The ANARC website has been available using the http protocol for most of it’s life. However, this means that all the text and content is transmitted over the internet as plain text. From it’s location on a webserver all the way to your browser on your device all the text can be read by anyone.
In one sense this doesn’t really matter very much. We are just a radio club website. Nothing is really secret here!
Most larger websites use the https protocol. This is the secure version of http. When a connection is made the contents are encrypted during the journey from the website to your browser. Https is used by shopping sites and banks to secure the connection. It’s so important that search engines like Google are prioritising sites that are protected by https. Effectively your site moves down the the search engine ranks if you don’t use https.
To implement the https protocol on this website I use a certificate from SSL For Free. This is a project that allows all websites to get a security certificate at very low cost. In this case free.
So as of today you can access anarc.net as https://anarc.net securely. (It’s not quite totally secure because some of the images get sent unecrypted).
The certificate lasts for 90 days and I renew it to keep it going.
We are back to Bowes Railway Museum on Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September 2018 for Heritage Weekend. From 10:00 to 15:00 on each day we will be transmitting from the historic railway in Gateshead.
We expect to be using 2m, 40m and 80m transmitting equipment. As many modes as we can manage and hitting the repeater too for a bit of chat.
October is the time of year for Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). Amateur Radio helps the scouts get their communication badges in an organised joint event.
David Stansfield (G0EVV) has been approached to coordinate this year. If you are able to help out from 08:00 until 16:00 on Saturday 20th October 2018 then we would love to hear from you.
As previously we will provide the activities necessary to achieve the communication badge. This is an opportunity to operate a Special Event Station where the Scouts send a greetings message, or to assist the Scouts to learn something about Amateur Radio. This is an opportunity to go on the air and get experience. We run 3 stations on HF and VHF and tall about the phonetic alphabet and propagation with a little Morse thrown in.
Venue: The House on the Hill, Hillhead Road, West Denton, Newcastle NE5 (just off A69) parking on site.
Let the secretary know if you would like to join in so we can get the numbers right.
The Bowes Railway, built by George Stephenson in 1826, is the world’s only operational preserved standard gauge cable railway system, built to transport coal from pits in Durham to boats on the River Tyne.