I feel like I found an easter egg!

I was jotting some notes for a future wiki page about how to debug network connections to dx clusters, and for my examples, I decided to use the host name dxspots.com.

and I ran across this:

sconklin@xps-1:/src/ubuntu$ whois dxspots.com

[ snip ] – some stuff removed

Registrant:
Ron Stordahl
701 Brooks Ave So
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: DXSPOTS.COM
Created on: 20-Nov-01
Expires on: 01-Jan-13
Last Updated on: 04-Oct-10

Administrative Contact:
Stordahl, Ron xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.com
701 Brooks Ave So
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
United States
+1.2186817900 Fax — +1.2186817901

Technical Contact:
Stordahl, Ron xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.com
701 Brooks Ave So
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
United States
+1.2186817900 Fax — +1.2186817901

Domain servers in listed order:
NS2.DXSPOTS.COM
NS1.DXSPOTS.COM
NS2.ONVOY.NET

Interesting. Almost any hardware hacker recognizes Thief River Falls as the home of Digi-Key, in the same way as one might hear a bell when someone mentions Benton Harbor.

Looking a little deeper:

sconklin@xps-1:/src/ubuntu$ nslookup dxspots.com
Server: 172.31.0.1
Address: 172.31.0.1#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: dxspots.com
Address: 204.221.76.52

sconklin@xps-1:/src/ubuntu$ whois 204.221.76.52
#
# Query terms are ambiguous. The query is assumed to be:
# “n 204.221.76.52″
#
# Use “?” to get help.
#

#
# The following results may also be obtained via:
# http://whois.arin.net/rest/nets;q=204.221.76.52?showDetails=true&showARIN=false
#

Digi-Key Corporation DIGIKEY1 (NET-204-221-76-0-1) 204.221.76.0 – 204.221.77.255
Onvoy ZAYO-204-220-0-0-15 (NET-204-220-0-0-1) 204.220.0.0 – 204.221.255.255

#
# ARIN WHOIS data and services are subject to the Terms of Use
# available at: https://www.arin.net/whois_tou.html
#

Ooooh, Digi-Key is actually hosting the dx cluster. Cool!

Final discovery? The registrant of the domain is Ron Stordahl, the founder and CEO of Digi-Key. Read the history for your self.

Nice! Thanks, Ron.

About these ads

About Steve

I'm Steve Conklin, AI4QR I'm employed by Canonical, Inc as a Linux Kernel Engineer. Interests include Linux, open source software and hardware, electronics and music, and amateur radio.
This entry was posted in ham and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s