Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Open Signal data for your #hamradio operation

The folks at +OpenSignal may not realize the importance their service is to +Hamradio folks.  The site uses crowd-sourced data from people's cellular devices to portray the Radio Frequency, including WiFi.

The Open Signal Map shows which of the carriers are being used in an area.  The legend is for weak signal, strong signal, and no data collected.

The application on the smart phone also includes a speed test so the operator can determine the quality of the network, including the wifi network currently connected.

With more and more amateur radio operators moving to Digital Mobile Radio, DSTAR, +Echolink and Internet Radio Linking Project, especially mobile, it may be important to plan use during travel periods.

Are you using any of the linked systems over wifi or cellular networks?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Winter Safety for Senior Citizens @MatureAmericans @AARP #OKwx #OKready

Older Adult Shoveling
Did you ever hear a parent tell a child to put on a coat before they catch a cold?  That’s because just being really cold can make you very sick, and it’s not limited to kids. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says older adults can lose body heat fast—faster than when they were young. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what’s happening. NIA has a brochure, Stay Safe in Cold Weather! with tips on how to stay warm when it’s cold. Here are a few of the tips they recommend:
  • Set your heat at 68 degrees or higher.
  • Dress warmly on cold days even if you are staying in the house.
  • Wear loose layers when you go outside on chilly days. Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves.
  • Don’t stay out in the cold and wind for a long time.
  • Talk to your doctor about health problems that may make it harder for you to keep warm.
  • Find safe ways to stay active even when it’s cold outside.
  • Ask a neighbor or friend to check on you if you live alone.
  • If you think someone has hypothermia, call 911 right away. Cover him or her with a blanket. Don’t rub his or her legs or arms.

For more tips including keeping warm inside and how to talk with your doctor about staying safe in cold weather, check out the Stay Safe in Cold Weather Booklet from NIA. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Have a safe holiday season

Celebrate the Holidays Safely

Candle Safety Graphic
Cooking, candles, decorations, electrical cords, and heating devices, are all things you can expect at a winter holiday party, but, they’re also fire hazards. Keep your holiday parties safe with these U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips:
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell your guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking at high temperatures; like frying, grilling or broiling.
  • Ask people who smoke to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them, so young children don’t touch them.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Thoroughly wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

Find Home Holiday Fire Facts, Christmas Tree Fire Safety, and other Holiday Fire Safety tips on the USFA’s Holiday Fire Safety page.

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