Club Meeting February 9 – Guest Speaker

Donnie Miller, N0RWR will be our speaker at the February 9th club meeting. He will be discussing the correct ins and outs of tower climbing, erecting an antenna, using a gin pole, safety precautions and selecting the best antenna for one’s needs and conditions.

Over the years Donnie has been an Elmer to many new and old hams, always ready to help when needed. He will be ready to answer questions and share the tips he has learned in over sixteen years in the hobby, going back even farther to when he began in CB.  Donnie’s mobile radio installations have always been considered masterpieces of perfection!

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Club Meeting New Location For February 9th!

Club meeting will be here for February 9th:
Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility
14928 Public Safety Way,
Dubuque, IA 52002

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Directions:
Go past the fair grounds and take a right on Seippel Rd. Then take the next right on Public Safety Way.

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Happy New Year 2015 greeting card vector illustration

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Merry Christmas from our club to you.

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Officer Elections

Below is the current elected officers. It was a close race, heh.

President – W0GRY, Gary

Vice President – W9UPK, Colin

Secretary – WB0WSE, Bob

Treasurer – KA9IVP, Loren

Trustee – KJ4HYJ, David

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Officer Nominations

Below is the current nominations for officers .

President – W0GRY, Gary

Vice President – W9UPK, Colin

Secretary – WB0WSE, Bob

Treasurer – KA9 IVP, Loren

Trustee – KJ4HYJ, David

 

 

 

 

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Stupid People Own Guns Too

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Just Say NO! To Java

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.

 

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Local radio station needs tower.

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

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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 <bararnold@mchsi.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

 

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Stanford engineers aim to connect the world with ant-sized radios

Interesting article, link to it below.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/september/ant-radio-arbabian-090914.html

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