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Broadcasters Moving Away from the 7MHz Amateur Allocation:

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Sunday 29 March will go into the records as a landmark date for the amateur radio service in the greater part of the world. Following on from the decision made during the World Radio Conference in 2003, the amateur service becomes the primary user in the HF segment between 7100 and 7200kHz in ITU and IARU Regions 1 and 3. In layman's terms, this represents everywhere except the Americas, who have always enjoyed this segment as part of the 7 to 7.3MHz allocation in Region 2. Although this date also coincides with the start of the HF broadcasting schedule, it would be naïve to think the segment might be completely clear of broadcasting stations on the start date, however a number of international broadcasters have already moved nearer to 7.5MHz. In addition, a large number of countries have reserved their position in respect to fixed service stations by way of footnotes to the relevant Radio Regulation. It is not anticipated that these stations will cause any major problems.

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Ultimate Game Chair Free Play Review

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We take a look at the Free Play from Ultimate Game Chair, which attempts to make gaming better than ever but without breaking the bank. Has cutting the cost resulted in a dip in quality though, or is the Free Play really the ultimate gaming chair? We find out.

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Stantums mind-blowing multitouch interface on video!

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We just got a look at some amazing touchscreen interaction, running on a humble resistive touchscreen with some OMAP hardware backing it up. Stantums technology is a software-based refinement to resistive touchscreens that allows for accuracy beyond the pixel density of the display, a complete lack of touchscreen jitters and some fairly incredible input methods.

Read more: New from Electronics Infoline

 

This Week in Amateur Radio #866 - Week of 11/14/09

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Edition #866 of This Week in Amateur Radio, and This Week in Amateur Radio Headline News, have been released. Both are now posted and available for download at www.twiar.org. Subscribe on our site or: FIND US NOW ON I-TUNES! This Week in Amateur Radio Full Version with special features and all the news, edition runs 125 minutes. This Week in Amateur Radio Headline News version runs 65 minutes with limited special features. This Week in Amateur Radio is available for regular download at our web site in MP3 format. Streaming audio is also available, as is RSS/XML subscriptions for the podcast. Enjoy, and see you next week! de George - W2XBS This Week in Amateur Radio

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Anti-BPL evidence suppressed

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The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been exposed for its lack of transparency in that it excluded details from its own technical studies that went against its position in support of BPL

Read more: Southgate Amateur Radio Club RSS Feed

 

Why I don’t like consoles

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I should probably start by saying that I’ve owned a few consoles in my time. My first was an Atari 2600, followed by a Sega Master System with built-in Alex Kidd. I’ve owned a Saturn, a Gamegear, a Dreamcast, an N64, a Gamecube, a Gameboy, a Gameboy Advance, several PlayStations and a PlayStation 2.

So what changed? The short answer is, I got a PC, but since I have about 400 words to write so may as well elaborate a little. When I was 18, I finally saved enough cash up to get ripped off by a local PC builder that barely had a clue what he was doing and charged people for the privilege of slapping together PCs.

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Disney Stich cell phone charger

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Disney Stich cell phone charger from Century, Japan works with all the latest phones, PDAs (FOMA / SoftBank 3G) and even has iPod Compatibility.


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Unicom confirmed as Chinese iPhone provider?

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Its been a long, arduous road to Shanghai for the iPhone, but its trip may finally be at an end. Sure, there are already thousands of the things in the pockets and purses of trendy Chinese right now, but an official launch there has taken ages.

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Is blogging a slog? Some young people think so (AP)

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Chart shows teen and adult blogging trends over time.AP - Could it be that blogs have become online fodder for the — gasp! — more mature reader?


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Microsoft???s New ZuneHD Impresses CNET

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The reviewer at CNET is ecstatic about the upcoming ZuneHD. He had just been given a pair of ZuneHDs to play with for an hour. Donald Bell has always been a fan of Zune ever since the first model came out.


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Amazon HD VOD still on the way for TiVo, at some point

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Months after Amazon Video on Demand HD began testing on TiVo, were being told that, um, testing is still ongoing. After Sir Dave Zatz openly questioned where this long awaited addition was, he received confirmation from multiple undisclosed sources that TiVos implementation was still being honed.

