BaoFeng UV-B5

The BaoFeng UV-B5 is a handheld transceiver that does wide and narrow FM on 136-174 MHz, 400-470 Mhz, and receives commercial FM(65-108 MHz).  Power out is 1 watt or 5 watt output.  A brand new one from eBay set me back $28. Not a bad deal. Here are some operating notes. Continue reading

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Meal Reimbursement for Military Reservist Annual Tour TDY

After 2 years of appeals, the DOHA Claims Appeal Board denied my request for reconsideration of a travel expense while doing duty as a military Reservist. Continue reading

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IRS Form 8965 Anathema and Socialism

Welcome to 2015. The graphic below is an IRS form 8965 “Health Coverage Exemptions”. Aside from the trite question of why we need 8,965 forms to file taxes, this hurts me for deeper reasons. Continue reading

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Cyber Security Reality Negates Chip and Pin Executive Order

President Obama issued Executive Order “Chip and Pin” to make us all more secure.  I became aware of this order when reading an email about government travel credit cards which will use the new technology.  Uggh.. what a show-piece.  Rampant unfamiliarity with cyber security makes this order just about useless. Let me explain… Continue reading

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SSL Mac Client with Windows Server – Toys

My toolset for Mac OSX 10.6.8 SSL into a Windows XP Pro SP3 computer is complete. Continue reading

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