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Posted by gerry

The Galway VHF Group Amateur Radio club has been doing some improvements on the APRS network around Galway. This includes adding a weather station - EI2GCP-2  - and renaming the digipeater to EI2GCP-10, and adding iGate functionality.

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Posted by gerry

When I was young, about 11, I was lucky enough to be bought a Commodore 64, the computer that introduced a generation to computers, and likely launched thousands of careers in computing, mine included. It wasn't long before I started to feel constrained by the very basic version of BASIC that it ran... 2 character variable names, no labels, no loops apart from FOR, no allowances to structured programming whatsoever.

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Posted by gerry

I came across am interesting project at the Mayo Radio Experimenter's Club Rally earlier this year. A Wobbulator. A small board that would piggy-back on a Raspberry Pi and utilise an Analog Devices AD9840 Direct Digital Synthesiser as an RF source.

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Posted by gerry

I used to have a bunch of radios in my car; an IC7000 for HF, a Kenwood TM D710 for APRS/VHF/UHF and a Cleartone CM7 ex-PMR for 4m AM/FM. They were installed relatively stealthily, but when I came across the successor to the IC7000, the IC7100, I saw how I could aggregate all of this into a single radio.
So... long story short, I sold all the radios that were in the car and bought the IC7100

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Posted by gerry

I recently bought a TPLink WR703n as they are a nice, inexpensive, and very hackable little device. I have a few projects in mind for this, including playing with Hak.5's Wifi Pineapple. Pretty much all the hacks require flashing with OpenWRT.

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Posted by gerry

I have created image files for CHIRP for both the Baofeng B5, VHF/UHF dual band HT, and the Wouxun UVD1P 4m/2m dual Band HT with the Irish repeater&internet gateway frequencies and where applicable, access tones. They also contain other frequencies that can be interesting to listen to, such as Marine VHF and PMR446.

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Posted by gerry

The awesome Myriam Leggieri just posted on the 091 Labs message board that Rails Girls Galway will be happening again this year. I had such a good time last year that I have to put my name forward to help again this year.
Deadly. Can't wait!

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Posted by gerry

Since I wrote this blogpost, some of the sites and information referenced has disappeared or become otherwise out of date. Here is an updated version:

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Worst. Spam. Ever.

20 Aug 2013
Posted by gerry

I just got one of those 'we can SEO you to riches and fame' emails. Normally, I just ignore them, flag as spam so gmail recognises them in the future, and go about my day. This time, however, the brazen tone and apparently international presence of IMPACTFULSEO.COM caught my attention.

QUOTE--------------------------------------------------------------

Hi,

I was on your website www.gerryk.com

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Rails Girls Galway

27 May 2013
Posted by gerry

Rails Girls is an international initiative geared at encouraging more women to get involved in technology, and more specifically, software engineering and CS. It does this by teaching Webapp development through the medium of Ruby on Rails.

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