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…world record…

Want to be part of a world record? Download the FireFox3 update on Tuesday, June 17th.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/blogs/mcallister_on_software/147039/firefox_3_to_launch_with_a_bang.html

Me? I’m a FireFox user. I was converted about two years ago when I started getting back into hand coding websites with xhtml/css. I was learning quite a bit about browser rendering and standards and compatibility. Up until then, I had thought that the differences between IE and the “other” browsers had to do with the other browsers not being as up to date or as good. Little did I understand at the time that the difference was really that IE was too good to follow the standards put out to make the internet truly multiple platform compatible and render-able(sp?) on multiple types of devices.

Basically, building websites would be easy if everyone followed the same format for rendering the data. Unfortunately, we often have to “work-around” the code to get things to look the same in all browsers. This issue has become more obsolete in recent versions of all browsers, but IE is still the one standing on the corner across the street, waiting for the light to change because they think their light will change first.

But, that’s just my opinion. Are you an IE or FireFox user?

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…finally done…(mostly)

Well, I’ve finally (mostly) finished the EARC website remake. I started with a rough idea of modifying an Andreas Viklund template. I think I have served his ideas well.

Of course, there is more to do… more to update… more to tweak… but the main site is up, and I think it looks great.

So, if you are interested in the Honolulu, Hawaii Emergency Amateur Radio Club, visit www.earchi.org.

…do this one thing today…

Go to this InfoWorld site, and sign the petition to “Save Windows XP”.

http://weblog.infoworld.com/save-xp/archives/2008/04/save_windows_xp.html

…passed IS-3…

Ok, I took another course today… IS-3, Radiological Emergency Management. This one was EXTREMELY easy due to my Navy job. The course description says it is a 10 hour course, but I finished the course material and the test in less than 2.5 hours.

That’s it for today, but I am looking through the list to see which one I’m going to knock out next.

Any recommendations?

…passed IS-100…

So, I’ve read about other hams completing courses and getting certifications dealing with emergency preparedness and disaster management. I got curious enough this morning to google the most common one I see, IS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System. I sat down at the computer for a little over two hours, went through the presentations, took the exam, and passed.

Now, I’m interested in getting more of these courses knocked out.

https://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp

I strongly recommend these as a way to gain familiarity with the procedures and structures that are used in incident management. Quite interesting, and it may help you see an area that you are qualified for in the event you are involved assisting with an incident.

…DIY Alcohol Stove…

In our emergency and portable kits should be some way of emergency cooking. For me, I’ve been playing around with ultralight stoves made out of pop cans. I have finally settled on a design I like. It works well, burns just about anything (isopropyl alcohol, denatured alcohol[recommended], methyl alcohol, heet antifreeze – basically if it burns you can use it), and is small and portable.

http://back2dabike.wordpress.com/my-rides/tour-of-oahu/homemade-stove/

I have the instructions, photos, disclaimer, and video posted on my biking site via the above link.

Please let me know if you try it and how you like it!

73’s!

…private pilot…

Well, it is official. Today I was issued my FAA Private Pilot license. 31 January 2008. Cool date.

(Side Note of interest) 50 years ago today was the successful launch of America’s first satellite, Explorer 1. See the news article here: http://www.news.com/2300-11397_3-6228251-1.html

And, back to me. I completed the training with 50.0 hours of total flight time, and 41.5 hours of dual instruction. Not too bad. Now I need to decide what to do next… instrument? dual engine? hmmm. At least I’ll have more disposable money for my other hobbies.

🙂

…programming cable…

…So, I was looking at building my own programming cable, but changed my mind (for now). Instead, I purchased one – but not the expensive Yaesu one. I bought one off eBay from Valley Enterprises. It was just under $20, and shipping was FREE (yep, even to Hawaii – you never see that anymore).

I tried it out this weekend, and I love it. Of course, to program your radio you need software, and with only one C++ class under my belt, I wasn’t up to writing my own. So, a purchase and download from G4HFQ set me up with a great program.

Right now, I can only say that the cable works great, and that the software is really easy to use. I tripled the stations programmed on my FT-7800R in a short period of time at the computer. Best part is that it is completely organized now. The memories are setup in a way that make sense, and not just the order I entered them. Wow!

So, why didn’t I build one? I will. So far, it looks like I can cut a keyboard cable with a PS2 connector off, and that will fit the radio. As for the other end, there are diagrams that show the purposes of the different pins and wires, so it should be easy enough to mate that with an appropriate computer connector. Ah, but that is the problem. It looks like using a serial connector would be easy, but a USB connector (which I would rather use) has other issues. Since a USB port is a powered port, there are voltage adjustments that must be made. But, I don’t know enough about all that just yet. However, when I get bored enough… hmmm…

…joined EARC…

…Well, it’s been a year since I was licensed, and I finally made it to a club meeting (www.EARCHI.org). I’ve had every intention of joining for quite some time, but only recently got around to it.

My first meeting was great. They did a PSK31 demonstration that was quite interesting. Definitely has some gears turning for me. I also picked up some cool stuff at the swap/shop after.

I picked up an inexpensive dual band mag mount mobile antenna (Jetstream JTM2P), some Power Pole connectors, a Power Pole power panel (Saratoga PP4), along with some wire and adapter connectors. So, it was a very productive evening.

Also, if you are out here in Hawaii, you know that parts are hard to come by, and shipping is expensive… Well, check out NH7QH’s store: http://www.d-starhawaii.com/store.html

I was able to purchase the items online, send payment via PayPal, and he delivered them to the meeting the next night.

I’ve also signed on for NCS (Net Control Station) training. So, I’ll be able to help out with the nightly nets. Tonight, I’m going to check in via mobile to test the new antenna tx/rx. Next, I just have to figure out how invasively I want to setup the FT-7800R in my wife’s Liberty. I want to keep it portable, so permanent mounting is out, atleast for the main radio. I currently have the radio sitting under the drivers seat, with the removeable head sitting out on the console. It works well enough for a temporary setup, but I want something between temporary and full install… We’ll see…

…International Space Station…

Links to ISS information and tracking: