News archive September 2017 - Koos van den Hout

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2017-09-28 Duelling standards and anti-spam measures 2 years ago
In today's mail problems:
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... while talking to ecp-nl.mail.protection.outlook.com.:
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<<< 450 4.7.26 Service does not accept messages sent over IPv6 [2001:980:14ca:61::13] unless they pass either SPF or DKIM validation (message not signed) [VE1EUR01FT036.eop-EUR01.prod.protection.outlook.com]
<info@ecp.nl>... Deferred: 450 4.7.26 Service does not accept messages sent over IPv6 [2001:980:14ca:61::13] unless they pass either SPF or DKIM validation (message not signed) [VE1EUR01FT036.eop-EUR01.prod.protection.outlook.com]
Warning: message still undelivered after 4 hours
Will keep trying until message is 5 days old
Rerouting mail for ecp.nl via xs4all servers in the hopes of getting it delivered.

Some research shows me that the xs4all outgoing mailservers (smtp.xs4all.nl) do offer incoming connectivity via IPv6 but don't connect to the IPv6 addresses of mailservers they are trying to reach.

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2017-09-27 Enigmail 'partial decrypt' 2 years ago
PGP lock logo The imap server where I fetch my work mail changed and suddenly the enigmail plugin on one system could not decrypt gpg-encrypted messages anymore with a 'partial decrypt' error. I remember seeing this before but had to look up the details.

Found again, it's a setting in enigmail (not in the general thunderbird preferences!), Enigmail → Preferences → select Advanced → Only download attachments when opened (IMAP only) has to be unchecked.

Answer found via Resolving Thunderbird/Enigmail decryption errors for encrypted emails with large attachments

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2017-09-25 I participated in the CQWW RTTY contest 2017 2 years ago
This weekend was the CQ WW RTTY Contest 2017. I participated when possible in an otherwise very filled weekend.

In the end I made 81 contacts, 32 on the 20 meter band and 49 on the 40 meter band. One station in the US, KI1G in the state of Rhode Island (a new state). And the counter of worked DXCC's went up one, so I was browsing the log trying to find out which was the new country and it turned out that I made the first contact with Luxembourgh, LX7X. I will put that call on the list for a QSL card.

Finishing the log took a while. I set fldigi to contest style "CQWW RTTY" and used that template to export the log. But the logged CQ zone and state did not show in the Cabrillo export. I had to do that all by hand. Next time prepare the macros to log this correctly!

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2017-09-14 A portable mast for outdoor operations 2 years ago
As noted the last time I operated portable from an outdoor location it would be easier to deploy outside with a portable fiber mast. I borrowed a fiber mast for supporting an antenna earlier and it was really nice to have this option. It takes a bit of work to set it up, but it makes HF antenna work easy.

So I wanted one myself. The advice from fellow club members was to look at the offerings at DX-Wire which includes fiberglass telescopic poles and accessories to set them up. I ordered the 11,5m GRP pole "MIDI" complete with a spool of guying wire, a guying ring and other material to be able to set it up.

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2017-09-08 I built a common mode choke 2 years ago
After the problems with the laptop controlling the radio when I participated in the SCC RTTY contest 2017 I decided to build a common mode choke. This is a filter that should keep the radio frequency signals at the side of the antenna.

Based on the simple design with a piece of PVC pipe with 8 windings of Aircell-7 coax I still had lying around. The PVC pipe was donated by a fellow radio amateur who had it in his junkbox.

I drew a pencil line on the pipe, decided where to drill holes for the coax cable (using a 16 millimeter drill) and where to drill holes for tiewraps to hold the coax. After drilling the holes it was a matter of winding the coax correctly, mounting the cable with tiewraps and soldering the connectors to the cable.

In the first testing the filter worked fine, completely stopping the interference to the keyboard of my "shack computer" and even reducing incoming noise on the 10 meter band.
Common mode choke: materials - KvdHout on FlickrCommon mode choke: materials
Common mode choke: finding where to drill holes - KvdHout on FlickrCommon mode choke: finding where to drill holes
Common mode choke: holes drilled - KvdHout on FlickrCommon mode choke: holes drilled
Common mode choke: cable mounted - KvdHout on FlickrCommon mode choke: cable mounted
Common mode choke: connectors done - KvdHout on FlickrCommon mode choke: connectors done

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2017-09-08 I finished the linked dipole and tested it 2 years ago
I realized today I never wrote an article about finishing the linked dipole kit I bought a year ago and started making my own dipole from Linked dipole portable HF antenna kit.

