New Galway Hackerspace

Submitted by gerry on Sat, 06/26/2010 - 11:42

Galway has a new HackerSpace.

Going by the name 091labs (from the dialling code for Galway, 091) a HackerSpace has recently become active in Galway in the West of Ireland. I have yet to visit, but am very excited that we finally have our very own HackerSpace... 
Further details from the 091labs site: or their twwiter feed:

I look forward to visiting the labs soon.
Best of luck!!

X10 Home Automation with SMS

Submitted by gerry on Wed, 02/10/2010 - 10:57

I am currently building a house, and as such, have a great platform for implementing all the things I have dreamt of but could never manage to achieve in a rented house. Apart from finally having the spaghetti finally embedded in the walls and floors, and having almost enough power and network sockets (you can never actually have enough, right?) I can experiment with centralising control of the house and accessing home telemetry through my phone.


Submitted by gerry on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 10:50

APRS is often misunderstood to mean Automatic Position Reporting System, when, according to creator Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, it actually stands for Automatic Packet Reporting System. Some might maintain that the primary purpose of APRS is vehicle tracking and service position reporting, and, while this is not entirely untrue, it does sell short the possibilities of this excellent technology.

Eircom wins HSE Datawarehousing Contract

Submitted by gerry on Tue, 07/07/2009 - 10:44

Full Article at Silicon Republic
I have to be honest when I say that this does not inspire confidence. Neither the HSE, nor Eircom has shown themselves to be leading lights of security and disclosure, preferring a more reactive approach of spin in the face of obvious breaches and slips.
It remains to be seen how this plays out, but I, personally, am not expecting any major diversions from form.

CASHOTA-Ireland Activation

Submitted by gerry on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 10:18

Yesterday, 17th March (St. Patrick's Day) was also the date of the first castle activation for CASHOTA-Ireland. We chose this day for a number of reasons... it was likely that there would be many stations eager to talk to an Irish station, and it was the first day I would have available.
The castle to be activated was Oranmore Castle, resident of World War II Submarine Commander and twice circumnavigator of the world, Commander Bill King. This Castle was designated EI/001/C for the CASHOTA Award.

20m Moxon for Portable Use

Submitted by gerry on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 10:14

We (the Galway VHF Group) have a good many portable operations coming up this year, so, to supplement our portable HF antenna collection, I thought a 20m Moxon might be a nice project.
The only real expense was the 4 fibreglass fishing poles, but they ended up very cheap, even when you factor in postage from the UK.
The design was going to be based around a spreader made from a rectangle of 12mm ply, with 25mm dowel bolted on at the relevant angles.