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Koos van den Hout

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2016-02-05 Tijd voor een VDSL modem wat mijn setup gewoon ondersteunt 1 day ago
Gisteren heeft een groot deel van de dag de Internet verbinding thuis er uit gelegen. Vermoedelijk bracht een korte VDSL hik het modem in een status waarbij processen op het modem niet meer de pppoe zaken doorlieten. Pas 's avonds kon de zaak hersteld worden. Blijkbaar is de fritzbox 06.20 firmware hardnekkiger in het herstarten van processen als dsld dan 06.04.

Maar dit is wel het moment om te kiezen voor een modem waarbij een verplaatst PPPOE endpoint een ondersteunde setup is, wat volgens de omschrijving meer een setup voor de zakelijke markt is. Dan ben ik maar een zakelijke gebruiker. Ik kom terecht op de DrayTek Vigor 130 VDSL2 / ADSL2/2+ modem/router die ook pppoe forwarding ondersteund, bijvoorbeeld zoals besproken in Eigen router achter een XS4ALL-VDSL-aansluiting (3) - Harold Schoemaker al doe ik het deel erachter 'gewoon' met Linux en niet met een MikroTik router. Tijd om wat hardware te bestellen.

Opmerkelijk is dat er in de firmware download van de Vigor 130 7 versies(!) Annex A firmware zijn waarvan 4 voor diverse implementaties vectored VDSL. Dat geeft toch het gevoel dat vectored VDSL een nieuwe en nog niet zo uitgekristalliseerde technologie is.

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2016-02-05 (Finally caught the misleading advertising and someone nearby helped search for the screenshot magic ...) 1 day ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : Finally caught the misleading advertising and someone nearby helped search for the screenshot magic button combination. Note one of them is for a 12 euro per week subscription 
2016-02-03 (500 Stack Overflow mispaste A suggestion I made on an irc channel somewhere: in the 500 (or other relevant...) 2 days ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : 500 Stack Overflow mispaste

A suggestion I made on an irc channel somewhere: in the 500 (or other relevant 50x series errors) that will show on your -dev webserver on a serious coding error, show 'Stack Overflow mispaste'.
2016-02-02 Humor van nu.nl 3 days ago
In lynx krijg ik ook de melding over een adblocker van nu.nl. Nee, ik heb geen adblocker in lynx!

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2016-02-01 A virus targetting people who think faxes are still a thing 5 days ago
In this morning, a virus targetting people who think faxes are still a thing.

Security tip: never trust unsollicited attachments!
A new fax document for you.

You can find your fax document in the attachment.

Scan quality:    200 DPI
File size:       280 Kb
Pages sent:      8
From:            Scott Baird
Processed in:    16 seconds
Document name:   scan-00318314.doc
Scan date:       Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:46:28 +0300

Thank you for using Interfax!
With an attachment
Archive:  /tmp/scan-00318314.zip
  Length      Date    Time    Name
---------  ---------- -----   ----
     2275  2016-01-31 17:58   scan-00318314.doc.js
---------                     -------
     2275                     1 file
Obfuscated javascript trying to find and exploit vulnerabilities to infect my machine.

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2016-01-30 Amateur radio transmitting influence on vectored VDSL 6 days ago
Our VDSL Internet connection was recently upgraded to vectored VDSL which gives us a lot more speed: attainable speeds are now 117057 kilobit down and 42201 kilobit up. The subscription speeds are much lower, but still very nice for a home Internet connection.

The downside is that VDSL uses a lot of spectrum from nearly 0 Hz up to 17664 kHz which includes several amateur bands and vectored VDSL seems to be highly sensitive to other RF signals. For me at least 20 meter (14 MHz) and 40 meter (7 MHz). I already caused several disconnects by transmitting in these bands and even with more recent firmware this problem remains.

I have been active on the same bands since we got faster speeds without vectoring (in the beginning of November 2015) but it did not influence the VDSL stability when vectoring wasn't enabled. The VDSL profile hasn't changed (17a) so the same frequencies are used.
vectored vdsl spectrum
Vectored VDSL spectrum as reported by the FRITZ!Box 7360. The hole in bits per carrier around 14 MHz is caused by my PSK31 transmitting (I can see the influence on the signal/noise ratio while transmitting). The hole above 16.5 MHz (starting near carrier 3840) is caused by some other source of interference.

