Designed to fail
An UPS is designed to work perfectly until you actually need it...
17 posts • joined 28 Feb 2008
I worked for large drugs research company about 20 years ago on the helldesk. They did testing on primates (who, incidentally, were better treated than the staff). We had contractor who was completely useless, he would break more than he fixed so we suggested he spent the rest of his contract "feeding the monkeys" , which he did and that was the last we saw of him. Needless to say our workload dropped considerably...
Ham Radio Deluxe (or HRD) was a cracking piece of software till Simon Brown HB9DRV sold it to these muppets, who "monetized" it. I tried the paid for version and the majority of it stopped working properly. I was a pain in the arse to install from what I remember. I gave up and went back to the free version which is still kicking about on the interwebs which is still working flawlessly, even with my all singing and dancing Icom 7300 SDR box. (and yes I built my own fan dipole HF antenna)
Perhaps the worse thing is you have to continue to pay for upgrades and fixes. If you churn out crap at least make updates free. Without a doubt, HRD deserves a bad review.
We link our D-Star repeater using a similar set up, although we use Deliberant kit. The only thing I missed was to dial in the actual distance between the two panels. Loads of packet loss ensued until I fixed that. Its been running flawlessly for over a year now.
There is talk of releasing some more space circa 146-148mhz which, in some parts of the country, would probably be more use. Although I've noticed that in Scotland anyway, you can here a pin drop on 2 meters for the most part. There was also mutterings about an extension to 4 meters but since I've be licenced in 1990 i've only ever had one contact there...
I thought the stats were interesting. One CBer got a 50 squid fine and one Radio Amateur got a warning letter. OFCOM estimate that there are around 11,000 CBers left swaring in their silver rods and 60,000 radio hams in the UK, now with those figures I would have expected more slaps on the wrists for the hams, looks like the self-policing may be working despite access to the ham bands being relatively easy now.
(I am biased of course, I've held an amateur radio licence since 1991 when we had to sit a proper exam)
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