The program for this evening was in two parts. Chuck, KI4DHW talked about the continuing threat of cyber attacks on our computers via the Internet. Some of these threats can wipe out your operating system and all your software. The proper counter to these threats is a complete backup of both operating system, all installed software, and all data. Depending on your operating system, this may require different levels of effort. Older operating systems are more difficult to backup completely. The complete backup for your system would go on an external hard drive. It would not normally be connected to your system and therefore, not vulnerable to cyber attack. Adding surge protection to your PC power line is also desirable.
Randy, WB4MJF talked about batteries for hand held radios. Many radios have an accessory alkaline battery pack that uses common alkaline batteries. These can be very handy in emergencies when power is not available to recharge the radio’s normal battery.
Randy noted that older chargers can over charge a battery. New chargers are smart and carefully manage charging to protect the battery. For emergency operation on lead acid storage batteries, he recommended consideration of the battery boost devices now available. These will allow radio operation at full voltage even as the battery voltage decreases with discharge.
A number of club monthly report givers were absent, so no reports. The minutes from the August 2014 meeting were approved. The club voted to give the Executive Committee authority to dispose of excess and unused club equipment by sale, auction, or other means as needed. The club voted Jack, W4JJ to club membership. Some upcoming events include an STM School radio event on October 18th.
In attendance were: Prentiss K4PDJ, Mike KK1MM, Ken WB4AKK, Lucas WA3UEA, Randy WB4MJF, Doug KK4QFR, John KK4EBG, Roy AI4GO, Chuck KI4DHW, John W2JWP, George KR4MU, Dave KJ4EMI and Jack W4JJ.