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Archive for August 26th, 2006

First mobile DX QSO

August 26, 2006 @ 17:02 By: gordon Category: Amateur radio

While driving home from some errands this afternoon, I was able to work LZ1900K on 20m. This is a little milestone of sorts because it is the first mobile HF DX QSO that I’ve had (the other QSOs have been when I was parked somewhere). And, it seems that LZ1900K is a special event station commemorating the 1900th anniversary (!) of the proclamation of the ancient city of Pautalia (modern Kyustendil) by Roman imperor Mark Ulpiy Trayan for municipia (province center), including right of the city to issue coins, which makes it even more special. He reported that I was a “59” (no noise on my signal and very strong), while I reported him as being a “56” (no noise, not as strong as an S9). Very cool!

Update on the bank card fraud

August 26, 2006 @ 16:55 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

As you probably read a few days ago, my bank card was skimmed. My bank made the necessary arrangements so that I could access my money while they completed their investigation, which was very much appreciated. I had a call on Friday from the security officer at the bank that she’d submitted her recommendation to her management that they absorb the fraud, so now my balances reflect reality. She also said that she was working on this very late Thursday evening and something made her go dig through her database of frauds and lo and behold she found another one from a while back that was a very similar pattern of transactions. One of the odd things about my incident is that it wasn’t part of a larger bunch of fraudulent transactions, so that made it harder to figure out what happened.

Hopefully, now that she has two seemingly similar incidents, she’ll be able to find a common link somewhere and the police will be able to arrest them and extract vengence.