What is Ham Radio & How Does it Work?

24 May 2015 
Ham radio (so called because its operators were originally derided as being ‘hammy’ in the 19th century, when the technology first emerged) is a term that applies to any form of amateur radio broadcasting.


There are designated radio frequency spectra available solely for public use. Uses range from recreation to communication and the non-commercial exchange of ideas. ‘Hams’ take advantage of these frequencies in order to transmit any number of things


Strictly speaking, there should not be any money involved in amateur radio (hence the term ‘amateur’). Although the majority of Ham radio practitioners are actually extremely knowledgeable about radio technology (don’t let the ‘ham’ part fool you), they are not considered professionals because they do not profit from their endeavours. Conversely, commercial broadcasting involves (a lot of) money: royalties are paid, producers and performers are paid and the whole thing is ultimately a commercial exercise.


Hams use a large amount of frequency bands from all across the radio spectrum, but the majority of frequencies are to be found just above the AM band.


A lot of hams, however, use VHF FM, operating hand-held transceivers that send on one frequency and receive on another. Local radio clubs set up FM Repeaters (which borrow space from other broadcast devices such as towers and, in doing so, amplify the radio signal’s strength hundreds of times over), so that hams can communicate with each other wirelessly over a distance of hundreds of miles.


As an example of what hams get up to, here’s an excerpt from Gary Brown, of How Stuff Works.com


“Although a ham radio does broadcast in all directions, hams generally do not use their radios in a broadcast kind of way as a disk jockey would at a radio station. In normal AM or FM radio, one disk jockey transmits and thousands of people listen. Hams, on the other hand, conduct two-way conversations, often with another ham or with a group of hams in an informal roundtable. The roundtable of hams may be in the same town, county, state, country or continent or may consist of a mix of countries, depending on the frequency and the time of the day. Hams also participate in networks, often called nets, at predetermined times and frequencies to exchange third-party messages. In the case of disasters, hams exchange health and welfare information with other hams”.


To become a ham, I recommend that you join a club. You’ll need an amateur radio license, of course, but this won’t break the bank, I’m sure.


I hope that helps, Melissa.
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Does Wearing Headphones Increase the Amount of Bacteria in your Ears?

15 May 2015 
So, the short answer to your question is that anything you put in your ear will increase the bacteria levels present, simply by sheer dint of the introduction of a foreign object to your ear. You can consider this to also be true for cotton buds, earplugs and, of course, your index finger. Microorganisms tend to reproduce well in hot and humid environments and the ear, like the mouth and nose, certainly have all the right conditions for a germ-orgy of sorts (sorry for the image).




It has been said that using headphones increases the bacteria levels in your ears over 700 times.


To whatever degree this somewhat alarming statistic is true or false is, quite frankly, virtually impossible to determine. Put simply, there are just too many variables in the equation. Issues arise like ‘how many other people have used the headphones (are they shared devices like audio museum tours)?’ ‘How much bacteria is in the average person’s ear in the first place?’ or even ‘where are the headphones stored when not in use?’


All of these questions (and many, many more) would need satisfactory answers before we could start picking our way toward a definitive answer. According to our old friend Cecil Adams of www.straightdope.com, the ‘700 times’ factoid has its origins in a 1992 study in which experts measured bacteria found on 20 headsets of the type used by commercial airlines. According to Adams, the amount of microorganisms present on the ‘phones increased by 11 times, not 700 (as is often reported). A year later, the New York Times ran an article that is, according to Adams, the root of the old ‘700 times’ bit.


However, it should also be said that many different kinds of bacteria are vital to living organisms like us and, at any given time, there is an almost indescribably huge level of bacteria operating in your body. Yes, there is an increase in your in-ear bacteria if you use headphones, but it’s really not much different from the bacteria levels you encounter in your day-to-day life.




You may worry that this increase in bacteria can be damaging to your health (that is, after all, a reasonable concern). However, unless you suffer from regular ear infections, or any other easily aggravated ear-related ailments, the answer is a pretty definitive ‘no’.


Maybe if you dangle your headphones in the toilet before use, or get a flu-riddled relative to cough on them, you may have some trouble, but otherwise, the content of your ear is likely to be far more bacteria-friendly than the contents of your pockets (where the headphones are usually kept before use - if I’m any guide, that is).

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Is The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Worth It Also?

07 May 2015 
The Korean tech giant Samsung is renowned for doing amazing things with some. Imagine them coming up with a projector phone and a hybrid device (Phone and Tablet). I am truly in awe of what this Korean tech giant is looking do for them to serve us better. In this article, I will compare two of that best products. One of them may be older by months and the other one is actually new. I am talking in the Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy S3. I commence my comparison note with the Galaxy Note followed by the Galaxy S3. Read on!


According to sources of BGR's, Sprint's version among the samsung galaxy s6 Tab will be dropping for your pretty pricey $399. It doesn't fall according to the previous notion that unit fitted would cost somewhere around $200-300.





As long as the ripping attempts are finished, may refine click "Open" button to obtain converted 1080p videos on Mac. To understand do next is just syncing and transferring movies to Galaxy Tab with Samsung Kies Mini and enjoying playing and watching Blu-ray movies on Galaxy Tab!


Apple iPhone 4S has always been the best 2012 smartphones which having a much better processor. Usually fashioned to get results seven times swifter compared to apple iphone 4g. Apple's iPhone 4S can be said as among extremely best 2012 smartphones. It's got all functions as your own things about iOS 5 with a amusing voice assistant. The unit sports an extraordinarily good A5 chip use is showcased with outstanding 8Mp camera, 3.5 inch retina display, 512Mb RAM as well as 32 GB reminiscence.


