Archive for July, 2017

August issue of The RADIOGRAM is Here !

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail: Attached is the August 2017 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure! 
If you're reading this on the PCARS web page: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view the newsletter on-line, or right click and 'save-as', then put it on your computer to view off-line.
WOW – 61 pages of Ham information this month – hope you enjoy this issue.
READ ALL ABOUT IT – FIELD DAY 2017 The Finals for K8BF – WE DID GOOD!! – The Solar Eclipse is coming up and there are some ham related events scheduled – SIG Reports – Your Help is needed for S.1534 – Countdown to OSPOTA 2017 – Check out the PCARS Lab at the Club Site – Ohio Section Conference is coming up Soon – PCARS also has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!
Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.
Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
The Radiogram is the monthly newsletter of PCARS. Every month, we bring you news, events, DX listings, articles, and lots of fun. All of the issues, dating back to the very first, are on the club website (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor: kb8uuz@portcars.org
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6V/DC4CQ Senegal

Franz DC4CQ will be active from Senegal, 30 July to 11 August 2017 as 6V/DC4CQ.
Working on 40 – 15m SSB.

QSL via home call.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Net Night at the Club Site

Tonight!  Check into the net from the PCARS World Headquarters!  Doors will be open 6:30 – 10:30.  We'll have some movie entertainment after the nets.  Bring some snacks we'll have the beverages.  See you tonight!

73,
Tom wb8lcd
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Fwd: [Ec-dec] 9-1-what??

I received this yesterday from Stan Broadway, SEC for the OH Section.  It's a good example of the type of emergency that ham radio could be called out to help with.  I'm passing it along because it shows just how important trained and experienced operators could be to the public welfare.  I hope that you would consider taking the time to be involved with BOTH ARES and the Portage County Communications Unit.  Yes, they both now require additional training – but – it's exactly that training that will make you a valuable asset in this type of emergency!  The EmComm nets are held weekly at 7:00PM (just prior to the PCARS net) on the K8IV repeater.  Listen in / get involved!
73,
Tom  wb8lcd

Folks, this post from Fox17, Nashville, is kind of a generic warning article, but the key here is IT DID HAPPEN, and has happened before. There is in real life, very little to do in blocking a serious attack- and amateur radio could be activated quickly to help compensate, it depends on what portion of the system is hacked. Remember that in trunked systems, ALL communication traffic must be cleared and handled through their computers.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Your call for a lifeline could be shut down as cyber-attacks on 911 are becoming more common.  Hackers are trying to block 911 systems right here in middle Tennessee.

A quick response to your call is what we expect in an emergency, but some calls only end up in a busy signal thanks to hackers. "It is very real, and it's already happened," IT Specialist Tabitha Hawk said. Most recently here in the mid-state, Henry County's 911 system was hacked with ransomware in summer 2016, taking over computer files, wanting money in return. The virus shut down before attacking the call system, but years of 911 records had been wiped clean. Without a back-up, years of emergency response and service data would have been lost.

"I've been here now 22 years, and I've never had anything like this happen before," Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer said. "We thought we had everything buckled down." The hackers found a back door through mobile police car and ambulance systems. They launched a virus, which attached itself to files and spread through the Computer Aided Dispatch server.

"When you call in, that's where everything is recorded," Archer said. "'What's wrong, where are you at?' All those things are recorded in the CAD. So it [the virus] shut that stuff down." If a caller didn't know where they were, police wouldn't have been able to find them. Federal investigators are still working to find who's responsible for this.

According to the Department of Homeland Security in November 2016, attacks on the 911 system have increased ten-fold in the past five years. Tabitha Hawk said hacking and pranking the 911 systems in the US is even easier through phones. "It's the one that's probably hardest to curtail, and probably the easiest to create programs for," Hawk said.

One of the most well-known attacks to 911 happened in November in five states, starting with a teen in Arizona. Meetkumar Desai is accused of programming a link through Twitter to take control of phones and dial 911 over and over. "With all these people calling the number, it jams the phone line so real emergencies can't get in," Hawk said.  Apple has since fixed the bug that allowed that hack, but the system remains vulnerable to other attacks.

"We see cyber-attacks every day in the news with a security breach of somebody's personal information or whatever it is," Williamson County 911 Director Stephen Martini said. "Anything that's in a computer environment has potential to be hacked."

These phone calls tied to computer systems, as seen at the Williamson County 911 Center. "A lot of people think 'Oh this is funny. This is a prank,' but it can literally have life and death consequences," Hawk said. It's as much of a threat throughout Tennessee and the rest of the country as it is here in the mid-state.

Software is always being updated, and preparations always made, making sure your calls are answered. "When downloading apps to your iPhone, only get them through the app store because those pass apple standards against hacking," Hawk said.

ARES: Be trained, be ready!

 

 

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5W0RR Samoa

Roly ZL1BQD will be active again from Samoa, IOTA OC-097, 26 July to 15 August 2017 as 5W0RR.
Working on HF Bands mostly JT65 and possibly FT8.
QSL via home call.

S79NH Praslin Island AF-024

Nobuaki JA0JHQ will be active from Praslin Island, IOTA AF-024, 26 to 31 July 2017 as S79NH.
Working on HF bands in CW and RTTY including activity in RSGB IOTA Contest.
QSL via home call.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Fwd: SpotTheStation

If the skies clear up by tonight, this could be a very good pass to observe!  Try to stay awake for it!
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>
Date: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 9:57 AM
Subject: SpotTheStation
To: tomsly29@gmail.com

Time: Tue Jul 25 9:48 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 73°, Appears: 10° above WSW, Disappears: 10° above NE

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DX/Contest SIG

I apologize for not sending this notice out earlier but due to a prior commitment the DX/Contest SIG scheduled for this Tuesday, July 25 is cancelled.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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A25JK Botswana

Arnold WB6OJB will be active from Botswana untill 27 July 2017 as A25JK.
Working on HF Bands.

QSL via WB6OJB direct.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Fwd: SpotTheStation

If the sky clears up, this will be a good pass to watch.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>

Subject: SpotTheStation
To: <tomsly29@gmail.com>
Cc:

Time: Sat Jul 22 10:49 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 88°, Appears: 10° above SW, Disappears: 10° above NE

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Fwd: SpotTheStation

This could be a pretty good pass if you like getting up early!
Tom wb8lcd
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>
Date: Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 5:57 PM
Subject: SpotTheStation
To: tomsly29@gmail.com

Time: Fri Jul 21 5:25 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 63°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 10° above ESE

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