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Hi everyone, my name is Nick, long time a Linux and opensource enthusiast.
Originally from Greece, living in Scotland.
I love science and fantasy fiction, am a licensed ham operator with call sign 2M0HTP.

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If you become a Technician, you'll get some basic privileges, but you can also hang out with more senior hams and do things thanks to their supervision, e.g. if you're hanging out with me, I have ALL the privileges and could supervise you doing more.

Hams vary widely by area, when I listened to my first net and it was a bunch of old guys excitedly talking about getting vaccinated, I was like "oh phew."

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I studied on my own for the second two, but did the Technician course with NTSI, which offers Hybrid but also Online-only courses. nescitech.org/product/on-line- there are a couple before the end of the QRZ event. These are paid courses, but they’re much more thorough and you can ask questions.

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So, I would normally recommend these classes: youtube.com/watch?v=Krc15VqZMZ but they’re technically out of date as of rules that came out this summer. I’m hoping they’ll put up a class soon.

However there will be a SIGNIFICANT overlap between the two tests, a few new questions are added and a few removed every 4 years, so you could try using that course and keeping in mind that you’ll want to do practice tests to get the real questions.

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I seriously recommend hamstudy.org/ as a way to practice – the app version is paid, but worth the cost–however there’s a mobile site, so don’t worry too much if you can’t.

You can start learning answers by rote before doing any kind of class just through repetition. Don’t be afraid to just guess and then you can sometimes learn a little more about why you were right or wrong! Once you study more in depth, more answers will make sense.

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The idea of the test is to quiz you about a wide range of topics and at the Technician level it’s a bit like an ice cream sundae buffet. So there’ll be stuff about antennas and stuff about FCC rules and stuff about safety (e.g. don’t run a generator inside!!!)

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The test covers a WIDE variety of subjects broken down into 10 groups and you have one question from each subgroup on the test. So if you see a bunch of electrical engineering stuff -- you don’t actually have to become an electrician or do electrical wiring or anything.

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First, let's set some expectations regarding the test -- while a lot of us are programmed to want to get very high scores, you only have to get 74% correct. This means you can skip a few or get them wrong. Focus on what you know.

Also, you could re-take a test once. You will probably have to pay a second fee (testing costs about $15-20 by area, to cover costs, and license costs $35.)

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Ok, so in light of the QRZ promotion to give new hams a really basic radio, I'm gonna share a thread of information related to getting your Technician license. I got mine in December 2020 and became an Amateur Extra (highest level) within 18 months.

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let's laugh at hipters, as a treat. via tom scotts newsletter

«Scandal in the world of vinyl records: turns out some "straight from analog tape" vinyl pressings had a digital step all along. (And, of course, none of the audiophiles who despise digital noticed.)»

MoFi has been using digital all along, a scandal in the audio community - The Washington Post washingtonpost.com/music/2022/

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If you're creating a username on PeerTube, don't use dots (i.e. full stops, periods, points).

Dots in usernames break compatibility with other Fediverse servers, and people won't be able to follow your account from outside PeerTube.

#PeerTube #Fediverse

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I love the Fortran website made in the style of modern programming language websites: fortran-lang.org/

Especially since like 70% of the selling points are accurate and yet identical to the ones on the rust website

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The iconic "DUN DUN DUN-DUN DUN DUN" hook in the Mission Impossible theme song was inspired by the Morse code sound for the movie's initials "MI" which is --.. or "dash-dash, dot-dot".
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theme_fr

Original tweet : twitter.com/tilbots/status/156

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#TFW you realise that the "floppy disk 💾 means save" icon is recapitulating the evolution of hieroglyphic writing systems.

And that various icon and symbol systems (highway / airport signage, emoji, etc.) are quite possibly an emerging, evolving, idiographic writing system that is independent of the spoken language of the reader. 🤯 💣 🧠 💥

#writing #language #icons #emoji #hieroglyphs

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Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Confirmed: California Team Achieved Ignition - newsweek.com/nuclear-fusion-en

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL's) National Ignition Facility (NIF) recorded the first case of ignition on August 8, 2021, the results of which have now been published in three peer-reviewed papers.

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LB:

OH LOOK, that one thing that my one website predicted was going to happen thanks to UEFI actually finally happened.

The successful deployment of UEFI in the market, with Microsoft controlling which operating systems receive a key that permits it to be booted, poses a potential threat to system- and application-software and hardware development freedom.

It's almost, almost, as if I was on to something when I slam-basted UEFI as being malware in other public fora.

(And, apparently, not just me, as I've come to learn years later. But, like so many others, their voices were silenced as chicken-littles for daring to challenge MS and Intel at the time. But, I digress.)

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