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My Ham Radio Interests
Ham Radio is one of the most fascinating hobbies in the world. Since I first became a "Ham" in 1978 I have made thousands of friends around the globe. My very first year in ham radio I became a Net Control station for the Maritime Mobile Service Net on 20 meters and also did NCS duty on the Intercontinental Net. That was long before the invention of cell phones and we on the net ran hundreds of phone patches for folks in remote villages and research stations. Ham Radio has changed a lot over the years. I took 7 years off away from radio and when I got "the bug" and just had to get back on the air, it was like having to learn everything all over again. When I returned, the FCC had just done away with the Code requirements for a license. So I returned to a hostile environment! A lot of the old timers didn't like the "No Code" rule and were very vocal about it on the air. Myself, it doesn't really matter that much. I figure that the No Code rule will bring more operators to the hobby. I love CW and I still work it today. My Elmer was N1DW, a fellow by the name of Don Wiggins. Not only was he very proficient at CW, but his knowledge of electronic theory never ceased to amaze me. I learned so much from Don and I am very, very thankful for his help.
In October my family and I moved from Lowell, Ma to Haverhill, Ma.. Haverhill is about 18 miles from Lowell. I'm in heaven here at the new QTH! Haverhill is a great city. My home is located a few miles from "downtown". I'm surrounded by horse farms here in the outskirts. Simply beautiful.
I jst got my shack together and have a G5RV up about 40 feet. In the spring I will put up my 54 foot Tri-Ex crank-up tower. I'm shopping around for a beam and rotor at the moment. I'll post the pictures of my "new" shack shortly.
Finally, I am a proud member of OMISS. That is the Old Man's International Sideband Society. I am member number 5778. We currently have over 7000 members and growing everyday. Check out our website at www.omiss.net or join us on one of Nets. Our nets are held every day, 365 days a year! The best group of guys in Ham radio! If you are a "Paper Chaser" and want to earn awards, OMISS is the club to do it. I earned my WAS (Worked All States) in 57 days..... all on 40 meters! We have Nets on every band, everyday.
If you hear me on the air, Please call and say hello or if you need Massachusetts or Essex county for an award, drop me an email and we'll set up a sked to work. I QSL 100%!
I am retired so I'm always around, or not too far, from the Shack.

73
Jerry
N1TKO

Equipment
Icom 746PRO - G5RV for the HF Bands
I also use my 746PRO on 2 meters and monitor the Haverhill repeater.

Other Interests
Sports: Baseball (Red Sox) Boxing, I worked for 18 years in the sport of Boxing as a trainer, manager and cut-man.

Clubs
NEQRP, OMISS, QCWA, EchoLink

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"Some" of my many QSL cards
"Some" of my many QSL cards

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My prized award - Inducted into the New England Boxing Hall of Fame
My prized award - Inducted into the New England Boxing Hall of Fame

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My Shack
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/27/2009 8:11:52 PM

QRP BB Contest with FT817, K1 and Goats

If you are a QRPer and an outdoors person, you will really enjoy this video. Talk about having a good time! Looks like a very fun time. Heres the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHgVYVkW25w
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/24/2009 8:38:42 AM

There's a Ham in the Whitehouse!

White House Names Ham as New Cybersecurity Coordinator


On Tuesday, December 22, President Barack Obama named Howard A. Schmidt, W7HAS, as the new White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. According to the White House, Schmidt -- an ARRL member -- is one of the world's leading authorities on computer security, with some 40 years of experience in government, business and law enforcement and "will have regular access to the President and serve as a key member of his National Security Staff. He will also work closely with his economic team to ensure that our cybersecurity efforts keep the Nation secure and prosperous."

In a 2003 interview with The New Atlantis, Schmidt described cybersecurity as "the realization that computer systems affect our basic needs on a daily basis. Electricity, water, telephone -- these things are all run by computers, and my job is to work with owners and operators and government agencies to make sure that they continue to function properly and are not disrupted because of security events that then, in turn, affect our daily lives."

Schmidt told the ARRL that he credits Amateur Radio with getting him involved with technology: "In high school, one of my friends was a ham and he got me interested in shortwave radio, which in turn got me into building shortwave radios and equipment, many from Heathkit. As I got older, I took courses from NRI and Bell and Howell in electronics and built a number of projects, preparing me for my first ham radio ticket. I love technology, and it was Amateur Radio that caused me to build my first computer -- a Sinclair ZX-80 to use for EME calculations. I studied all about the OSCAR systems and would build equipment to monitor when they would pass within range of Arizona. Building these computers to support my ham radio hobby gave me the technical skills that I need to not only start doing computer crime investigations and work on the early stages of computer forensics, in turn enabling me to start working on cybersecurity issues."

