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INMARSAT

Bob DeVarney
 

After my GOES weather satellite station project this fall, I had some extra bits left over, a whole spare dish, feed, even had the pole mount and coax coming into the house from the previously aborted antenna location. The front porch location didn't work well for GOES-16 due to foliage, but turns out it is absolutely clear to INMARSAT 4-F3 at 98 degrees West.
Long story short I decided to revive my INMARSAT station. Only thing I had to purchase new was a $25 NooElec preamp for INMARSAT.

(Years ago I had built a small helix antenna for 1550 MHz and hacked a GPS cone antenna to reuse the internal preamp (GPS cones have an internal filter for INMARSAT frequencies; I removed this filter) and used an AOR-7000 receiver and it worked pretty well.)

Fast forward to 2020 and you can do the same thing with a $40 SDR. Demo software is available from www.inmarsatdecoder.com

Below are a couple sample messages I've received in the first half hour of operation:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
LES21 Marlink 10.10.107.29  1-FEB-2020 14:59:23 459355

AVURNAV CAYENNE 037/19
FRENCH GUIANA - GRAND CONNETABLE

Firing exercise with air assets will be conducted from 191200UTC DEC 19 to 191400UTC DEC 19 in area established within 2NM radius centered on this position:
04-56N 052-00W

Vessels to remain clear of this area during this exercise.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
SECURITE
FM VALPARAISO PLAYA ANCHA RADIO/CBV
FEB  01  14:50 UTC 2020
=
ANTARCTIC WEATHER REPORT ZONE IX VALID 010800/012000 LT.
SYNOPTIC SITUATION:
EAST SECTOR (SOUTH LAT 60S BETWEEN LONG 50W/75W): FRONTAL.
CENTRAL SECTOR (SOUTH LAT 60S BETWEEN LONG 75W/95W): POSTFRONTAL
UNSTABILITY.
WEST SECTOR (SOUTH LAT 60S BETWEEN LONG 95W/120W): POSTFRONTAL
UNSTABILITY TO RIDGE.
FORECAST:
DRAKE PASSAGE SOUTH (BETWEEN LAT 60S/63S): OVERCAST, VIS 1/4 KM
MIST/RAIN, WIND N/NE 10/15 KT INCREASING PM 20/25 KT GUST 35 KT, SEA
STATE MODERATE TO ROUGH (2.0/3.0 M).
BRANSFIELD STRAIT: OVERCAST VIS 10/4 KM RAIN WIND NORTHEAST 10/15 KT
INCREASING PM 20/25 KT GUST 35 KT, SEA STATE SLIGHT TO MODERATE
(1.0/2.0 M) WITH 1-3 TENTH OF SEA ICE TO SOUTH OF SECTOR.
FILDES BAY: OVERCAST, VIS 1/4 KM MIST/RAIN, WIND NORTHEAST 5/10 KT
INCREASING PM 15/20 KT, SEA STATE RIPPLED TO SLIGHT IN BAY.
CHILE BAY: OVERCAST, VIS 1/4 KM MIST/RAIN, WIND NORTHEAST 10/15 KT
INCREASING PM NE/E 20/25 KT, SEA STATE RIPPLED VARYING TO MODERATE
IN BAY.
RADA COVADONGA: OVERCAST, VIS 1/4 KM MIST/SNOWFALL, WIND NORTHEAST
10/15 KT SHIFTING END PERIOD SOUTHEAST 15/20 KT SEA STATE RIPPLED TO
SLIGHT (0.4/1.0 M) WITH 1-3 TENTH OF SEA ICE IN RADA COVADONGA.
WEDDELL SEA: OVERCAST, VIS 8/4 KM MIST, WIND NW/N SHIFTING END OF
PERIOD NORTHEAST 5/15 KT, SEA STATE SMOOTH TO RIPPLED (0.1/0.5 M)
WITH 1-3 TENTH OF ICE IN PASSAGE ANTARCTIC AND 4-6 TENTH OF SEA ICE
IN GULF EREBUS AND TERROR.
WEST COAST OHIGGINS LAND OD SOUTHEAST 15/20 KT
INCREASING PM 20/25 KT, SEA STATE MODERATE TO ROUGH (2.0/3.0 M).
WEST SECTOR:OVERCAST VIS 4/10 KM SHOWERS WIND S/SW 20/25 KT SHIFTING
TO WEST OF SECTOR NW/N 10/15 KT GUST 25 KT, SEA STATE MODERATE TO
ROUGH (2.0/3.0 M).
NOTE: PRESENCE OF ICEBERG.
A64 SIZE 16X11 MN, LAT.-69B073'S/LONG.-60B098'W.
A68A SIZE 82X26 MN, LAT.-64B001'S/LONG.-54B007'W.
A68B SIZE 7X3 MN, LAT.-64B062'S/LONG.-58B047'W.
(SOURCE: NATIONAL ICE CENTER).
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VALPARAISO PLAYA ANCHA RADIO/CBV
MMSI  :007251860.
PHONE :56-32-2208974
E-MAIL:CBVRADIO(A)DIRECTEMAR.CL
NNNN

STARC Monthly Meeting - Thu, 01/30/2020 #cal-notice

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STARC Monthly Meeting

When:
Thursday, 30 January 2020
7:00pm to 8:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:
St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans VT

Organizer:
n1fbz@... 9732222319

Description:
This is the January 2020 STARC Monthly Meeting.
Check:  http://www.starc.org/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/starcinc/
for the latest info on this event.  We look forward to having an eyeball QSO with you at this meeting.

73 de STARC

Upcoming Event: STARC Monthly Meeting - Thu, 01/30/2020 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: STARC Monthly Meeting

When: Thursday, 30 January 2020, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans VT

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Organizer: n1fbz n1fbz@... 9732222319

Description: This is the January 2020 STARC Monthly Meeting.
Check:  http://www.starc.org/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/starcinc/
for the latest info on this event.  We look forward to having an eyeball QSO with you at this meeting.

73 de STARC

Upcoming Event: STARC Monthly Meeting - Thu, 01/30/2020 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: STARC Monthly Meeting

When: Thursday, 30 January 2020, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans VT

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Organizer: n1fbz n1fbz@... 9732222319

Description: This is the January 2020 STARC Monthly Meeting.
Check:  http://www.starc.org/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/starcinc/
for the latest info on this event.  We look forward to having an eyeball QSO with you at this meeting.

73 de STARC

shameless promotion-- meeting presentation-- or what I did with my late summer

Bob DeVarney
 

I know it's a bit short notice; I meant to put this out yesterday.

Tomorrow I will be presenting a program on receiving the Weather Satellites at the January RANV meeting at The Wheeler House at 1100 Dorset Street in South Burlington. This marks a change from the regular meeting time and night for RANV; a change they are trying for the winter months in response to survey results regarding folks not wanting to drive in poor weather or after dark.

In the presentation, I'll be covering the nuts and volts of receiving the NOAA, Russian Meteor, and GOES geostationary satellites-- what's required from antenna to computer software and everything in between. I'll also be showing some of the typical results you can expect to see from your own station should you decide to do a similar station of your own.

The RANV meeting is at 1 PM at The Wheeler House at 1100 Dorset Street in South Burlington. Hope to see you there!

73 de W1ICW

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Re: Amateur Radio nets of interest to local hams

Jason Garneau
 

Hi Ruth,

Thank you for both suggestions!  I'll add these to the future list.


- Jason / K1LOL

On Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 7:32 PM RUTH A RING <ruth_ring@...> wrote:

The 3905 Century Club Net might be a good way for some operators to make lots of contacts.

http://3905ccn.com/

For those interested in Morse Code, there’s the Straight Key Century Club:

http://www.skccgroup.com/

It’s free to join and they have a lot of helpful info.

 

Ruth/KJ1V

 

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From: Jason Garneau
Sent: Monday, January 6, 2020 11:47 AM
To: STARC@groups.io
Subject: [STARC] Amateur Radio nets of interest to local hams

 

Good morning,

I'd like to put together a listing of all V/UHF and HF nets of interest to AROs in our region.  "Of interest" is kind of open-ended, but I was looking for stuff of a local, Vermont, or New England nature.  Stuff like the Vermont Net would be perfect.  If you have any information on stuff you feel would be appropriate for this list, please send it along and I'll get it up on the website.

Thanks!
-Jason / K1LOL

 

Re: Amateur Radio nets of interest to local hams

RUTH A RING
 

The 3905 Century Club Net might be a good way for some operators to make lots of contacts.

http://3905ccn.com/

For those interested in Morse Code, there’s the Straight Key Century Club:

http://www.skccgroup.com/

It’s free to join and they have a lot of helpful info.

