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2015-03-30 Don't try to use my system to attack another 5 years ago
A growing part of the 'Internet background noise' that my server is receiving seems to be tcp syn packets from faked source addresses. I mentioned this before in Am I part of an interesting attack?. Looking at the traffic with p0f shows that the source addresses (and ports!) are constant but the operating system and the time to live changes so these probably come from multiple hijacked systems:
174.128.225.126:57282 - Windows XP/2000 (RFC1323+, w+, tstamp-) [GENERIC]
  Signature: [8192:93:1:52:M1460,N,W8,N,N,S:.:Windows:?]
  -> xx.xx.xx.xx:80 (distance 35, link: ethernet/modem)
174.128.225.126:57282 - UNKNOWN [8192:87:1:52:M1460,N,W8,N,N,S:.:?:?]
  -> xx.xx.xx.xx:80 (link: ethernet/modem)
174.128.225.126:57282 - UNKNOWN [8192:85:1:52:M1460,N,W8,N,N,S:.:?:?]
  -> xx.xx.xx.xx:80 (link: ethernet/modem)
174.128.225.126:57282 - Windows XP/2000 (RFC1323+, w+, tstamp-) [GENERIC]
  Signature: [8192:98:1:52:M1460,N,W8,N,N,S:.:Windows:?]
  -> xx.xx.xx.xx:80 (distance 30, link: ethernet/modem)
174.128.225.126:57282 - UNKNOWN [8192:81:1:52:M1460,N,W8,N,N,S:.:?:?]
  -> xx.xx.xx.xx:80 (link: ethernet/modem)
174.128.225.126:57282 - Windows XP/2000 (RFC1323+, w+, tstamp-) [GENERIC]
  Signature: [8192:116:1:52:M1460,N,W8,N,N,S:.:Windows:?]
  -> xx.xx.xx.xx:80 (distance 12, link: ethernet/modem)
174.128.225.126:57282 - Windows XP/2000 (RFC1323+, w+, tstamp-) [GENERIC]
  Signature: [8192:102:1:52:M1460,N,W8,N,N,S:.:Windows:?]
  -> xx.xx.xx.xx:80 (distance 26, link: ethernet/modem)
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2015-03-29 RF into a networkcard crashing a computer 5 years ago
I recently had the main PC that is connected to the amateur radio crash regularly when I was active on the 20 meter amateur band (14.000 - 14.250 MHz) which is at the moment the most interesting band for me. This PC is thompson, a Dell OptiPlex 745. This led to serious annoyances as cqrlog, the logging program I use depends on MySQL which handles crashes badly. I got very good at recovering the database and reinstalling cqrlog.

I thought it was time for a new PC but in the mean time I was dismantling some other old PC's and found an Intel E-1000 gigabit network card. Since the network switch thompson is connected to always showed strange activity after the PC had crashed I wondered if the on-board network card of the PC was the main cause. So I disabled the on-board network interface and installed the Intel E-1000 card.

So far the PC hasn't crashed since installing the card. I have been active on the radio two evenings since the installation.

Update 2015-04-06: A few crashes have happened since but not as many as happened when I got really annoyed.

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2015-03-29 Publishing my QSL policy 5 years ago
I was reading the Electron magazine of the Veron radio club and it had a mention of rising costs of QSL forwarding. The article asked radio amateurs to clearly publish their QSL policy so other amateurs don't send cards when they don't want them.

My own policy is that I like receiving QSL cards so I'll send them out myself to amateurs that appreciate them. But a confirmation via eQSL is also good. In digimodes eQSL is quite popular so I already gathered a collection of incoming eQSL cards.

So I updated the PD4KH amateur radio and PD4KH profile on qrz.com with my QSL policy. I suggest others do this too.

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2015-03-27 Overly interested Amazon EC2 nodes 5 years ago
On Camp Wireless and The Virtual Bookcase I see the following pattern in the access logs:
2620:108:700f::36bc:aade - - [27/Mar/2015:13:27:11 +0100] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 302 298 "-" "curl/7.36.0"
2406:da00:ff00::36e2:d963 - - [27/Mar/2015:13:27:38 +0100] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 302 298 "-" "curl/7.36.0"
Constant requests, 2 or 3 per minute from Amazon EC2 IPv6 addresses just requesting the / using curl. Over the day I now see 1334 unique addresses with at most 5 requests from one url.

The same pattern as described in Stange stream of HTTP GET requests in apache logs, from amazon ec2 instances - Server Fault with no real answer to the why.

It's not a problematic amount of traffic, I'd just like to understand what is happenning!

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2015-03-25 New country for me in amateur radio: Qatar 5 years ago
eQSL confirming contact with A71AE
Confirmation of contact with A71AE
Last evening I saw A71AE active on 20 meter PSK63. After he worked a number of other station I answered his CQ and we had a short but good contact. And I already have it confirmed via eQSL.

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2015-03-24 (The camb-hams will do it again: they will be active on satellites and other propagation modes, this ...) 5 years ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : The camb-hams will do it again: they will be active on satellites and other propagation modes, this year from May 15-21 2015 from locator IO76EJ island of Mull.
2015-03-24 New antenna for outdoor plans 5 years ago
The main thing I shopped for when I visited the Landelijke Radio Vlooienmarkt was a simple antenna for 10/20/40 to use while camping. To get the most out of not too much space I decided to mainly look for an endfed antenna. This is a simple wire with a transformer at the end. Not the perfect antenna, but a compromise between size, performance and ease of deployment.

LW-10 antenna Browsing the offerings I found an LW-10 antenna which covers 40 to 6 meter (7 to 50 MHz) and was sold to me by the nice people of www.cbradio.co.uk. I wanted to test it at home and last evening I had the chance.
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2015-03-23 Unexpected facilities at CPAN 5 years ago
From the spambox:
How are you doing today, I am miracle 24 yearls old girl, i saw your profile today at googlesearch cpan.cse.msu.edu - i like it, then i decided to contact you for going into deep rellastionship between me and you
I know CPAN is a lot, but I never saw it as a dating site.

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2015-03-23 Meer mobiel geschikte pagina's 5 years ago
Recent gaf google me allemaal meldingen dat mijn websites niet goed zouden werken op mobiele apparaten (telefoons, tablets). Het gevolg is dan dat google bij zoeken vanaf mobiele apparaten de sites ook minder aantrekkelijk zou vinden.

Mijn eerste gedachte was dat dat me niet zoveel uitmaakt omdat de gemiddelde bezoeker van mijn sites wel vanaf een desktop of laptop PC komt. Maar aan de andere kant doe ik simpele dingen ook vaker vanaf een tablet tegenwoordig en zag in ieder geval mijn homepage er daarop niet uit. En sites als Camp Wireless hebben zeker een mobiel publiek.

Alleen liep mijn kennis wat achter. De laatste keer dat ik serieus keek naar sites voor mobiele devices was toen WAP de oplossing was. Dus maar eens de informatiepagina's gelezen die google aangaf, over viewport gebruik en media queries voor CSS.

Voor de meeste sites is het een simpele CSS aanpassing om een en ander mogelijk te maken. Onder een bepaalde breedte hebben de 2 kolommen die ik vaak gebruik niet zoveel zin. Dus met de media query dit opgelost. Nu langzaam maar zeker sites aanpassen. En van sommige sites moeten echt dingen aangepast worden (juist camp-wireless..) omdat daar nog deels verouderde technieken gebruikt worden die aanpassingen voor mobiel moeilijk maken.

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2015-03-22 The Heard Island DXpedition book 5 years ago
First I have to describe to 'other' visitors of my pages what a DXpedition is: operating radio from a remote location which is on the wish-list of many radio amateurs who want to make contacts with as much countries/locations as possible. Radio amateurs will visit such a place and set up antennas and radios to make those contacts possible.

I just finished reading the VK0IR DXpedition book. It's a great description of the Heard Island DXpedition in 1997. Just 18 years ago, but a lot has changed. Supporting a major amateur radio event via the Internet/World wide web was a new thing back then. Nowadays, not doing that would be unthinkable.

And, the Heard Island 2015 DXpedition is being planned! I usually avoid making contact with DXpeditions because it's just trying to get through a wall of radio amateurs trying to make that contact (what radio amateurs call a "pile-up") but it can be done, so I may try to get this one.

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2015-03-21 (In het Autotron is nog wel iets te zien over auto's. Maar ik ben er vandaag natuurlijk voor de landelijke...) 5 years ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : In het Autotron is nog wel iets te zien over auto's. Maar ik ben er vandaag natuurlijk voor de landelijke radio vlooienmarkt.
2015-03-20 Morgen Landelijke Radio Vlooienmarkt 5 years ago
Morgen is het tijd voor de 40e Landelijke Radio Vlooienmarkt in het Autotron in Rosmalen. Ik ga er weer van harte heen!

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2015-03-18 (So true) 5 years ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : So true
2015-03-05 A new distance record in HF for me 5 years ago
A new distance record in HF for me this evening: I had a PSK31 contact with someone 5 kilometers away!

My other current distance record is an RTTY contact to the island of Aruba at a distance of 7908 kilometers.

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2015-03-05 Am I part of an interesting attack? 5 years ago
Noticable traffic:
13:06:15.787470 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 110, id 27178, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 52) 148.251.47.107.80 > xx.xx.xx.xx.53: S, cksum 0x48c7 (correct), 2310054019:2310054019(0) win 8192 <mss 1460,nop,wscale 8,nop,nop,sackOK>
13:06:16.188187 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 92, id 14152, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 52) 148.251.47.107.80 > xx.xx.xx.xx.53: S, cksum 0x2c3a (correct), 1627317698:1627317698(0) win 8192 <mss 1460,nop,wscale 8,nop,nop,sackOK>
13:06:16.588698 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 96, id 64188, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 52) 148.251.47.107.80 > xx.xx.xx.xx.53: S, cksum 0x6e9f (correct), 249296256:249296256(0) win 8192 <mss 1460,nop,wscale 8,nop,nop,sackOK>
13:06:16.989469 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 97, id 54770, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 52) 148.251.47.107.80 > xx.xx.xx.xx.53: S, cksum 0xa3fc (correct), 3532061815:3532061815(0) win 8192 <mss 1460,nop,wscale 8,nop,nop,sackOK>
13:06:17.390192 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 92, id 5400, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 52) 148.251.47.107.80 > xx.xx.xx.xx.53: S, cksum 0xaae9 (correct), 1786797457:1786797457(0) win 8192 <mss 1460,nop,wscale 8,nop,nop,sackOK>
13:06:17.792734 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 81, id 42621, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 52) 148.251.47.107.80 > xx.xx.xx.xx.53: S, cksum 0x925d (correct), 3619031271:3619031271(0) win 8192 <mss 1460,nop,wscale 8,nop,nop,sackOK>
13:06:18.193910 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 81, id 6384, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 52) 148.251.47.107.80 > xx.xx.xx.xx.53: S, cksum 0x5712 (correct), 841083335:841083335(0) win 8192 <mss 1460,nop,wscale 8,nop,nop,sackOK>
The variation in ttl values suggests a distributed denial of service attack trying to make me part of it.

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2015-03-02 Cheap clothesline for a dipole antenna 5 years ago
I still had a clothesline with metal core cut in four pieces tuned for 10 and 20 meters laying ready to put in the attic, to replace the UTP network wire.
New dipole antenna from clothesline, tuned for 10 and 20 meter bands - Kvdhout on flickr
New dipole antenna from clothesline, tuned for 10 and 20 meter bands
This evening I found some time to replace the wires and test the results. In the 10 and 20 meter PSK31 frequencies the SWR is now good (if I remember correctly from the antenna analyzer it's around 1:1.2), the SWR meter on the radio doesn't leave the corner anymore. This also means the voice frequencies on 20 meter are now available for me!

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2015-03-02 Nieuwe DAB zenders en diensten in aantocht 5 years ago
Nieuws over de aanbestedingen voor de regionale DAB+ netten in Nederland: gunning regionaal netwerk Kop van Noord-Holland en Friesland aan Broadcast Partners, gunning regionaal netwerk Noord en Oost Nederland aan Broadcast Partners, gunning regionaal netwerk Randstad aan Broadcast Partners.

Minstens 2 van deze 3 moeten hier straks prima te ontvangen zijn. Opvallend is dat in zowel Noord en Oost Nederland (straks op VHF III kanaal 6B) als in Randstad (straks op VHF III kanaal 8A) Radio M Utrecht komt. Ik neem aan dat mijn radio de duplicaat zal herkennen en maar een keer Radio M Utrecht in de lijst services zal opnemen.

Gevonden via radio/tv Nederland

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2015-03-02 The tallest structures in the world: TV towers 5 years ago
Where the Real Skyscrapers Are (Hint: North Dakota) - medium.com
A general article about tall (larger than 2000 feet or 609 meter) TV towers in the USA with a mention of their history and future. A mix of very flat countryside with relatively low population densities makes these very high towers interesting in some areas.

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2015-03-01 (A report of the World Radiosport Team Championship 2014. In a very well produced video!) 5 years ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : A report of the World Radiosport Team Championship 2014. In a very well produced video!


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