Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Nice WSPR Watch review from a fine blog

My thanks to Bas over at the excellent PE4BAS ham radio weblog for his kind review of the recent updates to WSPR watch.

He seems surprised that there are free apps in the iOS app store but the reason, in this case, is that I wrote the app for my own use as I find the WSPRNet.org site isn't really mobile friendly and I like being able to quickly do a search to see how my station is performing.

Bas missed my favourite of the new features which is multi band handling with colour coding. It all looks very pretty.

If you use WSPR watch and haven't already, please leave a review as it helps other people find the app and also makes me feel happy. I'm also open to suggestions for new features but no guarantees on when I'll get to them.

There are a number of sites that scrape WSPRNet.org and add value in different ways:

WSPRNet.org is a great service although it is sometimes very slow or even unresponsive. I'm sure all of us who scrape data from there wish there was an API we could use.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Vanlife van interiors - we can learn from the experts - Gypsies

While re-modelling the interior of my tiny camper van I've become fascinated by the interior designs people come up with for these compact living spaces. Recently I struck gold by searching for "Gypsy caravan interior" images.

While clearly designed for cold climate, it's fascinating to look through these.

Check out Low-Tech Magazine

I've just stumbled across a real gem called Low-Tech Magazine. It's a rich collection of stories that provide evidence, if we need it, that sometimes the old ways of doing things are superior to our modern, high technology and high energy use, ways.

They talk about how we used to keep warm at home with a combination of warm clothes and radiant heat - rather than heating the air of the whole house and how ceiling fans are a much better idea than central air-conditioning.

There are interesting pieces about energy storage options including compressed air, as shown above, and insightful comments about how the internet has got faster but web sites have gotten slower.

There's even a solar powered version of the site, which may not be online if the sun isn't shining.