Information Net for December 24

Radio Lights

Read by: NICKI KF4DHK

Hands Free Lights for HAM, pilots, drivers, computer operators and others.

U.S. Patent No.7,165,859 Radio Lights. Finally an easy to use US patented hands free light source. Radio Lights can be used by Ham radio operators, pilots, drivers, policemen, investigators, and many other situations that need an easy, quick and simple way of seeing in the dark.

There are many situations that require a source of light to operate equipment, navigate a car, fly an airplane or boat, yet you still need to use your hands. How many times have you had the occasions to tune your radio or select a certain button that you could not see under low light conditions? How many times have you needed a source of light to insert your key into a door lock? How many times have you dropped something and couldn’t find the lost item due to poor lighting conditions?

Read by: PAUL KJ4WQN

How many times have you needed a simple hands free light source while driving your car?

How many times did you want to use your radios without having to turn on those interfering room lights that emit a signal noise that interferes with radio reception?

Finally there is a simple US patented device that is easy to use. Radio Lights. The powerful LED light source is attached to the finger by an easy to wear elastic and can be adjusted to your liking.

They are easy to use and are activated by simply moving your finger. You can wear one, two and actually as many as you need to give you a powerful light source to do your work, yet allow your hands and fingers to be free from holding on to a cumbersome flash light.

The battery lasts for a long time and can be easily changed.

For more information is on the http://www.radio-lights.com web site.

South Coast Amateur Radio Service

Read by: Martha KJ4RIQ

7.251mhz – Ride the bus with us!

Grab a seat on the bus, sit down, relax, pour yourself a cup of coffee and ride along with us. Come visit our web site and information pertaining to the finest hobby in the world and the greatest net on the ham bands where friendliness, caring, and service prevails!

The South Coast Amateur Radio Service, popularly known as “Southcars”, or “SCARS” is a service net, recognized by the ARRL, whose purpose is to assist those seeking to contact other amateur radio stations, or areas, to provide weather and travel information, whenever needed, if available, and to assist in emergencies. All amateur radio stations are welcome. We do not handle formal traffic, but can, and will, in the event of an emergency.

Southcars is in operation every day of the year. The net times are: Monday through Saturday 8AM until 1PM and on Sunday 8AM until 12 Noon, all times are Eastern. Net operation is on 7.251mhz (the 40 meter band).

Additionally a ‘Traders Net’ is conducted on Wednesdays immediately following the closing of the morning regular net session.

If you are a licensed ham operator (general class or higher) you are invited to check into our net during any of the sessions and meet a great bunch of guys and gals!

SOUTHCARS VoIP NET

On each and every Saturday from 8AM until 10AM and from 12PM until 2PM (Eastern) using Echolink #96140 or IRLP Reflector 9614 on the *SCARS* server, the “voice over internet protocol” net is in operation. All hams are welcome to check in to this net. Complete information can be found at the web site www.voip.southcars.com.

Norman Woodland, co-inventor of bar code, dies at 91

BY CHRIS FRANCESCANI, REUTERS

Read by: RICK N9GRW

NEW YORK – Norman Woodland, co-inventor of the bar code, the inventory tracking tool that transformed global commerce in the 1970s and saved shoppers countless hours on the supermarket checkout line, has died, his daughter said.

Woodland, 91, died Saturday from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease in Edgewater, New Jersey, said Susan Woodland of New York.

Today, five billion products a day are scanned optically using the bar code, or Universal Product Code, or UPC, according to GS1 US, the American arm of the global UPC standards body.

The handheld laser scanner inventories consumer products, speeds passengers through airline gates, tracks mail, encodes medical patient information, and is in near universal use across transportation, industrial and shipping industries worldwide.

Susan Woodland said her father and co-inventor Bernard “Bob” Silver were graduate students at an engineering school in Philadelphia when they devised the idea of the bar code.

Silver overheard a supermarket executive asking the dean of the school – now Drexel University – to assign engineering students the task of creating an efficient way to inventory products at the checkout counter.

Read by: LARRY KC4ZOA

“My dad really liked to think about interesting problems,” Susan Woodland said.

Woodland devised a code based on Morse code – a series of dots and dashes – that he had learned as a Boy Scout, she said.

The pair applied for the world’s first bar code patent in 1949. Woodland joined International Business Machines Corp in 1951, and in 1952 he and Silver received the patent.

But it would be more than two decades before laser technology would advance to the point where it could be applied to the bar code, IBM said in a statement.

Silver died in 1963, according to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, which inducted the two men in 2011.

“In some ways it was a disappointment to my dad that it took so long for the technology to catch up,” Susan Woodland said.

The first bar code scan took place on June 26, 1974, in Troy, Ohio, when a cashier scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum for shopper Clyde Dawson, according to IBM. Cost: 67 cents. A revolutionary technology was born.

Read by:JERRY KE4ETY

The late 1970s were heady times for Woodland, known to friends as ‘Joe.’

“My dad was a really sweet, friendly guy and he just got the biggest thrill about having invented the bar code,” Susan Woodland said.

“He loved talking to the checkers at the supermarket, seeing what they thought about the bar code scanner, what were the problems with it and what they’d like to see changed,” she said, laughing. “They always got such a kick out of him.” Susan Woodland said her father was enthusiastic about perfecting the technology he had invented.” He was involved with the whole design of the [supermarket checkout] station – from how the person stood and how high the laser stood to how to protect peoples’ eyes from the lasers,” she said. “He was totally a perfectionist.”

Woodland also served as an historian on the Manhattan Project, the U.S. effort to build the first atomic bomb.But his bar code invention was closest to his heart, Susan Woodland said. Woodland is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Woodland of New Jersey, daughters Susan Woodland

and Betsy Karpenkopf, brother David Woodland and granddaughter Ella Karpenkopf, 16. — Reuters

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