Schmidt is no stranger to the White House -- he served as a cyber-adviser in President George W. Bush's White House. After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush appointed Schmidt as the Vice Chairman of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for the White House. While at the White House, he assisted in the creation of the US National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, becoming Chairman in January 2003. In May 2003, Schmidt retired from the White House after 31 years of public service in local and federal government.

Schmidt as a Ham

Schmidt has been an Amateur Radio operator for more than 30 years. "I was first licensed in the late 1970s as a Technician class licensee with the call sign WB7NUV," he told the ARRL. "I did a lot on 2 meters, 70 cm and on Packet. The TAPR group out of Tucson was real inspiration to me as I found the work they were doing absolutely wonderful. I started as a part of the Arizona Repeater Association (ARA) and lived for our annual hamfest at Ft Tuthill in Flagstaff."

Back in the 1980s, Schmidt told the ARRL that he tried moonbounce and had "a full shack of RTTY machines -- Teletype Corporation models 15 and 19 and even a model 21. I would spend weekends printing reams of pictures from Ricky, W0CKY, and all of the great TTY pictures he would transmit. I still have my Collins KWM 2A, 312B station console and accessories. While I have not used it for years, it is one of my treasured possessions. Through the years, I had about every type of HF radio made and even have my Collins R-388 and R-390 in a 19 inch rack. I will never forget the day we were able to talk to Southern California on a 2 meter handheld with the repeaters we had from Central Ariz. During the '100 year flood' in Arizona, the community of Rainbow Valley was essentially cut off from the rest of the state to the north when a bridge and power lines were washed away. Using ham radio equipment, we were able to coordinate moving in food, water, medical supplies and generators from the Air Force base I was working at (then Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field) and work with the county sheriff's office to coordinate support."

Schmidt said that as with many other things, his love for Amateur Radio took a back seat to work, family and life in general: "While I got rid of all of my RTTY equipment back in the early 90's, I have continued to follow all of the great advances of ham radio." He said that only just recently, he got back into the hobby after what he called "an administrative error."

"Someone with a call very similar to mine upgraded to Extra class and when the form was sent to FCC, they mistyped one letter and it was my call that was submitted," he explained. "You can imagine my surprise when I received my Extra class license and new call in the mail. When I tried to find out what happened I was told (wrongly) that I was probably 'grandfathered.' I went out and bought an all band/all mode rig, antennas, power supplies, batteries -- everything I needed to outfit my shack. When all was said and done, we got the error fixed, but by that time, I was hooked on Amateur Radio all over again. I am now in the process of doing a room addition to be my new ham shack! I rejoined ARRL and now have room full of new gear waiting for the remodel to be done. Thanks to what I learned from the many hams on Web sites, I even built in PVC pipes through the walls to run my antennas."

Schmidt's Rise to Cybersecurity Czar

Schmidt began his government service in 1967 -- starting with a tour in the US Air Force -- both in active duty and in the civil service. After leaving the Air Force in 1983, he joined the Chandler (Arizona) Police Department, serving on the SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Unit; he formed and led the Special Enforcement Team. In 11 years as a local first responder he dealt with numerous issues surrounding emergency response to local incidents. While on the police force, he was instrumental in selecting, designing and the operation of interoperable communications and a public safety response system. Schmidt left the police department in 1994 to join the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center to head up the Computer Exploitation Team.

Schmidt went on to become a Supervisory Special Agent and Director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations' (AFOSI) Computer Forensics Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. In 1996, while serving in that position, he established the first dedicated computer forensics lab in the government, which was the basis for the formation of the Defense Computer Forensic Laboratory (DCFL). In 1997, Schmidt joined Microsoft as the Director of Information Security, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Chief Security Officer (CSO), leaving in 2001 to join the White House. When he retired from government service in May 2003, he joined the online auction site eBay as their Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist.

Throughout his industry career, Schmidt has served as a reservist in the National Guard and Army. He served in the Arizona Air National Guard as computer communications specialist from 1989-1998, then transferred to the US Army Reserves as a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation Division where he continues to serve with the Computer Crime Investigations Unit at CID HQ. He has testified as an expert witness in federal and military courts in the areas of computer crime, computer forensics and Internet crime.