The Samsung Galaxy W specifications most stylish. The mobile phone is providing 3.7 inches capacitive display display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution. Multi touch input feature and touch sensitive controls feature are very enabled your market display inside addition to accelerometer and proximity sensors. The frequencies of the handset is supported by 2G networks at GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / and 3G networks at HSDPA 900 / 2100 MHz. the bar phone has 109.9 gm of weight. The mobile phone is integrated by a hundred and fifteen.5 x 59.8 x thirteen.5mm dimensions.


One thing that is interesting is usually eBay (gasp) tracks your purchases. In the event that login to your site during this link, any past eBay purchases are noted on your inventory. That is, of course, whether you desire them to be there or not.


In fact, Samsung already released hd smart phone Galaxy Tab, 7 inches screen makes users think it is a tablet pc. And from the way it named, it holds true. After that Samsung published Tablet PC is also named after "Galaxy Tab". In daily use, people use Bluetooth headset to make a phone call instead of holding the phone in give.


The 5 MP main and VGA secondary camera is well supported within the Samsung Galaxy W. Appropriate camera can give lots of features like auto focus, LED flash, Geo-Tagging, Face Detection and Image/Video Writer. In the internet connectivity features the bar phone has EDGE, GPRS and 3G for good and fast internet access long with data transfer connectivity features such as Micro USB 2.0, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, WI FI hotspot and WI FI 802.11 b/g/n. the bar phone is stuffed with 1.4 GHz scorpion processor and v2.3 Gingerbread Android operating system along with Adreno 205 GPU and Qualcomm MSM 8255 T chipset. The 1500 mAh power supply battery is performing talk time up to 7.8 to 18.3 hrs ..
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Kentucky Derby 2011 Information And Facts Updates

04 May 2015 



How many of us have siblings? How many of us have sibling rivalries? Now how many of us wish we could settle our sibling disputes by hashing it out with hands and feet flying, oh and get paid to do so? Probably a good majority.


2012 marked the 17th WWE crowns in major league history, 14th of the modern era, and first of the 21st century. Cabrera became the first Latin player and first third baseman to win the wwe crowns. He was the second Tiger behind Ty Cobb in 1909. His peers named him player of the year as did the Sporting News. The baseball writers followed suit with the MVP award.


Many of the horses in the contenders list are from well-known farms and have acclaimed trainers. However, unlike many Kentucky-oriented Derby contenders, Orb is part of California's horse racing industry. For this reason, the lesser-known Country Life Farm in Bel Air is excited to see if Orb can land their facility on the map by winning the 2013 Kentucky Derby.


The good news about this is that Vince seems to be willing to finally push some of his young superstars. Swagger has been on the cusp of moving up the ranks for a while now and it appears he finally is getting his push. Chris Jericho is no spring chicken and he is more than capable of making Swagger look good in a feud. That is the whole idea here, after all. Swagger has to be believable to be champion. Jericho will ensure that. The only real problem is, it is not clear who Swagger will be feuding with. It may be Jericho and it may even be Edge.


Sportsbook 5dimes is known for posting lines on just about anything, (why not when people were betting million on the new Royal Baby's name) and they seem to like laying on the WWE big events.


The best way to avoid an infection of any kind is to follow good hygiene. Wrestlers need to insist on cleaning the mats after every practice or competition. Wrestlers should not share equipment such as shoes, headgear or towels. Everyone needs to shower after wrestling and use an antibiotic soap. If an athlete notices a painful pimple or boil, especially if accompanied by fever, he should contact his coach, trainer and parents immediately and seek medical attention. That wrestler should not wrestle until cleared by a physician.


USWO is located wrestling at Interstate Drive at the Stadium Inn. Admission is $10 for ringside seats and $8 for general admission. Children under 5 are admitted for free.


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Essential Services, Essential Technology, Radios at Oil & Gas Plants

03 May 2015 
Oil and gas are natural resources, but obtaining them isn’t as simple as planting a seed in a patch of arable land. Today, hundreds of thousands of miles of oil and gas pipeline run all over the world, sometimes covering some of the most inhospitable environments known to man.


Pipelines that run above ground offer many advantages to oil & gas companies. They are cheaper to build, easier to repair, far simpler to maintain and a lot safer for the environment. However, that same environment also has no qualms about wreaking havoc on the lines, neither do politically motivated saboteurs or occasional wanton vandals who commonly make their presence felt in such places. A pipeline is a complex and intricate operation, which means that in order for everything to go right, nothing can be allowed to go wrong.


Keeping such sites clean, safe and secure is a demanding job. If you built one in an urban city centre it would be hard enough, but placing a pipeline in an extreme environment is a job so tough that only a very few select people are cut out for it.


For a job like that, communication is key. It is vital that all aspects of the pipeline are monitored, kept safe and guarded by highly trained professionals. So, in order for all functional teams to stay in contact, react, if need be, to technical faults and generally keep pipeline operations running smoothly, two-way radios are needed.


More reliable than a mobile, less clumsy than a net connection, two-way radio technology is tried, tested and true. Durable, strong outward exteriors are perfect for unforgiving environments such as heavy snow or storms at sea, while a simple, easy to use device is always best in cases of emergency.


Then, there’s reliability. Two-way radios are pretty much always reliable. There’s no worrying about signal strength (unless atmospheric conditions are particularly severe) and no ambiguity as to whether of not the user has been heard and understood by the intended recipient. Signal transfer is instantaneous (or, in the case of digital radios, as good as), so you can get direct up-to-the-second information, at any time.


Two-way radios are a massively important factor in the steady, safe and efficient refining of natural oils and gases into vital, everyday products and services. Without two-way radios, obtaining such treasures might prove next to impossible, as well as incredibly dangerous.
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