— 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; the Virgin Islands suffered downed trees…Continue readingAmateur Radio Resources Ready as Dorian Poised to Become a Major Hurricane
— 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 have gained increased visibility with discussions…Continue readingARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues
— From IARU The 144 – 146 MHz Amateur Radio segment has been removed from a French proposal to study spectrum additional for Aeronautical Mobile Service (AMS) applications. France had included the band, which comprises the entire 2 meter band in ITU Region 1, for consideration as a European Conference of Telecommunications and Postal Administrations (CEPT)…Continue reading144 – 146 MHz Removed from French Proposal for Additional Aeronautical Applications
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 their browsing histories but also exposing…Continue readingMillions of users data leaked by browser extensions
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 conditions, said the radio disruption began…Continue readingCalifornia Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast
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 European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications…Continue readingRestraint Urged in Response to 2-Meter Reallocation Proposal
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 both in order to target users…Continue readingNew Security Warning Issued For Google’s 1.5 Billion Gmail And Calendar Users
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 then once more in early 2017…Continue readingTeen Hacked Apple Twice Hoping to get Job.
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 revamp of the permissions system. It…Continue readingNeed a Reason to Drop Google Chrome?
The VA3DBJ Weather station is now back online. The software has been updated to latest version of Cumulus. You can access directly by typing weather.va3dbj.ca in your browser. This weather updates every 2 minutes but the gauges are updated every minute or two. You can also receive hourly reports via Twitter at my VA3DBJWeather Twitter…Continue readingVA3DBJ Weather Station Back Online