 

Ruth/KJ1V

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Jason Garneau
Sent: Monday, January 6, 2020 11:47 AM
To: STARC@groups.io
Subject: [STARC] Amateur Radio nets of interest to local hams

 

Good morning,

I'd like to put together a listing of all V/UHF and HF nets of interest to AROs in our region.  "Of interest" is kind of open-ended, but I was looking for stuff of a local, Vermont, or New England nature.  Stuff like the Vermont Net would be perfect.  If you have any information on stuff you feel would be appropriate for this list, please send it along and I'll get it up on the website.

Thanks!
-Jason / K1LOL

 

Amateur Radio nets of interest to local hams

Jason Garneau
 

Good morning,

I'd like to put together a listing of all V/UHF and HF nets of interest to AROs in our region.  "Of interest" is kind of open-ended, but I was looking for stuff of a local, Vermont, or New England nature.  Stuff like the Vermont Net would be perfect.  If you have any information on stuff you feel would be appropriate for this list, please send it along and I'll get it up on the website.

Thanks!
-Jason / K1LOL

December 2019 STARC Meeting/Holiday Party - Thu, 12/19/2019 #cal-notice

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December 2019 STARC Meeting/Holiday Party

When:
Thursday, 19 December 2019
6:00pm to 8:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:
St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans VT

Description:
This is the December 2019 STARC Monthly Meeting and Pot Luck Holiday Party.
Check:  http://www.starc.org/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/starcinc/
for the latest info on this event.  We look forward to having an eyeball QSO with you at this meeting.

73 de STARC

Upcoming Event: December 2019 STARC Meeting/Holiday Party - Thu, 12/19/2019 6:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: December 2019 STARC Meeting/Holiday Party

When: Thursday, 19 December 2019, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans VT

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Description: This is the December 2019 STARC Monthly Meeting and Pot Luck Holiday Party.
Check:  http://www.starc.org/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/starcinc/
for the latest info on this event.  We look forward to having an eyeball QSO with you at this meeting.

73 de STARC

Upcoming Event: December 2019 STARC Meeting/Holiday Party - Thu, 12/19/2019 6:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: December 2019 STARC Meeting/Holiday Party

When: Thursday, 19 December 2019, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans VT

View Event

Description: This is the December 2019 STARC Monthly Meeting and Pot Luck Holiday Party.
Check:  http://www.starc.org/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/starcinc/
for the latest info on this event.  We look forward to having an eyeball QSO with you at this meeting.

73 de STARC

Debian Ham Radio

V Zecchinelli
 

Good morning,

Don't know how many if any but anyone interested in Debian, Raspberry Pi for Ham Radio this is a good site to check out.
https://www.debian.org/blends/hamradio/

73 Vince N1VIN

Christmas Eve transmission from SAQ Grimeton, December 24, 2019

Bob DeVarney
 

Let's hope they are audible for a change. That would make a nice Christmas gift!



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Christmas Eve transmission from SAQ Grimeton, December 24, 2019
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2019 08:43:17 +0000
From: Grimeton Radio Station SAQ <info@....se>
Reply-To: Grimeton Radio Station SAQ <info@....se>
To: w1icw@...


News from
the Alexander Association
Grimeton SAQ Veteran Radio Friends
www.alexander.n.se

Scheduled transmission from Grimeton Radio / SAQ on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019

In the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, we will try to start the old Alexanderson 200 kW transmitter, from 1924 and send out a Christmas message on VLF 17.2 kHz CW. The transmitter will be tuned up from around 08:30 (07:30 UTC) and a message* will be transmitted at 09:00 (08:00 UTC).

Guests are welcome to attend the transmission at the radio station in Grimeton from 08:00 local time. The Alexander association will arrange Coffee and Christmas cookies, free of charge. No entrance fee.

For those of you who can not attend, we will broadcast the event live from Grimeton, Sweden on our YouTube Channel.

NEW !
ONLINE RECEPTION REPORT FORM - PLEASE NO E-MAIL REPORTS!

We are introducing a new online SAQ reception report form to be used by listeners to report reception of any SAQ transmissions. We are kindly asking listeners not to send SAQ reception reports via E-mail.

