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Ed Vielmetti
Ann Arbor, MI
Special Projects Director, Ham radio: W8EMV
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As previously noted the W8UM repeater on 145.23 is off the air because of construction on the University of Michigan central campus at the Weiser Building (aka Dennison Building, aka Physics and Astronomy building). The complete gut and rehab of the space meant that all systems in that building are... Continue reading
From: Palmisano, John Sent: Saturday, August 6, 2016 6:39 PM Subject: W8UM Repeaters - URGENT To: w8um-members W8UM Members: all UM repeaters, 2m, 70 cm, & 900 MHz are out of service for the next several months. Building renovations necessitated this shutdown. No alternative plans for the Sunday Night Net... Continue reading
A new radio came in the mail today, a Baofeng UV-5RA. This is a cosmetically different but basically identical model to the UV-5R that I already have, which will be a hand-me-down to KE8DDR who I promised a radio once he got his license. Every new radio gets programmed with... Continue reading
APRS is a protocol for device location over RF and TCP/IP. I'm using [APRS for Windows Phone]( by Stefan HB9TWS. One operating note. If you are on the U of Michigan campus as a guest, you can connect to the Internet over the MGuest network. While on this network,... Continue reading
Instead of paying full price for movies on Blu-ray or music on CD, you can pick up a very fine selection of VHS video and audio cassettes at the Ann Arbor Downtown Kiwanis sale. This event happens weekly on Saturdays... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at Superpatron
As part of the Ann Arbor District Library's Fifth Avenue Press, there is a new series of Emerging Writers workshops to be hosted on the third Thursdays of the month. Here's the annouccement of the first one. Fifth Avenue Press... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Superpatron
I picked up a copy of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation's Edge" at a Little Free Library in Ann Arbor, and figured that I would trade up for what I really wanted - Asimov's classic "I robot", a series of short stories... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Superpatron
I navigated the FCC dance successfully and now have call sign W8EMV, replacing the previous call sign KD8OQG. There's no charge for a "vanity" license any more, just a matter of filling out the simple online forms and waiting 2 business weeks. I've had the emv login for many years,... Continue reading
One of the key tenets of keeping a FOIA cost reasonably priced is to sharply limit the scope of your search. Very broad searches require an extensive look at records, and if you're not careful you'll require an individual to look at every message by hand because your search criteria are very difficult to express in code. As an example, this search at the Goodrich Area Schools near Flint, Michigan, as reported by the [Flint Journal](, "Proposed $77,718 bill for Freedom of Information request has Goodrich parents fuming": > Sherry Smith filed a Freedom of Information Act request in late... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at FOIA Coordinator by Edward Vielmetti
The Detroit Free Press story of June 18, 2015, [Michigan House panel calls for open university meetings](, describes an effort to cause the University of Michigan and other state universities to hold all of its meetings in public. The current text of the law reads, in part, > ... Formal sessions of governing boards of such [higher education] institutions shall be open to the public. which the University of Michigan has interpreted as allowing "informal sessions" to be held in private. The proposed change to the law, which you can see as [2015 House Joint Resolution O](, would put... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at FOIA Coordinator by Edward Vielmetti
One of the most irritating typical FOIA problems that you will run into is getting a PDF document that started out its life as an Excel or other database document. Data which would be easy to process turns into a puzzle that must be decoded. In the worst case, the database dump gets scanned in and turned into bitmaps that have to be painstakingly decoded with an optical character recognition program. Madness! The City of Ann Arbor has released a PDF file that's a report from its FOIA log database. You can find it from a [link on the Clerk's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at FOIA Coordinator by Edward Vielmetti
Barbara Tebbutt is the new FOIA Coordinator at Ann Arbor Public Schools, replacing long time employee Liz Margolis. The new coordinates are on the [new AAPS web site]( Note that search on that web site was difficult for a while but they have reorganized things somewhat to make it better. > Ann Arbor Public Schools > Barbara Tebbutt, FOIA Coordinator > 2555 S. State Street > Ann Arbor, MI 48104 > > 734-994-2283 Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at FOIA Coordinator by Edward Vielmetti