University of North Texas to add Ham Clubs

UNT’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering laying groundwork for student robotics, amateur radio clubs
UNT News Service

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Based on student demand, the University of North Texas’ Department of Computer Science and Engineering is planning to add two new student-led clubs. Organizational meetings are scheduled for Feb. 16 (Friday) for a UNT Robotics Society club, and a UNT amateur radio club.

David Keathly, UNT lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the department of computer science and engineering, has agreed to assist the two groups in their formation and will serve as initial faculty sponsor.

The Robotics Society will build robots, investigate concepts in robotics, participate in competitions, and assist as judges, coaches and mentors for middle and high school competitions. Keathly says, “The intent of the club is to enter a variety of competitions that are available to college students. Probably the best known of those clubs is the ‘RoboCup’ robot soccer competition.”

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Time Change to Bring Computer Glitches

A Mini, Minor Y2K: Earlier Daylight-Saving Time Could Foil Computer Calendars

By BRIAN BERGSTEIN,The Associated Press
ABC News online

For three weeks this March and April, Microsoft Corp. warns that users of its calendar programs “should view any appointments … as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees.” Wow, that’s sort of jarring is something treacherous afoot?

Actually, it’s a potential problem in any software that was programmed before a 2005 law decreed that daylight-saving time would start three weeks earlier and end one week later, beginning this year. Congress decided that more early evening daylight would translate into energy savings.

Software created earlier is set to automatically advance its timekeeping by one hour on the first Sunday in April, not the second Sunday in March (that’s March 11 this year).

The result is a glitch reminiscent of the Y2K bug, when cataclysmic crashes were feared if computers interpreted the year 2000 as 1900 and couldn’t reconcile time appearing to move backward. This bug is much less threatening, but it could cause head-scratching episodes when some computers are an hour off.

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Maine’s Governor Is A Real Ham

Matt Bush, Wed Editor
WCSH6.com

Governor John Baldacci doesn’t have a lot of free time these days. But between his many meetings and functions he has to attend, he likes to take part in a unique hobby. He is a licensed ham radio operator.

Governor Baldacci first got interested in Ham radio during the 1998 ice storm, and got his license after he was elected governor.

The governor uses the radio to chat with other Ham operators around the world. His call sign is KB1NXP.

The Governor keeps his radio in a location only a Governor could, right next to his homeland security phone and the red phone that is used strictly for state emergencies.

Office of Emergency Management Deputizes Hams

Arlington OEM Deputizes Ham Radio Group to Assist with Emergency Communications
Feb 15, 2007 News Release
Government Technology Magazine online

Twenty-five volunteers have graduated from a year-long course of weekly radio communications exercises and stand ready to assist Arlington County Government with crisis communications and response.

The local Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers have received their RACES certificates of graduation from Arlington’s Office of Emergency Management. The certificates qualify them to help in emergency situations such as weather catastrophes and terrorist attacks.

Each graduate passed a County-authorized character/background check, attended emergency communications classes developed specifically for Arlington County volunteers and participated in regular weekly radio communications exercises managed by the OEM Emergency Support Function team. After more than fifty weeks of exercises, the group has achieved the first level of competence required. Additional training and exercises are required to maintain active Arlington RACES affiliation.

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