News items for tag vroegah - Koos van den Hout

2020-09-09 Romantiek, gevaar en lust: de Curry en van Inkel podcast 5 months ago
Ze zijn er weer! Ruim 15 jaar nadat ik met vertraging ontdekte dat Adam Curry aan podcasting was begonnen is ook Jeroen van Inkel begonnen met een podcast, en gelijk over het onderwerp waar ik graag dingen over terugluister: Curry en Van Inkel, het radioprogramma wat ik elke vrijdagavond wilde horen in 1984-1987.

Ook nu weer met vertraging, want deze podcast loopt al sinds november 2019. Maar dat maakt de lol niet minder! Het is echt weer genieten van de oude jingles, stukken 'aircheck' (opnames die gemaakt werden van de gehele uitzending zoals die er uit ging), gesprekken met mensen die er bij waren, anecdotes en stukjes van de muziek zoals die toen was (geen lange stukken, want de muziekrechten blijven een ding).

De lol die ik er toen in had om er naar te luisteren komt ook gelijk weer terug. Waarbij ik ook sommige dingen ontdek die ik in die jaren gemist heb, wat dan te maken heeft met de ondertussen iets meer gevorderde leeftijd.

Het mooie is dat het me uit de eerste aflevering duidelijk wordt dat al het archiefmateriaal wat in de podcast gebruikt wordt beschikbaar is in digitale en doorzoekbare vorm omdat een enorme fan de hele voorraad met audiocassettes heeft gekregen van Jeroen, en een jaar later was er een gedigitaliseerd archief.

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2020-04-13 Beeping -- --- .-. ... . loud enough (2) 10 months ago
Today I had time to work on the transistor switching to make the morse oscillator work. As I noticed before the Kent Morse practise oscillator kit is powered directly via the key which draws more current than the nanokeyer I built can handle.

So I had to calculate a transistor switch. That's something I learned a long time ago when I did electronics trade school from 1985 to 1989. In Dutch: MTS electronica. That knowledge had to be dug up again when I did the advanced radio amateur course but since I didn't have to use that knowledge it all sunk away.

But, google to the rescue and I found lots of examples, but the easiest one was at Transistor as a Switch - ElectronicsTutorials which explained exactly what I wanted. The next item was 'which transistor'. The default NPN transistor is the BC547B, but the theoretical current through the oscillator is a bit more than this transistor can handle. But a fellow amateur had a few BC337 transistors spare in his junkbox, so I could continue with this project.

Today I did the drawing and the calculations. I looked up the specifications for the BC337 in full saturation, at which time the Vbe is 1.2 Volt, Vce is 0.7 volt and Ibase is 1 milliAmpere. So I ended up with a resistor of 6800 Ohm at the input (which is (9 Volt - 1.2 Volt)/1 millAmpere rounded) and after building it on a breadboard it went beep with an input current of somewhat over 1.0 milliAmpere.

Update: Second test was with the nanokeyer, which first gave no sound, but that was due to me turning the volume down on the practise oscillator. Turning it back up fixed the problem, and I now have loud morse!

In the end this is giving me a good feeling. I had a kind of problem I haven't had to solve in ages so I had to relearn how to solve this, I found the solution method and was able to apply it in theory, practice followed the theory and it all worked as designed.

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2019-12-02 Remembering the IBM PC RT.. and its powerusage 1 year ago
For a number of years between 1993 and 1997 I not only had a BBS running at home but also an IBM RT 6150 computer. It was a bigtower I got for free including the system floppy disks. I had to reinstall it because I had no idea of the root password and the only contact at the previous owners wasn't willing to give it up. So I swapped 1.2 megabyte 5.25 inch floppies for a while until I had a complete running system with AIX complete with graphical environment and a working TCP/IP stack.

The IBM RT 6150 I had came with 3 builtin harddisks (full-height). For as far as I remember those were 70 megabyte each. Eventually I had enough AIX installed to also have a working compiler.

One downside of this system was the powerusage. It used quite a lot of electricity.

The rest of BBS Koos z'n Doos also used a lot of power. When I moved out of my parents' house in a December month the effect on the electricity bill was remarkable. Next December my parents got a call about what changed because the electricity bill had halved. And I did put 'computers' on the form for the new electricity contract but that same december I received a bill because the electricity for that house was double what the electricity company expected.

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2019-10-24 Nog een https upgrade 1 year ago
Ik ontdekte dat de website van de HCC PCgg netwerkgroep nog prima draait maar wel als onveilig in een moderne browser werd aangemerkt omdat er invoervelden in zitten.

Ook al is de laatste activiteit op de site van Augustus 2012 wil ik toch deze site in de lucht houden omdat ik toen heel veel lol heb gehad met de netwerkgroep en het leuk was om daar presentaties te geven en dingen uit te zoeken.

Dus de site draait nu met een LetsEncrypt certificaat op https. En het was een mooi moment om gelijk de versie van serendipity zelf bij te werken.

