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Archive for October, 2011

Trivia Question 10/27/2011 – Computer Communication

ARPANET

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.

QUESTION:

In what year was the first computer-to-computer link made on ARPANET, the first modern computer network?

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Trivia Question 10/20/11 – First Transistor Radio

Regency TR-1 Transistor RadioQUESTION:

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?

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2011 ShakeOut Drill Check In’s

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:

TIME CALL NAME LOCATION
0953 K6FCC KHALIL WEST LA (SANTA MONICA DCS)
1000 N6GTC BRAD MIRA LOMA
1004 KJ6ITD MR GALVAN FRANKLIN HS (NOTHEAST LA)
1008 K6DAZ DAVID MONTCLAIR
1010 KJ6DUG LARRY GLENDALE
1011 KJ6LPE AL CHINO
1013 KE6MSS THOMAS DOWNTOWN LA
1014 K6DLB DAVID SANTA MONICA
1015 WA6USL MURRAY WOODLAND HILLS
1016 KI6CHH TOM BURBANK
1019 KI6NIL JAMES PICO RIVERA WAREHOUSE
1023 K6FEX ALAN VILLA PARK
1025 W6NVY GARY HIGHLAND PARK
1028 KI6DAA SAM BEVERLY HILLS
1030 KE6LQS ROBERTO PASADENA
1032 AD6UP LOUIE LOS ANGELES
1033 W6KLE DON LOS ANGELES
1035 K6MPA GREG SANTA MONICA
1036 AF6OR MIKE LOS ANGELES
1037 KG6RBJ BRIAN LOS ANGELES
1039 KD6NIW OLIVER LAUSD HQ
1041 KG6TRR BOB BOYLE HEIGHTS
1042 KG6FBM BERNARD BLYTH ELME SCHOOL (BOYLE HEIGHTS)
1044 KI6WWS STEVE DOWNTOWN LA
1045 KJ6JXL ALEX LOS ANGELES
1049 KJ6HQI ANDRES STUDIO CITY
1051 KJ6RJQ BRETT W LA
1058 KE6CZH ROBERT LAUSD M&O AREA S1
1059 K6MQA STUART FILMORE
1100 W6CAW CRAIG SAN DIEGO (CAMPO – RACES)
N6CIZ RICH WEST LA – NET CONTROL

Thanks to everyone for supporting the operation today.

Trivia Question 10/13/11 – Cell Phones

DynaTAC Cell PhoneQUESTION:

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?

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Trivia Question 10/6/11 – Around the World in How Long?

QUESTION:

Jason LewisOn 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?

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Earthquake Exercise on Thursday, October 20

The Great California ShakOutIn 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!