Schmidt is President of the Information Security Forum and President and CEO of R&H Security Consulting. He is also a board member of the Finnish security company Codenomicon, International President of the Information Systems Security Association and board member of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, commonly known as (ISC). In October 2008, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in business IT by readers and editors of Baseline Magazine.

Schmidt serves on the Executive Committee of the Information Technology Sector Coordination Council. He is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has testified before congressional committees on computer security and cyber crime and has been featured on BBC, ABC, CNN, CNBC and Fox TV discussing cybersecurity, investigations and technology. He is the author of Patrolling Cyberspace, Lessons Learned from a Lifetime in Data Security and a contributor to The Black Book on Corporate Security.

Now that Schmidt has rediscovered how much fun Amateur Radio can be, he has no plans to let his enjoyment pass him by again. "I have my multi-band handheld transceiver next to my suitcase to take back to DC with me," he told the ARRL. "I hope to set up a station once I get settled. I do not plan on letting any more years slip by and not enjoying this great hobby."
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/15/2009 11:09:26 AM

HOA's got you down.... Try this!

CQ100

Best 73
Jerry Colton
N1TKO
Boston, Massachusetts
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/9/2009 4:18:38 PM

Deleted.....

This was not Ham radio related.

Jerry
Comment from K5CXO 12/15/2009 8:06:24 AM
The hyphenation of peoples in America is somthing I have found strange, like the use of "African-American women". I'll ask something that our canadian brothers may be able to answer. Are there any Black-Canadians?

If the answer can't be found here, Then I will fire up PSK on 20 meters and search VE land for a answer.

- Jim

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N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/7/2009 4:06:21 PM

Scott Robbins, W4PA, to Purchase Vibroplex

Scott Robbins, W4PA, of Knoxville, Tennessee, told the ARRL that he has signed an agreement to purchase The Vibroplex Company, Inc from present owner Felton "Mitch" Mitchell, W4OA, effective December 21, 2009. "Vibroplex represents the great tradition of CW operation in Amateur Radio going back many, many years," Robbins told the ARRL. "I'm tickled to be able to continue the more than 100 years of history that has gone into this company."

Robbins -- who has been employed with Ten-Tec Inc since 1995 (he has been Product Manager for Ten-Tec's Amateur Radio equipment line since 1997) -- will leave his position in mid-December to take over full-time management and ownership of Vibroplex. "It's a great opportunity to continue the more than 100 years of tradition that the Vibroplex name represents," Robbins said. "I've known Mitch for quite a few years and it was an important consideration for both of us that Vibroplex continue operation building quality products for Amateur Radio long into the future. Mitch's experience owning the company will be valuable as we proceed with a seamless ownership transition over the next few weeks."
Read the rest of the story at:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/12/07/11233/?nc=1
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/4/2009 2:38:35 PM

Icom confirms IC-706 production has not ceased

This is a follow up from a previous blog:

Contrary to Internet rumors, production of the popular
IC 706 Mark 2 G has not ceased. The erroneous report of the radio's demise came in a Wireless Institute of Australia news report that said that the 706 was no longer being made and that Navcom Electronics that there are only 14 units currently held in stock in Australia.

While that might be the case down-under, Amateur Radio Newsline has received word from Icom America that the decision to stop selling the IC-706 was likely a one made by Icom Australia. On this side of the Pacific Icom America says that the IC - 706 MK 2 G will continue in the Icom America product line.

The original IC-706 was introduced over a dozen years ago and quickly developed what might best be described as a cult following. The radio was not all that much bigger than a dual-band FM transceiver of that era, but it packed an amazingly sensitive all band receiver and powerful ham band transmitter into a relatively tiny package measuring only 6.56" x 2.28" x 7.88".

Over the years the IC-706 has seen many upgrades.
The latest version is the Mark II G which adds many new features and capabilities not found in the previous 706 and 706Mk II versions including the UT-106 DSP module as a
standard feature.

Many hams called it the perfect mobile and portable station and stayed with it even after rival manufacturers brought out their own tiny all band transceivers with similar or even more advanced features. Its also a radio with one of the highest resale values on the used equipment market.

