Sunday, December 06, 2009

Likewise, as already noted, the 10-meter band is one of my favorites. By extension, this is one of my favorite contests.

When the sunspots are really going, this band can be, 24-hours per day, a worldwide band.

Look for me around the Ten-Ten frequencies of 28.380 and 28.880, the Straight Key Century Club frequency of 28.050, and on 29.6 FM simplex.

Don't forget to check out the map at
http://vhfdx.net/spots/map.php?Lan=E&Frec=28&Map=NA&mycall=&myloc=&freq=∝= and add your spots as appropriate.

Check out the article regarding 10 meters elsewhere on the blog.

Hope to see you on 10.

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via QRZ Forums by N8CPA on 12/6/09
As 160M winds down, it's time to start thinking about the other end of HF. The 10M Contest is next weekend.

Unlike the 160M, Phone and CW may be used, locators are states and provinces, rather than sections. And all license classes now have some 10M privileges. So it presents an opportunity to all to get a taste of why contesting is so popular. And you learn a bit about the vagaries of near VHF propagation, Sporadic E, etc.

I will have a few hours to participate, from time to time, at least. And when I do, I'll be in the bottom of the band, CW only. Hope to work you there.
http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/10-meters.html

Contest ravers and ragers, you know what to do! ;):D

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Twitter and Rural America

The Tweet says it all.

In Mangum, OK, there was a shooting during a domestic. The outcome was the shooter taking his own life.

We normally take these issues with a grain of salt. These are Big City events. They are not supposed to happen in Rural America ... on a Holiday ... on Twitter.

The Twitter got the news on Twitter, not conventional media. I even learned of this over twitter, since I was on the other side of the State.

In rural America, the use of Web 2.0 is coming around. In two zip codes, I have monitored some of the most touching expressions of life along with the threat to crime and violence. Twitter, along with being a tool for ground truth, especially in weather, can also be used as a monitoring tool, ex. gangs use Twitter to recruit so LEO can use Twitter to monitor.

 
 

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via near:73521 within:25mi - Twitter Search by mtdewlvr74 (Shawnna Pierro) on 11/27/09

man i got more news about mangum from twitter than from tv

 
 

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