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NEAR-Fest XXVII - May 1 & 2 2020 / Re: nearfest 2020
« Last post by W1RC on March 26, 2020, 09:47:02 PM »
March 27th, 2020.  This is it!  We have been canceled by Emergency Order #17...........

See you all in October - maybe.
NEAR-Fest XXVII - May 1 & 2 2020 / Re: nearfest 2020
« Last post by W4KSR on March 26, 2020, 09:25:49 PM »
Maybe we can help? 

I contacted Dr Gibby asking what help they need and he referred me to this web site...

Thank you so much for your very kind offer to help with this project.

We will be posting all updates and a forum on this webpage:

We are using an online form to organize contributions and volunteers. If you could please fill it out with details on how you can contribute, we will get back to you:

Please let me know if you have any specific questions and thank you again,

Leah Buletti
Editorial Assistant
UF Department of Anesthesiology
Amateur radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered to assist University of Florida Professor Sam Lampotang and his engineering team in their quest to rapidly develop an open-source, low-cost patient ventilator that can be built anywhere from such commonly available components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler valves. The amateur radio volunteers are developing Arduino-based control software that will set the respiratory rate and other key parameters in treating critically ill coronavirus victims.

Multiple volunteers responding to a call for help from Gordon Gibby, MD, KX4Z, included noted software developer Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and uBITX transceiver maker Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE. University of Florida physicians are working to address the critical legal aspects as the design moves closer to fruition.

The ventilator’s valves would precisely time compressed oxygen flow into patient breathing circuits under Arduino control, allowing exhausted patients with “stiff” lungs impacted by viral pneumonia to survive until their body can clear the infection. The software design team is also adding simple features such as an LCD display, encoders to choose parameters, and watchdog safety features. -- Thanks to Gordon Gibby, KX4Z From ARRL NEWS
2019 Novel Corona Virus Resource and Information / ATLANTIC MONTHLY Articles
« Last post by W1RC on March 25, 2020, 08:35:56 AM »
Excellent stuff made available at no charge by ATLANTIC MONTHLY magazine during the Covid-19 crisis.
Here is a list of New England area events and their current status as of March 26th 2020.

Please note:  This list is in no way intended to replace or compete with the iconic W1GSL New England Area Ham - Electronic Flea Market  list published and distributed for several decades by Steve of M.I.T. fame who is currently taking a break from these activities.  This list will be discontinued and replaced by Steve’s list when he resumes compiling it.

Steve’s most current list normally appears here:

Cancelled (check organization/club web site for reschedule information)

March 22:  Henniker NH CVARC
March 29:  Southington CT. Southington Amateur Radio Ass’n. Flea Market Bruce 203 704 7073
April 4: Hampton NH Seacoast Amateur Radio Flea Market
April 10,11: Lewiston ME ARRL Maine State Convention Ivan 207 577 5152
April 17: Manchester CT.  Eastern VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference
April 18: Center Ossipee  NH Lakes Region Hamfest and Flea Market
April 19: Cambridge MA   Flea at MIT Mitch 617 253 3776
April 25: Gales Ferry CT   RASON Auction
April 16: Thompson CT    Eastern CT Amateur Radio Ass’n. Jon 508 943 4467
May 1,2: Deerfield NH NEAR-Fest XXVII Mike 978 250 1235
May 15-17 Xenia OH Dayton HamVention 
May 17:  Cambridge MA   Flea at MIT Mitch 617 253 3776
Sept 11,12: Lewiston ME  Lewiston ME ARRL Maine State Convention Ivan 207 577 5152

Scheduled (check before making plans, reservations)