Also included in the WIA story was a claim that Icom was instituting a five year warranty on all of its products.
Well that’s true only if you live in Australia. According to Icom America, that is an Icom Australia only project.
No other Icom distributor is offering a 5 year warranty.
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/3/2009 7:55:57 PM

Intel has unveiled a prototype chip

Intel has unveiled a prototype chip that packs 48 separate processing cores on to a chunk of silicon the size of a postage stamp.
The Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC), as it is known, contains 1.3 billion transistors, the tiny on-off switches that underpin chip technology. Each processing core could, in theory, run a separate operating system.
Currently, top-end chips for desktop computers typically contain four separate processors. Intel and rival AMD will both launch new six-core devices in 2010, allowing computers to simultaneously tackle a number of complex tasks, such as processing graphics.
The chip has won the "cloud" name because it brings together the computing resources typically filling several racks in a data center.
The SCC is made up of 24 "tiles" each one of which is effectively a dual-core processor. The chip maker said the research that had gone into the chip suggests that it could, eventually, cram 100 cores onto a single piece of silicon.
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/2/2009 11:04:16 AM

Launch of New ARRL Web Site Delayed to "Get it Right"

After meeting with ARRL staff on February 23 -- two days before the new ARRL Web site was to launch -- ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, made the decision to delay the unveiling of the Web site until late March. "Work on the new ARRL Web site has progressed at a frantic pace but there are still some potential 'bugs' that could affect members. We need to be sure we get it right," Kramer said. "Our members' security, information and ability to actually use of all the options on the new site outweigh any rush to meet an artificial deadline. It's just good customer service."

The new Web site -- which will contain the online store, class registrations, audio, video, DXCC information, contest data, individualized member options and other 21st century opportunities for members -- is one of the largest technology upgrade activities that ARRL and Fathom, the company programming the site, have ever undertaken. "Reviewers have been unanimously impressed and are helping make sure we create the easiest, most enjoyable online experience possible," Kramer explained.

According to ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, the current ARRL Web site is not only used by ARRL members, but is a prime reference source for engineers, hams and wireless technicians around the world, making it the premier place to find information about Amateur Radio, its activities and the sciences behind it. "The Web is our main face to the world, and the new Web site will be fantastic," he said. "Although we all regret the delay, I believe our members will appreciate our diligence about the ease of use, security and navigation for the new site."
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/2/2009 10:49:08 AM

Cuba Facilitates Equipments to Amateur Radio Operators

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 19 (acn) The Cuban Ministry of Informatics and Communications (MIC) will
start providing ham radio operators with the components and parts for their equipments, from
stock that had been left idle.
Pedro Rodriguez, president of the Cuban Ham Radio Federation (FRC for its Spanish acronym) told the press that the first 600 units are ready for delivery and using them the operators will be able to ensemble new equipments or update those they already have.

He added that the spreading of this operation, which requires the purchase of 15% of the components abroad, will depend on the country’s economic possibilities, affected by the world economic crisis.

During the recently concluded 8th FRC Congress, it was presented a new prototype, with the brand name “Caiguaran”, designed by several specialists and manufactured at one of the MIC factories.

The term “amateur” reflects the principle that Amateur Radio and its skilled operators are committed to helping communities without financial compensation; whereas Commercial Radio operates for profit.

José Tanquero, one of the experts that worked on the creation of this prototype, explained ACN news agency that it has a simple conception and allows the modification of its reach.

He specified that Caiguaran has a 20 Watts power level and work in the 160 meters band, which it’s the legal for third category ham radios. By adding a device the bandwidth can be adjusted to the 80 and 40 meter bands.

The FRC has 5,500 members and contributes greatly to the country when telecommunications are affected by meteorological events.
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Some guys have all the good looks.... others..... Oh well.
Some guys have all the good looks.... others..... Oh well.

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It don't get more beautiful than this. Received this on CQ100
It don't get more beautiful than this. Received this on CQ100

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The one that got away... Man, I loved this radio
The one that got away... Man, I loved this radio

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Doing the job of.....
Doing the job of.....

N1TKO's Blog Post - 12/1/2009 7:44:17 AM

The K7RA Solar Update

From ARRL News: This is a follow-up to last Wednesday’s pre-Thanksgiving bulletin. It was a little too early to provide the complete Thursday through Wednesday sunspot, solar flux and A index that normally appears in Friday’s bulletin, so we are including it today.

Our exciting period of nearly daily sunspot activity ended with the first spotless day on November 23 and the Sun has been blank since then. A look at the STEREO image shows a bright active area, perhaps five days over the eastern horizon, but we don't know if that will give us sunspots or not. Sunspot numbers for November 19-25 were 30, 31, 14, 13, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 12.6. The 10.7 cm flux was 76.7, 76.2, 75.8, 76.3, 75.7, 74.7 and 74.2 with a mean of 75.7. The estimated planetary A indices were 2, 1, 8, 4, 0, 6 and 5 with a mean of 3.7. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 0, 2, 6, 2, 0, 3 and 4 with a mean of 2.4.

