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When watching a documentary today I noticed that the makers used the very known rtty sound when they are talking over wireless communication. I remember that in the James Bond films of the 60’s and probably the 70’s also they use the same sound. I guess it is a 75 or 100 baud rtty sound.

Even in modern shows or films it is used.  Who has a better and more up to date sound that can be used ?

This morning I saw T77NC in PSK31 on my screen. Dial frequency 7.035. I like to try to work him. Gathering all details like, name, location, qth locator and so on from his qso’s with others I suddenly heard a very strong cw signal just 400 Hz away. And very strong, so bye bye T77NC. A bit upset and thinking that bandplans have a reason I went (more…)

Lot’s of snow this morning. And I have a day off, lucky me 🙂

Let the pictures speak for themselves :


Finally upgraded my blog. Despite my presumption I did the upgrade with the automatic option of WordPress itself. And it failed miserably…..
I had no blog anymore and a 500 server error when I tried to access the admin pages. Uploaded some of the old files in an attempt to regain control. No progress..

Cleaned everything on the server and started all over with a manual install. Got it working this time.

Now updating all plugins and uploaded documents like pictures en pdf files….

Received yesterday an email from the hosting company :

Dear Customer,

This afternoon we discovered some hacked customer sites. Since then we have been looking for the reason of the issue and are logging all affected sites.  We expect to restore all original sites around 22h. We continue to investigate the cause and we will also take further action.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

But I was busy experimenting with ubuntu server on another machine, so I read the mail this morning. Surfed to my sites and yes, me too.


What this guy or group did was pretty harmless : they replaced all index.php or index.html files by a custom index file. And not only my site was defaced as they called it, probably the whole server has been done. Luckely I have backups, I just have to replace all index files, sounds easy, but how many index files do you think you have ?
Lots of them 🙂
This blog contains about 13 index files. That is manual labor at the moment. And sometimes I install a plugin and don’t keep a copy offline. Lesson learned. Have to figure out how to sync an offline copy.

Hello World,
my last entry was from february last year (exact one year ago) and then everything went quiet. What has happened since?

We sold our appartment and bought a house with a small garden. Early March we were alerted by friends that there was a house for sale in their street. We know about 5 families in that street, all our children attend the same school and and have approximately the same age. After a long weekend calculating and visiting bank sites to learn about loans we mailed our price to the real estate company. Monday morning we were phoned that our bid was accepted. Everything went fast from that moment on. We sold our appartment to my parents in law. In May we signed all papers and we are now the owners of a house. In June and July we moved.

For the hobby it was a bit giving and taking. I now have a separate shack, Measuring only 1,5 by 2,4 meter. I saw the  appartment building as one big antenna mast, that is gone now 🙁 But I found the remains of a tv arial on the roof of our house. That should be a good anchorpoint to mount my X200 and a wire antenna for HF.
The garden is about 6 by 30m, just big enough to fit a FD4 antenna. The FD4 is almost ready, but the weather hasn’t cooperating lately.

Other projects I would like to to :

I just noticed in Google Analytics that I passed the 10,000 visitors benchmark. My blog started in March 2008 and I installed Analytics around March 22.
So from March 22 2008 till now (Feb 3 2009) I had 10,381 visitors.
About 75% comes from search engines and merely 18% via other sites. This is a figure that can be better. Work todo !