I used the SARK100 antenna analyzer to test it on each band: first 15 meter, after that 20 meter and I finished with 40 meter. I did 15 and 20 meter on two separate meetings at my radio club and 40 meter in a park near our home. As mentioned by others you need to take the time to tune this antenna to the right length. Each band took me about 2 hours which turned out to be what I could do in one evening at the radio club.

The proof is always the first contact and that happened when I brought it on our holiday to Germany and Austria. The tree behind our tent at the campsite in Austria was not high enough to support the 40 meter length of the antenna but I just set it up for 20 meters and that worked fine. It's remarkable how forgiving this antenna is after tuning. I just set up something resembling an inverted V and my radio found it near perfect, very little reading on the SWR meter.

First completed contact was with a radio amateur at the same campsite so that wasn't very hard. I did hear a Dutch radio amateur using a serious amplifier to try to reach me but lacking output power he did not hear my answer.

Anyway, project officially finished.

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2017-09-08 VDSL tijdelijk met ADSL2 snelheid 2 years ago
Ik had een hik vandaag met de DSL verbinding en toen was ineens de snelheid 15 mbit downstream en 1.2 mbit upstream in plaats van 103 mbit downstream en 27 mbit upstream wat ik meestal gewend ben. Het leken wel ADSL2 snelheden. Ook met maar 512 carriers van de 4096 in gebruik. Toch was het DSL profiel nog wel 17a, wat een VDSL profiel is.

Na een tweede hik was de snelheid weer gewoon wat ik gewend was met vectored VDSL.

Update 2017-09-11: De snelheid blijft toch inzakken. De verbinding is nog stabiel maar ik verwacht eigenlijk problemen in de komende tijd. Het regent veel de laatste dagen dus het kan zijn dat er ergens water in de telefoonkabels terecht komt.

Update 2017-09-12: VDSL downstream week 20170912 En na een nieuwe hik is de snelheid weer terug. Het blijft magie, maar omdat het radiofrequenties zijn verwacht ik dit soort magie.

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2017-09-06 (I was reading about a solar flare maybe coming in the direction of earth on several places related to...) 2 years ago
Google+Koos van den Hout : I was reading about a solar flare maybe coming in the direction of earth on several places related to amateur radio (including this community).

By chance I had wsjt-x running decoding FT8 signals this morning but I was busy with other stuff. When I returned to the radio shack the last decode was at 11:55:30 UTC and not a single decode after that, and I just heard the local noise on the radio.
2017-09-06 A solar flare stopping skywave propagation completely 2 years ago
I was reading about a solar flare maybe coming in the direction of earth on several places related to amateur radio. Propagation via the ionosphere is affected by solar flares: a solar flare will change the ionization of the ionosphere seriously.

By chance I had wsjt-x running decoding FT8 signals this morning but I was busy with other stuff. When I returned to the radio shack the last decode was at 11:55:30 UTC and not a single decode after that, and just the local noise on the radio.

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2017-09-01 The right to be forgotten versus keeping history 2 years ago
For ages the whole 'right to be forgotten' issue was something happening to other people for me. The worst I do on my website is name spammers that keep sending me unsollicited e-mail.

This changed when I started playing with old files from BBS Koos z'n Doos including old BBS lists.

A few years after I started putting these on-line I received a request to remove a name from the lists. This person advertised running a 'hardcore sex' BBS in the 1990s. But in 2013 the rather unique name of this person showed up with a decent company and in this BBS list.

I could imagine that this person had no idea in the 1990s what someone might do years later with that information. At the same time it felt bad to 'change history'. Those were original files, it felt bad to change them. But after consideration I changed the name to spaces.

I also received notice from the google webmaster program that some search results are hidden on bbs.idefix.net. I have no idea which ones or what names I should mask.

The whole 'right to be forgotten' is a typical 'shades of gray' subject.

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