As the two STEREO craft move further from Earth, the visual gap on the Sun's far side is gradually closing; we look forward to the time in 2011 when all of the Sun will be visible from STEREO and Earth; currently the gap is about 14.3 percent. You can calculate the approximate percentage of the Sun in that dark spot by using the "Where is STEREO?" link on the STEREO home page. Check the "Separation angle A with B" stat at the bottom, subtract that number from 180, divide the result by 360 then multiple that result by 100 to get a percentage figure. You can check future dates by clicking on the "STEREO Orbit Tool" link. When you check February 1, 2010 at 0000 UTC, it yields a separation angle of 135.197 degrees. Subtracted from 180 degrees, this yields 44.803. Divide that by 360, then multiply by 100 and you get approximately 12.45 percent remaining on the dark side. October 1, 2010 yields 5.58 percent and January 1, 2011 is just 1.26 percent in the dark. Check the arithmetic!

Kent Tobiska, president of Space Environment Technologies in Pacific Palisades, California, sent in a link with some interesting products and resources for those interested in HF radio propagation. And for iPhone users, they have a very inexpensive (under $2) iPhone app for viewing real-time space weather data. See it here or from a link on their home page. Kent is also associated with the Space Weather Center at Utah State University' their Web site is currently under construction.

WorldRadio Online posts a new issue on the 20th of each month, and each has a column on propagation by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA. You can download it here and read Carl's article on "The Impact of Deep Solar Minimum on 160m Propagation." Carl's column begins on page 28 of the current December issue. The January 2010 issue should appear online on December 20.

Past bulletins have mentioned the incredible WSPR mode for weak signal communication. Doug Hawkins, W3HH, of Ocala, Florida, was using WSPR mode on November 18 on 30 meters and copied AA1A in Marshfield, Massachusetts -- 1105 miles away. Not unusual, except that AA1A was running only 10 µW. Doug points out that this signal is 20 dB below 1 mW! Doug says that several other stations have copied AA1A, but so far this is the longest distance record. Doug thought the distance was about 900 miles, but I looked up the address for each station at the top of the ARRL Web page then plugged the addresses into a computer atlas to find the exact latitude and longitude coordinates. I then used W6ELprop to calculate the distance, which turned out to be more than 24 percent further than Doug's estimate.

Amateur solar observer Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, provides this weekly report on solar conditions and propagation. This report also is available via W1AW every Friday, and an abbreviated version appears each Thursday in The ARRL Letter. Check here for a detailed explanation of the numbers used in this bulletin. An archive of past propagation bulletins can be found here. You can find monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and 12 overseas locations here. Readers may contact the author via e-mail.
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N1TKO is Connected to the following - 11/29/2009 8:00:59 AM

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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/29/2009 8:00:59 AM

Icom ceases production of IC706

News has filtered through from ICOM Japan that the very popular IC-706 Mark 2 G HF VHF UHF Transceiver has ceased production.

The WIA reports that advice has also been received from ICOM premium dealer Navcom Electronics that there are only 14 units currently held in stock in Australia and that this stock is expected to deplete rapidly.

There is good news as well though, as from 16 November 2009 all ICOM amateur radio equipment is being backed with a 5 year warranty.
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New QSL
New QSL

N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/28/2009 5:22:57 PM

A Wireless Dilemma: when ham radio transmissions interfere with the wireless equipment.

By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
It's a wireless world! It seems like every day another electronic gizmo joins the radio-controlled ranks of gizmos.

That's fine -- unless you are a ham trying to transceive in a wireless world. Wireless equipment transmissions have been interfering with our ham receivers since just about Day One and we have learned how to deal with that problem.

But what about ham radio transmissions interfering with wireless equipment receivers? In a recent e-mail, a Surfin' reader asked, "I wonder if the topic of wireless routers used in the ham shack has ever comes up? I expect a large percentage of hams use wireless in their homes, and I imagine many are like me and have their Internet connection and router in the shack, close to their amplifier.

