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!
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.
Dylan has outgrown the “200-in-1 kit” and moved onto the logic proto board. His parents sent me a video of him showing off the 4-bit logic circuit he built and due to its age the switches were ‘rusty/faulty’ so I put together a box of ‘spare’ parts, because over the years I have heaps of those parts, the parts I found in that ‘basement’ in south-west Colorado.
I wrote him a letter and being conscious of our times I decided not to print it. I wrote on the box a link “https://bit.ly/3drGrw3” for him to open first when he’s handed the sealed box.
I am a mentor, wow does this feel awesome!
And to be a little self-serving .. I put an “RTL-SDR” a ‘duck’ antenna and a “GridTracker” token at the bottom.
It’s been about 24 hours.
I spoke with his parents just now.
He found the manual for the “200-in-1 Electronic Projects Kit” online right away, and they report;
“He was making ‘cat’ noises with it last night!”
I think he’s a permanent member now.