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The ham radio shorthand Q code sign QRZ means "Who is calling me?" You'll hear it often if you're listening to a shortwave radio during an amateur radio contest or when an operator is located on some exotic location with thousands of hams trying to get through to earn a QSL card, which is basically a postcard that verifies the two-way contact. When spoken, it's usually, "Q R Zed?"

QRZ is also the name of the magazine published by the Amateur Radio Relay League, or ARRL, which is the national society for ham radio operators. It's a monthly slick that is a perk of membership. 

In each issue they have several fascinating articles like construction projects, antenna concepts, electronics reviews of interest to amateur radio operators, and the results of contests, special events, and volunteer work. 

Because the ARRL is a non-profit organization, they help to keep the electronic spectrum laws reasonable and functional. They also assist with training and practicing in…

Most of what we see around us is made up of molecules, in various forms. Molecules form when atoms share electrons. There are different types of atomic bonds, some in which one atom forms a discrete bond to another atom, (covalent bond) or, ones in which they form a general shared pool of electrons (metallic bond). The physics and chemistry of how and why atoms form bonds is a fascinating subject, but the short story is: everything we see around is in the form of a…

George Barris had THE shop which produced THE cars for movies and TV in the 1960s through the 1980s.

Whatever the TV property was, it had a groovy Kustom as part of the show, and it was as much a star as the rest of the cast. The Munsters had the Munster Koach, consisting of three  Model T Fords welded together and shaped into something the entire family could enjoy. Ornate scrollwork combined with some slick 1960s car/racing tech, including an Isky bumpstick and some racing…

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As you can see in your URL bar, TLS (https://) is live!

What does this mean for you?

We are on the lookout for various browser warnings. All of the themes have all been ported over. There are some http assets in some of the second-tier superdocs, but we'll clean those up as we find them. If you are seeing crazy browser warnings or can't access the site, please drop me an email. On-site messages or Github issues are also good for keeping track of broken things.

We should see an increase in search engine traffic as they tend to penalize non-https sites. This is one of the steps to continue to secure the future of the site, and I'm very pleased we're able to get it done.

Additionally, the load on the server is considerably higher. I've pushed some changes to stabilize it, but we may experience some choppiness. Please let me know if you get connection errors

A lot of really old features or features that won't handle the 301 redirect properly may break. We'll do what we can to support them, but this is one of the instances where old broken stuff might just end up staying broken.

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