"I had used satellite Internet until a few months ago, when I switched to a local WiFi network. The WiFi network is faster and less expensive than satellite, but the WiFi system seems to be more sensitive to the particular type of router I use. I used a D-link router successfully with the satellite system, but it tends to disconnect at random with the WiFi system.
Read More at http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2009/11/27/11214/?nc=1
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/24/2009 7:22:17 AM

This Week in History

Monday, 23 November, 2009

1867 Barbed wire patented by Joseph Gidden, USA.

1884 Evaporated milk patented by J.Mayenberg, St Louis, Missouri, USA.

1889 First Jukebox used, Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco, USA.

1902 Marconi sends faint signals across the Atlantic from Glace Bay to Poldhu.

1910 Royal Australian Navy created by the Australian Naval Defense Act.

1922 2SB (later 2BL) was first Australian commercial radio station to go to air.
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N1TKO is Connected to the following - 11/17/2009 2:04:58 PM

AE5LO W8STU KW4VL KD7UFF KA1DMZ
N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/17/2009 2:04:58 PM

TOP 10 Things you should know about Boston.... My QTH!

1.The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury.
Due north of the center we find the South End. This is not to be confused with South Boston which lies directly east from the South End. North of the South End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End.
Harvard Bridge
The bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge via Massachusetts Avenue is commonly know as the Harvard Bridge. When it was built, the state offered to name the bridge for the Cambridge school that could present the best claim for the honor. Harvard submitted an essay detailing its contributions to education in America, concluding that it deserved the honor of having a bridge leading into Cambridge named for the institution. MIT did a structural analysis of the bridge and found it so full of defects that they agreed that it should be named for Harvard.
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2. You should know.....
There is no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, and no water on Water Street. Back Bay Boston streets are in alphabetical oddah: Arlington , Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, etc. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D, etc. If the streets are named after trees (e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you are on Beacon Hill. If they are named after poets, you are in Wellesley.
Massachusetts Avenue is Mass Ave. Commonwealth Avenue is Comm Ave. South Boston is Southie. The South End is the South End. East Boston is Eastie. The North End is east of the former West End. The West End and Scully Square are no more; a guy named Rappaport got rid of them one night. Roxbury is The Berree, Jamaica Plain is J.P.
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3. How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly
(Say it wrong and be shunned).
Worcester : Wuhsta (or Wistah)
Gloucester : Glawsta
Leicester: Lesta
Woburn: Woobun
Dedham : Dead-um
Revere: Re -vee-ah
Quincy: Quinzee
Tewksbury : Tooks berry
Leominster : Le-min-sta
Peabody: Pee-ba-dee
Waltham : Walth-ham
Chatham: Chaddum
Samoset: Sam-oh-set or Sum-aw-set, but nevah Summerset!
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4. Definitions:
FRAPPES are made with ice cream; MILKSHAKES are not.
If it is carbonated and flavored, it is TONIC
Soda means CLUB SODA.
Pop refers to DAD.
When we want Tonic Water, we will ask for TONIC WATER.
The smallest beer is a pint.
Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish. If you paid more than $7/pound, you got scrod.
It is not a water fountain; it is a bubblah.
It is not a trashcan; it is a barrel.
It is not a spucky, a hero, or a grinder; it is a sub.
It is not a shopping caht; it is a carriage.
It is not a purse; it is a pockabook.
They are not franks; they are haht dahgs; franks are money used Switzahland.
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5. Police do not drive patrol units or black and whites; they drive a crewza. If you take the bus, you’re on the looza crooza. It is not a rubber band; it is an elastic. It is not a traffic circle, it is a rotary. "Going to the islands" means going to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.
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6. Things not to do:
Do not pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd. They will tow it to Meffa (Medford ) or Summahville (Somerville) .
Do not sleep on the Common. ( Boston Common)
Do not wear orange in Southie on St. Patrick's Day.
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7. Things you should know:
There are two State Houses, two City Halls, two courthouses, and two Hancock buildings (one is very old; one is relatively new).
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8. The colored lights on top the old Hancock tell the weatha:
"Solid blue, clear view."
"Flashing blue, clouds due."
"Solid red, rain ahead."
"Flashing red, snow instead." (except in summer, flashing red means the Red Sox game was rained out!
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9. Most people live here all their life and still do not know what the hell is going on with this one. Route 128 South is I-95 south. It is also I-93 north.
The underground train is not a subway. It is the T, and it does not run all night (fah chrysakes, this ain't Noo Yawk).
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10. Bostonians: think that it is their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
Bostonians: think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no Rs, except in idear.
Bostonians: think that three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
Bostonians: refer to six inches of snow as a dusting.
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N1TKO is Connected to the following - 11/16/2009 5:27:32 AM

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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/16/2009 5:27:32 AM

More Ham Radio antennas for the space station

The space shuttle Atlantis (STS-129), scheduled to launch today, November 16, will carry additional Amateur Radio antennas for the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronauts will install and deploy the antennas during the second spacewalk of STS-129. The ham radio team will monitor the spacewalk activity via a NASA real-time teleconference call.

