VK4FFAB Weather Station Up And Running

So the VK4FFAB weather station is all systems go. Well, kind of. I still need to put the front door on the box and make sure all the code is working and I also am still waiting on the water depth sensor for the rain fall gauge. So now the serious testing begins as I want it fully functional before the new year for data collection.

Once this is all done, I want to add environmental data monitoring for things like light intensity, UV, gas levels, dust levels and the like.



Chilli Sauce


I have been making a few chilli sauces of late and I hit on one that really tastes great. I used red jalapanos and some i don’t know what they are called but i call them Oh Fuck Thats Hot. The basic recipe is as follows.

300g of red chilli’s
1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup vinegar

tbs salt

tsp pepper

1 can roma tomatoes, fresh if you got them.

Chuck it all in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for some time, 30mins should do, then let cool, throw in a blender and give it a good wizzing up, then pass through a sieve and bottle. Thin down to the consistency you like with vinegar and bottle. Made about 1/2 a litre. Now i just have to wait till my chilli plants produce some more fruit so i can make some more.


uBITX Has Arrived

Saturday morning, not usually a day for mail here, but because its christmas the parcel guys are working weekends to make sure they keep up with the volume of mail at this time of year. It also means I have the new uBitx sitting in my hands.


Weather Station

With the arrival of some solar panels and an ADC in the post today, its back to the weather station to getting it fully working by January. I have worked out where its going to live, now i just have to put the door on the front, some bug screen over the vents and paint it white so that it stays as cool as possible in the harsh unforgiving Australian Summer.

The panels apparently put out 1amp each at 5v. Yeah right, but 1 is putting out enough current to turn on the charge circuit and so thats a win. 2 Panels should in theory keep the batteries fully charged in the daytime and run everything, just fine. 2 might even be overkill, but I do not want to run out of battery because its been cold and overcast for 5 days. But hey I think my math is ok and it should survive 5 days without sun.


QRP Labs Phasing Receiver Part 2.

Well i have it all built, now i need to dig out a DDS LO and give her some power and see if it is a skookum choocher or if the pixies turn to smoke and leave the building just like Elvis. I did not enjoy building this all that much, the form factor is tiny and everything is stuffed in there as tight as it can be. But, if all goes well, tonight we might hear something coming out of a speaker.


Thieving Bastards

So the other day while out shopping, we came home and a neighbour from up the street informed up that some woman was casing camper trailers and carvans up and down the street looking for easy targets. He got her rego and reported to police, but I thought i better upgrade security here just in case the bitch comes back. Added a new wheel clamp, and a bolt and lock on the tow hitch to go with the existing chain thought the wheel trick. It wont stop them, but it will slow the bastards down.