QSL-reports to SAQ are kindly received via:
Reception report form at alexander.n.se/receptionreport
- or via: SM bureau
- or direct by postal mail to:

The Alexander Association
Radiostationen Grimeton 72
SE-432 98 GRIMETON
S W E D E N

The SK6SAQ amateur radio station will be QRV on the following frequencies:
– 7.035 kHz CW or
– 14.035 kHz CW or
– 3.755 kHz SSB

Two stations will be on the air most of the time.

WELCOME!
World Heritage Grimeton Radio station and The Alexander Association
For further details, se grimeton.org or alexander.n.se



*The world heritage site Grimeton is a living cultural heritage. All transmissions with the long-wave transmitter SAQ are therefore preliminary and may be set at short notice.








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Re: [NEDECN] ISS to Earth QSO, Thursday 12/5

Bob DeVarney
 

Please note the corrected time, one hour earlier.



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Re: [NEDECN] ISS to Earth QSO, Thursday 12/5
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2019 13:23:19 -0500
From: Bill Barber <ne1b.c6awb@...>
To: n1esk2@..., NEDECN - New England Dig. <nedecn@...>


CORRECTION on Time.  1 hour earlier at 12:55 PM on Thursday!
Thanks to David for catching this!
NARS website has been corrected.

73,
Bill, NE1B

On Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 11:04 AM <n1esk2@...> wrote:

Bill,

 

Hello from sunny eastern Tennessee. I copied your email regarding the kids at Council Rock HS ISS to Earth QSO. I double checked the ARISS schedule and found the contact should begin at 17:56:31 UTC. This works out to 12:55 EST, not 13:55. I confirmed this with SATPC32. Please double check my math, but I think your announcement may be off by an hour.

 

We have set up a satellite ground station at the Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge, TN to assist their STEM students in their plans to build and launch a picosatellite next October. Construction is underway on their bird, known as RAMSAT. The flight has been manifested. https://www.wvlt.tv/video?vid=558683522 .

 

We hope to have the station operational, aligned, and synched up with the components in time for this pass.

 

Be well,

 

David Andrews, N1ESK

 

From: nedecn@... <nedecn@...> On Behalf Of Bill Barber
Sent: Friday, November 29, 2019 9:19 AM
To: NEDECN - New England Dig. <nedecn@...>
Subject: [NEDECN] ISS to Earth QSO, Thursday 12/5

 

International Space Station

There will be an ISS Crew Contact taking place over the eastern United States on Thursday, December 5th beginning around 1:55 pm eastern time. The contact will be a direct one with the Council Rock, H.S. in Holland, PA (near Philadelphia, PA). Astronaut Drew Morgan, KI5AAA will be hosting the contact.

Fred, AB1OC, will be the ARISS Mentor for this contact and plans to be on-site at the school during the event.

The ISS pass associated with this contact is a high one (71 degrees at TCA) and we should be able to hear Drew answering the student's questions on the ISS Voice Downlink at 145.800 MHz FM. The pass will last 10-15 minutes. It should be possible to hear the downlink with simple 2m vertical antennas or even an HT.

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STARC November Meeting - Thu, 11/21/2019 #cal-notice

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STARC November Meeting

When:
Thursday, 21 November 2019
7:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:
St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans VT

Description:
This is the November 2019 STARC Monthly Meeting.
Check:  http://www.starc.org/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/starcinc/
for the latest info on this event.  We look forward to having an eyeball QSO with you at this meeting.

73 de STARC

Re: [RANV] ESS Surplus in Manchester closing <sob>

Bob DeVarney
 

It is, or will soon be, a very unique place. Hard to describe it, you just gotta see it to understand it.

On 11/21/2019 6:01 PM, Paul N. Gayet AA1SU wrote:
Bob,
Sorry to hear that a store you like so much is closing.
Sounds like a really neat store.

73
Paul N. Gayet  AA1SU
ARRL Vermont Section Manager
Fists #4028

On 11/21/2019 5:47 PM, Bob DeVarney wrote:
Sad to say, but my absolute favorite place to shop in the whole world is going out of business.

Electronic Surplus Services of 900 Candia Road in Manchester NH is selling off it's entire inventory of parts, tools, manuals, and chemicals and closing it's doors after a long run.