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New iPhone 2009 Suppliers rumored

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Landing a manufacturing deal with Apple is a nice thing for companies, but they rarely get to talk about it. Digitimes has unearthed via industry sources apparently some more companies involved in making the new iPhone 2009 aka iPhone 3.

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New Amateur Radio club formed

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A new club, called 'Radio Club Isla de Margarita' YV7RCM, located on the Island of Margarita (IOTA SA-012), has been born

Read more: Southgate Amateur Radio Club RSS Feed

 

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #21 de K7RA:

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Do sunspots matter? Many of us are surprised at how good conditions can be with zero sunspots. The weak solar wind and lack of flares and geomagnetic events likely have something to do with it. Many times during more active solar periods the sunspots were welcomed, but then some event associated with the higher solar activity would make conditions difficult, disrupt the ionosphere and increase absorption.

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Take an Inside Look at the ARRL Regulatory Information Department:

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Hams always seem to have questions on how to interpret FCC rules and regulations. The ARRL's Regulatory Information Department (RID) -- led by Dan Henderson, N1ND -- is the first point of contact at ARRL Headquarters for such situations. The ARRL does not maintain its own legal department, so the RID provides answers to these types of questions, providing ARRL members with accurate information about the rules and regulations that govern the Amateur Radio Service. Its goal is to provide radio amateurs with the information they need to operate their stations safely, legally and appropriately.

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Amateur Radio in Space: Columbus Antennas to Take to the Skies:

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In February 2008, the new Columbus module -- built by the European Space Agency (ESA) -- was attached to the International Space Station (ISS).

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T-Mobile dude promises more G series phones this year

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In an interview with FierceWireless, T-Mobile USAs senior VP of engineering and operations (and newly-minted chairman of 3G Americas board) Neville Ray has slipped a couple juicy morsels in the process of talking up his carriers ongoing 3G rollout.

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Pleo To Get Resurrected By Manufacturer

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The new owners of Ugobes intellectual property, a company called Jetta, have pledged to resume production of the Pleo: The company is firmly committed to re-launching Pleo and continuing the line including accessories such as the vital battery and charger components.


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Which Tech CEO would you fire?

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It’s time for a bit of debate here on the bit-tech blog, and I’d like your input. It’s a simple question that I am proposing: if you had the power, which CEO of a tech firm would you send packing?

In the course of reviewing the hundreds of components, peripherals, PCs and laptops that pass through our labs every year, there are always a few that are so staggeringly bad that they make you wonder quite what the company responsible is up to. Of course, in the big companies that dominate the tech world, the CEO is rarely directly involved in product design (unless we’re talking about Apple, where Steve Jobs is so involved he even gets his name on product design patents), but the CEO is, as the saying goes, the place where the buck stops.

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SMART Technologies Announces SMART Board 685ix Interactive Whiteboard System

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SMART Technologies is a leading producer and manufacturer of interactive whiteboard products. Today, the company unveiled their newest development, the SMART Board 685ix interactive whiteboard system.


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Phone Outage Tests Emergency Workers:

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The South Bay telephone outage -- reportedly caused by vandals who cut fiber-optic cables -- roused and brought together, as if on cue, a group of emergency responders to a man-made disaster, kicking into gear a scenario that they practice year-round, never knowing when that disaster will strike. By most accounts, response from police and fire and emergency workers was swift and smooth. And officials in Santa Clara and Monterey counties are praising ham radio operators not only for their quick response, but also for coming through when state-of-the-art technology failed. Amateur radio operators, armed with their antennaed boxes -- the true wireless -- became the eyes and ears of police and fire on the streets. They were able to communicate with police and firefighters, who were using their own two-way radios. "They were invaluable," said Ponce of the group of ham radio operators in Morgan Hill who were among the first to respond, as in most disasters. For most of the morning, the only form of communication between Gilroy and Morgan Hill was through radio. Radio operators from Palo Alto and Mountain View came to assist in Morgan Hill and Gilroy, the cities most affected by the outage. "We didn't plan for this per se," said Christensen, who parked near a school and park with his radio for 8 1/2 hours, vigilant for any emergencies that need to be reported to the emergency services center. "But this was great training for us for when the great quake happens."

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Motorola i9, others coming to Sprint this week?

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Weve seen a number of launch date leaks for Sprint courtesy of partner Brightpoint in the past; generally, they tend to be pretty accurate, so were going to go ahead and put some weight to this latest one.

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