Happy Friday!

The ‘interview’ with “Linux in the Ham Shack” went very well I think. I put interview in ‘quotes’ because Russ K5TUX pretty much had me and our crew do all the talking! It was very fun and so wonderful to set back and hear what Sebastian W2ASD and Marc N3CAN had to say and just smile ear-to-ear. Thank you to Russ, Cheryl, Bill and Richard for letting us all talk your ears off! The podcast should be ready for download from their site sometime Monday and please listen to the end, something special happens and I couldn’t have imagined a better ending.

I will be adding the Volunteer Examiner (VE) section to the site soon, so those of you who want to help out but don’t want to fuss with Discord can do so.

And finally, my friend Dylan cleaned his room!

The Box – Part 1

The Box – Part 2


We are pleased to announce we have enabled “Memberships” at https://GridTracker.org , feel free to set up an account, this allows you to post comments and enable other things we will offer to you in the future. You are free to choose any name you like!  The staff display names will be “Callsigns” but you are free to do what you want!  Welcome!

It’s been less than 72 hours

Dylan’s mom brought him over for what I thought would be a quick visit.

It was anything but quick!

We bumped elbows with masks on, and I said “Hey man, I’m Stephen.”, his mom walked past us and basically handed him off to me.  So I walked him into the office and his eyes went wide as saucers!  I wasn’t expecting him to come over, the ‘shack’ is a wreck, but he didn’t see any dust or clutter.  He walked right into the room and started pointing…”I want that, I want that.. I definitely want that!” and then he looked into “my corner” and said “What’s that?!”  and I with a grin ear-to-ear said:

 “That Dylan is my special project ‘GridTracker’

You all know what happens next… His mom was busy with stuff and we chatted and we packed their car with the box and a few other things we discovered and they went home.

I got a quick update a couple hours later, he wasn’t allowed to open the box until he cleaned his room.  We all know that story too.  

So I’m waiting for an update and he will probably be on our Discord server soon.  So when you see him, please wave and make him feel at home.

Donation Question

I long time GridTracker user posed a question today on the mailing list. Wanting to know if they could donate again to get some more tokens “poker chips”. To which I replied…

Thank you so much for your early donation, donations from you and people like you kept me going when I thought I was spinning my wheels.

Now that GridTracker the program is officially part of:

GridTracker.org  “An amateur radio community based around free and open source software and services, fostering international goodwill”

We will be accepting donations again, but for now it is suspended pending a business id where we can set up proper accounting and accreditation. 

That said; I have a ‘metric boat load’ of tokens! 

In fact, NR0Q has come up with another cool token of appreciation that is equally, if not more cool than the poker-chips!

We are going to do something with them both.

I’m thinking  ‘Ambassadors of GridTracker’ has a decent ring to it, and I think we’ll do something special therein.

So for now, I don’t think you’ll need to donate again to get tokens, but we’ll create a path so you can get your hands on some!

Stay on frequency!


I received an email from Walt N7BTH who voted ‘No’ on the motto and with his permission I will paraphrase his concerns.

The sentiment your slogan expresses is fine.  It is not that I am a mean person or take issue with that part of the motto. It’s just that I do not want to see Amateur Radio  become polarized by social issues or politics and that is why I voted ‘No’.”

And here is my reply to Walt for you all to see our position on the matter.

I 100% agree.

One of our tenants is to remain absolutely neutral, it is not our place!

The notion of “Do not be mean to others” is not a political statement, purely a childhood lesson that some have as a gift and others need to be taught.

The motto is tucked away neatly at the very bottom of each page on the website, it is not intended to be ‘in your face’ but a subtle reminder of what we as a group stand for. 

In addition to the founding definition of the charter: 

“An amateur radio community based around free and open source software and services, fostering international goodwill”

I heard you Walt and with your permission; if I can post a new blog entry on the site, paraphrasing your concerns then posting this reply that would help others understand too.

After all we are in this together!

Thanks for reaching out to me,

– Stephen ‘Tag’ Loomis / N0TTL

Because we just kicked this off, there are and will be many gaps of information, documentation and policies (including privacy as of utmost concern!) that need to be put in place for all to read and debate. So please, give us a little time to get our ‘ducks in a row’ so to speak. Thank you all!