"The new antennas will increase opportunities for the many hams who covet making contacts with astronauts and cosmonauts," ARRL ARISS Program Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, explained. "Frequencies available for transmission to and from Columbus will be 2 meters, 70 centimeters, L-band and S-band.

"To start, the two Ericcson radios (2 meters and 70 centimeters) that are already on the ISS (but seldom used) will be moved and installed in Columbus."

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/11/12/11195/?nc=1
The ISS is currently planned to stay in orbit until 2015, however, there are discussions taking place about extending its life to 2020 or 2025.
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/16/2009 5:20:33 AM

The Rig Register.... Keep your Radios Safe!

If your radio equipment was stolen could you remember its serial number? Have you recorded it somewhere safe?

Would you like to notify people would might potentially purchase it? Have participating shops checking on repairs and 2nd hand purchases?

Sign up to The Rig Register, a free service, and record your amateur radio equipment details in a safe and easy to find place. Your equipment can marked as lost or stolen for others to check.

The Rig Register isn't just for stolen equipment. Groups and clubs can use it as an asset register and a shared login between committee and leaders would allow access to the group's or club's asset list. For more info, go to: http://www.therigregister.com/

Jerry - N1TKO
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N1TKO is Connected to the following - 11/15/2009 2:49:48 PM

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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/15/2009 2:49:48 PM

On this date in History

1777 The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.

1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak.

1889 Brazil's monarchy was overthrown.

1926 The National Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations.

1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1940 The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription.

1959 A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas. The killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, were profiled in Truman Capote's non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood."

1982 Funeral services were held in Moscow for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev.

1984 Baby Fae, the month-old infant who had received a baboon's heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one, died at a California medical center three weeks after the transplant.

1985 Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.

1986 A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of delivering arms to Contra rebels and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. He was pardoned a month later.

1988 The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

1993 A judge in Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.

2002 Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party leader.

2005 Baseball players and owners agreed on a tougher steroids-testing policy.

2006 One of four U.S. soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family pleaded guilty at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Spec. James P. Barker, who agreed to testify against the others, was later sentenced to 90 years in prison.)

2007 Baseball home run king Barry Bonds was indicted on charges related to grand jury testimony during which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. (Bonds has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.)
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/15/2009 2:49:48 PM

On this date in History

1777 The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.

1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak.

1889 Brazil's monarchy was overthrown.

1926 The National Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations.

1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1940 The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription.

1959 A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas. The killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, were profiled in Truman Capote's non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood."

1982 Funeral services were held in Moscow for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev.

1984 Baby Fae, the month-old infant who had received a baboon's heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one, died at a California medical center three weeks after the transplant.

1985 Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.

1986 A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of delivering arms to Contra rebels and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. He was pardoned a month later.

1988 The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

1993 A judge in Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.

2002 Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party leader.

2005 Baseball players and owners agreed on a tougher steroids-testing policy.

2006 One of four U.S. soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family pleaded guilty at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Spec. James P. Barker, who agreed to testify against the others, was later sentenced to 90 years in prison.)

2007 Baseball home run king Barry Bonds was indicted on charges related to grand jury testimony during which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. (Bonds has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.)
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/15/2009 2:49:47 PM

On this date in History

1777 The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.

1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak.

1889 Brazil's monarchy was overthrown.

1926 The National Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations.

1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1940 The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription.

1959 A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas. The killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, were profiled in Truman Capote's non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood."

1982 Funeral services were held in Moscow for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev.

1984 Baby Fae, the month-old infant who had received a baboon's heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one, died at a California medical center three weeks after the transplant.

1985 Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.

1986 A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of delivering arms to Contra rebels and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. He was pardoned a month later.

1988 The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

1993 A judge in Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.

2002 Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party leader.

2005 Baseball players and owners agreed on a tougher steroids-testing policy.

2006 One of four U.S. soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family pleaded guilty at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Spec. James P. Barker, who agreed to testify against the others, was later sentenced to 90 years in prison.)

