Wormhole Newsletter August 2016

Hello Worms

The Future is Here article is from an unknown source that was submitted to the Honeywell Retire Newsletter by Jack Stuebs. I find it an interesting list of speculation although I don’t necessarily agree with much of his ideas it makes good fuel for thought … and argument. Several years ago I found a 25 year old Popular Science magazine in the stuff from a silent key I working on. It was interesting to see all the stuff we are supposed to be doing now … like personal flying/hovering craft, wrist TV communicators, floating cities and so on.
Talk-in is on the Wormhole repeater and I will be monitoring the simplex call frequency, 146.52. There is a 50% chance of rain, nothing new there so hopefully we will gather outside and there are only two tables so if you have a folding chair handy you might throw it in the car.



It is hot outside. Would you like a simple, but useful indoor project? How about an audio amplifier to enhance audio on a hand held radio, electronic tablet, old computer, MP3 player and any other device that is lacking good audio quality.

You can dig out 3 to 4 transistors and bunch of resistors, capacitors and transformers. Or, you acquire one integrated circuit. A common one is the LM-380.

There are 2 versions, an 8 pin and a 14 pin. I am more inclined to use the 14 pin because it is rated at 2.5 watts (heat sinked) as compared to 1 watt for the 8 pin. Plenty of audio power.

Power requirements can be from 10 to 22 volts. Maximum current is 1.3 amp max.

Bandwidth is over 100 khz.

Pins 3, 4, 5, and 10, 11, 12 can be grounded to a copper foil for heat sinking.

Pin 2 is a non-inverting input. In other words it is in phase with the output signal. Input impedance is 150K ohms.

Pin 6 is an inverting input. Input impedance is 150K ohms.

Pin 7 is ground.

Pin 8 is audio out. 8 ohms is best.

Pin 14 is the Vs or power source.

Below is one version of an audio schematic. Of course you are all pro’s at making a simple well regulated power supply using the 78 series regulators. A medium sized wall wart will do the job.

When it is too hot outside to fix your antenna, build yourself a LM-380 audio amp.


From the Honeywell Retireee’s Club Newsletter. Submitted by Jack Stuebs

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years and most people don’t see it coming.

Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbob is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best
Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future; only specialists will remain.

Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, four times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has pattern recogni
tion software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one
accident every 100,000 km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will
save a million lives each year.

Most car companies might become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla. Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood. Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will be come incredibly cheap and clean. Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don’t have scarce water in most places; we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past. At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6 storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.
Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea desi
gned for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.

Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if
there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields. Aerophonics will need much less water. The first Petri dish that produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces are used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups that will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).
There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.
Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.

Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world-class education. Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.

I found a Google website where they tell you all about their Self Driving Cars Project. There are videos showing what they are doing, and some on how they are doing it. Also on the bottom of the pages is a link to the monthly reports. There is an article on the latest changes and all the metrics of their cars driving around including accident reports. It is too large for a newsletter when including the accident report section and too interesting with the report there to skip it so go look yourself at https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en//selfdrivingcar/ . Bill


BBC NEWS By Leo Kelion 13 July 2016

The clips feature images and text about products the US retailer has detected the user has shown interest in.

Amazon regularly displays customized static ads on third-party sites, but the videos have the potential to be more eye-catching and appear in more places.

One expert said the idea had potential but Amazon would have to be careful that its ads did not seem creepy. “This is something we’ve only experimented with at very small scales,” Graeme Smith, managing director Amazon’s software development centre in Edinburgh, told the BBC. “They have been out there in the wild. “I’m not able to share any more details of where, but potentially anywhere you can see a video is potentially somewhere you could consider running personalised video ads, right across the internet. “It’s still very early days for this technology, but it’s something we are really excited about with a lot of applications.”

Mr Smith showed off one of the ad designs at a press conference in London. But the company declined the BBC’s request to show the footage, saying it was still in a testing phase, so too early to share widely.

Video ads have long been targeted at users on services such as YouTube and Facebook via cookies and other means that track their identities. But rather than just directing pre-made clips at targeted audiences, Amazon aims to make its adverts more effective by creating them on the fly, tailored to each user’s interests. It is able to do this by using graphics templates, whose elements are superimposed with images and text selected by the company’s algorithms.
It is not uncommon for commercials to be created using such motion graphics templates. But they normally require a human to arrange and edit their parts using specialised software – a time-consuming and potentially expensive activity.

