|Owatonna Steele County Amateur Radio||10-Apr-2017|
Field Day for 2003 is scheduled for June 28-29. Details will be discussed at the May meeting.
New Austin ARC Web Site
The Austin ARC has a new web site and web address: http://www.austinarc.com
Windows Update Change
It is being reported Microsoft has changed the method being used for users of Windows Update . Previously, Update did not collect any information from the computer. It operated by sending your computer a list of patches and updates. Software on your machine then culled the list, displaying the fixes you didnít have so that you could choose the ones you wanted. Your PC never sent back any information.
The new version of Windows Update uploads the Product ID number from your installation of Windows, plus a list of your machineís hardware, in addition to downloading the list of patches. Read more at infoworld.com
MN Scanner Law
When looking at the new Austin ARC web page, I followed the "Scanner Law MN" link, which provides a link to Statue 299C.37 Police Communication Equipment. There is a requirement in the law contained in paragraph Subd. 1 (c) to
This should not be an issue when we are driving our own vehicles. It may be an problem when a family member is driving the vehicle without an amateur radio license. In addition to keeping a copy of your license in the vehicle, the suggestion is made to also keep a copy of the statute in the vehicle.
Ham Radio From Iraq
Don't be to surprised if you soon start hearing a number of stations signing portable YI from Iraq. More than a small number of the technicians and engineers serving at news bureaus will be hams. Its only a matter of time before some of them get ham radio gear and take to the air -- portable YI -- from Iraq.
This Is Paul Harvey
During the March 19 radio broadcast at noon, Paul Harvey on March 19 offered some kind words for Amateur Radio.
County Emergency Assist
We are looking for volunteers that would be willing to assist county officials in the event of an emergency. Amatuer radio volunteers are routinely recognized in the media for the assistance provided. Public service is often one of reasons specified for supporting amateur radio interests in the legislative world. Please let Jeff N0GZK or Tom N0UW know that you are willing to assist. Thanks!!
If you are planning to go for a vanity call sign, do it now or be prepared to pay a few cents more. The proposed hike to $16.30 for a vanity call comes in an FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making dealing with fee collection matters released on March 26th. Its all in M-D Docket No. 03-83 and comments on it are due no later than April 25th.
PC with a Vacuum Tube?
Who would think that a new product introduction would include a vacuum tube in a PC motherboard? The first tube motherboard appeared last year in response to PC gamers who craved the allegedly "more natural" sound produced by vacuum tube technology. Those who have seen the boards call it a strange sight to behold.
Read more about this unusual marriage at neoseeker.com
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