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New DXCC entity confirmed

Got a return QSL from EA6SX today. Before you say "You didn't have Spain?" you should know that this isn't exactly Spain. Turns out it this is from the Balearic Islands in the Med. Contact was made on 16 Mar on 17 meters.

Grid JM19ik
IOTA EU-004

Thanks Mike for …

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Shortwave to FM to CD

Before travelling the seven hours back to Virginia, today, Amanda reminded me to grab some stuff off the Internet that we could listen to on the way home.

I went to my favourite radio programs and downloaded their latest (and some times a few more) podcasts. I burned the files …

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SANS ISC goes to YELLOW: SSH vulnerability

SANS Internet Storm Center has raised the Internet Threat Level to YELLOW in response to a report of a SSH vulnerability on all Debian-based systems that generated SSH keys between September 2003 and 13 May 2008.

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Microsoft for Apple leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

The school newspaper where my wife is a student reported yesterday that William and Mary would start giving students an option for what computer (and thus operating system) they could run. Apple will be coming to the campus starting this summer. I'm all about giving people an option away from …

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HF Noise Floor

Last night John and I were up on 75 ragchewing and we noted the relatively high noise floor. Now it is 13:50z and the noise floor still seems high on some bands. Here are the current conditions:

160m - S5
80m - S3
75m - S5 with static crashes (nearby thunderstorms)
60m …

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DOC v. PDF v. ODF... size wise

At my job we create very large documents for customers explaining how we are going to test their systems. These documents are usually a couple thousand pages long which means the files can also get pretty large.

I got curious to see how big the file would be based on …

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Amateur Radio: Terminal Program

So I have been looking for a simple "terminal" program to run that will allow me to interface to my terminal node controller (TNC) that I use for packet on Amateur Radio. I've found two programs that work but each of them has some crazy side effects that limit their …

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Internet Backbone Outage Reported in the Middle-East

SANS Internet Storm Center is reporting that possibly several under-sea cables have been cut near the coast of Egypt. Several countries in that area have reported slow connections or complete packet loss. India is experiencing a 50% packet loss at times due to all their traffic having to flow out …

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Problems at Radio Station W4OTN

I've been having problems with my radio station lately and it has really started to bother me. I've used two antennas and haven't been satisfied with either one of them. Before I was using a 40-80-160 dipole but the 80m portion was too long and didn't want to work right …

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IARU's Worked All Continents - RTTY Award

On October 20th I completed my application and sent my cards to the ARRL for verification that I had met the requirements for the IARU's "Worked All Continents" award. Exactly seven days later I not only had my cards returned but also had my certificate as well. Now that is …

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