“Video has always been an incredibly effective way of advertising,” said Maisie McCabe, acting UK editor of Campaign. “Technology is now enabling brands such as Amazon to combine the power of video with the precision of targeted online ads. “However, this must be done sensitively and openly.
“Brands must be careful not to scare off potential customers by abusing the trust people place on them when they allow companies to track their data.
“Moreover, there’s a big difference between what people expect from a static display ad and online video.

“Amazon will need to make sure its personalized videos are more engaging than the functional shopping ones they serve at the moment.”

Although the idea of dynamic video ads is new to Amazon, other brands have teamed up with digital marketing companies to explore the idea. For example:
Israel’s Idomoo created a video ad for Cadbury’s that could be customized by its viewers to feature their own names
Cofactor built web videos for Toys R Us stores that were targeted at people living nearby, which automatically determined the products to highlight by taking into account both the shops’ inventory levels and local demand
Impossible Software created a campaign for Nike that made personalized videos for every runner in a Paris race, featuring their own finish times and course photos alongside graphics showing the sportswear company’s logo
Perhaps most prominently of all, Facebook has created a variety of personalized videos based on images and posts its members’ have uploaded to its service, which it shows from time to time to help keep users loyal.


arsTECHNICA UK by Sean Gallagher (US) – 13/7/2016
There has been a lot of ingenuity poured into creating crypto-ransomware, the money-making malware that has become the scourge of hospitals, businesses, and home users over the past year. But none of that ingenuity applies to Ranscam, a new ransom malware reported by Cisco’s Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group.
Ranscam is a purely amateur attempt to cash in on the cryptoransomware trend that demands payment for “encrypted” files that were actually just plain deleted by a batch command. “Once it executes it, it pops up a ransom message looking like any other ransomware,” Earl Carter, security research engineer at Cisco Talos, told ars. “But then what happens is it forces a reboot, and it just deletes all the files. It doesn’t try to encrypt anything—it just deletes them all.”
Talos discovered the file on the systems of a small number of customers. In every case, the malware presented exactly the same message, including the same Bitcoin wallet address. The victim is instructed:
“You must pay 0.2 Bitcoins to unlock your computer. Your files have been moved to a hidden partition and crypted. Essential programs in your computer have been locked and your computer will not function properly. Once your Bitcoin payment is received your computer and files will be returned to normal instantly.”
The message itself is an image file retrieved through an unprotected, unencrypted, unobfuscated HTTP request to a server hosted by Vitalix in Studio City, California, according to Internet address records. Clicking on the “button” after payment only results in the loading of another graphic, named “nopay.png,” which declares the victim’s payment has not been verified and one hostage file has been deleted as a result.
It goes on and on like this, but there’s really no point to it, as there is no hidden partition to begin with: all the files were deleted by a batch script launched by a Windows .NET executable—signed using a certificate registered to a domain [reca.net] owned by an Italian gas valve company—that uses PowerShell to simply delete files from specific directories. If stopped quickly enough, the files would likely be recoverable.
There have been only a handful of infections reported thus far, and the means of infection hasn’t been discovered. “Normally, these come in through phishing attacks,” Carter explained. “But this is not as widespread as some of the others, so it’s hard to say.” As for what the ransomware’s authors were hoping to achieve, Carter doesn’t think they thought very far ahead. “It’s confusing, because their whole model is a problem,” he explained. “If you don’t give people their files back, it’s unlikely they’ll pay.”
When researchers reached out to the scammers feigning ignorance through their e-mail address (a gmail account, cryptovirus32@gmail.com), the “ransomers” sent back an e-mail trying to explain how to buy and transfer Bitcoin. They were helpful enough to explain as well that if they were doing cash transfers to buy Bitcoins on a Saturday, they should do it early before banks close. “Unfortunately we were unable to elicit further communication from the threat actor,” Edmund Brumaghin and Warren Mercer of Talos wrote in a blog post describing their research. “However, this highlights the continued willingness of ransomware operations to provide ongoing technical support to victims to maximize the likelihood that they will receive payouts.”
Carter said that the malware’s certificate was issued on July 6, 2016. A check of the activity for the Bitcoin wallet showed that it had seen no new transactions since June of 2016, so clearly this particular scam is fooling no one, or it’s largely being caught by network defenses before it lands.

