Monday, March 31, 2014

102nd Titanic Special Event Station

Here is info about the special event stations that will commemorate the sinking of the Titanic:

Apr 12-Apr 13, 1400Z-1400Z,
Frequencies (MHz): 21.265, 14.265, 7.265, 3.865.
Contact: N0SAP David Beckler,
1137 W Crane Dr, Nixa, MO 65714.

Apr 12-Apr 13, 1200Z-0100Z, 
Frequencies (MHz): 21.335, 14.235, 7.265, 3.985
Clinton, TN.
Contact: KC4RD Jim Womack,
617 Black Oak Rd, Clinton, TN 37716.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Map of morning QSO regulars

It's been 4 years since I produced a Google Earth map showing where members of our HF radio group are located. Below is a screen shot of a new map that shows the locations of most stations who have participated in our morning QSOs on 75, 60 and 40 m.  Some are on the air daily while others are occasional participants. Click on the map to see a full-sized copy. This updated version includes several more stations.

At this scale, some stations that are close together do not have their callsigns displayed. Below is another view that is zoomed in on the area with the majority of AL, GA, TN and NC stations.

Both maps give a good view of the relative distances and directions among stations. The first map shows which distant stations (like mine) experience fading signals on the lowest bands as the sun moves higher each morning.

(updated 3/19/2014)

BirmingHAMfest Photos

Photos from the event, taken by KC0ONR, can be viewed here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Using Windows XP after April 8

Page 13 of this 40-page report discusses the use of Windows XP after the end of Microsoft support next month. It provides a list of recommended actions to reduce the exposure to future exploits if you plan to continue using XP.

The report was a small part of episode 446 of the Security Now netcast on March 11.

For those who are interested, the episode's major topic of iOS Security is based on this report from Apple.