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Coastal Linking Network: A thought experiment in replicating the Coastal Linking System for data.

John, KE4TZN, and I were discussing the idea of replicating the Coastal Linking System in DMR. The difference being that the existing network uses audio linking where DMR, and other digital modes, use an IP-based network for routing the links.

IP networks, not to be confused with Internet-connected networks, switch …

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2019-06-11 Astronomy Observations

Conditions:

Outdoor temperature: ~21C
Relative Humidity: ~65%
Sky cover: Mostly clear with a few high clouds starting to build towards the west.
Observatory: Beach at Willows Colony

Harlan and I went out to test a new-to-us telescope in a spot I had previously thought would be good for nighttime observations …

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Cost comparison for operating an EV compared with an ICE

Earlier this year we purchased a Chevrolet Bolt EV. It didn’t take long to figure out one-peddle driving, which is awesome. But now that we have put ~7,600 miles on the car, I feel comfortable talking about the efficiencies and costs.

Overall, the vehicle has averaged 3.3 …

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Blue Ridge Parkway Search and Rescue Exercise 2019

Boy, that was fun. I’m just getting back from a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) that I participated in as a prospective member of the Search and Rescue Tracking Institute (SARTI). Having operated as a flanker on a canine search team during the previous two years, I decided to …

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APRS-IS Core Servers

I’ve been running WG3K-NJ, an APRS Firenet server, for a few years now, which is configured to connect to a core APRS-IS server to provide upstream connectivity to the rest of the network. Tonight I got thinking about network efficiencies and wondered if this connection could be made any …

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Virginia Search and Rescue Conference 2019

A track for tracking. I attended the Virginia SAR Conference in Appomatox, Virginia this year and had a blast! The primary reason I attended the conference was to attend the Lost Person Behavior class, taught by Bob Koester himself, along with the companion Train the Trainer class, which allows me to teach the class …

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Received WRMI QSL

Front of a WRMI QSL Card I took at a short trip up to Catoctin Mountain Park at the beginning of the year and stayed in a rustic cabin with no running water and no electricity. It was nice, to say the least. For evening entertainment I used my Elecraft KX3 with a longwire antenna to …

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Security of Shredding Services

When I started dealing with serious information security we created a lot of paper. This wasn’t regular information printed on paper but very sensitive information that could be very damaging if it ever found its way out of the building. If this paper was ever deemed to be trash …

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Article: Builder uses solar power to heat Fairbanks home in the winter

Just found this on Twitter, even though it’s a rather old article from 2011 "Builder uses solar power to heat Fairbanks home in the winter"

FAIRBANKS — Sunlight poured into a large south-facing window and drenched the stained concrete floor, stones and flower beds in warmth. Like batteries, these features …

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Two Monks and a Woman

A friend and Sensei has shared this story with me a few times and I share it here so I will not forget it. Searching for it on the Internet turns up many iterations but I’ve not come up with a definitive author.

A senior monk and a junior …

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