A busy year, but very few blog updates, hence this one.

A couple of amateur radio projects started, but not finished (QCX built but not boxed; magnetic loop put aside; digital all-in-one transceiver idea written up but no more done; EasiBuild MkII stalled after I fried the DDS and buffer amplifier). I also joined West Kent Amateur Radio Society, after not being a member of a local group for many years, and would like to (find time to) work some contests with them, something I’ve never tried before. An attempt at running a special event station was not very successful but there will be future opportunities.

“Finding time” has emerged as my major problem.

I became a blood donor again after several years not doing it – if you haven’t considered donating, please find your local donor centre and make an appointment: you could save lives.

Open source development ground to a halt on my peer-to-peer project due to a bizzare interaction & test failure I couldn’t fathom… so it went on hold.

I’d been considering getting my old Transputer emulator up and running again, and this turned into my main open source project from March onwards. I’ve made quite some progress on it – but won’t write more here… see The Parachute Project for the writeup. Next year’s updates should feature this project quite a bit, as I feel it has legs..

As for 2019 and its goals, I hope to write more frequent updates here and make more small software releases. I’m also hoping there’s more radio activity and construction!

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