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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Slideshow from N'Orleans Katrina Disaster

Warning - This is a large PPS file (around 3.5M)

An impressive powerpoint slide show (with an appropriate soundtrack about the recent devastation in N'Orleans). The real deal.

Friday, September 23, 2005


Later today I am heading to Murchison to attend a Hamfest for the top half of the South Island.

I will give a presentation on APRS and catch up with some Hams that I have not seen for a while.

Amateur Radio operators prepare for Rita

Amateur Radio plays a big part in Hurricane Watch activities in the USA, and also in response to communications outages after a hurricane event.

Again, soon after a massive response for Katrina, Amateur Radio operators around the USA are preparing for the effects of Rita.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Satan's Tail

I am was recently reading Dale Brown's "Satan's Tail", the latest in the DreamLand series.

Another good escapism high tech adventure for the team from DreamLand. A great read.

Amateur Radio in a Disaster

While many consider Amateur Radio out moded, and we struggle to get new members, it has been seen time and time again that when a disaster happens Amateur Radio is there providing vital communications when nothing else works.

It happened back in the Napier Earthquake here in NZ. Recently it happened after the Tsunami, and it happened again in the wake of Katrina.

Specialist Amateur Radio groups around the world provide emergency communication support to Civil Defence organisations, Search and Rescue, and other aid agencies such as Red Cross.

Amateur Radio is a fascinating hobby that covers many aspects of technology, and offers many options and activities for all ages. In particular the Public Service aspect provided by the Emergency Communications groups is vital.

Find out more about Amateur Radio, and how to get involved:

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Radio Scouting

Tonight I am going to be giving an introduction to Amateur Radio, and other types of radio, to the Holmes Park Scout troop in preparation for JOTA next month.

We are hoping to be active on UHF, VHF, HF and maybe EchoLink and JOTI during the event, so look forward to hearing from anyone else that is going to be participating.

Another Mobile Blogger test

Testing a photo from my PDA (My Y2K Bug Mascot :)

Mobile Blogging

I have a Telecom Harrier Pocket PC/CDMA Cellphone.

Blogger has this neat feature where you can email from a mobile
device to Blogger and have it posted on your blog on the fly

It will be interesting to try this out more in the future, especially
since my mobile has a camera in it.

IIS Redirection

As well as this blog I edit a number of web pages, and play around a bit with IIS and Apache web servers at home and work. Since I also have a number of registered domains I thought that I would try and hook this blog up to a better domain name. I looked at how I could do this with IIS I have running at home, and tried to make use of the Redirection function. It works sort of, but not quite what I was hoping for, so I need to have a play with proper rewriting, or reverse proxy at some stage.

So you can also get to this blog from

While hunting for information on IIS Redirection I found a couple of useful articles.

Missing Hunters Body Found

My involvement in Search and Rescue has me keeping a watch on searches around the country. This one unfortunately did not have as a good an outcome as we would have liked.

Previous articles

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Moderate Quake Felt In Wanganui

Being involved with Civil Defence I keep an eye on Earthquakes around the country.

The day after the snow

Today is just another day, back to normal after the snow.

While there was some hail around the city over night, and it was pretty cold there was not much more snow at lower levels.

Tonight I will be attending another session of Civil Defence USAR Rescue training that I am undertaking. It is almost the end of the course, with a bunch of assessments coming up soon. The snow was not very bad, however Civil Defence did have a monitoring activation. As far as I know no Response/Rescue teams were deployed at all.

Hybrid phone to plug gaps in coverage

Potentially a very useful device for SAR and CD.

One of the reasons that Iridium failed the first time was its lack of integration with cellular providers. Sat phones have a number of issues and limitations, among them that they are more expensive then cellular when you are in cellular coverage, and they don't work inside like cellular does ...

Monday, September 19, 2005

Update & Snowy Day

After some initial problems getting Blogger to talk to my ISP I am now up and running with Blogger. While trying to get to the bottom of the FTP issues with my ISP I found a good explantion of the FTP issues between Active and Passive transfer modes. Active FTP vs. Passive FTP, a Definitive Explanation

Will see how it goes here on Blogger.

The last couple of days have been a wintry blast in Christchurch when it should be Spring :-)

Here are a few shots of the snow from around home. Snow is not very common down in the city here, although over the last 15 years it has become more common than it used to be. A sign of global warming, or just a cycle?

And some more photos from