Tech Net News 02-03-2018


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Don’t forget, our next club meeting is coming up this Tuesday. Come on out! You’ll get to hear Bob Coelln, KG5JL talk about coax and connectors.

There is one well-known contest in progress this weekend: the 10-10 International SSB QSO Party. There’s also a neat event for those interested in the first voice mode, AM: an AM Rally! The event runs until 07:00 UTC Monday.

In club news, our Winter Field Day results have been submitted. Our 19 phone and 27 digital contacts should produce about 5,230 points. It was a fun event, and I hope you were able to make it.

If you’re interested in travel, you could always volunteer to help at the Boston Marathon. If you’re interested in storms, you could always go to Skywarn training! Our Dallas county training will be Saturday, February 17th.

In news from the world of science:

The first exoplanets outside of our galaxy have been found, by using gravitational lensing.

The black-capped chickadee is in trouble, but this year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a great landmark in conservation.  Before the act, grocery stores were stocked with hunted birds like passenger pigeons. Afterward, not so much.

LIDAR has been used to make some amazing archaeological discoveries.

The itsy-bitsy rocket has climbed the water spout!

SpaceX has moved one more step closer to the first launch of the Falcon 9 heavy, which might take place this coming Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Curiosity rover continues to make both art and science.

Remember, it’s not a tumor. It’s also not a flamethrower. We promise!

Finally, if you still have Flash on one of your computers, just remove it. It’s basically totally hosed.

 

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