Saturday, 20 August 2016

Trying satellites thanks to Peter 2e0sql and 2e0cqp

145.940 USB
You can hear Peter 2e0sql

Home brew 2/70 antenna built by Peter 2e0cqp
Soldering by James m0jfp

Coax for 2 and 70

Sonic Pi: Making music with your raspberry pi and a little help from our friends at Geek Gurl

With thanks to our friends at Geek Gurl for the above video showing you the first steps of using sonic-pi to create music.

Sonic pi is installed by default on raspian and noobs (raspberry pi)
However if you need to install it follow the instruction below:
First, clone the repository from github by using git or download it as a zip file. Open the terminal and enter the following command if git is already installed
$ git clone
Otherwise, go to the link and download it as a zip file, which is about 38 MB.
Before compiling, it requires some softwares and libraries to be installed. So, enter the following command in the terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install supercollider ruby libqscintilla2-dev ruby-dev cmake pkg-config
Now, change to the sonic-pi directory, and
$ cd app/server/bin
$ ./compile-extensions.rb
Again, change to the sonic-pi directory and
$ cd app/gui/qt/
$ ./rp-build-app
which would generate a sonic-pi binary. Either run that file, or the script in sonic-pi/bin
$ ./sonic-pi

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

If you wanna be Mr Robot then lets do it right...CRC will teach you the basics interactivity

I know we are late to the party on the whole Mr Robot TV series but in all seriousness, I have now read at least 5 articles trying to show you how to create a tunnel from you work / school / evil corp's network but none of them teach you the correct way .

Our proposal is to set up a Raspberry Pi and allow you to set up tunnels and learn how to make this work. We will work interactivity with you and help you each step of the way.

This way you get real world exposure to accessing a pi on the Internet and seeing its true potential.

SSH (Secure Socket Shell) is an encrypted  protocol to allow and administrator secure command line access to his Linux / Unix boxes. However you can also create secure tunnels between 2 boxes (servers)  and like in the TV series Mr Robot a reverse tunnel or call home feature.

You will need a linux box (like a raspberry pi) at home, in your office or at school / hack space

Register your interest by sending an e-mail to
Title: Request to join SSH classes
Let us know your name / handle and we will set you up an account on our Pi / Server

We will then send you a list of tasks.
Each task you will be required to give us some data to prove you have completed it.
All users will have different data / tasks may be changed..No cheating (you are welcome to work as a team / group)

You will learn at least the following tasks

1:-Be able to use putty or ssh command line to ssh between computers
2:-Change your password
3:-Create a tunnel from your Linux box to our Linux box
4:-Get our Linux box to call your Linux box and create a reverse tunnel (then log in)
This is what Mr Robot did, and will allow you to gain access to a secure network or get through the office firewall or school proxy server.
5:-ow you got a tunnel what can you do with it...With power come great responsibility !!
6:-Share your experience and new found powers  with others.

This is a FREE and fun training course to help ensure you understand what is being done and how to do it right.

You will be amazed at what you can do once you have created a SSH Tunnel....

We look forward to getting your e-mail soon and always feel free to ask questions / we can when free give remote sessions to show how things are done, we can also post some videos as needed.

Have fun 


Monday, 15 August 2016

Setting up raspberry pi 3 and QSSTV latest 9.1

You need an external usb sound card

Next set up alsa mixer and increase the microphone gain!

In a command line window type:
Sudo alsamixer

Press the F6 key to select sound card

Choose the usb sound card using up and down arrow keys and press enter.

Use arrow right key to select Mic, use up arrow to increase to about 52.

Press escape key to return to command line

To install QSSTV type:

sudo apt-get install g++ libfftw3-dev qt5-default libpulse-dev
sudo apt-get install hamlib-dev libasound-dev  libv4l-dev
sudo apt-get install libopenjp2-7 libopenjp2-7-dev

Next download and install QSSTV

mkdir downloads
cd downloads
tar -xvzf qsstv_9.1.8.tar.gz
cd qsstv_9.1.8
sudo make install

You can now run the program by typing qsstv at the prompt of a terminal session, or make a short cut on your desktop.

Click on configuration

Click on sound and copy the above settings
Input and output set to your usb sound card.
Set the sound to alsa.
Plug an external microphone into the sound card. Turn up your radio and watch your pictures get decoded.
Space station is 145.800 fm
However 14.230 upper side band is more regular broadcast.
You can also hold the microphone near a sstv recording or YouTube video.

Have fun let me know how you get on!