Wormhole Newsletter for April 2017

Hello Worms

We are meeting at the Minnreg building again this month. It is located at 6340 126th Ave N. That is immediately south of the Honeywell complex at Elmerton and US19. 126th runs between US19 access road and 66th St. There is a gem show scheduled for Saturday so there may be a crowd using the building. We will have private parking in the back. Come to the southeast corner of the fence around the rear of the building and come in through that chain link gate. The forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 83 and a 20% chance of rain. Sounds like a great day for the meeting. Bring your folding chair if you have one. For those interested the Minnreg website is http://www.minnreg.com/.

Talk-in is on the Wormhole repeater and we will be monitoring the simplex call frequency, 146.52. Actually my HT could not reach the repeater from the Minnreg building so I can’t monitor the repeater much but will monitor the simplex call frequency.

*VIBRATOR COLLECTING PERSONAL DATA*

The VERGE by Amar Toor

A sex toy company has settled a class-action lawsuit filed by women who alleged that its connected vibrators collected “highly sensitive” personal information without their consent. As part of the settlement, Ottawa-based Standard Innovation agreed to destroy the information it had already collected through its app-connected We-Vibe vibrator and to stop collecting such data in the future, The National Post reports. The company also agreed to pay 4 million Canadian dollars ($2.97 million) and did not admit to any wrongdoing.

The lawsuit was filed by two anonymous women last year, after two New Zealand hackers showed that the web-connected We-Vibe 4 Plus sent personal information to Standard Innovation’s servers whenever the sex toy was in use. During a presentation at last year’s Def Con hacking conference in August 2016, the hackers demonstrated that Standard Innovation received data on the vibrator’s temperature every minute, as well as information on changes in its intensity.

Standard Innovation allegedly failed to ‘notify or warn’ users of its data collection

At the time, the company said it collected such data for “market research purposes, so that we can better understand what settings and levels of intensity are most enjoyed.” Touted as “the world’s no. 1 couples vibrator,” the We-Vibe 4 Plus connects to an app called We-Connect, which can be used to remotely control its intensity.

Two women filed a lawsuit against Standard Innovation one month after the Def Con presentation, alleging that the company failed to “notify or warn” users of the data collection. The suit, filed in an Illinois federal court, accused Standard Innovation of violating the Federal Wiretap Act, along with other privacy and consumer protection statutes.

In a statement to MarketWatch, Standard Innovation said it is “pleased to have reached a fair and reasonable settlement in this matter,” adding that it is developing a more transparent privacy policy. Under the settlement, people who purchased the We-Vibe device before September 26th, 2016 and used it with the app are entitled to receive up to $10,000. Those who used it without the app can receive $199.

The VERGE by Amar Toor

A sex toy company has settled a class-action lawsuit filed by women who alleged that its connected vibrators collected “highly sensitive” personal information without their consent. As part of the settlement, Ottawa-based Standard Innovation agreed to destroy the information it had already collected through its app-connected We-Vibe vibrator and to stop collecting such data in the future, The National Post reports. The company also agreed to pay 4 million Canadian dollars ($2.97 million) and did not admit to any wrongdoing.

The lawsuit was filed by two anonymous women last year, after two New Zealand hackers showed that the web-connected We-Vibe 4 Plus sent personal information to Standard Innovation’s servers whenever the sex toy was in use. During a presentation at last year’s Def Con hacking conference in August 2016, the hackers demonstrated that Standard Innovation received data on the vibrator’s temperature every minute, as well as information on changes in its intensity.

Standard Innovation allegedly failed to ‘notify or warn’ users of its data collection

At the time, the company said it collected such data for “market research purposes, so that we can better understand what settings and levels of intensity are most enjoyed.” Touted as “the world’s no. 1 couples vibrator,” the We-Vibe 4 Plus connects to an app called We-Connect, which can be used to remotely control its intensity.

Two women filed a lawsuit against Standard Innovation one month after the Def Con presentation, alleging that the company failed to “notify or warn” users of the data collection. The suit, filed in an Illinois federal court, accused Standard Innovation of violating the Federal Wiretap Act, along with other privacy and consumer protection statutes.

In a statement to MarketWatch, Standard Innovation said it is “pleased to have reached a fair and reasonable settlement in this matter,” adding that it is developing a more transparent privacy policy. Under the settlement, people who purchased the We-Vibe device before September 26th, 2016 and used it with the app are entitled to receive up to $10,000. Those who used it without the app can receive $199.

* INTERESTING GADGETS I WISH I HAD TIME FOR* 

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
I’m on a lot of mailing lists and participate in a bunch of amateur radio forums. As a result, I see a lot of interesting gadgets that guys are buying or are thinking about buying. Here are three of the latest that look interesting to me. I wish I had time (and money) to purchase all of these and try them out.

