About VA3DBJ

We are situated in eastern Clarington, in Durham Region.  This site is dedicated to general and amateur radio communications in the Durham Region, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough area. The primary focus will be Amateur Radio, but I do spend a lot of time on other areas with my...

Amateur Radio Resources Ready as Dorian Poised to Become a Major Hurricane

— From ARRL Amateur Radio resources organized this week as Hurricane Dorian threatened Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and worked its way through the Caribbean. A change in direction spared Puerto Rico — still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 — from taking a direct hit;...

ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues

— From ARRL In an effort to more effectively address HF digital technology issues, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has reactivated the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee. The six-member panel, chaired by First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, will primarily focus on spectrum allocation issues that...

Millions of users data leaked by browser extensions

From: Geekbots Now, a research report reveals that some popular browser extensions are collecting and even selling users data including a list of visited sites and photos that users have looked at. Most recently, security researchers found that a number of popular extensions were harvesting user data without consent. Not only...

California Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast

From: ARRL.org British Columbia radio amateur Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, said that an Independence Day magnitude 6.4 earthquake in California’s Mojave Desert and multiple aftershocks negatively affected HF propagation on the US west coast. Schwarz, who maintains the “RF Seismograph” and has drawn a correlation between earthquake activity and HF band...

Restraint Urged in Response to 2-Meter Reallocation Proposal

From: ARRL.org Representatives of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-societies in Europe are advising restraint in the wake of a proposal to consider the allocation of 146 – 148 MHz to the Aeronautical Mobile Service (AMS) at World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). France recently raised the prospect during a...

New Security Warning Issued For Google’s 1.5 Billion Gmail And Calendar Users

Story by Davey Winder – Forbes Google’s Gmail email service is used by upwards of 1.5 billion people. The Google Calendar app, meanwhile, has been downloaded more than a billion times from the Play Store. Security researchers have this week warned that threat actors are exploiting the popularity of...

Weather and Climate

The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time. Weather Weather is the state of the atmosphere, describing for example the degree...

Teen Hacked Apple Twice Hoping to get Job.

Teen hacked Apple twice hoping to get job but got caught by FBI and police. A 17-year-old Australian boy accused of hacking Apple twice in an effort to get a job has pleaded guilty to multiple computer hacking charges. The teenager hacked into Apple’s mainframe in December 2015 and...

Need a Reason to Drop Google Chrome?

Google is planning to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users only. This is despite a backlash to an announcement by Google in January proposing changes that will stop certain ad blockers from working efficiently. The proposal–dubbed Manifest V3–will see a major transformation to Chrome extensions that includes a...