Low-power, Low-profile RadioSport contesting at 50-watts took a giant organizational step. I worked out the ergonomics for the station and purchased a pair of saw horses ($32) and a door ($18) for a $50 total. My operating space expanded and my budget is still intact. The idea is to begin building around my Dell Dimension 2350 powered by a Pentium 4 microprocessor with hyper-threading (HT) technology. HT technology as stated on the Intel web page, "...[Y]ou get thread-level parallelism on each processor resulting in more efficient use of processor resources–higher processing throughput–and improved performance on today's multithreaded software." 73 from the shackadelic.
Is nGenLog the new gold standard logging program for ham radio operators? nGenLog is not industrial in appearance but has the feel of FireFox's browser while fully integrating multiple applications onto your screen. I like that and nGenLog is ultra boss in appearance. However, for example, this logging software is not unlike DXLab's eight interoperating applications. On the other hand, nGenLog comes with a $99 price tag whereas DXLab is freeware. There is a demo version of the program available for download and this is freemium. I need to figure out where FireFox downloaded the demo version. The important limitation in the demo version is no software control for one's transceiver. Additionally, nGenLog is supported by an open community but is not open source. Contest on.
I'm curious. Who is leading the way toward cloud computing?
International Business Machines (IBM).
Four hundred million is not loose change and IBM is planning cloud computing centers in the US and Japan according to their website. Additionally, IBM will spend $360M in the US in order to build a state-of-the-art data center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Cloud computing according to the new's article, IBM expands its cloud computing, is more than the normal evolution of a data center.
Arti Gupta, Intel Software Network Blogs, The Web in 2020 - Where do you think it will be? illuminated several key trends for example, information technology (IT) is moving toward fundamental change as cloud computing begins maturing in the forthcoming years; online communities will continue growing; and mobile device usage will out grow the personal computer. Will cloud computing influence ham radio in the future? Absolutely.
Hewlett Packard (HP).
I found this quote of particular interest, "The Social Computing Lab focuses on methods for harvesting the collective intelligence of groups of people in order to realize greater value from the interaction between users and information."
Check out HP's dynamic cloud services if one is interested and curious.
HP is beta testing CloudPrint which allows one to share, print, and store documents using your mobile phone.
Research and development dollars are moving toward cloud computing and one might say, "Cloud computing is sunrise technology." Additionally, the trend toward 2020 is the cloud, mobile phones, and social networking according to Arti Gupta at Intel. Lastly, HP is already moving in that direction and offering a beta service called CloudPrint.
Perhaps, in the future, RadioSport logging will take place in the cloud thus the need for log checking software will be a thing of the past. Furthermore, evolving technology perhaps will make packet-like spotting networks difficult to control, as ham radio operators spot stations via services like Twitter or via mobile phone text messaging. The definition of assisted category will continue to blur as cloud computing confounds the sponsors. Likewise, let's consider the UK team at DXAnywhere, as they work out a DX alert system that notifies your mobile phone.
73 from the shackadelic.
Category: Single Op All Band Low Power
************************** Summary ***************************
91 Claimed QSO before checking (does not include duplicates)
90 Final QSO after checking reductions
224 Claimed QSO points
216 Final QSO points
40 Claimed countries
40 Final countries
29 Claimed zones
29 Final zones
69 Claimed mults
69 Final mults
15456 Claimed score
14904 Final score
-3.6% Score reduction
0 (0.0%) duplicates
0 (0.0%) calls copied incorrectly
0 (0.0%) band change violations
1 (1.1%) not in log
0 (0.0%) calls unique to this log only (not removed)
I'm looking forward to our 2008-2009 RadioSport season while operating my Yaesu FT100 as a software controlled radio (SCR). This is a first and I'm already getting knee deep into N1MM's contest logger. An outstanding free software program for developing RadioSport enthusiasts.
I would caution however, the learning curve is steep, carve out plenty of practice time, before leaping into a contest. With practice and reading the documentation, my fun meter will surly peg deep into the red zone, with N1MM's contest logger. Just practice, practice, practice.
My first ever beta broadcast from Ustream happened this morning. Unscripted. Free flowing. And lots of fun. I would like to thank the following ham radio operators for their support and encouragement KE9V, N1WBV, M3PHP, M0TZO, K1LNX, KD6WKS, KO9T, and AI2D. According to the statistics, 21 viewed HamRadio2.0 and 13 of them were unique visitors. Watch the rebroadcast at the bottom of my page. 73 from the shackadelic.