Tech Net News 11-10-2018

Credit: Chen et al. (2018). They promise this won’t hurt, much.

Have you signed up for Turkey Trot? If not, and you like having fun in the cold with other hams, you should join us! All you need is an HT and enthusiasm.

And don’t forget: many club members will soon need to pay their dues for next year. If that’s you, then head over to and take care of that.

Finally, our president will be one of the leading competitors in a chili cook-off next weekend. It benefits a great charity, so why not check it out?

The contest calendar shows a few events going on this weekend. The RTTY weekend of the Worked All Europe DX Contest is in progress, as is the 10-10 International Fall Digital QSO Party.

In news from the world of ham radio:

The latest Fox-1 satellite is set to launch soon: Fox 1-Cliff is scheduled for launch on November 19th, 2018.

Several special event stations have been on the air to mark the end of World War 1, 100 years ago tomorrow. Have you manged to work any of them? Share your story on the Net!

In news from the world of science:

Bumblebees don’t get as much press as honeybees do, but they’re still neat bugs. Unfortunately, it looks like popular neonicotinoid pesticides make them sluggish and antisocial.

Please spear the cow. For directions, see figure 1. No, they mean it—this really is figure 1. Researches have recently established a new, older date for a cave painting that seems to be the oldest human illustration of any real-world object. Found and Borneo, it’s at least 40,000 years old .

Cross my heart and hope to cure glaucoma, stick these needles in my eye. It’s surprisingly difficult to get medicines into the eye, and researchers are experimenting with patches of tiny needles that patients could place on their own eyeballs, similar to contact lenses…but with more stabbing.

And on a couple of final, chirp-y notes…its not too early to plan how you’ll participate in the great Christmas Bird Count, and I also ran across an interesting story of the detective work and science that ensued when a birdwatcher saw something very unusual in their yard.