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Edward Vielmetti
Ann Arbor, MI
Networker, Internet old-timer, and parent of two small boys, living in Ann Arbor, MI.
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At 3:20 a.m. Pacific Time, an earthquake estimated at magnitude 6.0 struck near American Canyon, Napa County, California. The USGS event page says more. Scanner traffic: Napa County Fire (1300+ listeners), Vallejo Police and Fire (450+ listeners). As usual I... Continue reading
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Change your name server to 8.8.8.8 and your Charter Internet service will work again. More details from when Comcast had the same problem in this AnnArbor.com story I wrote in 2010. (source) Photo credit: Twitter user @kaansezyum, 21 March 2014. Continue reading
The St Louis, Missouri Localwiki - http://localwiki.net/st-louis - was mostly empty when the events in Ferguson, MO started on August 9, 2014 with the death of 18 year old student Michael Brown. As with any event where there's a lot... Continue reading
"Everything is awesome." "Always root for the local sports team." / "Go sports team!" The Lego Movie was shown on the big screens in Michigan Stadium to season ticket holders and to citizens who live in nearby neighborhoods. Tickets were... Continue reading
August 13, 2014: The events in Ferguson, Missouri continue to be tense. This is a developing situation. 2020 CST approx: LRAD noisemakers deployed. All live feeds appear to have gone down. Live on the scene with Twitter photos and Vine... Continue reading
I've been spending part of the evening looking at Arborwiki and its coverage of the 2014 Ann Arbor school board election. So far I've managed to find web sites or at least minimum candidate bios for all candidates, and have... Continue reading
All units of government in Michigan are required to have a document retention policy (really, a set of policies) that govern their legal disposition of records that have outlived their useful life. I just received a paper copy of the City of Ann Arbor's policies, which runs to about 200 pages. One of the very nice things about a document dump like this is how it carefully and meticulously classifies the types of records that an agency might have, and by doing so gives you guides as to what you might ask for in a subsequent FOIA request. For example,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at FOIA Coordinator by Edward Vielmetti
August 10-11, 2014: It's a tense night in Ferguson, MO after last night's shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown. News account from the St Louis Post Dispatch, with photos: Violence breaks out near site of vigil for teen killed... Continue reading
Who: Michael Brown, age 18. What: Shot by Ferguson, Missouri police. When: Brown was walking, unarmed, at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2014. Where: Ferguson, MO is 20 minutes northwest of St. Louis, MO. Why: Unknown. The unnamed officer... Continue reading
The 6 year run of the Ann Arbor Chronicle is coming to a close. The end date will be Septmeber 2, 2014, which happens to be an Ann Arbor City Council night as well. The Chronicle was noted for its... Continue reading
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In 1939, the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded its First Prize for Movable Bridges to the Second Ave. Bridge in Alpena, MI. Clifford E. Paine was the engineer, and the work was done by the R.C. Mahon Co. for... Continue reading
Thanks to the study guide from KB6NU and a bunch of time spent learning answers, I successfully passed the amateur radio General exam this a.m. Looking forward to learning more about operating HF in the coming weeks. I passed with one wrong. Continue reading
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This lapel pin is from the Radio League of America, an early and short lived competitor to the Amateur Radio Relay League. It dates from the 1920s and is for sale at Flying Tiger Antiques. Continue reading
Avoid the long lines and sit down quickly with these tips at Zingerman's Deli. 1. Go to the bread counter in the deli. After you taste the samples, get a bagel. Ask them to slice it. (Or ask for one... Continue reading
I'm looking into getting an Acer C720 Chromebook as a next computer. Shopping sources: * Google * via Amazon * Newegg Prices vary; I had seen less than $175, but now (late July 2014) it's running about $200. Of particular... Continue reading
Operating notes for Sunday, July 27 2014: Keane KD8AOZ organized a class to show good use of 2m radios at All Hands Active on Sunday. Larry KD8MZM and I were there. First up was programming the Baofeng UV-5R with Chirp. We noticed that the version of Chirp you get when... Continue reading
Meeting of the DDA Operations Committee Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM DDA Office 150 S. Fifth Ave, Suite 301 Suggested Agenda 1. Ed Vielmetti, parking app demonstration 2. Transportation a. Michael Ford AAATA – pedestrian walkway request b.... Continue reading
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Here's the Pedestrian Safety and Access Task Force meeting schedule for 2014-2015. It's presented here exactly as the notice is up at Ann Arbor City Hall. The public is invited. Continue reading
Notes for July 25, 2014. I have been having intermittent problems reaching the W8UM repeater, and that's been puzzling. The repeater is located on top of the Dennison building less than a mile from my house, and it's always been easy to hit it. I shrugged it off as a... Continue reading
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This map from LightningMaps.ORG shows lightning over Lake Michigan and into Ottawa County, Michigan at about 11:15 p.m on 22 July 2014. Note the strong line of storms crossing the lake. The corresponding power outage map is from Consumers Energy.... Continue reading
I'm preparing to take the General-Class license exam at the next opportunity. It took me about a day of thorough study without much else going on to get to the point where I hope to pass it. Study has been with Ham Test Prep by Iversoft, and Dan KB6NU's No-Nonsense... Continue reading
One of the projects I'm working on is getting Broadband Hamnet running in Ann Arbor. For reference, then, the home page for the project is http://www.broadband-hamnet.org/. Still to do, in approximate order: * obtain two or three suitable routers * flash those routers with the software * determine a reasonable... Continue reading
Multiple people around Ann Arbor Michigan reported power blips at about 8 pm Wednesday 16 July 2014. Detailed explanation of the incident is unavailable at this time. Continue reading
This list of [Echolink commands] should be helpful if you want to do more than listen to a repeater. Note that repeater operators can and will change any of these codes. [Echolink commands]: http://www.echolink.org/Help/dtmf_functions.htm To switch a Baofeng UV-5R between high power (5 watts) and low power (1 watt), press... Continue reading