Friday, 23 October 2015

M1ABD-3 off air

M1ABD-3 stopped beaconing yesterday. Today I took a trip to Headquarters to see why. I found that the TNC appeared to be confused and had stopped working. A re-boot of the computer and switching the TNC off and then on again solved the problem.
Looks like we are getting Winter electric supplies already so I look forward to more trips to Headquarters.

Monday, 28 September 2015

G0ROZ-3 off air again

Once again G0ROZ-3 vanished from the map. It just happened to stop working on the same day of the week and time that it stopped last week. (Spooky!!)
I took a trip up to site today and found the computer locked up yet again. I have put another UPS in line to see if that will make any difference (fingers crossed)!

Monday, 21 September 2015

G0ROZ-3 locked up again.

G0ROZ-3 vanished from the map again!
A trip up the hill was made today and, once again, the computer was found to be locked up. The power supply to the computer had to be turned off and back on again before the computer would re-boot.
There is a UPS and two spike protector units in line, so perhaps it is not the electricity causing the problem after all.
I will have to find another computer and set it up to run G0ROZ-3 to see if it is the computer itself that is causing the problem.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Another trip up Eggardon Hill today to re-boot the G0ROZ-3 computer. A 70 Mile round trip just to do a re-boot! I have to solve this problem soon.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

G0ROZ-3 has been behaving itself since early June, but yesterday it stopped transmitting. I visited site today and found the computer had locked itself up again. A re-boot (or a good kicking, as it like to call it) sorted the computer out and G0ROZ-3 is back on the air again.
It was a nice day for a drive and I resisted the temptation to stop at the fast food outlet starting with M at Monkey's Jump. :)

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

UiView32 and Windows 10

As Microsoft were kind enough to offer me a free upgrade to Windows 10, I decided to upgrade my APRS Computer. It had been running UiView32 on Windows 7 for a while with no problems.
I was a bit concerned about upgrading as UiView32 is such an old program and there could be compatibility issues, namely, would it work?
I took the plunge this morning and, after shutting everything down, started the upgrade process.
It took about three hours for the update to run and completed itself with minimal input from myself.
When it was finished I was pleased to see that all my old programs were still installed. UiView32 was still set to run in compatibility mode, using Windows XP.


So, with fingers crossed, I right clicked on the icon and selected "Run as Administrator", as Windows 7 required me to do. After a short delay, the old familiar window burst into life and Uiview was running!!


It has been running for several hours now and appears to have no problems.

Monday, 6 July 2015

G0ROZ-3 stops again

G0ROZ-3 disappeared off the map again this morning. www.aprs.fi showed the last beacon at just after 0700 Hours.
I made a trip to site, via HQ to collect the keys, and found the computer locked up. Only completely disconnecting the power, switching the power back on again and starting the computer would make it work.
In spite of Surge Protection and a UPS it would seem that a power spike had locked the computer up again.
It looks like running the system on battery power will be the only way to sort it out.