Yikes! How to properly apply a 3-2-1 Backup Strategy Posted: 13-Feb-2023
The classic 3-2-1 Backup Strategy (have 3 copies across 2 different media types with 1 off-site) needs a bit of clarification when using a NAS. Copies and different media shared inside the NAS leave you vulnerable to NAS failure - that's pretty obvious, but the solution cannot rely on a backup disk attached inside the NAS, you must use at least an external USB device attached to the NAS (if not something connected via a network). Read all the gory detail in this article. Long story short - “A single disk in a Synology box (connected via SATA internally) can never be read outside a Synology box … doesn’t matter if it’s JBOD, Basic, SHR, RAID… doesn’t matter if it’s formatted BTRFS or ext4."
Why isn't my Baofeng FM Radio Working? Posted: 13-Aug-2022
I noticed that the more recent clone Baofengs are missing the FM Radio feature (as in - FM broadcast radio from 65-108MHz). The CALL button still lets you get to the FM Radio mode and you can try tuning the frequencies but you can't actually hear anything. Click here for why…
Digitising PAL / NTSC / SECAM media Posted: 10-Aug-2022
I recently completed the digitising / copying of a large collection of analog video media to avoid further deterioration and potential loss of playback capability once the playback equipment is no longer available. The article contains a simple set of tools and methods I used, mostly for my own reference but might be of help to others.
Aussie Broadband Framed Route configuration Posted: 14-Mar-2022
If you need an extra public IP address from Aussie Broadband, they will give it to you via a Framed Route. This method is poorly documented. I've created a PPPoE server to implement it and have written it up here. (You can't host things like SDRs attached to physical antennas in the cloud and it's nice to segregate it)
Retevis RT3S on a Mac or Linux PC Posted: 26-Feb-2022
The Retevis RT3S requires Customer Programming Software (CPS) to provide an interface between the computer and the DMR radio. Retevis only officially supports Windows devices but there are several options for Mac and Linux users. Click here to learn more.
Kenwood TM-V71A with SignaLink for Digital Modes Posted: 18-Feb-2022
Is it possible to listen to DMR with a SignaLink? What's the best way to connect a SignaLink to a Kenwood TM-V71A?
Click here to find out more - such as the undocumented settings in the radio that are only accessible by the MCP software; or some of the very poorly documented surprises on the DIN "Data" port.
Using Windows Software on a Mac (Intel or Apple Silicon) Posted: 18-Feb-2022
Want to use a very specialised piece of Windows software on a Mac? It's not as hard or expensive as you think. You can even use a modern M1 (Apple Silicon) Mac. Click here to find out about how I use WINE to run Windows software without a VM and without emulation.