2007 Baseball home run king Barry Bonds was indicted on charges related to grand jury testimony during which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. (Bonds has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.)
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N1TKO is Connected to the following - 11/15/2009 9:49:13 AM

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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/15/2009 9:49:13 AM

Surfin': The Real Pirate Radio from WA1LOU

Pirate Radio, the movie, opens today, which according to The International Movie DataBase (IMDB), is a period comedy very loosely based on Radio Caroline, a popular pirate radio ship with a similar history and style that operated illegally in the North Sea in the 1960s.

The Boat That Rocked was the film's title in the UK where it received mixed reviews last year. I have seen trailers for the film, but not the actual film, so I have no idea how close the film is to reality.

It is possible that the real story of Radio Caroline is more interesting than the film. Wikipedia has an entry that describes the history of pirate radio, and another entry that deals specifically with the history of Radio Caroline. And contrary to radio legend, President Kennedy's daughter was not the inspiration for naming the pirate station (but was, as my editor points out, the inspiration for the Neil Diamond hit, Sweet Caroline, played in the eighth inning at every Red Sox home game).

If you find Wikipedia's telling of the Radio Caroline may be a little on the dry side, I urge you to visit the Radio Caroline Web site, which not only recounts the history of station in great detail, but also offers an interesting array of other features. Unbeknownst to me, Radio Caroline is still alive and well and you can listen to it via the Internet (as I am doing as I type these words).

Until next time, keep on surfin'!

Editor's note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, wanted to be a pirate when he grew up! To contact Stan, send him e-mail or add comments to his blog.
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/15/2009 9:45:43 AM

DZKIT

Over the years, one by one, all the great electronic kit manufacturers have disappeared - Eico, Knight, Dynaco, Heath. Perhaps the most devastating for the home electronics enthusiast was the loss of Heathkit®, a mainstay from 1947 to the mid-1980's. Heathkit advertised "World's finest electronic equipment in kit form". Their kits ranged from inexpensive teaching aids to organs, color TVs, AM/FM stereos and tons of amateur radio equipment, much of which is still in use today, over 40 years since it was produced. These were kits that not only taught you something about electronics, they were fun to assemble and sometimes saved you money over comparable store-bought products. With the flood of foreign imports, it became hard to produce kits that could continue to offer a price advantage. Today, electronic products are produced largely in Malaysia, Singapore and China and shipped to the United States. There isn't much labor involved, as automation has replaced human labor, and what labor there is is done at wages far below those of American workers. U.S. companies have had to move manufacturing operations to the Far East just to stay competitive and to take advantage of the extremely low corporate income taxes offered by those countries. The result is a permanent loss of U.S. manufacturing labor.

But you can still have fun building an electronic project, learn how it works, and have the pride that comes with knowing you built it yourself. With a DZKit, some of the subassemblies are pre-assembled, because the tiny parts are just too small for a kit builder to assemble. So, you may not get to solder every component in your kit yourself, but you didn't used to fabricate ICs or vacuum tubes either, right? It's not that different. Today the "parts" (like an embedded PC for example) are just bigger and more complicated, that's all.

Wondering why this page is green? Heathkit amateur radio products were often painted green. "Heathkit green" is a common term in the world of ham radio.

Brian Wood, W0DZ, a design and application engineer with 33 years of experience at HP/Agilent, wanted to restore the fun of kitbuilding to a new generation. He knew that there's a huge pent-up demand for new, complex, nice-looking kits that offer value not available elsewhere. To that end, he retired early (by choice, a strange occurrence with all the layoffs in the industry) and formed The DZ Co., LLC, dba "DZKit". Its goal is to allow electronics enthusiasts and others with a passion for learning to have a chance to recapture the fun of doing it yourself while building products with unique features. Look for more exciting products as we get rolling. And be sure to send us your ideas for new products! We'll do our best to provide new kits for you in the finest of Heathkit traditions. Engineering/Consulting services are also available for test and measurement applications, especially in the area of automotive electronics. Send email to w0dz@dzkit.com for more information.
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N1TKO's Blog Post - 11/15/2009 9:43:22 AM

Iceland's radio hams get access to 70 MHz and 500 KHz

On February 19, Radio Amateurs in Iceland were granted temporary experimental access to the 70 MHz and 500 kHz bands.

Licensees holding "N" and "G" class licences can apply to the Icelandic Post and Telecom Administration for a special permit for 70 MHz which is valid until December 31, 2010 and gives access to 70.000-70.200 MHz. Access is secondary with a 100 watt power limit and a maximum bandwidth of 16 kHz.

Permits are also available for the 493-510 kHz band, only A1A is allowed with up to 100 watts.

Icelandic Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/IcelandPTA
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