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Dec 29 2014

Welcome to Howard’s Notebook

I want to welcome you to Howard’s Notebook.  I am working on Howard’s Notebook.  If you are looking for my main blog check out ShowMeBlog.  


Howard's Notebook Since 1982!

Howard’s Notebook Since 1982!

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Dec 19 2014

Canon Powershot SX series

Tutorials on the Canon Powershot SX series of compact digital cameras 

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Dec 14 2014

Green Screen

GreenScreenAVSwithSoundBlaster  It is hard to do simple things when you are old.   I moved the desk and computer and everything else around in my bedroom/computer room.  It was hard.
Back when I was young, in the early 1970s or was it the late 1960s I moved, in one day, our business (tropical fish shop) and our home in the same day by myself.
A couple of “friends”, two twin brothers that I went to high school with, happened be driving down the street and saw me out in the parking lot of the business and pulled into the parking lot.  I told them I could not visit that I had one day to move everything.  Did they offer to help?  No!
So much for friendship.
I moved the stuff in my room for a number of reasons.  One was to try and setup and use the green screen (see photo above).
No I do not own an iron.
I own three video editing software programs, at least, Magix Movie Pro, Corel VideoStudio and AVS Video Editor.  I have no idea how to do the green screen.
I know you get the video with the green screen in the background and then you pull in or drop in or something what you want to replace the green background.  Well I do not see how to do it.  I guess I will have to read the docs or watch a YouTube video on how to do it.

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Dec 02 2014

2014 SKYWARN Recognition Day

“On behalf of the members of the WX5FWD SKYWARN Team that works radios at the NWS, I want to wish all the members of the NCTC Link System a Happy Thanksgiving.
I also want to remind you of a Special Event coming on December 6. It is the 2014 SKYWARN Recognition Day.
SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day, SKYWARN radio operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.
National information regarding SKYWARN Recognition Day is published at hamradio.noaa.gov, and for the Fort Worth office at wx5fwd.org
See the full announcement for the NWS–Fort Worth Office and WX5FWD at:
One of the ways that we will be making contacts is on the NCTC Link System. The link covers a lot of NWS-Fort Worth County Warning Area (46 counties). This should bring a greater awareness to the link, as the announcement was sent to amateur radio and emergency manager contacts in the CWA.
Thanks for all the hard work that you do in establishing and maintaining the link, and again have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Michael Heskett

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Dec 01 2014

Test Post of Google Docs (using cloud) and Plugmatter

Test of Plugmatter

I am trying something new out.  This is a test.  I am using Chrome and I Google Docs on the cloud.  I am typing this and then I am going to “Publish” this to Howard’s Notebook.
I am seeing if this will work to replace Windows Live Writer which I have been using for years to publish to different blogs.

So this is a test.

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Nov 29 2014

ShowMe video blog for 11/29/2014

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Nov 28 2014

Pass the salt

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Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis



It’s time for the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.  We have supported this event for many years.  Unfortunately, last year it was “iced out” by the “Cobblestone Ice.”  This year it will headquarter at Burnett Park in downtown Fort Worth and will go out and back from there.  It is an afternoon/evening event on Saturday, 6 December.  Details are available in the URL at the top of this message.  We will need about 15-20 Communicators to staff it properly.  Assignments will start at about 1:00 pm and go until 7:00 pm.  Assignment lengths will vary.  If you would like to volunteer, please sign up in the Member’s Sign-Up Section of http://www.tarrantraces.org.  Please provide your name, call sign, T-Shirt Size, and any limitations you might have when you sign up.  For equipment, a dual band HT should be adequate for this event.

If you have questions, please contact me at w5iu@swbell.net or 817-292-5633.  We have already received some sign-ups but could still use some more.

73 – Keith, W5IU

Communications Coordinator


Uploaded on Dec 8, 2008 This is the start of the jingle bell run for the Arthritis Foundation in Ft Worth 2008. You have to ignore the cursing of my crotchety husband (sorry)! I appear magically around 2:42?ish – I’m the one waving my arms and jumping around like a fool.

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Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:52 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Per QRZ…. This SAT will be deployed form ISS 09/20/14. IARU Satellite Coordination Panel report that SpinSat carries a 2 watt RF output AX.25 packet radio store and forward system on 437.230 MHz

Other items I found put the life of SpinSAT at >6mo.

more at:
https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/s/spinsat https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/s/spinsat

NASA – SpinSat http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1019.html


NASA – SpinSat http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1019.html Overview | Description | Applications | Operations | Results | Publications | Imagery ISS Science for Everyone Science Objectives for Everyone

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Sep 11 2014

RadioShack bankruptcy possible

  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a  story:  "RadioShack reports big loss, says bankruptcy is possible."




RadioShack reported a big loss for its second quarter on plunging sales today and warned that it may have to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy if it cannot obtain new financing.

