CW Net Timetable

Thank you very much to everyone who came onto the Clubs Monday night net on Monday evening. I logged 23 people to this truly safe social gathering using GB3NB and it was great to hear and indicates we should certainly make it a regular feature.

While this weeks net was mainly a 'welcome back', I suggest that future nets have themes to keep them fresh and I welcome volunteers to come forward to run future Monday night nets on GB3NB at 7.30pm ... please drop me an email. Rightly this week the net closed rather suddenly so that people could hear the Prime Ministers important announcement at 8.30pm, but future weeks do not have to finish quite as abruptly although 60-90 minutes is probably long enough and if everyone keeps their overs short it can be more of a conversation...

Meantime as I promised tonight, some details of two of the topics which could both benefit health and research in these very difficult times are below.

Take care and stay safe, and please let me know if you have any ideas of how the club can help others.

73, David G7URP

 

Engineering a Covid-19 safe way to test peoples eyes...

An Eye Technician at the N&N Hospital has approached the Norwich Engineering Society and NARC to see if we have any mechanical or electronic engineers who feel they can help make testing eyes much safer. Work has been done on something similar before and the following article will give you a feel for what they are looking for:  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6028985/

Whilst it will be of interest to many amateurs this is a serious call for urgent help to see if something can be made quickly to help them. If you feel you have a mechnicial or engineering skill which might be able to help in the first instance please contact myself or Peter M0HBL (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who will be coordinating the NARC responses with the NES. Please say if you think you can help - no commitment.

 

Lend the power of your computer to help vital medical research

As some of you may have seen, the founder of Club log Michael G7VJR is sharing some of his company's computing power to helping urgent medical research. Basically the idea is to allow an organisation to use your Mac or PC's computing power when it is not being used and much more details can be found on the links below in Michaels message. It is a great idea and already a couple of club members Jim G3YLA and Andy M0NKR are supporting it with their PCs, although bear in mind there are a few considerations like your computers suitability to run continuously for long periods, so please read all the information fully before taking part or contact Jim or Andy to learn from their experience.

Michael G7VJR's message with links within the text below: 

Dear all,

Today, I have allocated 100% of Club Log's computing resources to scientific research into COVID-19 proteins, as part of the Folding@Home project. 
 
Club Log is contributing 120 CPU cores (most running at 3.4GHz) to this project. I have taken the decision to give this work higher priority than Club Log's usual amateur radio functions, so you may see uploads take slightly longer. I do not think most users will notice the additional wait, but I've added a warning to the upload form inside Club Log to explain. I am also looking at dedicating many more computers through my primary business (Third Light).
You can help, too, by contributing your own computer to the project. If you have a recent home computer with a good graphics card, and if a lot of people make a contribution, it  will make a significant difference to the research, potentially reducing decades of work to a far shorter time frame that will make a practical difference this year. Before you rush in, bear in mind that you may incur extra energy costs and produce more heat as your computer will be continually operating at 100% CPU when you are not using it (this is ok on server equipment but make sure you know what you're doing if you are using a normal home computer). 
To read more, start by opening https://foldingathome.org and follow the instructions to download the client for Windows or Mac if you wish.
Club Log has a Folding@Home team, number 246763
Finally, I must let you know that I am stretched quite thinly at work as everything is up in the air. I know others will be experiencing this too. At the moment, I cannot spare much time for the Club Log helpdesk other than at the weekends. Sorry if there is any additional delay replying, but don't worry, Dick W4PID has joined our helpdesk and is already doing a wonderful job taking on your questions. Please also send your support to Marios, 5B4WN, who I am sure will be part of front-line medical efforts to save lives in the coming weeks.
To friends of Club Log everywhere, may I take this chance to send you my best wishes. Thanks for making it possible for Club Log to contribute to the Folding@Home project. I also  hope you will find amateur radio can fill your days with something familiar and enjoyable! Stay well.
73
Michael G7VJR

 

YouTube video on Folding@home:

John 2E0TWQ also linked us to this Youtube video about it - subject to an advert but this may be skipped after 3s. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78vz5HAFDQU&t=263s