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Show Notes #294: The Weekender XXXI

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This Weekend in Amateur Radio (Segment 1)

  • Contests
  • North American QSO Party
    • When: Aug 3, 1800Z- Aug 4, 0559Z
    • Mode(s): CW
    • Notes: NAQP is broken up into three weekends of activity one for SSB, CW, and RTTY.  Sponsored by the National Contest Journal.
    • Source: http://url.bcts.info/5v
  • ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest
    • When: Aug 3, 1800Z- Aug 4, 1800Z
    • Freq(s): 222 MHz and Up!
    • Mode(s): Any
    • Notes: Distance contest, so don't all go to the same parking lot!
    • Source: http://url.bcts.info/7s
  • Contests Next Weekend
  • Worked All Europe (WAE) DX Contest
    • When: Aug 10, 0000Z - Aug 11, 2359Z
    • Band(s): 80 - 10m (No WARC)
    • Mode(s): CW
    • Notes: Many leading contesters claim the WAEDC to be the most challenging contest of the year. Being a true blue DX contest, only intercontinental QSOs between DX and Europe are counted (exception is the RTTY part). Therefore the number of DX QSOs here may be similar to the amount of DX usually worked in the CQWW.
    • Source: http://url.bcts.info/wae
  • Special Events
  • Sheboygan Brat Days
    • When: Aug 2 - Aug 4 1700-0100
    • Call Sign: W9B
    • Freq(s): 7.240, 14.240
    • Mode(s): SSB
    • Notes: Celebrating the sausage that made Sheboygan famous.
    • Source: http://url.bcts.info/f1
  • 100th Annual Deschutes County Fair
    • When: Jul 31 - Aug 4, 23100Z - 2300Z
    • Call Sign: W7D
    • Freq(s): 3.850, 7.180, 14.230
    • Mode(s): CW, SSB, PSK31
    • Source: http://url.bcts.info/f0
  • Navajo Code Talkers
    • When: Aug 14, 0000Z - Aug 18, 2359Z
    • Call Sign: N7C
    • Freq(s): 7.265, 14.265, 18.133
    • Mode(s): SSB
    • Notes: Commemorating the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II in the South Pacific.
    • Source: http://url.bcts.info/f2
  • LHS Ham Radio Challenge
    • Get yourself a Raspberry Pi with a digital hot spot and install Pi-Star to get on digital radio.

This Weekend in Open Source (Segment 2)

  • Distros to Try
  • Events
  • Wikimania
    • When: Aug 14 - 18, 2019
    • Where: Stockholm, Sweden
    • What: Wikimania is the annual conference celebrating all the free knowledge projects hosted by the Wikimedia. With three days of conferences, discussions, meetups, training, and workshops. Hundreds of volunteers and Free Knowledge leaders from around the world gather to discuss issues, report on new projects and approaches, and exchange ideas.
    • Source: http://url.bcts.info/f4
  • Open Source Summit North America
    • When: Aug 21 - 23, 2019
    • Where: San Diego, California, USA
    • What: Open Source Summit connects the open source ecosystem under one roof. It’s a unique environment for cross-collaboration between developers, sysadmins, devops, architects and others who are driving technology forward.
  • PyCon Au
    • When: Aug 2 - 6, 2019
    • Where: Sydney, Australia
    • What: PyCon Australia (“PyCon AU”) is the national conference for the Python Programming Community, bringing together professional, student and enthusiast developers with a love for developing with Python. PyCon Australia informs the country’s Python developers with presentations, tutorials and panel sessions by experts and core developers of Python, as well as the libraries and frameworks that they rely on.
    • Source: http://url.bcts.info/f6
  • DevOps Days Minneapolis
    • When: Aug 6 - 7, 2019
    • Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    • What: Devopsdays is a worldwide series of technical conferences covering topics of software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them. Each event is run by volunteers from the local area.
    • Source: http://url.bcts.info/f7
  • LHS Open Source Challenge
    • Get yourself a Raspberry Pi with a digital hot spot and install Pi-Star to get on digital radio.

This Weekend in Hedonism (Segment 3)

  • Cheryl's Recipe Corner!
  • Banana Bread Brownies
  • Ingredients (Brownies)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 c. sour cream
    • 1/2 c. butter, softened
    • 1-1/2 c. sugar
    • 1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 c. all purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 3/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Ingredients (Frosting)
    • 1/2 c. butter
    • 4 c. powdered sugar
    • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 3 tbsp. milk
  • Directions
    • Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour 15x10-inch jelly roll pan. For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting). Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars (the frosting will be easier to spread while the bars are still warm).
  • Russ's Drink Corner
  • Oban 18 Highland Single Malt Scotch
  • Description
    • Oban is one of Scotland's smallest distilleries with only two stills in operation. The 18-year-old expression is described as, "An elegantly matured single malt that balances opulent fruit flavours with rich peat smoke and spicy wood, culminating in a long, smooth, finish."
  • Details
    • Mashbill: Barley!
    • ABV: 43% (86 Proof)
    • Region: Oban, Scotland
    • Color: Surprisingly light for its age
    • Nose: Light peat, spiced wood, banana, pear, plum
    • Taste: Soft general sweetness with a dry, malty note
    • Finish: Long, sweet, malty with hints of dark chocolate, almond and salted caramel
    • Price: $110 (750ml)
    • Rating: 84
  • Bill's Whatever Corner
  • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
  • Details
    • ABV: 45.2% (90.4 Proof)
    • Color: Deep Amber
    • Aroma: Rich notes of dark fruit, caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, marzipan and toasted oak
    • Taste: A full-bodied mix of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices
    • Finish: Long and creamy with lingering hints of honeyed apple
    • Rating: Yummy

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