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2016-01-30 (Trustedqsl, the Logbook of the World program from ARRL has recently been updated to allow for the NPOTA...) 1 week ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : Trustedqsl, the Logbook of the World program from ARRL has recently been updated to allow for the NPOTA program. I kindly asked the maintainer of trustedqsl for Ubuntu to make these updates available as Ubuntu packages and he did that, so now trustedqsl 2.2 is available via the ubuntuhams ppa and the kamalmostafa/trustedqsl ppa. Instructions on adding the last ppa (additional software repository) on the linked page.

73 de Koos PD4KH
2016-01-29 Running services on nonstandard ports doesn't change much 1 week ago
shodan.io finding sshd on port 2022 Some people give the advice to run sshd on a different port number to make less attacks happen. But with the constant scanning and automatic service fingerprinting that won't change much.

This example is from shodan.io search engine but any scanner could find this.

I consider shodan.io a good service: I use it at work to find misconfigured systems. The scanning shodan does is like the research any beginning interested attacker would do.

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2016-01-29 Linux dummy network interfaces can be very handy 1 week ago
The recent interruptions in the outside Internet connection made my wish to improve some things in the server at home so internal things keep running through an interruption.

I have to request an IPv6 range for an interface to make wide-dhcpv6-client run, it won't run when I don't configure the interface to assign a /64 to, and my ISP will not route IPv6 when I don't use IPv6 prefix delegation to request the space which is static anyway. But I want the wired and wireless network to have fixed IPv6 ranges so things keep running even when the outside link has a hickup. Solution: request the IPv6 range for a dummy network interface and assign static IPv6 ranges to the ethernet interfaces. In /etc/network/interfaces:
auto dumdh6
iface dumdh6 inet static
    pre-up ip link add name dumdh6 type dummy
    address 0.0.0.0
And in /etc/wide-dhcpv6/dhcp6c.conf:
interface ppp0
{
        send ia-pd 0;

                script "/etc/wide-dhcpv6/dhcp6c-script";
};
id-assoc pd {
        prefix-interface dumdh6 {
                sla-id 3;
        };
};
And there is another dummynet interface to assign the fixed IP addresses to I use for hosting services. This means those services can start (and keep running) even when the link hickups and removes the IP address from the ppp interface. Earlier I did this on an unused vlan interface, but using dummynet feels more tidy.

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2016-01-28 Andere firmware op fritzbox 1 week ago
Eerst een 06.30 firmware geprobeerd via de officiele weg en die deed het wel en gaf een stabiele verbinding (bij een korte test..) maar de 06.30 versie (de laatste versie op dit moment) heeft helemaal geen opties meer voor telnet / pppoe met pppd op een apart systeem wat ik wel wil.

Na veel zoeken een 06.20 firmware voor de fritzbox 7360 gevonden waarop met de uitleg uit eerdere gedachten hierover het wel werkend te krijgen was.

Heel stabiel en prettig is het niet, ik moet na een VDSL hik met de hand wat dingen uit debug.cfg uitvoeren (dat lukt dus niet van buitenaf..).

Op een bepaalde frequentie in de 20 meter band kom ik ook een draaggolf tegen en toen ik daar zelf op ging zenden herstartte ook de VDSL compleet.

Een definitieve oplossing hiervoor is toch een Fritzbox met goeie support voor een extern pppoe endpoint (wat voor AVM misschien in een verre toekomst zit) of een Draytek Vigor 130 VDSL2 modem.

Update: voorlopig is het geheel stabiel, de tellers voor fouten blijven de hele nacht op 0 staan.
Read the rest of Andere firmware op fritzbox

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2016-01-28 Shodan using the IPv6 ntp pool to find active IPv6 addresses 1 week ago
Recently posted: shodan.io actively infiltrating ntp.org IPv6 pools for scanning purposes. So I tried:
ntpdate -d -u 2a03:b0c0:3:d0::18:b001
And indeed:
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.106758] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=49717 DPT=55554 WINDOW=54358 RES=0x00 SYN URGP=0 
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.107191] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=34680 DPT=50070 WINDOW=26315 RES=0x00 SYN URGP=0 
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.107256] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=49717 DPT=32764 WINDOW=15398 RES=0x00 SYN URGP=0 
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.107309] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=41249 DPT=44818 WINDOW=15146 RES=0x00 SYN URGP=0 
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.107380] FW dropped: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=52 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=UDP SPT=13864 DPT=30718 LEN=12 
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.107427] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=59140 DPT=25565 WINDOW=53087 RES=0x00 SYN URGP=0 
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.108613] FW dropped: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=55 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=UDP SPT=32950 DPT=8888 LEN=15 
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.110197] FW dropped: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=UDP SPT=39721 DPT=64738 LEN=20 
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.110315] FW dropped: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=50 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=UDP SPT=46499 DPT=5632 LEN=10 
Jan 28 14:42:25 server kernel: [1187976.110405] FW dropped: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=65 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=UDP SPT=21934 DPT=47808 LEN=25 
Jan 28 14:42:31 server kernel: [1187981.938880] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=34235 DPT=993 WINDOW=0 RES=0x00 RST URGP=0 
Jan 28 14:42:31 server kernel: [1187982.030058] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=34235 DPT=993 WINDOW=0 RES=0x00 RST URGP=0 
Jan 28 14:42:31 server kernel: [1187982.197203] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=34237 DPT=993 WINDOW=0 RES=0x00 RST URGP=0 
Jan 28 14:42:33 server kernel: [1187984.398977] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=34245 DPT=993 WINDOW=0 RES=0x00 RST URGP=0 
Jan 28 14:42:34 server kernel: [1187984.620836] FW reject: IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= SRC=2604:a880:0800:0010:0000:0000:00fe:d001 DST=xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx LEN=60 TC=0 HOPLIMIT=55 FLOWLBL=0 PROTO=TCP SPT=34244 DPT=993 WINDOW=0 RES=0x00 RST URGP=0 
I would have expected more ports tested.

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2016-01-28 VDSL instabiliteit uren later 1 week ago
En circa 6 uur na het inschakelen van Vectored VDSL is de hele VDSL instabiel en duurt het regelmatig lang voor data overkomt. Regelmatig valt de hele ppp sessie weg en het is al gebeurd dat de ppp sessie opkwam zonder IPv4 maar met IPv6 (gelukkig kon ik toen via IPv6 inloggen en een herstart forceren om weer IPv4 te krijgen).

De ultieme hik kwam toen ik ging zenden op 14.070 MHz (20meter PSK31 frequentie) wat binnen het VDSL2 spectrum valt. Toen verbrak de verbinding compleet en werd opnieuw de snelheid onderhandeld, waardoor er toch waardes anders werden. Maar de instabiliteit was er al voor deze actie.
 		Receive Direction 	Send Direction
Max. DSLAM throughput	kbit/s	111216	33032
Min. DSLAM throughput	kbit/s	784	232
Attainable data rate	kbit/s	76636	43379
Current throughput	kbit/s	76023	32056
Seamless rate adaptation		off	off
 			
Latency		4 ms	8 ms
Impulse Noise Protection		72	2
G.inp		on	off
 			
Signal-to-noise ratio	dB	6	5
Bitswap		on	off
Line attenuation	dB	9	3
 			
Profile	17a		
G.Vector		on	on
 			
Carrier record		A43	A43

Het lijkt er op dat ik nieuwere firmware op het modem moet installeren om de stabiliteit met vectored VDSL weer te verbeteren. Maar nieuwere firmware geeft weer meer moeite om mijn pppoe hacks mogelijk te maken.

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2016-01-27 VDSL met vectoring, nog meer snelheid 1 week ago
Vandaag in de middag is vectoring ingeschakeld op de VDSL. Dit heeft vooral erg leuke gevolgen gehad voor de upstream snelheid:
 		Receive Direction 	Send Direction
Max. DSLAM throughput	kbit/s	111216	33032
Min. DSLAM throughput	kbit/s	784	232
Attainable data rate	kbit/s	114042	49851
Current throughput	kbit/s	76748	29514
Seamless rate adaptation		off	off
 			
Latency		4 ms	8 ms
Impulse Noise Protection		74	2
G.inp		on	off
 			
Signal-to-noise ratio	dB	17	7
Bitswap		off	on
Line attenuation	dB	9	3
 			
Profile	17a		
G.Vector		on	on
 			
Carrier record		V43	V43
Het leuke effect is ook dat daar waar de downstream snelheid voor Internet verkeer ergens wordt afgeknepen tot de snelheid van het abonnement (circa 20 megabit), dat met de upload niet gebeurd en ik dus nu ongeveer 20 megabit downstream en 27 megabit upstream heb.

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2016-01-27 Virus mail on the rise 1 week ago
The last weeks the virus mail trying to make me open Word/Excel files with macro virusses is on a serious rise. Mostly attached (so mail virus scanners seem to be losing again) and sometimes trying to make me download the file from some website. Abusing names of well-established companies.

The most devious type I saw was trying to convince the receiver he/she had damaged a car and had to pay up soon or police would be involved, find the pictures (with .jpg.exe names) at this link.

Any document sent to you unsollicited is suspect.

And from the stupid e-mail disclaimer copied from the 'innocent' company:
E-mail may be susceptible to data corruption, interception, unauthorised amendment, viruses and unforeseen delays, and we do not accept liability for any such data corruption, interception, unauthorised amendment, viruses and delays or the consequences thereof. Accordingly, this e-mail and any attachments are opened at your own risk.
As if they had seen this coming! And they should learn about digital signatures.

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2016-01-26 Weer spam voor een Belg 1 week ago
Deze keren spam voor een Belg van: Eerder, eerder, eerder.

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2016-01-23 (Whoever connected the transformer for our doorbell originally took an interesting shortcut. I moved ...) 1 week ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : Whoever connected the transformer for our doorbell originally took an interesting shortcut. I moved the doorbell so we should hear it better. 
2016-01-21 Sniffing insecure wireless networks 2 weeks ago
For an upcoming demonstration about security I plan to play with sniffing insecure wireless networks.

I currently have a 'WiFi Pineapple' to play with which makes this quite easy. I created an open wireless network with the SSID of a very popular open network which should be 'attractive' to the visitors of the demonstration and I play with tools to show what can be found in the passing datastream.

First of all dsniff for decoding usernames/passwords in a lot of open protocols, like:
dsniff: listening on
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01/21/16 21:54:47 tcp xx.yy.zz.60683 -> ftp3.xs4all.net.21 (ftp)
USER ftp
PASS koos@

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01/21/16 22:05:49 tcp xx.yy.zz.35913 -> pop.xs4all.nl.110 (pop3)
USER bestaatniet
PASS weetikniet
It took me a while to get dsniff working: it does not 'see' connections that originate on the system it is running on, which was my 'preferred' way to test it.

And a more visual one: driftnet for picking out all images from passing traffic. It's a strong visual thing when you see the images from a site you visit popping up in another screen.

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2016-01-20 (A contest and a rare DX opportunity: the first Iranian ham radio contest, in the first 10 days of February...) 2 weeks ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : A contest and a rare DX opportunity: the first Iranian ham radio contest, in the first 10 days of February.
2016-01-20 Testing protocol-relative hyperlinks with letsencrypt in mind 2 weeks ago
I am pondering making my websites available via https using a Let's Encrypt certificate which are free and support multiple servernames. Currently I have one HTTPS site running with a certificate signed by my own CA which is only trusted by my own systems.

Chances are that I will find lots of places where I will get mixed-content warnings and things that will break. So switching to https-only will have to wait.

But the good news is that it's possible to omit the protocol from a hyperlink, leading to the following bit of HTML code in Nice APRS track this morning:

<img src="//idefix.net/~koos/pics/aprs-PD4KH-20160108.png" alt="APRS track PD4KH 20160108" title="APRS track PD4KH 20160108"><br>
This will keep working when idefix.net becomes reachable via https and will not give a mixed-content warning. I just have to make sure the http and https versions of idefix.net work exactly the same.

At the moment this works fine, even when viewing the RSS feed using sage. According to Can I change all my http:// links to just //? on stackoverflow the number of browsers that don't support this is very small.

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2016-01-16 Hidden in the contest: a new distance record 2 weeks ago
eQSL card from contact with YB1AR Adding the extra data for the contacts I made in the recent UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest 2016 I noticed I had a new distance record: the contact with YB1AR was over a distance of 11468 kilometers. In the heat of the contest I didn't even notice it was Indonesia, let alone such a distance.

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2016-01-14 Searching for radio interference 3 weeks ago
One of the reasons for shutting down the homeserver was that I have a constant heavy noise on several amateur radio bands, at least on 10/20/40 meters. The noise is always at level S7/S8. I wanted to eliminate the server / UPS / network switch as possible source of the noise.

Rebooting the server also helped reset the video mode back to 80x50 so the earlier problem with interference caused by the video mode is now gone, even with the video cable plugged in. But there is still a lot of other noise left.

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2016-01-14 Boot-time IPv6 on the homeserver not working 3 weeks ago
I shutdown and rebooted the homeserver to get an updated kernel and look at some other things. After booting up again I noticed the problem with IPv6 not active on interfaces that started early was happening again. No linklocal addresses configured, no global addresses configured. This affects all ethernet interfaces and ppp0 for the link to the outside world. I also noticed this problem after the upgrade, see Upgrading the homeserver to Ubuntu 12.04 but the problem remains even with an updated kernel (currently 3.2.0-97-generic).

I have no idea what causes this and how to fix it. It seems related to Debian bug #726569: haproxy doesn't start on boot due to missing IPv6 address on interface but in that case the address is configured but just not available to applications to bind to. Related Beware the IPv6 DAD Race Condition - Andrew Ayer suggests the same (duplicate address detection race condition) but has disabling duplicate address detection (DAD) as workaround.

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2016-01-12 I participated UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest 2016 3 weeks ago
So I recovered the complete logs for the UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest 2016 and generated a cabrillo export for entering in the contest.

The planning and preparing for this contest helped, macro's worked as planned. The negative side was that the ionospheric propagation dropped sharply after sunset which closed the 20 meter band. I switched to the 40 meter band but almost all activity was below 7.050 MHz, where I am not allowed to transmit. After sunrise and a good breakfast on Sunday morning I worked some more on the score and improved things.

The results: 94 contacts (QSO's) in total, 87 on the 20 meter band and 7 on the 40 meter band. I decided to enter in the single operator 20 meter category since I expect my score to end relatively higher in that category compared to the single operator all band category. Claimed score: 87 qso's * 67 unique prefixes = 5829 points. Looking at the previous years scores that would put me at the 15th spot for single operator 20 meter.

My soapbox comments:
SOAPBOX: Entered as SO20 because almost all 40M activity was outside my
SOAPBOX: allowed band segment (Dutch novice starts at 7.050 MHz)
SOAPBOX: Propagation dropped fast after sunset
SOAPBOX: Something hickupped in my outgoing serial counter

Update: The UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest 2016 logs received overview has me listed with claimed score 6956 which means they included my 7 contacts on the 40 meter band in the calculation. I hope they correct this in the real score calculation.

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2016-01-10 UBA PSK63 prefix contest 2016 results will wait a bit... 3 weeks ago
It seems there is some internal corruption in the fldigi program I use for amateur radio digital mode connections. Normally this shows as some strange artefacts on the screen, which means it is time to stop and start fldigi, and reset the outgoing serial number to the right number when I am busy in a contest. The more active use during a contest also seems to be a trigger.

Anyway, this internal corruption hit me hard today: right in the last minutes of the UBA PSK63 prefix contest 2016 the program hung during logging an entry, leaving me with a 0 byte logfile on disk, so all records of digimode contacts gone.

