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Digital Is Now Open Source For Ham Radio Operators

As an amateur radio operator, are you interested in digital voice for HF radio? What if you could go digital for just a couple hundred dollars? Thanks to new open source technology, this has become a reality. This is innovative and something to keep an eye out for. Digital technology for VHF radio is coming soon. All open source of course.

FreeDV

Why use FreeDV?

Amateur Radio is transitioning from analog to digital, much as it transitioned from AM to SSB in the 1950′s and 1960′s. How would you feel if one or two companies owned the patents for SSB, then forced you to use their technology, made it illegal to experiment with or even understand the technology, and insisted you stay locked to it for the next 100 years? That’s exactly what was happening with digital voice. But now, hams are in control of their technology again!

FreeDV is unique as it uses 100% Open Source Software, including the audio codec. No secrets, nothing proprietary! FreeDV represents a path for 21st century Amateur Radio where Hams are free to experiment and innovate, rather than a future locked into a single manufacturers closed technology.

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HRN 193: Digital Voice is Exploding (maybe) on HamRadioNow

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1. Rowetel — open telephony software and hardware

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The Latest Sniper Fire Controversy (Helicopter This Time)

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Maybe it’s time for a vacation with the Clintons…

All the world’s a stage and all the men and women (reporters) merely players (liars). “Objectivity is a central philosophical concept, related to reality and truth, which has been variously defined by sources.” This is the quick Wiki definition. Basically this is the truth, reality, with verifiable sources. So what’s all the the fuss about the Brian Williams helicopter episode? It’s journalism as you like it.

Lights. Camera. Action. Choppers.

Seriously, a laugh can be shared. A New York Times piece informs us that NBC should investigate this chopper issue. And this poses the obvious question. Don’t all reporters lie at some point in their career? Maybe just a little white lie?

Potentially there’s motivation behind this crude allegation. Just maybe Brian is paving the way for Hillary. Just maybe Brian is trying to say that a little sniper fire controversy is good for ratings. Maybe this is good for show biz.

That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone! — Sponsored by NBC Playhouse

You can visualize it now. Brian begins to cry for fear of losing his job and Hillary comes to his rescue. She confesses that she too had once been caught up in a sniper fire controversy, while she sports a Hillary for prez sticker displayed on her forehead. Both exchange their sympathies and the audience is emotionally connected.

As an added token, they could bring Bill out on stage. With the left hand clinched in all his posterity and a prez sticker proudly displayed on his forehead, Bill could resort to playing saxophony. Maybe someone could insert a fake cannabis stick behind his ear and address the admission of not inhaling. Bill could wipe the tears off Brian’s face for theatrical gesture.

While we’re at it we could have Sarah from Alaska straightening a picture in Brian’s office. She’s not choosy and she has no problem being a reporter or running for president. You see the weather is not so great in Alaska.

Not to offer any advice to anyone, but some may feel that Brian is qualified for president, or at least vice president. He’s comfortable in a suit, he has gone through the sniper fire campaign, and he’s comfortable in front of the camera.

Warning. The risk of reporters or politicians stretching the truth is great. You have been forewarned.

On a more sober note, one wonders why Brian is under attack while more relevant news is being ignored. It would seem as yet another distraction, and by now viewers are getting used to these tactics. Why the diversion this time?

Could it be a ratings problem? Who will be the permanent replacement for Brian?

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InstallGram: We Install Everything

What if…one website could install everything. And the website owners would make sure the downloads were installed correctly. Welcome to Web 4.0. We’ve fixed all of the bugs and the internet of things has become a way of life.

It could ring better than a Star Trek episode. Hello Installgram. I’d like to update everything at once. I’m going to get a shower and have breakfast. Please install and update.

One more request Installgram. I want you to order me pizza. Yes, I’ll have two pizzas with extra cheese. Please have them delivered to my house. Can you handle that?

And after that, please install my gym workout video.

Thanks for being my friend Installgram. Please uninstall this message. Maybe that’s a different program…

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Spock’s Favorite Poetry

The Tyger By William Blake (1794)

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


Next nursery rhyme: “Saturn rings around my head, down a road that’s Martian red.”

The Raven By Edgar Allen Poe

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,”

Read More:
1. Spock’s Poetry
2. Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 2 Charlie X
3. Charlie X
4. Songs of Innocence and Experience
5. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven