Tech Net News 03-09-2019


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We need your help! Well, sort of. We need you to come out and goof off with us…but in a way that promotes amateur radio. Our club will be participating in the Wings of Freedom Tour at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas on March 16 and 17th. At this event, we don’t work hard; we just show off our radio hobby to the interested visitors at the event while get free admission to the museum. We need help on both days, so sign up now. Admission to the museum is free, but visiting the WW II aircraft requires a fee and riding in them while they fly requires both a significant fee and a reservation.

Don’t forget to check the contest calendar for this week. This weekend will features QSO parties for Oklahoma, Idaho, and Wisconsin, among others.

The next club Lecture and Lab on Saturday, March 23rd, will focus on the “DRAWS Digital Work Station”. You don’t need to have one…but you do have to be interested in talking about it.

In news from the world of ham radio:

The highest-ever SOTA activation has been reported: Tom Rudzinski, SQ9FVE, activated Aconcagua in Mendoza, Argentina. At 6,962 meters (22,841 feet) above sea level, the mountain is the highest peak in both the Southern and Western hemispheres.

Just as radio contesters can’t cheat by using the internet, sailing contesters can’t cheat using amateur radio.

In news from the world of science:

The privately-funded Israeli space probe, Beresheet, has taken a selfie with the Earth in the background.

Horseshoe crabs are odd, what their copper-based blood, but it seems they are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than to lobsters and crabs.

Do you like short but eerie music? NASA has turned a Hubble image into sound.

And speaking of music…a new book, “The Evolving Animal Orchestra,” is trying to help us learn what a dancing cockatoo is ready to teach us about the world of music.

And finally, some of my least favorite news all year: it’s time to spring forward. You have been warned.

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