I can recover everything and still submit my results: restore the logbook.adif file from tape, add entries created after the last backup from cqrlog and add the serial numbers again to the fldigi contacts log from the fldigi text log since cqrlog copies the logentries from fldigi but without the 'contest' information. But that processing will have to wait a bit as other things take priority. The log has to be submitted before januari 17, 23:59 UTC.

Restoring the file from tape was extra interesting since I just got an error message
amrecover - can't talk to tape server: service amidxtaped: 
from amrecover. This turns out to be a known bug in amanda 3.3.0 in ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Bug #1074574 “known issue: amrecover - can't talk to tape server...” : Bugs : amanda package : Ubuntu and Bug #1077105 “amrecover - can't talk to tape server: service ami...” : Bugs : amanda package : Ubuntu. I applied the changes noted in the bugreports and after that I could restore the file.

Update: The rest of the restore operation was a matter of importing the right records back from cqrlog into fldigi and adding the serial numbers from the fldigi text log. This was just a lot of searching and typing.

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2016-01-08 IPv6 visitor stats 2015 4 weeks ago
Time to count IPv6 visitor percentage to different websites again:
SiteJuly 2009July 2010July 2011July 2012July 2014July 2015
http://idefix.net/ my homepage 1% 2% 2% 3% 4% 6%
http://netwerk.idefix.net/ hcc!pcgg netwerkgroep 2% 2% 2% 3% 1% 3%
http://weather.idefix.net/ weather maps < 1% 5% 6% 7% 6% 12%
http://bbs.idefix.net/ BBS files 1% 1% 1% 3% 7%
http://webcam.idefix.net/ the webcam < 1% 1% < 1% 2% 2% 5%
http://www.virtualbookcase.com/ The Virtual Bookcase < 1% 1% 1% 4% 87% 3% 80% 6%
http://www.camp-wireless.org/ Camp Wireless < 1% 1% 1% 3% 70% 3% 82% 6%
http://weatherstation.idefix.net/ Weather station Utrecht Overvecht 1% 5%
Interesting numbers. Results for The Virtual Bookcase and Camp Wireless are totally skewed thanks to some IPv6 bot constantly checking the site from constantly changing IPv6 addresses .. but without privacy extensions enabled. Other sites are showing a growth consistent with general IPv6 growth in the world.

Method: unique IPv6 addresses seen in the whole month / total unique addresses (IPv4+IPv6) seen in the whole month.

Update: Filtering for 'curl' helped in normalizing the results.

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2016-01-08 My 2016 Amateur Radio resolutions 4 weeks ago
It seems to be a recurring item in amateur radio to post your 'new years resolutions'. I answered in the reddit thread What's your 2016 Amateur Radio resolutions? [sic] with my plans:
  • Pass the exam for the full license on 2 March
  • Participate in "Mills on the air" in May
  • Making amateur satellite contacts when the weather permits
  • Participate in a few digimode contests 'seriously' (preparing, using an outside antenna, optimizing score). Sofar I usuallly go 'oh there is a contest I'll throw in my call and see if I can score some points'
  • Bring some radio stuff on summer holiday (a full license makes this possible in a lot more countries around here)

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2016-01-08 ARISS contact with Tim Peake heard 4 weeks ago
I brought the handheld radio this morning to listen to the school contact with Tim Peake GB1SS - amsat UK

I had good reception of the school contact. It did sound to me like there were a few starting problems: I heard the astronaut trying to call the school when the ISS was already rising in my location and I only heard answers to about 4 or 5 questions. On a west-to-east pass that went over the UK first this means the contact started a bit late.

Comparing the list of prepared questions in ARISS contact planned for school in St. Albans - amsat UK with the report in Pupils make radio call to Tim Peake - BBC News shows indeed the fifth question was the last question answered.

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2016-01-08 Nice APRS track this morning 4 weeks ago
APRS track PD4KH 20160108
APRS track PD4KH 20160108
I brought the handheld radio this morning to listen to the school contact with Tim Peake GB1SS - amsat UK so I just added the mobilinkd to active APRS tracking on the way to work. This gave me a nice track of my activities on aprs.fi.

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