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About Steve

I'm Steve Conklin, AI4QR I'm employed by Salesforce, on the SRE team for Heroku. Interests include Linux, open source software and hardware, electronics and music, and amateur radio.


No really? Have I abandoned this blog for that long? I’ve been posting updates on projects and such to g+, but that’s not very discoverable, so I think I’ll come back here and post about some longer-form topics.

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Politics – Things we can agree on, and discovering a method

Larry Lessig is a brilliant guy. Lately he’s been focusing on things that Americans across the political spectrum can agree on. I think that this keynote he gave recently is worth the hour it takes to watch. I strongly encourage … Continue reading

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Antenna modeling, part 2

Disclaimer: I’m going to start using Amazon affiliate links for books that I recommend. I’ve prepared another video about how to use xnec2c. Here’s the link to the video on This one begins to explain the input file format … Continue reading

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Antenna modeling using nec2c on Ubuntu Linux

New Thing! Video! I’ve been playing with antenna modeling, and decided to make a video series introducing this to other people who may be interested. I’m new to this, but I think it came out pretty well. I only misspoke … Continue reading

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I feel like I found an easter egg!

I was jotting some notes for a future wiki page about how to debug network connections to dx clusters, and for my examples, I decided to use the host name and I ran across this: sconklin@xps-1:/src/ubuntu$ whois [ … Continue reading

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Amateur radio operators: How to prepare to assist in disasters

In a previous post, I covered a bunch of ways in which you can prepare to be useful after a disaster. If you’re interested in helping as a radio amateur, or you’re already a ham and want to get more … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing incentives, and applications for open source communities

While it’s only a single study (disclaimer, blah blah blah), Here is some interesting data to consider for everyone involved in open source projects which have a community, or would like to. Especially for corporations for whom a community is … Continue reading

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