Month: October 2018

Facebook – I Quit

Well after some thought, I shutdown my Facebook page.  There were a few reasons why I did, but the main reason was the invasion of privacy.  It wasn’t the increased BS, the fake news and the political crap, it ended up being that Facebook was monitoring my private text...

UKube-1 falls silent

UKube-1, the UK Space Agency’s first CubeSat, was launched into space in July 2014. It completed its successful nominal mission fourteen month later in September 2015 Since that date, for the past three years, the FUNcube based payload has continued to provide a transponder for use by radio amateurs...

OP25 APCO P25 Software for Linux

I have been playing with OP25 on my Linux system, monitoring my local P25 systems.  I have found a link that explains the download and installation of OP25 and I have provided the link on my OP25 page. OP25 is a not-for-profit project to bring together folks that are...

Astronaut, Cosmonaut Safe in Wake of Soyuz Launch Failure

ARRL – A Russian Soyuz spacecraft crew launch to the International Space Station (ISS) suffered an emergency booster failure shortly after lift-off from Kazakhstan on October 11, but the crew is safe. On board the Soyuz MS-10 were US Astronaut Nick Hague, KG5TMV, and Russian Cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was...

Google to shut down Google+

The Guardian – Google to shut down Google+ after failing to disclose user data leak. Company didn’t disclose leak for months to avoid a public relations headache and potential regulatory enforcement. This March, as Facebook was coming under global scrutiny over the harvesting of personal data for Cambridge Analytica, Google...

Simulated Emergency Test: October 2018

Date: Saturday, October 13 Note: In Ontario the Simulated Emergency Test will be held on Saturday, October 13 but at Emergency Operations Centres that are located in Municipal offices, that can’t get access on the weekend, the SET will also be held on Wednesday, October 10. The Simulated Emergency...

Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World

ARRL – Following a devastating 7.7-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on September 28, members of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society ORARI and other volunteers have been providing emergency communication for community and government interests. The quake and tsunami destroyed the city of Palu, completely cutting power and...