Thanks to numerous Radio Operators over the weekend forcing a large retail store to remove Baofeng UV-5R radios from sale for $300 and several other similar radios. Thanks also go the Australian Media and Communications Authority (equivilent to the FCC) for deciding NOT to follow this matter up. This will mean a large shipment of these radios are in Australia and will get dumped elsewhere, more than likely numerous outlets making them impossible to track.
Check this out for over priced!!! https://www.harveynorman.com.au/128ch-5w-two-way-handheld-radio.html
In Australia the AX Prefix is reserved for 3 special days each year, however with the Queens passing it has been unofficially accepted that 19-23 of September that the AX Prefix may be used. For example instead of myself using VK3XEM, I would be able to use AX3XEM if I so desired.
I spent the evening using #Allstar in an informal net with about 6 hams. I also looked around online for a good 4G data SIM plan to use for back up if my #internet goes down.
Found a deal for $AU15 for 7GB with unlimited data banking, the idea being the data will build up over time if I don't use it so it does not go to waste and I will hopefully have a decent amount available when needed.
Here in Australia we have very competitive prices for #internet and cell phone services, so I regularly review the options and today I changed my internet provider keeping the same speed and saving $AU20 per month.
One of the the sad responsibilities of #hamradio that most of us will encounter during our lives is taking care of a deceased estate. I have been doing this for the last few days for good friend who went SK recently and was asked by his son to take care of the radios. A sad time but an honour to assist his son. #amateurradio
After having techical issues with #Google #Workspace on a paid account and realising there is no support service in place I have changed email providers. I am in the process of migrating a life time of emails from Google to https://www.namecheap.com/ Excellent and responive 24 hour service and cheaper than Google!
Here is a picture of the Australian Army FRED (Field Ration Eating Device) next to the US Army's can opener. The FRED is much better IMHO as it s also a bottle opener and spoon if required. The FRED is issued in every in 24 hour 1 man ration pack. I have sveral that I use almost daily as a can opener at home, never had one fail and I know of some FREDs to be over 30 years old.
https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/avi-yemeni-cowers-as-guard-shoves-diners-celebrating-the-end-melbournes-lockdown/news-story/21f77f6fff43f669630deb76db07ed0a Like I said the arguments were flying both ways but rather than desculate the confrantation like a licensed Security Guard / Bodyguard is legally required to he deliberately engaged in excessive force.
The other item that arrived today was a sun visor card for quick reference on controlling my #radioscanner from South Eastern Communications here in Australia https://secomms.com.au/product/uniden-436-536pt-scanner-sd-card-visor-card-reference-sheet/
Hams Over IP 300053
Amateur Wire 1053
Allstar node 513020
Allstar node 513021
VK3XEM-1 iGate https://aprs.fi/info/a/VK3XEM-1
VK3XEM-7 Portable https://aprs.fi/info/a/VK3XEM-7
VK3XEM-9 Mobility Scooter https://aprs.fi/info/a/VK3XEM-9
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