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The terrible saga of the Sidekick disaster is finally at an end. Electronista reports that Microsoft and T-Mo have started to restore Sidekick data today.
Stories covered and special features in This Weeks edition:
01. Senators call for a full inventory of FCC controlled spectrum up to 3gHz.
02. WRC-2011 agenda poses an opportunity and a challenge for amateur ops.
03. Hams assist in the rescue of an injured person in the Arizona desert.
04. The US Coast Guard shuts down LORAN-C stations due to budget cuts.
05. The FCC denies a petition to increase the amateur radio question pool.
06. Researchers discover twisted radio beams could untangle the RF spectrum.
07. Burghardt announces it will stop selling amateur radio equipment.
08. Hams in the mid-west provide emergency communications during severe WX.
09. Amateurs get the okay to activate Midway Atoll in the fall of 2009.
10. NASA says a bat hitched a ride on the latest space shuttle launch.
11. Legislators look to outlaw talking on your cell phone while walking.
12. Texas amateurs rally against new pending cellular legislation.
13. News from the Radio Amateurs of Canada.
14. A webcam in Miami is watching the construction of 1000+ foot tower.
15. Ham radio provides emergency communications for North Carolina drill.
16. Working Amateur Radio Satellites with Bruce Paige, KK5DO.
17. The collision of satellites in orbit is causing many problems.
18. Chinese physicists develop asphalt additive made from discarded
electronics and old circuit boards.
19. The Random Access Thought with Bill Baran, N2FNH. "StratoVision"
20. The FCC tells LPFM and non-commercial FM stations to watch the possible
commercial content of underwriting announcements, issues fines.
21. Technology News and Commentary with Leo Laporte. "Internet Turns 20"
22. Weekly solar propagation forecast with Geremy Boot, G4NJH.
23. TWIAR QSL Cards are now available for the asking. Write in! E-Mail in!
24. The Gateway 160 Meter Net Report with Vern Jackson, WA0RCR.
25. DXpedition to Bangladesh is on hold due to outbreak of civil war.
26. A rare county in Hawaii will be activated soon.
27. A six meter DXpedition to Cook Island will be on the air soon.
28. TWIAR staff is now available on Twitter - Follow us! We'll follow you.
29. GARAC-2009 emergency communications conference
30. Mayotte Island DXpedtion team finds their callsign was pirated.
31. Researchers develop new battery technology that will allow complete
recharging in 20 seconds.
This Week in Amateur Radio" is a weekly amateur radio audio, on the air, news
magazine/bulletin service, produced by a lot of dedicated volunteers, by
Community Video Associates, Inc., a New York State not-for-profit corporation.
The mailing address for our support fund is:
This Week in Amateur Radio Support Fund
P.O. Box 30
Sand Lake, New York 12153
Were you a fan of the Samsung i900 Omnia? Do you like 3. 7 inch AMOLED touch screens and 8. 1 megapixel cameras? If so, weve got some good news for you today.
Nvidia today announced that HPs most powerful and expandable workstationthe HP Z800 Workstationis now configurable with up to two Nvidia Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs).
Gizmodo this time. They have a hands-on video of the 5G iPod Nano for us. The camera user interface of the Apple mini-PMP looks very usable. I see the 5G Nano as becoming very popular in developing countries as well as with people with a developing taste in tech (read: very young people).
With the release of Windows 7, we take another look at a nettop, this time from newcomers Viewsonic. Sporting a dualcore 1.6GHz Atom processor and Nvidia's ION chipset amidst a neat and diminutive casing, has the VOT nettop finally come good? We find out.
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The calls signs used in amateur radio operating may sound a bit confusing to some. Ham operator Bill Musa feels it's a reliable and easy way to communicate. "This gets right back to basics," Musa said. "This is sending emergency information or sends routine information." Once a week, Musa and five ham operators take turns working out of the message center at Ocean Springs City Hall. Musa said he usually gives the radio a test run, and he sends a message over the air waves. "We want to make sure the equipment works. You don't want to drag the equipment out of the closet four years from now when we are threatened with a category one hurricane." Emergency Management Director Kimberlyn Prentice said she is grateful to the city for opening its doors to this operation and buying some of the high tech equipment.
"We have the Cadillac of systems," Prentice said. When various forms of communication fail, like cell phones, Prentice said citizens have to depend on amateur radios. "As we discovered with Katrina, cell phones are just as prone to breaking or power disruption as our land lines or electricity."
The idea was to build a cheap, internet-controlled swivel base for a webcam without an analog to digital converter or any complicated logic circuitry.
This week, Surfin' revisits the "Top 10" Amateur Radio Web sites.
Nvidia posts a loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, but says that GPGPU computing and Tegra will help to see Nvidia through the future.
It looks like AAXA Technologies is joining the laser projector technology. Today, the company announced the release of their latest device, the L1.
We take a look at the latest build of Splinter Cell: Conviction, which has finally re-emerged from development hell with a new, non-hobo look and a darkly cinematic feel. Is the new direction for the series a good thing, or did we prefer what we saw of homeless Fisher? Find out within.
Microsofts new Zune HD portable media player is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor for exceptional multimedia capabilities. The Microsoft Zune HD player is the first portable media player to combine HD-compatible video, HD Radio receiver, full-screen Internet browsing, an organic light emitting diode touch screen, and Wi-Fi.
The street date for Modern Warfare 2 has been smashed by some retailers and a pricing war has broken out.
The North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation was founded 60 years ago and the heads of state and government of the 26 member states and their delegations will meet in Kehl (Germany) and Strasbourg (France) to celebrate this event. These celebrations will be accompanied by the special event stations DR60NATO in Germany and TM0TAN in France
Were almost as the excited as the fella in the picture at the news that Motorolas LTE (Long Term Evolution) trial has gotten off the ground -- with an honest-to-goodness set making a standards compliant LTE call.
You could get a decent laptop for the price of one Archos 9 tablet PC. The laptop will be a more versatile tool, one which you could use to type blogs and newpaper dispatches at the speed of light or close to it.
Evidently Fujitsus decision to offer its LifeBook U820 convertible mini laptop with integrated 3G has been a raging success; otherwise, were a bit uncertain as to why it would share the love with four other siblings.
Bushnell has a new GPS range finder called Yardage Pro XGC. Amazonhas the device available for $350 - same as a few other online sellers - but no reviews yet.
Not sure if this will be the ultimate setting for those wantling to install an SSD on their PC. Just in case, heres I-O Datas latest SSD Express Cards with a 32GB capacity (16,800 Yen) and a 64GB (24,000 Yen).
Human robot interaction is one of the areas of robotics that is most critical to robots being accepted into society. At the moment, weve got robots that can do all kinds of cool stuff, but most of the cool stuff doesnt work without a thirty seven channel remote control and a graduate degree.
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