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M2 Open House

M2 Open House and Bar-B-Que

Saturday March 31, 2007
Gates open at 7:30 am for swap tables.
Shop opens a 8:00 am for tours.
HAM-Burgers at 11:30 am.

M2 Antenna Systems
4402 N Selland Ave.
Fresno, CA 93722

(559) 432-8873

TAPR Sponsoring Plan for Open Source Hardware

Raymond, Nelson critical of new planned license for open source peripherals

By Michael Stutz

February 07, 2007 – Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) is sponsoring a plan to encourage and popularize the idea of open source — for hardware components. The organization released a draft of an open source license for computer hardware this month, and issued a public call for comments on the draft. The new license is already drawing criticism from prominent members of the open source community.

The Open Hardware License (OHL) was written by John Ackermann, a lawyer whose specialty is open source licensing. Ackermann says that one of the primary motivators for developing the OHL was a series of radio hardware projects whose developers asked TAPR for support.

“While I had been interested for quite a while in developing an open source license for hardware, their request for one pushed me into actually doing it,” he says.

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International DX Convention

The 2007 International DX Convention will take place April 27, 28 & 29, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center in Visalia, California. This is an ARRL sanctioned convention that is sponsored this year by the Northern California DX Club. It is expected to draw visitors from around the World and will feature programs from recent DX-Peditions and contest operations.

The Convention theme this year is, “Elmering New DXers is Job Number One!” Accordingly, a portion of the programming will be devoted to helping new DXers learn about how to be noticed in a pile-up, snag a “new one” and get that elusive QSL card.

Other Convention offerings will include: DX, Top Band and Contest Forums, technical talks, many door prizes, both Friday and Saturday evening “attitude adjustments”, Saturday Barbecue Lunch, Saturday night banquet, Sunday morning “power” breakfast, Vendors Exhibits and QSL card checking.

Current information and registration forms are available on the Convention web page, which can be found at Additional registration information can be obtained by contacting Convention Registration Chairman, Dick Letrich, W6KM via Email at

If you’re interested in DX or DXing, the Visalia International DX Convention is the place to be. We hope to see you there.