Actor Michael Caine plays the cockney spy Harry Palmer in the 1967 movie "Billion Dollar Brain." A Honeywell computer, like one that the UCLA team used to connect to ARPANET, is the basis of a huge film set at Pinewood Studios. Keystone/Getty Images
This week marked the 150th anniversary of the telegraph linking the U.S. from coast to coast. This week also marks another communication anniversary – the first message sent from one computer to another computer on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
In what year was the first computer-to-computer link made on ARPANET, the first modern computer network?
The first Transistor Radio, the Regency TR-1 was announced on October 18, 1954. It was put on sale in November 1954, and was the first practical transistor radio made in any significant numbers. Billboard reported that “the radio has only four transistors. One acts a combination mixer-oscillator, one as an audio amplifier, and two as intermediate-frequency amplifiers.”
How much did the first transistor radio sell for when it was introduced in 1954?
The Los Angeles Emergency Repeater Association held a drill today in support of the Great California ShakeOut. Amateur Radio Operators were requested to check in with Net Control on the W6NVY UHF repeater on 449.700 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. In addition, stations were asked to check in simplex on 2 Meters on the output of the W6NVY VHF repeater on 147.195 MHz.
The following stations checked in to the Net:
||WEST LA (SANTA MONICA DCS)
||FRANKLIN HS (NOTHEAST LA)
||PICO RIVERA WAREHOUSE
||BLYTH ELME SCHOOL (BOYLE HEIGHTS)
||LAUSD M&O AREA S1
||SAN DIEGO (CAMPO – RACES)
||WEST LA – NET CONTROL
Thanks to everyone for supporting the operation today.
On this date in history, October 13th, the first cellular network in the United States was launched. In what year was the first U.S. cellular telephone network established?
On this date in history, October 6, 2007, Jason Lewis completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. He set off with fellow adventurer Stevie Smith from Greenwich, London and, in all, traveled 46,505 miles, all under his own power. How long did it take Jason Lewis to make this trek?
In 2010, more than 7.9 million Californians practiced Drop, Cover, and Hold On to practice how they will protect themselves during earthquakes, and increased their overall preparedness.
On Thursday, October 20th at 10:20 a.m. millions of people will participate in the 2011 Great California ShakeOut!
The Los Angeles Emergency Repeater Association will also take part, with a check-in net between 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. All licensed Amateur Radio Operators are encouraged to call Net Control on the W6NVY UHF repeater – 449.700 MHz (PL 131.8) – and report your first name, call sign, location, and what radio bands you can operate on. In addition, Net Control will be monitoring the output frequency of the W6NVY VHF repeater – 147.195 MHz – and logging simplex check-ins there.
Please take a minute sometime between 10 and 11 AM to take part in the LA-ERA ShakOut Net on October 20th.
Click the link for more information about the Great California ShakeOut.
Note: We will also have the regular Thursday night net at 7:30 PM!