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Annual ARRL/ARES SET

That is almost too much alphabet soup.
What that means is that every year those of us that do ham radio, like to test our skills with a large scale exercise – most often coordinated at the state level.
Please read more about ARRL/ARES.            Exercise, Exercise, Exercise…
         “Test what you fly, and fly what you test. . . . . . . “

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Hmm, mobile email via VHF radio – could be useful. (and fun) /;^)

My goal this year was to operate my VHF Winlink email from the Subaru.
I also needed to activate the MSFC club station WA4NZD for the exercise.
So, I setup the stuff in the passenger seat, and drove to the club station. There had been some power-grid work earlier in the month at the Fox AMC (host site for our Winlink Internet Gateway) and it had only returned to service the day before the Simulated Emergency Test (SET).  I have a 4G/LTE modem available, and could have also operated the mobile station as an internet gateway if needed.
Someday soon, I’ll test the HF mobile capability as well.

The N4WGY-10 gateway was easy to access from WA4NZD, and a few exercise-related messages were sent. I think I heard Bill/KB4NEI check in directly from FAMC as well.  This is a great resource for the community and I’m glad to see even a few dedicated users checking it out weekly, with their own station ‘s readiness review.  Perhaps I can update the W4HMC website with the latest version of the Communications Plan diagram we used as a baseline this year for our SET.  If you are not yet registered with the Madison County ARES group – and want to be a part of this, please check our HMC RACES.org website.

There were several nets activated, and lots of check-ins.
Sounds like a good intro for a future post…

Thanks  /;^)

What?_Another blog?_

Almost as though I had too much stuff for just one blog . . .

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NetSysHax blog with Wireshark header image

NetSysHax is a blog that was established to offer technical stories and solutions that seem relevant. Alex & I work together during our day jobs, but we both like to offer consulting services when those opportunities arrive. We like to share technical insight and solutions, especially when most problems only need the right tools to become a success story.
Self Promotion needs to be a success story too.

I need to post more stuff on the NetSysHax blog, as well as on this one, my RadioActive site. So bear with me as I work on both in parallel (with appropriate cross-links).
Thanks.. Please visit often for new stuff
(or – you can subscribe, and receive email notification of new posts…)
/;^)

Finally – a new header image

Now I have randomly rotating header images !

WP rotate header option

WP header image selection

I had seen this option in other WP themes I am using, but I didn’t want to change away from the theme I am using here (Coraline). Turns out this theme has the same options, but those buttons are not shown until you upload more than one header image… Duh..!.. Try it out, every page load gets a different header.
Cool  /;^)

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.