Playing the blame game

The current government shutdown is madness, regardless of which side you see it from. But the phrase, ” the shutdown made me do it” is not always a truthful answer. In a report posted by Netcraft, it seems to blame the government shutdown for the fact that numerous gov websites have expired certs. If we were 2 or 3 months into a shutdown that would be understandable. But if you are waiting until the cert expires to renew, and it expires, that is clearly on you. Queue up Fail sound here. Manage your sites, manage your certs, patch your systems.

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OpenSpotLite Project

The SharkRF OpenSpot is a neat amateur radio tool, that begs for interesting use case tests. With a background in disaster relief, I wanted to develop a portable system for DMR, that could be easily transported and use multiple Internet connections with a minimal amount of administrative action. To be a success the system must be easily portable, use off the shelf parts (Amazon shelves count). The first model, OpenSpotLite v1, is shown below. OpenSpotLite v1 Required Components  Qty Description Link 1 SharkRF OpenSpot https://www.sharkrf.com/products/openspot/ 1 Mikrotik MapLite https://mikrotik.com/product/RBmAPL-2nD 2 Short USB Micro cables Parts bin 1 Long USB Micro Cable Parts bin 1 Short Cat5e Patch Cable < 1ft Parts bin 1 Pelican 1060 Case http://amzn.to/2CluTWK 1 USB Portable[…]

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On the Road Again

Work on what seems to be my standard operation profile got a bit of a twist this time. Got a chance to work with some DMR Radios and the First Coast DMR Code plug. Using a Motorola XPR7550, a TYT MD380, and a new one- the Tera 7400. Using the programming software from Motorola and Tytera, I was able to start the build of a First Coast DMR code plug for the 7400. At this point I have the Jax Beach section, where I’m testing from, completed. I will post it here for others to review. Further Sections to be posted shortly. First Coast with JxB only  

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