For the 13-week period ended Aug. 2, the company reported a loss of $137.4 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, more than double the $51.4 million loss recorded last year. Net sales declined nearly 22 percent to $673.8 million and comparable-store sales — at stores open at least a year — were off 20 percent.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/09/11/6111193/radioshack-reports-big-loss-as.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

  I spent so much money with RadioShack in the past that should keep them from going into bankruptcy.  I got my first computer, Radio Shack Model I, in 1978 from them.  I would later buy two Tandy 2000 computers, their first "PC" computer, their first portable (Model 100) and on and on over the years.  I got the first ham HT they sold. 
  I even worked for Radio Shack.  You want to know why they are facing bankruptcy?  The major reason is the way they treated their employees. 

  God I loved my Radio Shack Model I.  I decided to set up a bulletin board system on my Radio Shack computer.  That is how Howard’s Notebook was born 32 years ago.  I wrote a BBS program in BASIC. 
  Howard’s Notebook is still going.  Not sure how long Radio Shack will be around.

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Aug 15 2014

Broadband Ham Network BBHN

For anyone interested, we will have a Broadband Ham Network (BBHN) / High-Speed Multimedia Mesh (HSMM-MESH) technical & learning session on Sunday, August 17th


 between approximately 3:00PM and approximately 5:30PM at the new K5COW clubhouse near downtown Fort Worth, 2712 White Settlement Rd.  This is a come-and-go as you please type of meeting . . . feel free to arrive late and/or to leave early as needed.

We will roughly be covering the following:
1) What is BBHN / HSMM-MESH networking ??
2) How is it similar to and/or different from standard wi-fi ??
3) Where do I get the BBHN / HSMM-MESH firmware & how do I load it into my router ??
4) What can I do with my new BBHN / HSMM-MESH node ??
5) Where do we go from here ??
We will demonstrate mesh devices and operations on both the 2.4GHz band and the 5 GHz band.
Here are a few web resources that you might wish to review before the meeting:
What is BBHN / HSMM-MESH ??
What kind of hardware is supported for use in BBHN / HSMM-MESH ??
Bring your router(s) (definitely review the hardware compatibility link above), your laptop(s) which will be used to load & configure your router(s), a power strip to potentially share, and any questions that you may have.  You don’t absolutely have to have hardware to participate in this session . . . the meeting is open to all comers.  Feel free to participate whether you are just learning how to spell BBHN or you have previously brought up a full-scale, area-wide HSMM/MESH network all by yourself.  There should be an opportunity for each & everyone to learn something !!
Mark J Culross

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Aug 03 2014

A Day In The Life of Ham x264

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Jul 22 2014

ARLS003 India’s VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark

ARLS003 India’s VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark
Space Bulletin 003  ARLS003
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  July 22, 2014
To all radio amateurs
ARLS003 India’s VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark
Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur
Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers
have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft’s failing
technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched
into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two
Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. "Mani" Subramani,
VU2WMY/KJ6LRS, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said
that VO-52’s lithium-ion batteries had failed, and the satellite was
officially decommissioned on July 21.
The ISRO website can be found at,
http://www.isro.org/ .
"We all here in ISRO do definitely hope that HAMSAT VO-52 worked
tirelessly and was a good friend to the Amateur Radio fraternity
around the world," he said. "We are sure that HAMSAT was loved by
all who worked through her. Though, we are deeply saddened by the
loss of HAMSAT VO-52, she will never be forgotten."
The VO-52 satellite was one of the most popular SSB/CW satellites
during its lifetime. One of its transponders was developed by Indian
radio amateurs with assistance from ISRO and AMSAT-India. The second
transponder was developed by William Leijenaar, PE1RAH, a radio
amateur and graduate student from the Netherlands.
VU2MWY said that VO-52 had completed nearly 50,000 orbits before it
was decommissioned. "Since 11 July, every best possible effort has
been put in by the spacecraft controllers here in ISTRAC Bangalore
to revive her back to life and to help her with workload, so she
won’t be swamped when she returns, but with no luck," he said. "[W]e
thank each and everyone who contributed to the great success of
VO-52 had been designed to remain operational for just a year, but
it exceeded expectations by continuing to run for more than 9 years.

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Jul 20 2014

QST on Fox-1C Cubesat launch opportunity

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 199.01
DATE July 18, 2014 AMSAT Fox-1C Launch Opportunity Announced

AMSAT is excited to announce a launch opportunity for the Fox-1C
Cubesat. AMSAT has teamed with Spaceflight Inc. for integration and
launch utilizing Spaceflight’s SHERPA system to a sun-synchronous
orbit in the third quarter of 2015.

Fox-1C is the third of four Fox-1 series satellites under
development, with Fox-1A and RadFXsat/Fox-1B launching through the
NASA ELANA program. Fox-1C will carry an FM repeater system for
amateur radio for use by radio hams and listeners worldwide. Further
details on the satellite and launch will be made available as soon
as released.

AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch
contract and additional materials for construction and testing for
Fox-1C. We have set a fundraising goal of $125,000 dollars to cover
these expenses over the next 12 months, and allow us to continue to
keep amateur radio in space.

Donations may be made through the AMSAT webpage at www.amsat.org http://www.amsat.org, by
calling (888) 322-6728 or by mail to the AMSAT office at 10605
Concord Street, Kensington, MD 20895, USA.

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