Generate Icons Easily with Icon Generator

I’ve found a website that lets you generate professionally looking glossy icons which can be used in your own work, Icon Generator.

It lets you generate Adobe-style Icon or Star-shaped Icon complete with shadow, reflective and glossy effects which can be considered staple in the current Web 2.0 era.

The wizard’s UI is extremely easy to use and you can generate your icons for website, applications or print material instantly!

icon generator screenshot

icon generator screenshot

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MYCallsign – Malaysian Amateur Radio Callsign Query Mobile Application has been Updated!

MYCallsign – the Malaysian Amateur Radio Callsign Query Mobile Application has been updated, now it comes with a new spiffy logo. The mobile application can be installed on most Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola and Samsung phones. The application can be used to display information regarding an amateur radio callsign, such as handle (fullname), apparatus assignment (AA) and AA expiry date, and it is handy for recording QSO information in the logbook.

MYCallsign Screenshot MYCallsign Screenshot

MYCallsign Screenshot

The application is licensed under the GNU General Public License 2.0 and is available for download at MYCallsign GoogleCode website

The new MYCallsign logo was created by Piju (9W2PJU –

Beware of the new Yahoo Messenger Malware/Adware Bots

A day before Hari Raya Aidifitri 1431, I receive a message from a fellow amateur radio operator in my Yahoo Messenger client (I use Pidgin). The message was seemingly genuine from him asking if I’m receiving his message, after answering his questions, he proceeds to ask me to wait for a moment ask he wants me to try something. It turns out that he asks me to visit an online quiz website.

The exchange seems almost fluid and being done by a human being, except that my friend and I never had conversation in English! This seems all too fishy when he didn’t response to my conclusion that his computer is infected by a malware/virus. Here are the screenshot of the exchange, (warning: the transcripts contain expletives)

Yahoo messenger virus

Beware, these kind of viruses can compromise the security of your computer and may be used to harvest your password and other personal information for criminal intent. A seemingly innocent Online Quiz website may be used by phishers in order to commit fraudulent activity.

Verify whether it is really your friend is communicating with you and not somebody else or a program pretending to be him/her, and most importantly do not fell victim to Yahoo Messenger viruses, the result can be devastating.

Backup your Windows Driver easily with DriverBackup!

Windows users who are going to format their computer need not to worry about searching for hardware drivers anymore with DriverBackup! utility.

An easy to use utility, DriverBackup! searches for your hardware drivers in your windows operating system and let you select which of the drivers that you wished to archive, in order to be use later in new Windows installations.

drivers backup!

Why DriversBackup!? because it is a pain in the ass to search for free hardware drivers,

Driver for Wireless USB – Winbond W89C35 VID-0416 PID-0035

Here is the Windows XP driver for Winbond USB WiFi dongle with PID/VID 0416:0035. This driver enables the device to be use under Ubuntu operating system with ndiswrapper.

You can download the driver here – Winbond USB WiFI IS89C35 Winxp Driver

I included this driver on my blog post because there are many websites out there offering bogus drivers for this device, which are very annoying when you need the to use the device in a hurry.

MCMC has updated Malaysian Amateur Radio callsign database

MCMC (Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Comittee) has updated Malaysian Amateur Radio Apparatus Assignment and Callsign database, which can be viewed here – The updated database include details of newly registered hams who’ve recently passed RAE 2008-1 examination in April.

Alternatively you could try the experimental AJAX web interface from ashamradio callsign project. Thanks to 9M2CIO for making the database available to use freely.

10 Meter band ham radio calling frequency in Malaysia

Since 10 meter activities gained popularity lately in Malaysia, I decided to publish 10 meter calling frequency for the benefits of local hams in my region :

28.480 MHz USB
28.485 MHz USB
28.490 MHz USB
28.495 MHz USB
28.500 MHZ USB

Most local and DX activities concentrated on these frequencies with 28.490 MHz being the most popular for calling DX stations.

Tips for newbies hams on HF
Be sure to ask if the intended frequency is unoccupied by asking (“is this frequency in use ?”) at least three times. Then proceed to make a general call, “CQ CQ CQ this is 9W2QSO 9W2QSO 9W2QSO calling CQ CQ CQ, this is 9W2QSO calling any station and standing by” and listen for any call for few moments.

In Malaysia, the best time for 10 meter USB operation is around 4:20pm – 10pm, your milleage may vary though.

Good luck.

Moxon Antenna Plan for 27MHz CB and Freeband Operation

Here’s another 11 meter Moxon Antenna plan suitable for 27MHz CB, Freeband and lower 28MHz Amateur Radio operation band.

10 meter moxon
27MHz CB Moxon Antenna

A- 392.09 cm (154 3/8 inch)
B- 58.62 cm (23 1/16 inch)
C- 11.25 cm (4 7/16 inch)
D- 73.4 cm (28 7/8 inch)
E- 143.27 cm (56 7/16)

Gain, Radiation Pattern (mounted at approx 30feet)

Gain : Approx 10-11dBi (30 feet above the ground)
Freq range : 27.300 MHz – 28.300 MHz

11 meter 27MHz CB Homebrew Moxon Antenna

The main advantage of Moxon rectangle antenna are :

  • Compact and Small
  • Has considerable gain
  • It can eliminate noise on HF band
  • Easy to construct
  • Suitable for HF operation (mid-low radiation angle)

Refer here for 10 meter Moxon Antenna Plan for Amateur Radio operation (28.2MHz-28.8MHz) : 10 Meter Band Compact directional antenna, Moxon