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The next meeting is 1100 Saturday morning, August 6 in Walsingham Park. The park is between 102 Ave and Walsingham. If you enter the park from Walsingham the volunteer building where we meet is just inside the gate on the East side. Find the exact location by going to Google maps and entering 27.8797N and 82.8053W. Talk-in is on the Wormhole repeater system.  For those coming to the meeting who cannot hit the repeater we will be monitoring 146.520 simplex, the national calling frequency. We will keep an eye peeled for you. We will take advantage of the cooking facilities with an after-the-meeting Social and wormdog luncheon.
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Check in on the club net Thursdays at 1930.  442.625 + with a 146.2 tone or the 2M side at 146.850 – also with a tone of 146.2.  We are always looking for volunteers to be the net control operator.  Anyone interested, talk to one your club officers.
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1730 147.030 + Receiver sites and tone info http://www.qsl.net/wd4scd/
St Pete Yacht Club ARC St Petersburg
1830 147.060+ no tone St Pete ARC daily net St Petersburg
1900 144.210 USB CARS, vertical polarization Clearwater
1900 147.135 +146.2 Zephyrhills ARC Zephyrhills
2000 147.165+ 136.5 Brandon ARS from Brandon
2000 50.135 Pinellas ARK Pinellas County
2030 NI4CE system EAGLE Net, NTS traffic net, NI4CE system
2030 145.450 Pinellas ARK Pinellas County
1830 147.060 no tone St Pete ARC daily net from St Petersburg
1900 50.200 USB 6M net Brandon ARS
1900 28.450 WCF section net Clearwater
1900 NI4CE system WCF Section VHF ARES NI4CE system
1930 145.170 & 442.4 both pl 156.7 Pinellas ACS net Clearwater
1930 147.060 no tone Buy-Sell net on SPARC also on www.buysellnet.net
1930 444.900 +141.3 Sheriff’s Tactical ARC Tampa
2000 NI4CE system WCF Skywarn net NI4CE system
2000 147.105+ 146.2 Tampa ARC net from Tampa
2000 28.365 USB simplex Brandon ARS
2030 NI4CE system EAGLE Net, NTS traffic net NI4CE system
2100 28.465 USB 10/10 net from Orlando
1830 147.060 no tone St Pete ARC daily net from St Petersburg
1845 147.060 no tone Buy Sell Net from St Petersburg
1930 52.020 simplex Suncoast 6’ers from St Petersburg
1930 NI4CE system WCF Section Digital Info Ne NI4CE system
2000 147.105 146.2 Greater Tampa CERT net from Tampa
2000 146.97- 146.2 Clearwater ARS from Clearwater
2030 NI4CE system EAGLE Net, NTS traffic net NI4CE system
2100 NI4CE system Tampa Bay Traders Net non-affiliated
1800 146.52 simplex Hillsborough ARES/RACES North Tampa
1830 147.060 no tone St Pete ARC daily net from St Petersburg
1900 444.750 +146.2 Fusion net from Tampa
1930 146.850- & 442.625+ both pl 146.2 Wormhole from St Petersburg
1930 146.6385 -127.3 Lakeland ARC from Lakeland
1915 224.660- no tone St Pete ARC from St Petersburg
2030 NI4CE system EAGLE Net, NTS traffic net NI4CE system
1830 147.060 no tone St Pete ARC daily net from St Petersburg
2000 147.360+ pl 127.3 METRO ARC Friday Net from St Petersburg
2030 NI4CE system EAGLE Net, NTS traffic net NI4CE system
0830 3.911 (7.281 Alt.)+/- QRM WCF Section HF Net from Pinellas County
1830 147.060 no tone St Pete ARC daily net from St Petersburg
2030 NI4CE system EAGLE Net, NTS traffic net NI4CE system
1830 147.060 no tone St Pete ARC daily net from St Petersburg
1930 NI4CE system WCF Section Net NI4CE system
2000 147.550 simplex 550 Simplex Net Pinellas County
2030 NI4CE system EAGLE Net, NTS traffic net NI4CE system
2100 144.210 USB Clearwater ARS vertical orientation

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Anyone having something for sale or who might be looking for an item let me know.  I will not print phone numbers or email addresses unless specifically told to since this newsletter might end up on the web.  The exception is when I get the information off the web.  If you are a member of the Wormhole then you have all the information you need on a club roster and if you are not a member  .. why not?  OK, if you are not a member you can contact me at the email address at the end of this newsletter, I will give you the information to contact the person involved.

