The Columbia Linux User Group met 9 October at 6:30 PM.

Phil gave an impressive presentation on the wonders of ham radio.

Some memorable moments: 1. Bouncing ham radio off the moon using [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5E2ntIxAsc Moonbounce]. 2. Bouncing ham radio off the ionization field of passing meteors. 3. The [http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/WSPR_Instructions.TXT WSPR] project: communicating using the smallest signal possible.

Ham radio was used as the first emergency communication platform after the tsunami of 2004.

Ham radios are about the size of a car radio and cost about $800. Some ham radios are even handheld, costing $200-$300.

The meeting was adjourned around 9:00 PM.