Dave Noderer's Blog

August 2008 Entries

Software SDR - the RXTX+Xtall v6.3 kit

I've started construction of a HF (High Frequency vs UHF/VHF ham bands) radio that will cover ~ 1.8 to 30 mhz. it is a kit put together by Tony Parks and supported by a very active community: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40

I tell you, either my eyes have gone downhill (for sure) or those surface mount components got much smaller in the 20 years since I last worked in a lab every day.

This would be especially hard without community driven detailed construction notes: http://golddredgervideo.com/wb5rvz/RXTX_V6_3/index.htm

I'll make comments here and post pictures as I go!

Pictures at: http://geekswithblogs.net/dnoderer/gallery/8589.aspx

I'm almost at a stage where I can point some software at this thing but a while before I will be able to do much with  it.

First South Florida SQL Meeting

Thanks to Scott Klein for organizing a set of SQL focused meetings here in South Florida.

The first meeting was held in West Palm Beach at the Palm Beach County building on 8/7/08. I took a few pictures you can see at: http://cid-e8348157304bce63.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/FlaDotNet/20080807%7C_WestPalm%7C_SQLPass.zip

Eitght of us were there and as it was mostly an organizational meeting, we dicussed the location, topics and format of meeting that would be good. The topics were pretty straight forward:

  • Reporting Services
  • Basic SQL Server
    • Connection types
    • Management Studio
  • Clustering / Mirroring
  • Replication
  • Integration Services
  • Oracle
  • Tools
    • Apex SQL
    • ANTS -
    • Toad for Oracle
    • SQL Navigator
    • Team System
    • SQL Programmer
    • Management Studio
    • Red Gate -
    • Data Conversion

Format wise, Terry Carrol suggested having 1/2 hour at the beginning of each meeting to have a round table technical discussion.

Scott already has a number of speakers lined up and is planning on a monthly meeting in West Palm and also in either Ft Lauderdale or Miramar.

He is making arrangements to put up a website. In the meantime, i've put up the announcments on the FlaDotNet website and am including the info in the weekly emails.

We discussed SQL Pass organization. Joe Homnick and the Gold Coast User Group has long been the SQL Pass Chapter but not 100% focused on SQL. As part of starting the new groups, Scott has been in contact with Joe Homnick who agreed to Scott starting up the new groups but no mechanics to link them together is in place yet.

Other plans are to host a SQL Saturday sometime in 2009.

We did spend some time discussing SQL 2008 which just went to RTM.

For more information and to help Scott in these efforts, send him an email at: ScottKlein@sqlxml.com