How long? I really can't say. I've only discovered them myself about ten years ago, but since then I've made it a mandatory visit every six months or so.

Since it's a surplus outfit, you never know what they will have in stock, but there is always a good stock of wire and cable (at 3 dollars per pound on the spool) a bewildering variety of sizes and colors of heatshrink tubing, switches, connectors, NTE replacement semiconductors, capacitors, resistors, electronic tools including ratcheting crimpers for RF connectors, oodles of laptop-style power supplies, video monitors, LEDs, AKRO bins, you name it. Over the years I've purchased several soldering and desoldering stations there, a very nice full size assembly bench, draftsman's chairs, said AKRO bins, several items of test equipment, coaxial cable, silver-plated copper braid, even nylon braid to put over top of a custom wiring harness I made for a set of Morrow Twins.

Did I mention everything is 50% off while it lasts? Have I got your attention now?

I will sure hate to see 'em go... probably the last store anywhere in the area to carry anything of a useful nature in the electronics parts genre.

SK de W1ICW






-- 
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ESS Surplus in Manchester closing <sob>

Bob DeVarney
 

Sad to say, but my absolute favorite place to shop in the whole world is going out of business.

Electronic Surplus Services of 900 Candia Road in Manchester NH is selling off it's entire inventory of parts, tools, manuals, and chemicals and closing it's doors after a long run.

How long? I really can't say. I've only discovered them myself about ten years ago, but since then I've made it a mandatory visit every six months or so.

Since it's a surplus outfit, you never know what they will have in stock, but there is always a good stock of wire and cable (at 3 dollars per pound on the spool) a bewildering variety of sizes and colors of heatshrink tubing, switches, connectors, NTE replacement semiconductors, capacitors, resistors, electronic tools including ratcheting crimpers for RF connectors, oodles of laptop-style power supplies, video monitors, LEDs, AKRO bins, you name it. Over the years I've purchased several soldering and desoldering stations there, a very nice full size assembly bench, draftsman's chairs, said AKRO bins, several items of test equipment, coaxial cable, silver-plated copper braid, even nylon braid to put over top of a custom wiring harness I made for a set of Morrow Twins.

Did I mention everything is 50% off while it lasts? Have I got your attention now?

I will sure hate to see 'em go... probably the last store anywhere in the area to carry anything of a useful nature in the electronics parts genre.

SK de W1ICW

Upcoming Event: STARC November Meeting - Thu, 11/21/2019 7:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: STARC November Meeting

When: Thursday, 21 November 2019, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans VT

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Description: This is the November 2019 STARC Monthly Meeting.
Check:  http://www.starc.org/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/starcinc/
for the latest info on this event.  We look forward to having an eyeball QSO with you at this meeting.

73 de STARC

QST QST QST - ARRL VE Test Session - November 16, 2019

n1fbz
 

QST QST QST - ARRL VE Test Session - November 16, 2019

This is a QST.

The Northwestern Vermont ARRL VE Team has scheduled the following Amateur Radio Exam session, right here in Franklin county:

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time: 9:00am

Location: North Western Medical Center (NMC)

Conference Room 3 (follow signs to the Conference Center / East Entrance): 133 Fairfield St St. Albans, VT 05478

Please feel free to contact Eric J. Lessard with any questions at either lessarderic29@... or 802-497-9000

73 de STARC

Re: [RANV] Weather Sat bits and bobs for sale

Bob DeVarney
 

For those who are interested, the first two tiers (NOAA and Meteor) can be received with a simple ground plane antenna you probably already own (think your 2 meter antenna) and a simple RTL-SDR dongle. You won't get crystal clear imagery from horizon to horizon, but you will get good enough results to probably make you want to get a preamp and maybe build an antenna just for weather sat stuff.

Tutorials here:

https://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-tutorial-receiving-noaa-weather-satellite-images/

http://happysat.nl/Setup_Meteor/Setup.html

And my offer stands to do a club presentation at some point.

On 11/10/2019 8:56 AM, Bob DeVarney wrote:

Items have been sold.

On 11/9/2019 1:40 PM, Bob DeVarney W1ICW wrote:

Hi All,

for the past month+ I have been upgrading my weather satellite station. Previously I have used an Icom PCR-1000 to receive the NOAA polar orbiting satellites at 137 MHz (NOAAs 15, 18, and 19) and copy their APT format weather pictures.