Pulling it all together on my main website …

It’s been four years since I did anything with this blog. Today – World Mental Health Day – seem like the best day to post to say I’m pulling all of my thoughts, tips and ramblings under one roof to #makelifesimpler. My mantra for 2016.

I’ll be posting more now and also revisiting some of the geeky interests, not only that I have now but, from childhood that helped make me the randomly crazy person I am today.

I’ll also be launching some features that I find helpful to me, given some of the struggles and issues I have in life, that I hope you’ll find useful too!

I’m always open to suggestions and contributions – so feel free to get in touch too!

Catie x

Running a Community Radio Station

2nd March 2010

It was three years ago today that we were allocated an FM frequency for the community radio licence we had been awarded by Ofcom.

It was an exciting day and was to be followed by a massive move into new offices and the task of rebuilding our studios lay ahead.

We were still without power and broadband but it was an exciting time.  Little did we know it was going to be such a tough time.



Rediscovering where it all began

At the end of what has been a busy, stressful and tiring week, I was chatting to a couple of new friends via EchoLink this morning, namely Bobby (MI3RBM) and Simon (G4USP), from Northern Ireland and Warwick respectively.

Warwick was one of several regular destinations for family ‘days out’ when I was young and living in the West Midlands.  Whilst I was chatting I mentioned that I first go on the air when I was bought a CB radio as a present (probably Christmas) at the age of 13.

As is still the case today, I researched the range of models available myself, collating specification sheets from different manufacturers and comparing the features.

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Preparations for my first ham project

When I moved to my current accommodation I hadn’t planned on getting back into this hobby so my room was a tip and it wasn’t comfortable to work in either.  Something had to be done!

Today I took a surplus desk and chair out of storage – once used at the radio station my partner and I ran locally – dragging it back to become the basis for version two of ‘The Studio’ shack.

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AllStar – registering with the network

So, following my warm welcome to the HamShack Digital Modes chatroom earlier today, I signed up for the Allstar Link network on the recommendation of John (K1IF).

The AllStar Link Portal allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using streaming-audio technology. The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio’s communications capabilities.

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The K4KWQ Digital Modes Chat Server

I just joined a brand new on-line community and have already this resource invaluable.  Here’s the full lowdown from Tim Porter (K4KWQ) including full instructions for joining the group.

I have also been made a Server Admin so I too am able to authorise you on arriving in the HamShack chatroom.


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CQ CQ DX de G7KTL – back ‘on the air’

Well hello!  After six years off the year I’m back … all be it on-line as I sold my last radio when I decided to take a break in the mid-nineties.  🙁

I had a false start getting back into the hobby back in January when I registered for EchoLink but I couldn’t find a copy of my current licence and nor could I access the Ofcom website.  As time goes on you’ll see I seem to have trouble with log-ins for important websites for some reason.

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