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Many places today offer free WiFi - MacDonalds, Tim Hortons, banks, supermarkets food outlets, public libraries, trains and buses etc, you do not even have to be a customer to pick up their WiFi signal on your smartphone using wifi scan. You can usually access the signal in the street so the wifi provider does not have to be open if its on 24x7.
Here is a sample of useful amateur radio programs that are free from the smartphone play store, there are many more you might like to try just search for them.
Repeater book - this shows a list of local repeaters with the nearest at the top also shows frequencies ctcss and if IRLP/Echolink enabled
Eholink - talk to fellow hams around the world
Echolink Finder - finds your local echolink gateway
IRLP Finder - finds your local IRLP gateway
APRS viewer - maps stations positions that are sending out beacons
QRZ - look up the address of a ham
Skype - send live video to someone you maybe talking to on the radio
BBC News reports on the recent Solar Flares
They say "There have been a number of eruptions on the surface of the sun in the last week. Some have warned that this explosion of energy might have a serious impact here on earth. The BBC's Tim Allman explains."
Watch the BBC TV report at:
Monday 1 September, 2014
1666 Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane. 80% of London is destroyed
1752 This day never happened nor the next 10 as England adopts Gregorian Calendar. People riot thinking the govt stole 11 days of their lives
1776,The first U.S. submarine built for wartime use, the American Turtle,
1882 First district lit by electricity (NY's Pearl Street Station)
1885 First gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer (Ft Wayne, Ind)
1920 First radio broadcast of a prizefight.
1939 WW II starts, Germany invades Poland, takes Danzig
1945 V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WWII ends)
Our thanks to John Alcorn, VK2JWA of the Summerland Amateur Radio Club for this weekly feature.
1 September, 2014
AF-019. Emilio, IZ1GAR, will be active as IH9/IZ1GAR from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, WLOTA 0041) at the end of November. In the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th), Emilio will be active as IH9R and as a Single-Op/Single Band (40m)/QRP entry.
Pantelleria counts as Multiplier Zone 33 Africa Italy for the CQWW DX rule (islands are located over the African continent platform). QSL via IZ1GAR, direct or by the Bureau.
AS-113. Operators Yung/BU2BV, Ted/BV2OO, Su/BX2AI, Wu/BX2AM and Lee/BX2AN will be active as BO0D from TungYin Island, Matsu Islands,
between September 13-20th. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via the BV Bureau (preferred).
For more info and updates, watch:
AS-200. Take, JI3DST, will be active as JI3DST/5 from Shodo Island
(Kagawa Prefecture, Shozu District) between September 20-22nd.
Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB, FM and RTTY.
In case of heavy rain or other conditions, the operation condition may vary. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. For more details and updates, see: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/ji3dst
EU-038. Marcel, PD5MVH, will be active as PD5MVH/p from Ameland Island (ARLHS NET-001, WLOTA 1059) between now and September 13th. Activity will be on 40/20/10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-062. Frank, DH0JAE, will be active as LA/DH0JAE from Donna Island
between September 8-10th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. His rig is a K3 and K2, operating QRP only.
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. ClubLog's OQRS will be available. ADDED NOTE: Frank also has plans to activate IOTAs EU-036, EU-056 and EU-079 between September 11-20th.
NA-052. Bruce, N9BX, will be active as N9BX/4 from Marco Island (USI
FL025S) between September 3-9th. Activity will be on all bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign. An OQRS is available on ClubLog.
Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX