked earlier this year and got a weather station, a Davis Vantage VUE with a Weatherlink USB interface.
Unfortunately, not long after I got it the humidity and temperature sensors inexplicably failed. So back to Weathershop, and after a fairly quick turnaround, it has been working fine all Summer.
This weekend, the good weather co-incided with me being at home. So, with permission from SWMBO, the drills came out, and the sensor suite is now mounted in a reasonable location off the gable end of the house (it was in the garden up to now).
The data is available online, using the wview package. It is also available at aprs.fi or findu, as, being into APRS, I’m feeding it into the APRS-IS backbone and contributing to the Citizens Weather Observation Program.
So, the Rugby World cup is over, Vettel has won another Grand Prix, it’s a bank holiday Monday and it is raining buckets out. What do to? Press play on Soldersmoke 137, fire up the soldering-iron and finish building a KX1 of course.
I didn’t get a chance to test it on-air yesterday as my 20m dipole is down and it was too wet to put something up temporarily, but it seems to be working ok into a dummy-load. Next up are the KXAT1 Automatic Antenna Tuning Unit and the 30m/80m module.