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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
Please see []( as a new location for new posts, plus some new views on old posts. It's rather raw at the moment, but the hope is that by moving to a new site I can start making sense of... Continue reading
Of course you never read the comments, but you might read the commentary on the comments. Here's The Verge's decision to turn off comments on its stories for the summer: > And sometimes it gets too intense. What we've found... 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
Your comments excluded, of course, dear reader, though there are more posts here than comments by people on those posts. The reference is to the interminable slog of newspaper comments which place a long stream of dreck at the end... Continue reading
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
A brief note on two pages I refer to during severe weather, like the storms that rolled through the area on Monday night and Tuesday early morning that led to [tornado damage in Manchester]( on the morning of June 23,... Continue reading
I attended this week's meeting of the Governance Committee of the Ann Arbor Board of Education, and this is what I saw. Two of the agenda items did not have any documents online in Board Docs before the meeting (revisions... Continue reading
A severe storm dumped a bunch of water on Ann Arbor on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Here are reports of flood locations as monitored on Twitter. All times Eastern. 6:09 p.m. Huron River well down from its crest at 14.95... Continue reading
Why is 410 Miller still standing, after the Building Board of Appeals issued an order for it to be demolished? In part, because the Notice and Order to demolish was never sent. From FOIA 15-210: Further it is stated that... Continue reading
From the fix-it-yourself department, two successful radio repairs in one day. For my dad's old Kenwood R-2000, a replaced 100ma 5x20mm fuse brought it back to life. The antenna fuse search took a rather long time to get started, but... Continue reading
From his collection "Angels over Elsinore", originally printed in The Guardian. Clive James, Windows Is Shutting Down. I howled with laughter first time I read it. Absolute genius.— Andrew Wiggins (@alboreto) April 24, 2015 Continue reading
Ann Arbor, May 5, 2015, 2:00 a.m. I spoke with Jim Payeur, fire chief for the Chelsea Area Fire Authority, about the gas pipeline explosion in a 20" gas transmission line in a wooded area near the corner of M-52... Continue reading
GopherCon '92: Trip report Prentiss Riddle 8/17/92 SUMMARY: GopherCon '92 was a small working session of Gopher developers and users. Focuses included proposed extensions to the Gopher protocol; how to organize the Internet resources available through Gopher in a... Continue reading
Last night was the a2civictech meetup. We met at Zingerman's Next Door, there were 9 people who showed up, some familiar faces and some new ones. The nominal topic of the discussion was data quality, understanding how various data sets... Continue reading
Dr. Lewis Ernest Peters, 82, of Marquette, died peacefully Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015, at Brookridge Heights Memory Care while under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. He was born April 10, 1932, in Evanston, Illinois, a son of the... Continue reading