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— February 2020

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9 February 2020

Website tweak

The DMR amateur radio webpage has been reorganized. The DMR page was excessively large with the often overlooked supplemental narrative material at the page bottom. That narrative material has been separated into new pages for Brandmeister, Pi-Star and the TYT MD-UV380 radio. Links to the topics on the new pages have been changed on the DMR page.

6 February 2020

Illegal broadcasting enforcement fees go up

On Friday, January 24, 2020, the President signed into law H.R. 583, the "Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act": or the “PIRATE Act,” which authorizes enhanced penalties for pirate radio broadcasters and requires the Federal Communications Commission to increase enforcement activities. Watch for the forthcoming summary and see for the latest available text. Also see this narrative.

3 February 2020

Facebook’s ‘Clear History’ button is basically a farce

Your data and internet activity is not secret, despite what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says. The February 3 Fortune Data Sheet details the nonsense. Gizmodo has harsher words. Google's data collection is bad enough. I am not on Facebook ($FB).

2 February 2020

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip

The February 11 Samsung reveal will show the S20 and S20 Plus. No real surprise on these, but the reveal may tease the more interesting Galaxy Z flip phone. A video and specifications have been leaked.

1 February 2020

Wi‑Fi 6 is coming

"Wi‑Fi 6 can theoretically use frequencies from 1GHz to 6GHz, although anything other than 2.4 and 5GHz has yet to be approved for public use." The article New technology is changing wireless routers for the better lays out the details from whence we came to where we are going. The 6GHz band is beginning to open. Have a read.

1 February 2020

Highest Resolution Image Ever Taken of the Surface of the Sun

"The NSF’s 4-meter (13-ft) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) is located at the Haleakala Observatory on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Recently, this facility released its first images of the Sun’s surface, which reveal an unprecedented level of detail and offer a preview of what this telescope will reveal in the coming years… images provide a close-up view of the Sun’s surface that shows turbulent plasma arranged in a pattern of cell-like structures. These cells are an indication of violent motions that transport hot solar plasma from the interior of the Sun to the surface." The featured image is amazing. Also see the APOD and its explanation including links to short videos.

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