LoTW – Certificate Renewal Time
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by k9zw
2d ago
Seems a Logbook of the World (LoTW) “certificate” has to be renewed every 36 months, as at the end of January an emailed notice arrived saying: According to our records, your ARRL Logbook of the World Callsign Certificate for: K9ZW – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA expires at: Feb 9 16:39:02 2023 GMT To continue submitting ..read more
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A Vacuum Tube References
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by k9zw
3d ago
A straight forward simple reference on Vacuum Tube Types: http://www.nostalgiaair.org/Tubes/ 73 Steve K9ZW ..read more
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A Good Recapping Guide
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by k9zw
1w ago
Changing out antique or suspect capacitors seems a bit of a mystery until you learn why the old ones fail and what are replacement recommendations. This article by Phil Nelson at Antique Radio largely has about everything ones needs to know in a short easy to read form: https://antiqueradio.org/recap.htm 73 Steve K9ZW ..read more
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February 16th is BBS Day! – Less than 3 weeks away!
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by k9zw
1w ago
Less than 3 weeks away is the 45th anniversary of when the first public facing BBS (Bulletin Board System) went active. A wide group of BBS sysops and users are marking the anniversary – details at the BBS Day website: https://bbsday.org/ The Great Blizzard of 1978 was one of the worst storms in Illinois’ history ..read more
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Do you control, much less own, your Computer Desktop?
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by k9zw
2w ago
It had become pretty obvious that our computer “ownership” is far from “true ownership” in that outside parties affect many aspects of our usage. In many cases they can change how we do our work or blur the line on what we own. Microsoft recently decided that it was unilaterally changing the location, format, and ..read more
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SPOT BBS back up!
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by k9zw
2w ago
SPOT BBS, the K9ZW old school BBS project is back online. Seems a CNAME issue with the DNS setup was something I had missed. spotbss.k9zw.com ssh port 1122 , telnet port 1123 and html port 8888 Also browser clickable at http://spotbbs.k9zw.com:8888/ 73 Steve K9ZW ..read more
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K9ZW Home Remote Back Up, SPOT BBS Close
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by k9zw
2w ago
K9ZW Home QTH Station is back up for my remote operations.  SPOT BBS project is close, but not up yet. The K9ZW OPNSense main router ate its SSD drive and puked, and after diagnostics a replacement router was ordered. The more powerful/faster router arrived and got installed over the weekend and Monday. At the same ..read more
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A Great TV Feature about Ham Radio
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by k9zw
3w ago
The Fond du Lac Amateur Radio Club is about an hour from Manitowoc, and is a really nice club. Somehow they thought kindly enough to make me an honorary life member over some minor technical assistance I sorted out for them. From Joe K9VY – Fond du Lac Amateur Radio Club PR guy: “Mike from ..read more
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Island QTH Door Replacement
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by k9zw
3w ago
The Washington Island QTH station is in the basement of our island home, an area which should be safe, mostly vermin-free and warm. I’ve documented how mice came in to nest in my Collins station, but hadn’t mentioned that the ad hoc door let the cold in and provided close to zero security. The original ..read more
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Big Brother’s Small Siblings – The Surveillance Game
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by k9zw
3w ago
First a bit of background: “The documents are among a trove related to the secret operations of Anomaly 6, a shadowy private spying firm founded by a pair of U.S. military intelligence veterans. The company covertly embeds software development kits, or SDKs, in hundreds of popular apps, then slices through layers of “anonymized” data in ..read more
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