The MotioneyeOS image for the Raspberry Pi makes a great, stand-alone, security camera or a wildlife camera. However, I wanted to be able to use the video stream as part my BlueIris video surveilance system. After much searching, I found[…]Click to read more..
FLDIGI fails to start with a fatal error
I recently has a case where one of my Austrian customers was using my Data Modes card but couldn’t start FLDIGI. When starting from the desktop, FLDIGI would show no response. When started from the command line, it would fail[…]Click to read more..
Raspberry Pi – Multiple Instances of RTLSDR as a Service
My Raspberry Pi RTL Dongle server cards run the server as a service under systemd. This has several benefits including a better-defined start and the facility to stop/restart a service gracefully. One of my customer recently asked if it was[…]Click to read more..
Repairing Corrupt System Files in Windows 10
** Updated 3rd Jan 2019 – To add extra DISM commands and recovery options. Windows includes a number of tools to get you out of a fix if your computer starts misbehaving. In this post, I’ll run through the repair[…]Click to read more..
Installing & upgrading CQRLOG on a Raspberry Pi
Updated 17 July 2020 to add missing wildcards from the apt install line! CQRLOG is one of the most complete contact logging programs for Linux and the Raspberry Pi, but building the latest version from source can be problematic. In[…]Click to read more..
Unstable Raspberry Pi – Taming the Power Supply
I frequently get asked to help with, seemingly random, behaviour of the Raspberry Pi. By far the most common cause is the power supply. Whilst the use of a USB socket for the power supply connection is very convenient, it[…]Click to read more..
Raspberry Pi 3+ & Ubuntu Mate – WARNING
Having just wasted time trying to get this going, I’ve discovered that the Ubuntu Mate download on the official Raspberry Pi site doesn’t work on the Pi3B+! This has been known about since March but has not been resolved! The supplied[…]Click to read more..
Raspberry Pi Buster – GPS Dongle as a time source with Chrony & Timedatectl
UPDATE 17-12-21: Sean (see comments below) has noted that, when using these instructions with the latest OS, the operation fails unless you comment-out (prefix line with #) START_DAEMON=”true” in the gpsd config file. I will run some checks here and[…]Click to read more..
Troubleshooting systemd Services
Raspbian, like most Linux distributions, has changed to using systemd as the primary software suite to control the Linux system. Part of systemd’s responsibilities include running the services that provide much of the Linux functionality. Systemd is also the ideal[…]Click to read more..
Raspberry Pi – Transfer WSJT-X, JS8Call and FLDIGI settings to a new image
Several customers have asked me how they can move their settings and macros from one Pi image to another. This post attempts to simplify the process. To preserve your settings, you just need to copy a few files from the[…]Click to read more..
Windows 10 Backup and Restore
Windows 10 still includes the Backup and Restore facility from Windows 7 but it’s been hidden! Here’s how to find it: In the Windows search box (bottom left of screen) enter: control panel Open the control panel and in the[…]Click to read more..
PiFace on the Raspberry Pi – Problem Solved!
UPDATE – 19-8-2022 The board producers have updated their code, and the instructions on their Github site now work perfectly. Here’s the link: PiFace installation: PiFace github You can also use this excellent board on the Pi 4B, but you[…]Click to read more..