Update: Ik zie nu ook browsers die alle http gewoon als onveilig melden. Het is denk ik tijd om de laatste sites ook over te zetten naar https.

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2019-10-20 Restored the webcam site and archives 1 year ago
I was looking at the overview of most requested but not available URLs and noticed there is still traffic to http://webcam.idefix.net/. For years that was the webcam site when I still had access to a reasonable location for putting up a webcam. First a good view at my previous house, and later a window with a good view from a server room at work.

So I dug up the archived images and scripts, cleaned them up and made them available again. There are no fresh images, just the aged archives.

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2019-08-26 3000 items on my homepage and counting 1 year ago
Over 3000 items I was just wondering about the number of newsitems on my homepage and did a check. An interesting value popped up: 3000.

Yes, a round 3000 items since I started writing more than 20 years ago (or rather: 7456 days ago) : I've created a virtual bookcase with an overview of books I like/read.

Graphic created with Retro Wave.

Hat tip to Wil Wheaton, who mentions 6584 days - Wil Wheaton dot net

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2019-07-25 First onewire stats ageing out 1 year ago
I was looking at some onewire temperature stats and noticed the first stats being aged out. I started monitoring temperatures with 1-wire sensors in January 2007 using rrdtool. I set up round robin archives with an expiry in 11 years, and those 11 years have passed now for the first measurements.

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2019-07-10 Einde van (weer) een tijdperk: geen DVB-T meer in Nederland 1 year ago
DVB logo Op 9 Juli is de laatste omschakeling van DVB-T naar DVB-T2 geweest in Nederland, waarmee DVB-T ten einde gekomen is. In de ether is dus van 2 oktober 1951 tot 10 december 2006 analoog uitgezonden en van 10 december 2006 tot 2 oktober 2018 (eerste regio) - 9 juli 2019 (laatste regio) in DVB-T.

De Samsung televisie die we aangeschaft hebben in mei 2013 snapt er niets meer van bij een scan op het UHF spectrum. Vooraf had ik gezocht of deze televisie DVB-T2 en de gebruikte codec ondersteunde en dat was wat onduidelijk, het hing af van de taal van de handleiding. Uiteindelijk werkt het dus duidelijk niet, de scan voor digitale tv signalen levert helemaal geen resultaat op.

Dus we hebben geen NPO 1/2/3 meer free-to-air wat we gebruikten sinds de prijsverhogingen en wijzigingen van Ziggo in 2015. Bij een eerste test bleken de livestreams van de NPO applicatie met chromecast ook te werken. Alleen heeft een hapering van de internetverbinding ook gelijk het gevolg dat de televisie stopt.

Het voelt wel raar om voor 'broadcast' televisie een stream aan te zetten, maar dat zal wel liggen aan de geschiedenis die er voor mij achter zit.

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2019-01-12 Enabling some old web userdirs 2 years ago
I received a "complaint" that a very old site on the webserver wasn't working anymore. I am not a person to just stop something without planning that so this was an oversight. It was one of the userdirs on idefix.net: Ivo van der Wijk who hasn't updated the page sinds 1994. No, really, not even the broken links.

In restoring this one and the others I found that php in userdirs is disabled by default nowadays, found via PHP not working in userdir (public_html) - devPlant. Maybe a good idea, but I only enable php on virtualhosts where I want it, so I disabled that rule. I hadn't missed it on my own webspace yet, but a site like Het online dagboek van hester (Renate) in Australie (en daar in de buurt) depend on PHP completely.

While I was looking for the reason the php failed I also noticed that /etc/apache2/mods-available/userdir.conf also has some configuration I do not appreciate, it enables userdirs globally when the module is loaded:
<IfModule mod_userdir.c>
        UserDir public_html
        UserDir disabled root

        <Directory /home/*/public_html>
                AllowOverride FileInfo AuthConfig Limit Indexes
                Options MultiViews Indexes SymLinksIfOwnerMatch IncludesNoExec
                Require method GET POST OPTIONS
        </Directory>
</IfModule>
I disabled that part: I only want the userdir to work on specific virtual hosts.

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2018-10-21 One of my first radio contacts (re)confirmed 2 years ago
From time to time I check whether eQSL has new incoming confirmations for PD4KH contacts. Recently I found one for a contact that goes way back, and it was before I used a linux radio logging program so I did not have the details stored in my logging program. But my website still has those details: Vanavond vanuit de achtertuin contact met PI4HAL via repeater PI3UTR.

It turns out PI4HAL decided to stop sending out paper cards and started using eQSL. I guess they uploaded all old logs.

I do remember the contact and being nervous about actually talking "on the air" and finding my turn between other callers to that station.

This was a trigger for me to check my old logs and make sure I upload things correctly to ARRL Logbook of The World including the few satellite contacts.

Oh and I never started using hrdlog as PE4KH. It did not add a lot for me.
Read the rest of One of my first radio contacts (re)confirmed

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