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First Miracle Whip QSOs

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When I got up this morning I turned on the FT-817 with the Miracle Whip mounted on its back. There were a lot of strong stations calling CQ TEST. I didn't quite know what kind of contest it was but a quick check on the net revealed that it was nothing less than CQ WW DX 2005.


ESA Launches YouTube Channel

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On November 7 ESA has launched its own YouTube site in a new initiative to communicate even more widely with the general public by using the latest social media channels.


Adobe Flashplayer for Galeon on 64 bit Ubuntu 9.04

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I was excited about the new Ubuntu 9.04 released just a few days ago. In fact, so excited that I installed the release candidate instead of waiting for the final release, knowing that it will be impossible to download during the first few days. Anyway, it's cool, it's slick and it boots in less than 15 seconds! Of course, one problem that you run into on 64 bit is the lack of Adobe Flash player – at least if you want to avoid installing 32 bit compatibility libraries. Here is how the problem is solved.

First, you need to download the Adobe Flashplayer 10 browser plugin from Adobe. You can get it here. It's a .tar.gz file containing a single shared object (so file). Since my primary browser is firefox, I installed it into /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/

That makes flash work all right in firefox, but it still didn't work in Galeon – another lightweight web browser that I like to use a lot. As it turns out, Galeon looks for plugins in the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins directory, so the problem was solved by simply creating a symbolic link to the libflashplayer.so I just installed in /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/ – that's it!



Improvised Shoulder Strap Holder

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When I bought my FT-817 (second hand) it came with a shoulder strap but the shoulder strap holders were missing. I talked to the seller and he promised to send them to me. Few days later I have received another shoulder strap so that now I had two shoulder straps but still no holder!

Now that I've got the Arrow II antenna and I will be attempting to work satellites with the FT-817 I really needed to mount a shoulder strap. So I came up with this solution using 1 mm copper wire to hold a shoulder strap from a cheap laptop bag that I had laying around. This shoulder strap is actually much more comfortable and easy to take off when the FT-817 is in the shack. Yeah, so I still have two original FT-817 shoulder straps if anyone needs them...

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Joomla upgrade and new comment system

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Today I have upgraded my Joomla installation from version 1.5.6 to 1.5.10. Everything went all right but if you notice some problems just let me know.

At the same time I have replaced the commenting system with Disqus using a plug-in from JoomlaWorks. The old commenting system has been disabled and the old comments are therefore not visible anymore. If you are unhappy about it let me know. I might be able to enable it as read-only, but I really don't wish to spend too much time on it ifdoesn't bother anybody.

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