Setting Up A TeamSpeak 3 Server

I helped a friend, K5HUM, set up his TeamSpeak 3 Server today. It went pretty smoothly once we got going. It appears that most of his friends who were using his Free Radio Network server didn’t like the idea that they were required to hold down a Push To Talk Key. I guess it got tiring on their finger. In any event he heard about how great the VOX was on TeamSpeak, that he would set up one of those. It didn’t take us long to get him up and running.

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FRN Client Problem

I have been running an FRN Client on my Laptop for a couple weeks now without any problems. I also run it on my other computers. Although I have no troubles with the one one the desktop computer, but suddenly I can’t connect with any servers from my laptop. I’ve gone so far as to restore to a previous restore point without success. The program ran fine when I left it last evening, but today its a no-go. It has me perplexed. I know it’s got to be something simple, but I just can’t put my finger on it. I’ll probably trip over the answer, but it escapes me for the time being. Clay, W1PI

ImageLike they say, never a dull minute. It’s a shame too because its been a fun program and I enjoy using it. The fact that the Client software is up and running fine on my desktop computer tells me my network is fine. I even uninstalled and reinstalled the software on the LT and again without success. The mystery continues.

Some Hams Discovering the Free Radio Network FRN

I recently I was talking to Louisiana Ham Radio Operator K5HUM. He asked me if I had any knowledge of a Free Radio Network. I told him I vaguely remembered seeing something about that one time but that was all. Anyway, I looked into it and discovered that it was realy a service that provided software allowing you to use various ham and non ham radios to communicate. Although there was a lot of nets in Europe there weren’t many listed in the U.S.

I downloaded the client software and tried it out and it seemed to work ok but didn’t see too many that I would be able to talk with. I then downloaded the Server software and installed it. Now I am running a “PC Only” FRN server. The network address is, port 10026, net01.  Actually Mike K5HUM was the first in our group to have a server and now we servers online by myself and also K0ATM, Joel, in MO. Our servers are strictly PC Only using VOIP, but you could easily used the software vhf or uhf transceivers.

Software and instruction is available at: Check it out and good luck. 

K5HUM’s Briefing Wiki

Check out the Briefing page on

A lot of very interesting information.

The Falling Flag

Book Review of  The Falling Flag / Evacuation of Richmond, Retreat and Surrender at Appomattox by Edward M. Boykin. It isn’t often that a book brings me to tears, but this is one of them. Written in 1874 by a Colonel in the Southern Army, it details the loss of Richmond and the moments leading up to the Confederate su…rrender by General Robert E. Lee. The respect given by Grant to the remnants of the Confederate Army was magnanimous. A fantastic read, highly recommended.

A Review of the Mobipocket Ebook Reader

I have been using the Mobipocket Reader for the past couple of weeks and in my opinion is the best software program available for reading eBooks on the Windows PC. It is especially great on a Laptop or Netbook. It includes the most features and enables you to read a number of different eBook formats. For more information on this software, visit:

How to Select an eBook Reader

Recently you are hearing a lot about eBook Readers. This covers a considerable bit of information. For starters, we need a definition of an eBook Reader. In simple terms an ebook reader is a device,  computer program or web site that allows you to read books in an electronic format. Having been an on and off  proof reader for Distributed Proofreaders (,  I became very much aware of the rapidly developing trend towards reading books in an electronic format.

My wife is an avid reader and our house has accumulated hundreds of books. When she travels she takes several books with her to read. With this in mind I set out to find an eBook reader device that would be suitable for her to use.  At this time I am aware of about 4 devices that can be used to read ebooks. These include the Sony Reader, the Amazon Kindle, a computer and of late the iPad by Apple.

I tried the Sony Reader and liked the device but did not like the software. I ended up sending the reader back and chose an Amazon Kindle 2 for the wife. This is an excellent ebook reader and allows you to directly download books from the Amazon Store to the Kindle with its built-in wireless connection, a free service. Amazon uses a proprietary ebook format called Mobi. You need to mostly get these books directly from Amazon, although sophisticated users can get them from other sources. I’d recommend the Kindle 2 for the average reader.

Now for those folks that are interested in reading ebooks on their laptop or desk computers. Amazon has skillfully come up with a computer program called “Kindle For PC”. This free software program allows anyone to open a free account and download books directly to their computer. Not only can you read the latest and greatest releases, you can read from a fantastically large source of free books.

Another software item that is capable of reading ebooks is the Adobe Digital Editions program, also available free at ( This program reads many digital formats, including epub, and pdf. This is a pretty good reader too. In addition to these programs, you can also read ebooks using your web browser.

If you are a Mozilla Firefox user, you can use an “Add-on” called “eBOOK READER”. This is an excellent reader but is only available to Firefox users. If you use MS Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, you can sign-up for a free internet account with “Bookworm” ( This is also an excellent ebook reader and has the advantage of allowing you to read books on any computer with an internet connection. Those books you choose are maintained online and always accessible.

I’ve only scratched the surface on this discussion of ebook readers but I hope it is sufficient to garner your interest and look further into this topic.