Saturday, October 29, 2005

Its that time again 

For those of you who are not quite into the “geek stage” of amateur radio or monitoring and set not only your wrist watch but also every clock in the house to WWV please remember that tonight is the annual event of moving your time pieces back one hour before retiring for the evening. If you would like to read my thoughts on the matter check out my other blog entry on moving the time about.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Cable is yesterday's technology 

Here is an interesting insight from the world of high tech that you won't find in your morning news paper. None the less it is a story that will probably affect you at some point in the future. I know it will affect me when it becomes available in my area.

Cable is yesterday's technology

Attorney Gregg Skall of Womble Carlyle and Don Hicks of the Missouri Broadcasters Association are attending Telecom 05 in Las Vegas, a major trade show for the telecommunications industry, and filed this special report.
The picture emerging from Telecom 05 is that cable is past its prime as a dominant video delivery system. Telcos are on the horizon and with unlimited broadband capacity in an IP delivered world and this could provide a critical opportunity for broadcasters by combining their unique ability to create high interest, local content. Most speakers here agree that the content owner is in the driver's seat, and that puts broadcasters in a very good position in the new world order. Telco executives, whose forbears said they never wanted to be more than common carriers of messages for others, are talking about being very serious video programming providers.

Follow THIS LINK for the complete story.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Changes in the weekly TRAMA net 

Last night I started what will be an ongoing change in the structure of the weekly TRAMA net held Sunday evening on the 147.090 repeater. I would like to hear from those of you who check into as well at those that listen in on the net each week with your thoughts on the new format.

The biggest change will be the number of topics that we discuss on the net and the fashion in which we do it. In coming weeks I will attempt to divide the net up into segments with scanners still at the top of the list but also talking each week about short wave listening, amateur radio, computers and software as they relate directly to radio and other radio services like FRS and MURS.

When there is information available on non radio topics that relate to our interests we will talk about those. For example a discussion of fire apparatus or other emergency service equipment and procedures. A collectors corner were we might discuss old electrical and electronic gear. How about occasional items about astronomy or digital photography? Limited only by decorum and your imagination.

I am also considering a segment on technology. I have had feed back from participants and listeners on the net saying they would like to have discussions on other advancements in technology that are going on today. High Definition Television, broad band Internet access, home computer networks, new developments in electronics. The list is endless. I don't want to let these things dominate the net but I do think there is interest out there among those that join in each week.

So that is a broad overview of my plan. What do you think? I would like to receive email from you non hams out there that listen in on the net with your scanners. Drop me a note in email with your thoughts. CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ME Those of you that check in each week or even occasionally give me a call on the air and let me know what you think of the idea. I plan to follow this general road map and let the net develop this “new format” as the weeks progress.

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