Use the QR Code on your smart phone to access the SRO web page. You will also find it on the back cover of Mike Shy.
SRO Regular Meeting Aug 7th at the Salvation Army 8354 W Foster Av - NE corner Norridge 7:30 PM
A meeting will take place with a program to be determined.
History of Old Time Radio Check out this program offered by the Mount Prospect Public Library on Wednesday, June 18th at 7 PM.
In 1924, the Zenith Broadcasting Station established two radio towers in Mount Prospect. Big band talent of that era would come out to the station to play for the Chicago area radio audience. Lindsey Rice, Director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society will talk about the towers and the man who operated them. He was later to become the Vice President of Research and Development for Zenith. Registration is required.
Call the library at 747-253-5675 to register.
Mount Prospect Public Library 10 S Emerson St, Mt Prospect, IL 60056
Subject: Beware of CryptoLocker
In response to the recent resurgence of a malware identified as Ransomware, this security advisory shares more information about CryptoLocker, which is part of the larger family of Ransomware.
Most commonly spread through email campaigns, users may receive email messages that appear to be from familiar sources but are actually malicious in nature. Often times these emails will be presented as originating from a retailer, shipper, or even a utility company. The message will have an attachment, usually a ZIP file that seems innocuous but contains an executable file with the filename and icon disguised. Most commonly this file appears to be a PDF.
This malware operates as follows:
A user receives an email with an attachment, commonly a PDF; recent examples include a fake electricity bill.
User opens PDF, which infects the PC. The malware connects back to a management server, possibly in Russia. It also may email itself using the user’s address book to other users.
Malware then begins to encrypt the user’s documents (Word documents, Excel documents, etc).
Once encryption is complete, malware pops-up a window demanding a ransom to provide the password to decrypt the documents. There is normally no way to unencrypt the documents.
Tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of CryptoLocker and other Ransomware Trojans:
Emails with suspicious attachments should be deleted immediately, remember that CryptoLocker is generally disguised as a PDF in a zip file.
When in doubt, confirm with the source of the message, contact the business the message is sent from and confirm its legitimacy.
Keep a secure backup of all your important files in the event that you’re affected, or catastrophic failure.
Ensure your Anti-Virus is kept up to date at all times.
Generally, infected machines aren’t locked down until the encryption process is complete, which can take many hours depending on the size of the drives and other factors. Contact the appropriate resources immediately if you suspect you’ve been compromised.
§ Under no circumstances should you pay the fee in an attempt to recover your files. Not only will your files not be recovered, but you will increase the possibility of recurrence.
George Ulm W9EVT has a great QRZ page. George built the first two 2M repeaters in the Chicagoland area: C-FAR and the CFMC 2M repeater. C-FAR went up first and the CFMC machine went up several days later. Take a look. George W9EVT QRZ Page
Take a look at the April 1940 Issue of Mike Shy. This is accessed on the Newsletter page.
If you are contemplating joining Society
Radio Operators (SRO), you probably would like to know
something about the organization. What follows is a brief
description of the make-up of the club and some of its
SRO is chartered by the State of Illinois
as a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to technical
improvements and public services within our community. The
club is guided by four officers and three directors who are
elected by the general membership for one-year terms.
Club activity is reported in "Mike Shy."
Our newsletter is sent to all SRO members, and includes information on SRO activites,
local happenings, the repeaters, technical articles,
General meetings are usually held on the
second Wednesday of every other month at various Chicago
area locations; attendance is optional. Usually an an
informative program follows the handling of club
For detailed information on SRO and its
club activities or in joining our club, you are welcome to
explore the rest of our Web site.
Amplifiers & Calculators
Try this handy site from Jim Hawes AA9DT. He provides a
lesson on Ohm's Law, plus simple calculators to design
transistor amplifiers and convert germanium transistors
circuits to silicon. Now you can use those old hamfest
project books! Click
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