Tuesday, December 01, 2020
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LSR's ISP was in the process of cleaning up their IP space, and requested we update our IP address to a new area. We happily obliged, and went through the processes required. There was very little down time identified and the process went generally smoothly. 

While tackling this process, our technical admin team took the opportunity to put additional measures in place to enhance security and spam prevention - We added DKIM and DNSSEC services (and fixed a few bugs while at it). This should help with ensuring email from LSR gets to where they need to be. 

After a couple days worth of work, VE3LSR D-Star is fully upgraded and on new infrastructure. There might be a little more tweaks to do, however the worst of the work is over.

G2 -> G3 Upgrade

We decoupled the G3 registration server from the rest of the systems. This is now a fully stand alone system that only does registration. At the same time, it was upgraded from the G2 version to the G3.

ircddbgateway upgrade

This was challenging. We've settled on using virtualization, and dockerization for our systems and services. Where ever possible, we build systems using a micro-service design. IE; One "container" per service. The team was able to get ircddbgateway running inside a container making future upgrades clean, and easy.

All of our work is placed into open source!

You can find all our docker work, online in the docker hub - https://cloud.docker.com/u/ve3lsr/ -- Even the build scripts are open source! Click on a project, and find the github link to be taken to the builds.

Had a minor flood at the VE3LSR site on Feb 4, 2019. The rains overnight coupled with the frozen ground saw us mopping up another 80 litres of water from the floor today. This is not the first time this has happened this year! 
Fortunately the water alarm we installed a few years ago notified us by email and VA3VD organised a cleanup. There was no damage due to the flood to any radio or computer equipment but exercise was had by both Dave (VA3VD) and Doug (VE3ADS).  Plans are being formulated to minimize this for next year.  Maybe some landscaping!

Had a minor flood at the VE3LSR site on New Years Day. The rains overnight coupled with the frozen ground saw us mopping up about 80 litres of water from the floor today. This is not the first time this has happened but it is the first time in January! 
Fortunately the water alarm we installed a few years ago notified us by email and VA3VD organised a cleanup. There was no damage due to the flood to any radio or computer equipment.

The tech team is excited to announce that the LSR D-Star Registration Server has been upgraded from the previous G2 version to the new G3 version. Existing users have been migrated. We look forward to amateur radio operators using the new features.

Note: Maintaining the registration server and all LSR services do require time and money. If you use the LSR registration servers, please be considerate and become a member.

The new software has significant improvements over its previous version and will enable D-STAR users to operate the “Terminal ID” and “Access Point” features for the ID-51EPlus2 and ID-4100E D-STAR radios.

In the process of this upgrade, the registration server, and D-Star repeaters have been fully decoupled. This means that this service does not impact our Local D-Star Repeaters and additional work and upgrades can be completed.