In Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report, they examine several different security threats. They point out that Java, or mostly it’s browser plug-in, is responsible for 91% of exploits in 2013. Krebs on Security, has suggested either unplugging Java from the browser or removing it all together. Steve Gibson, a security researcher and owner of GRC.com, has also suggested disabling the browser plug-in or removing Java completely as well.
How-to Geek has recently posted an article that echoes the preceding advice titled – Oracle Can’t Secure the Java Plug-in, So Why Is It Still Enabled By Default? In the post there is information about the issues with Java and details for disabling Java in the browser. The post also does an excellent job of pointing out that Oracle, the makers of Java, blatantly install crap-ware like the ask toolbar and others by default.
If for what ever reason you decide to keep Java installed on your PC, make sure you are using the latest version and installing the updates when the Java updater pops up.
A local group is ready to put a Low Power FM Catholic radio station on the air. They could use a little local expertise in getting the aluminum up in the air. Message below.
Bill Haxmeier KF0L
From: ACI-KSedlacek <KSedlacek@aquinascommunications.org>
Subject: Re: Website for The Great River Amateur Radio Club Date: October 7, 2014 at 3:59:55 PM CDT
To: William Haxmeier <email@example.com>
We (Aquinas Communications, Inc.) – Catholic radio for DBQ, have a need to find a tower to install our LPFM (low-power FM) 98.3 antenna & transmitter. We need a tower to install our antenna up P80′-100′. We need power for the transmitter (100 watts). We need access to the internet (we would open our own internet account). We need space for our rack for the transmitter, etc. We are looking for this tower location fairly quickly (next 2 months or less). We already have the Catholic Radio Association also looking but, I thought you might have knowledge of where a suitable tower might be? Might you know of any towers within a 5-mile radius of the St. Columbkille church please send me an email. Thanks for your input.
KEN SEDLACEK engineering/technology committee (563) 552-9150 KSedlacek@AquinasCommunications.org P.O. Box 3306 | Dubuque, IA 52004- 3 306 www.aquinascommunications.org | KCRD-LP 98.3 FM
Interesting article, link to it below.
The FCC Enforcement Bureau has released Warning Notice letters it sent in July to two radio amateurs, advising them that it had monitored transmissions during which the licensees had failed to identify properly. The Bureau posted the correspondence earlier this month on its Amateur Radio Service Enforcement Actions web page. The two notices from FCC Enforcement Bureau Special Counsel Laura L. Smith, both dated July 21, contain essentially the same wording.
Smith pointed out that Section 97.119(a) of the Amateur Service Rules requires each amateur station to “transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication.”
Thanks again to Mike Jozefowicz (NS0U) we have another great newsletter!
Download your copy at http://w0dbq.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/GRARC-Vol-7-I5.pdf
The next club meeting is Monday, September 8, 2014 at the American Red Cross in Dubuque, IA. The meeting will start at 7:00pm and is open to anyone interested in electronics, ham radio and technology in general. You do not have to be a ham or club member to attend.
The FCC has adjusted very slightly downward — to $21.40 — its proposed Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee for Fiscal Year 2014. In a June Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the Commission said it was planning to hike the current $16.10 vanity fee to $21.60 for the 10-year license term. The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O) in the proceeding on August 29, in which it recalculated the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase still represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years. The new $21.40 fee does not go into effect until 30 days after the R&O is published in The Federal Register.
Saving $2.14 a year over a 10 year period will net you the $21.40.
Saving $.18 a month over a 10 year period will net you $21.60.
Saving $.o1 a day over a 10 year period will net you $36.50.
Doesn’t really seem like a big deal when you break it down.
The Amateur’s Code
by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928)
The Radio Amateur is:
CONSIDERATE – never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL – offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.
PROGRESSIVE – with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.
FRIENDLY – with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.
BALANCED – Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC – with station and skill always ready for service to country and community
The next club meeting is Monday, August 11, 2014 at the American Red Cross in Dubuque, IA. The meeting will start at 7:00pm and is open to anyone interested in electronics, ham radio and technology in general. You do not have to be a ham or club member to attend.