Android antenna analyzer
On Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/60nnp1/finally_got_my_mini60_ebay_antenna_analyzer_time/), some of the guys have been talking about the Mini60 Antenna Analyzer (http://www.ebay.com/itm/CW-USB-Interface-Cable-WINKEYER-compatible-3-5mm-plug-/132121085623?hash=item1ec307c6b7:g:up8AAOSw241YeTei). Its frequency range is 1 – 60MHz, but the cool thing about this device is that you can use it standalone with the built-in LCD display or with some software (http://www.jtelectronics.co.nz/information_links/MINI60/Add-Bluetooth-Module-To-MINI60-Antenna-Analyser.htm) and a tablet with a Bluetooth interface to get fancy frequency vs. SWR plots. See http://www.kb6nu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mini60-ant-analyzer.jpg for a photo of the Mini60 Antenna Analyzer being used with an Android tablet.

Of course, this is made in China, but how can you beat the price? It costs $112 shipped.

Multi-functional component tester
Here’s another marvel of Chinese engineering and manufacture – a smart component tester (http://www.banggood.com/3_5inch-Colorful-Display-Multi-functional-TFT-Backlight-Transistor-Tester-p-1083042.html) for only $30, shipped. It identifies and characterizes NPN and PNP transistors, capacitors, resistors, diodes (including Zener diodes), N-channel and P-channel MOSFET, IGBT, JFET, triacs, and batteries.

This isn’t the first smart component tester to hit the market, but the unique thing about this unit is that it has a graphical display that not only identifies the type of component that you’ve connected to it, but also draws the schematic symbol of the part. You can see a video of this tester in action at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07FH6tjzwWg.

Make your Raspberry Pi into a desktop PC
Newark/element 14 will soon start selling a kit of part that will make it easier to turn your Raspberry Pi into a desktop PC (https://www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-83477?CMP=e-email-SEPO-210317-e14PI&et_cid=28941683&et_rid=1231362216&cmp=). The kit includes:Intelligent and Safe Power ControllerInterface to connect mSATA SSD (upto 1TB)Real Time Clock to keep track of timeHeat SinkEnclosure

They don’t list the price just yet, but this might be what I need to actually make use of the Raspberry Pi 3 I bought several months ago.

If you have one of these gadgets, or buy one in the future, please let me know how you like it. I'll put your review up on my blog, so that everyone can benefit from your experience.
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When he's not drooling over electronic gadgets, Dan blogs about amateur radio at KB6NU.Com, writes

*CLUB MEETING*

This meeting at 11:00 Saturday morning at the Minnreg Building located at 6340 126th Ave N, Largo. 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 picnic.



*CLUB NETS*

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.

*LOCAL NETS*

MONDAY

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

TUESDAY

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 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

WEDNESDAY

1830 147.060 no tone St Pete ARC daily 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

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

1830 147.060 no tone St Pete ARC daily net from St Petersburg

2030 NI4CE system EAGLE Net, NTS traffic net NI4CE system

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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



*FOR SALE / WANTED*

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, 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.


*HAMFESTS*

2017

April 8

Gulf Coast ARC Hamfest, Hudson, E-Z Mini Storage, 15830 US-19, $6 includes tailgate, Talk-In on 146.67, http://gulfcoastarc.org/2017/03/01/gulf-coast-amateur-radio-club-hamfest-2017/

April 15

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/

April 29

Gainesville,

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 .

August 19

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 23

Pasco County Hamfest, Gunn Highway Flea Market, 2317 Gunn Highway, Odessa, $3, Talk-In on 145.350- 146.2, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sarcmail/info?yguid=243291920

October 13-14

Melbourne, Florida State Convention, Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Talk-In: 146.85- 107.2, http://www.pcars.org/, no info on website yet.

November 11

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 8-9

Plant City, the 2017 Tampa Bay Hamfest is the West Central Florida Section Convention, Friday and Saturday, at the Expo 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 😉

*OTHER EVENTS*

Mid January Frogman swim in Tampa Bay. http://www.tampabayfrogman.com/

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

Early to Mid May MS 150 bike ride http://bikeflc.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=28207&pg=entry

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 http://www.kiwanismidnightrun.com/

August International Lighthouse/Lightship Week https://illw.net/

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 http://www.fgcarc.org/

*YOUR WORMHOLE OFFICERS*

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.

*YOUR WORMHOLE REPEATERS*

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.

73,

Bill Williams

AG4QX

ag4qx AT arrl DOT net

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