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Ham Radio Gaining New Respect

With smart phones, computers, and even landline telephones relying more and more on the Internet, what happens in a disaster that damages cell towers and other infrastructure?

Amateur radio operators spring into action. A method of communication--once thought to be dying off due to the increasing speed and popularity of the World Wide Web--is gaining new respect and unprecedented growth, especially in situations where the only available means of emergency communications is good "old-fashioned" ham radio.

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Skeeter Heard Worldwide On Newsline

Once again this week, KIXS 108 Morning Show host Skeeter Nash will be anchoring the Amateur Radio Newsline® report, heard around the world, over the ham radio airwaves, and online at www.arnewsline.org. This is a valuable service to ham radio operators worldwide, with reports coming in from all around the globe. A dedicated group of volunteers produce these reports, and they use their background in broadcast radio and/or television to give these weekly updates a very

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Victoria Amateur Radio Club Meeting Thursday 5/15/14

The Victoria Amateur Radio Club will hold their monthly meeting this Thursday, May 15th starting at 7:30 p.m. at their new location at the DeTar Conference Center on Medical Drive, off Nursery Drive. Meeting starts at 7:30. "Eating Meeting" at the Mall Food Court, about 6:00. You can learn about the hobby and service of amateur radio, including how to obtain your FCC license, which is required to become an amateur radio ("ham")

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Video: Softwheel Acrobat Reinvents the Wheel

This is fascinating! I have a family member who was--for a time--mostly confined to a wheel chair, due to spinal nerve damage. Every bump and jolt would cause him a lot of pain. The design of the large wheels on the wheelchair shown in this video just might eliminate a lot of that problem. It's another example of how engineering continues to evolve in ways that can make our quality of life just that much better.

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© 2014 Skeeter Nash
© 2014 Skeeter Nash
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Tech Basics: Intro to Microsoft Office

This free class at the Victoria Public Library will introduce commonly-used features in Microsoft Office 2007. It will include an overview of the ribbon common to all Microsoft Office Programs. Exercises include creating a document, changing the document format, and saving and printing the document

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Special Characters On Your Computer’s Keyboard

We're all familiar with the "Alt" key on our computer keyboards. If you use a password to log in to your Windows® computer, you generally press "Ctrl-Alt-Delete" to get to where you can put in your log in info. "Alt" also has a lot of other functions, but did you know that you can use it to insert "hidden" characters on your keyboard? Take, for instance the symbol for "registered trademark" R inside a circle; I used it a few words back to indicate that "Windows" is a registered trademark of Microsoft®. See? I used it again just then. Wanna know how I did that?

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Heartbleed Hit List: Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

This has been a big news story for the past day or so: an encryption flaw (basically, a "hole" in the security of some websites) called the "Heartbleed" bug has been discovered. The initial reports I heard made it sound like you needed to change ALL of your website passwords; but apparently, that's not the case. Here's a breakdown of which of the websites' passwords you should change, and the ones you don't necessarily need to.

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Photo © 2013 Skeeter Nash
Photo © 2013 Skeeter Nash
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Skeeter Heard Worldwide On Newsline

Once again this week, KIXS 108 Morning Show host Skeeter Nash will be anchoring the Amateur Radio Newsline® report, heard around the world, over the ham radio airwaves, and online at www.arnewsline.org. This is a valuable service to ham radio operators worldwide, with reports coming in from all around the globe. A dedicated group of volunteers produce these reports, and they use their background in broadcast radio and/or television to give these weekly updates a very

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Evenflo Recalls Nearly 1.4 Million Car Seats

I've never had to buy a child car seat, as I've never had any children. However, I do have to wonder: after all these years (and how many car seat recalls?), why can't they get these things right?! It seems to me like there have been a LOT of child seat recalls! Well, here comes another one!

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Anyone Can Be A Ham!

I've written several posts here about my hobby of amateur radio (aka "ham" radio). It's a hobby for anybody interested in communications (emergency and otherwise), electronics, technology, of just having fun! Age, gender, or having a disability need not keep you from getting your amateur radio license, and joining in on the fun! Take, for example, a third-grader from Lumberton, TX (near Beaumont), who recently obtained her ham license!

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© 2014 Skeeter Nash
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Keyboarding Basics At Victoria Public Library

Learn or brush up on your keyboarding skills (the typing kind, not the musical kind!) for free at the Victoria Public Library on Thursday, March 27, 2014 starting at 9:30 a.m. Begin Keyboarding teaches you using tutorials demonstrating correct hand position, keystrokes and sequenced lessons

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Greater Houston Hamfest This Saturday 3/22/14

Amateur ("Ham") radio operators from all over will converge on the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds (4200 Highway 36, Rosenberg, Texas) for the Greater Houston Hamfest Saturday, March 22nd. Ham radio is a great hobby, as well as a means of emergency communications when other systems fail. Presented by the Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club, this is the 2nd largest hamfest in Texas!

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