May 16: Goshen CT: Southern Berkshire A R C
June 21:  Cambridge MA   Flea at MIT Mitch 617 253 3776
July 19:   Cambridge MA   Flea at MIT Mitch 617 253 3776
July 24-26: Marlborough MA Northeast HamXposition (ARRL New England Convention) Note: formerly Boxborough.
Aug 15: Milo ME  Three Rivers Hamfest George
Aug 16:  Cambridge MA   Flea at MIT Mitch 617 253 3776
Aug 23: Newtown CT Western CT Hamfest
Sept 12: Windsor ME  Augusta Amateur Radio Ass’n
Sept 20: Cambridge MA   Flea at MIT Mitch 617 253 3776
Oct 11: Meriden CT Nutmeg Hamfest John 203 440-4973
Oct 16,17: Deerfield NH  NEAR-Fest XXVIII Mike 978 250 1235
Oct 18:  Cambridge MA   Flea at MIT Mitch 617 253 3776
Courtesy of the Ontario Health Ministry....
As an addendum to this treatise here is a link to a very interesting document from the Journal of Hospital Infection that discusses persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents. Here it is now.....

Also an article from The Atlantic Monthly, March 20th, 2020, entitled Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful.
Here are some links that attest to the efficacy of DILUTED iodine gargles against viruses.  The first two are detailed research studies.  The third is one that attests to the effectiveness of DILUTED iodine against viruses.  A summary outline of this last paper may be found under the third URL link.
Practical use of DILUTED povidone‐iodine antiseptic in the maintenance of oral health and in the prevention and treatment of common oropharyngeal infections - Kanagalingam - 2015 - International Journal of Clinical Practice - Wiley Online Library
In Vitro Bactericidal and Virucidal Efficacy of Povidone-Iodine Gargle/Mouthwash Against Respiratory and Oral Tract Pathogens
This is the complete article about the effect of DILUTED iodine on viruses followed by a summary outline:
DILUTED Iodine: the Forgotten Weapon Against Influenza Viruses
David Derry, MD, PhD
“After the 1918 Influenza Pandemic which killed an estimated 30 million people, governments financed research on the Pandemic’s causes.
• Over 25 years, influenza viruses were isolated and methods for killing them with various agents discovered.
***• DILUTED Iodine was the most effective agent for killing viruses, especially influenza viruses.
***• DILUTED Aerosol iodine was found to kill viruses in sprayed mists, and solutions of iodine were equally effective.
• In 1945, Burnet and Stone found that putting DILUTED iodine on mice snouts prevented the mice from being infected with live influenza virus in mists.
***• They suggested that impregnating masks with DILUTED iodine would help stop viral spread.
• They also recommended that medical personnel have DILUTED iodine-aerosol-treated rooms for examination and treatment of highly infected patients.
• Current methods of dealing with influenza infection are isolation, hand washing, antiviral drugs, and vaccinations.
***• All of these methods can be improved by incorporating DILUTED iodine into them.
***• When impregnated with DILUTED iodine, masks become much more effective, and hand washing is more effect when done with mild iodine solutions.
• Isolation techniques coupled with aerosol DILUTED iodine would make them safer for patients, medical personnel, and all persons working with the public.
• Public health authorities could organize the distribution of DILUTED iodine and at the same time educate the public in the effective use of iodine.
• DILUTED Oral iodine might also boost body defense mechanisms in the upper oral and respiratory mucus membranes.
• Conclusion: DILUTED Iodine incorporated into masks, solutions, aerosols, and oral preparations could help kill influenza viruses and reduce the spread of the H1N1 virus.”
[Whether such measures would be as effective for COVID-19 is yet unreported/known.]
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The corona class of virus is known to mutate easily.
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DILUTED Iodine administered by stomach tube has been shown to increase the infection fighting capacity of biological systems already part of the respiratory tract lining (epithelium).
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Iodine MUST be DILUTED before use as gargle, mouthwash or spray. Tincture of Iodine contains 2% iodine and 2% sodium iodide in 50% alcohol. Strong iodine solution, known as “Lugol’s Solution”, contains 5% iodine and 10% potassium iodide in aqueous solution.
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Iodine is an essential nutrient required for development and functioning of the thyroid gland and the production of thyroxine.
However, very large amounts of supplemental iodine can suppress the body’s feedback system that regulates the production if the hormone thyroxine.
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