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This Raspberry Pi-inspired Z-Berry board will take you back to the origins of home computing

When Eben Upton designed the Raspberry Pi he never imagined it would be so wildly popular. Originally he designed it to develop interest in computer coding for kids in England. He predicted selling a few thousand but in fact has sold hundreds of thousands worldwide. The Raspberry Pi has launched an interest in computer experimenting and coding not seen since the introduction of the ‘BBC Micro’ in December 1981.

See the full story at: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/this-rasperry-pi-inspired-z-berry-board-will-take-you-back-to-the-dawn-of-home-computing/?ftag=TREe01923b&bhid=97915917

See more about the BBC Micro at:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Micro






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What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization (MARC) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. As you might have guessed, we are listed as Mid-State Amateur Radio Club.

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To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

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CERT Training

CERT Training possibilities - update

At our May meeting, Tim White announced that the days he would be available to conduct CERT training for our club will be July 22, 9A-5P and July 23, 9A-3P. This training is open to everyone regardless of county of residence. If you are interested, contact Tim at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Location of this training is to be announced.

If these dates will not work for you AND if you are a resident of Johnson County, there is another opportunity that has just appeared in today's paper. This training will be conducted at Franklin College and will last for 10 weeks. Details of these training sessions appear below, as it appeared in the 25 May Daily Journal. Note that these sessions start one week from today, so if interested, contact them right away.

Franklin College to host disaster training (CERT)

Johnson County residents can attend a free 10-week training class to learn how to respond to local disasters. The course will be Thursdays from June 1 to Aug. 3 and will certify residents for the Community Emergency Response Team.

The team is being sponsored by Johnson County Community Organizations Active in Disasters. Through training, residents can manage utilities and put out small fires, provide basic medical aid or other immediate assistance to victims in their area, search for and rescue victims safely, organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective and collect disaster intelligence to assist professional responders.

Training sessions will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the Franklin College campus. Space is limited. To register, please call 317-560-4188 or email jccoad@ gmail.com with your name, phone number and email address.

2017 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25


Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

"What Is Field Day" PDF



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