Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Stop the presses - we have arrived! On page 41 of the August issue of Wired magazine:
Wired: Morse code
(Thanks, Steve, KI0KY)
-- From the Contester's Rate Sheet (ARRL) of 10 August 2005, edited by Ward Silver N0AX.
A quick googling (wired morse code) took me to the premonitive wired/tired title from larry borsato. He's referencing a Times Online article telling of an Australian nonagenerian and his buddy using the code to whip some cell toting whippersnappers in a communications contest.
A similar competition was ably staged later on Leno.
The morse rally is building. Hurrah!
Hams speak an esoteric language, a mix of radio slang and callsigns, and they like to talk about the enduring virtues of Morse code
That's Mark Baard, 3 months before page 41 above, writing in Wired itself. The quote's actually from the second page.
Samuel F.B. Morse's code dates to 1832.
I've known Morse code since 1972. My Quite Happy Grandfather taught me. I've used it often since summer '73.
I love its rhythm, cw dx, and the mystery message within another sender's signals.
The FCC plans to eliminate Morse code as a requirement for all amateur radio license classes. A sad decision, but the code will stick around regardless. Till 2178? Sure. And beyond.
The ARRL, which advocates retaining a test for extra class licenses only, reported the FCC's notice of proposed rule making.
Keep testing on the books, I say. No time to say exactly why right now, though.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
Saturday, August 06, 2005
TrackSat/CE is satellite tracking software I intend to use on a Dell Axim X30 running Windows Mobile 2003. It's a ZL3AD program I saw listed at AMSAT. I downloaded version 2.20. At the download, the author linked to a required Microsoft file: evb.mspx (?). That link was broken, but I was directed to msvbppc.armv4.cab, which I downloaded. I hope this works in place of eVB dot whatever.
The "future" does not seem bright for eVB if this Microsoft chat was on track.
Native Code Application Development for Windows Embedded Platforms.
Posted March 4, 2003
Chat Date: February 5, 2003
From Host Zoran Galovic, Embedded MVP
Q: Have any decision been made concerning the future of eVB, of any? [sic X 2]
A: eVB is going to disappear. Everything is moving towards VB .NET and eVC is an interim solution.
I'll install the two files in a couple of days.
N7WSB gave TrackSat a decent review for an earlier release at eham.net.
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It's that quote that caused me to start a blog. Blogger can be a convenient place to collect clips and questions.
Well, well, well... lookee here
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