FOR SALE, LDG AT100Pro for sale for $100.00 with wall wart.  This is not the LDG AT100ProII. All proceeds donated to the St Pete Yacht Club station KJ4SCQ. Local prices good for a few days and then on Craigs List and/or EBay at full price. If interested, contact Dick, AB1NI, at Sea_Brat2002@yahoo.com or call me at 508-543-3694.

FOR SALE, FS Kenwood 2KW Amplifier Model TL-922A, $600 OBO, call Richard WD4SCD at 727-804-1016

FOR SALE, 13 element, 14.5 ft 220 beam. Wormhole property, $20, contact Bill AG4QX or any other officer. Free to any Wormhole member or other club. Pickup at Bill’s house.
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August 20 TARCFest, TARC Clubhouse, 22nd St at the river, $4 entry plus $3 to tailgate, inside tables $15 in advance, talkin on 147.105 +146.2, more info at http://hamclub.org/

September 16-18 The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference, Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront Hotel, 333 1st Street South, , contact Maty Weinbert at the ARRL, maty@arrl.org, 860-594-0229, for more information goto http://www.tapr.org

September 26 Pasco Co Hamfest, Gunn Highway Flea Market, intersection of SR54 & Gunn Highway, $3 entrance, $3 tailgating, go to website at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sarcmail/info?yguid=243291920 or contact Don Nystron KA2KDP at 727-868-0176

November 12 SPARCFest, Pinellas Park,  SPARCFest, FREE,  Freedom Lake Park, 9990 46th St N, Southeast corner of US 19 and 49th Street, Talk-in on 147.060+ no tone. VE testing at 0900. For more information go to http://www.sparc-club.org/sparcfest.html
December 9 & 10 Plant City, the 2015 Tampa Bay Hamfest is the West Central Florida Section Convention, Friday and Saturday, at the Ag Building in the Strawberry Festival grounds, for information contact Bill Williams AG4QX, chairman@fgcarc.org or go to http://www.tampabayhamfest.org or you can just ask me, Jim or Dee 😉

February 10, 11, 12 Orlando Hamcation, Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Tickets $13 in advance, $15 at door. Talkin 146.4760 – no PL or D-Star 146.850 -, all the information at www.hamcation.com or call 407-841-0874

May 27 WormFest 2017, Pinellas Park,  FREE,  Freedom Lake Park, 9990 46th St N, southeast corner of US 19 and 49th Street, 33782.  Park opens at sunrise, hamfest from 0800 till…  Talkin on 442.625 + or 146.850 – both with a tone of 146.2.  For a map and directions see http://www.TheWormholeSociety.org .

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Last full weekend January Winter Field Day, http://www.spar-hams.org/index.php
Late January Gasparilla celebration
March/April MS Walks
March/April Mass Casualty Exercises
Late April Southeastern VHF Society Conference, http://www.svhfs.org
Late April Walk For Babies (was March of Dimes)
Late April Florida QSO Party
Mid-May Annual Armed Forces Crossband Test
Mid May MS 150 bike ride
Mid-May Florida Hurricane Exercise
Late May Wormfest
Early June Museum Ships on the Air
Fourth weekend in June Field Day http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/fd/
July 3/4 Midnight Run in Largo
August International Lighthouse/Lightship Week
October, 3rd weekend JOTA, Scout Jamboree-on-the-AIR
Early December ALS bike ride in Walsingham Park
December, first full weekend Ride & Run With The Stars in Fort DeSoto Park
December, Second full weekend Tampa Bay Hamfest

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Bill AG4QX is President and editor of this newsletter, Vice-President is Mike K4ZPE,  Treasurer is Jim KD4MZL, Paul KA4IOX is the Secretary, Dee N4GD is the Repeater Trustee and Neil W4NHL and Mike K4ZPE are our club webmasters.

442.625 +  PL 146.2
146.850 –  PL 146.2
The Wormhole repeaters are both now dual mode Yaesu DR-1X. FM analog as always and now Yaesu Fusion, a C4FM/FM digital mode. The repeater crew updated the software on May 3, 2016.
The Wormhole website is at: http://www.TheWormholeSociety.org.
West Central Florida Section website:  http://www.arrlwcf.org/.
The ARRL website is at: http://www.arrl.org/
This newsletter is written for The Glorious Society of the Wormhole, an ARRL affiliated amateur radio club located around the Seminole section of Pinellas County Florida. Anyone wishing to be added or removed from The Glorious Society of the Wormhole mailings please write to me at the address below and thy will be done.
Bill Williams
ag4qx AT arrl DOT net

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