Tech Net News 09-07-2019


More volunteers are needed, and the clock is ticking. You should sign up to help at Lifewalk on Oct. 6th, 2019. This is an easy event you can use to begin your public service career, or a fun chance to see your friends and keep up your public service skills.

The contest calendar has a number of events week, including the Hiram Percy Maxim 150th birthday celebration which is drawing near to its end. There’s also the Nebraska QSO Party, if that’s a state you need. But what’s more exiting is that the Route 66 Special Event is just now getting underway. Enjoy your trip!

In news from the world of ham radio:

The Hurricane Watch Net has shut down for now, but might re-open by the time you are reading this. Stay alert!

If you’ve been participating in the Richardson Wireless Klub’s weekend fox hunts, you could also help amateurs in Washington catch dangerous interfering signals.

The famous and widely respected ham vendor FlexRadio will share in a government contract to help bring software-defined radio to the USAF. It’s good to see a ham vendor making an even bigger contribution to the world of HF radio.

And in news from the world of science:

I think there was something my grandmothers told me about. It was either pasta, or vitamins. The vitamins were probably pretty important. It turns out that if you eat nothing but french fries and white bread, you don’t get any of those “vitamin” things, and you will go blind and mostly deaf. Whoops!

There’s some fun bird news: It turns out that squirrels listen to bird calls to see if it’s safe to be out in the forest.

But in sad bird news: In addition to causing a terrible loss of human life, hurrican Dorian has probably made the Bahama nuthatch extinct.

A new fossil of a dying worm implies that maybe there was no “Cambrian explosion.” Maybe there was a lot of diverse life already, and the explosion was just a large collection of fossils, which are statistically rare, after all.

The other fossil news this week is literally cool: Tyrannosaurs may well have had special structures in their skulls just to cool off their brains.

And last but never least, don’t forget that the folks who brought us easy, hands-only CPR have continued to curate they playlist of songs that provide a good tempo for saving a life. It’s really not that hard…you just have to recognize that something is happening and take action.

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