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Re: Extending HT Battery Life

Clint Bradford
 
Edited

According to the Cadex Corp ...

"The Eneloop NiMH by Panasonic and Sanyo has reduced the self-discharge by a factor of six. This means you can store the charged battery six times longer than a regular NiMH before a recharge becomes necessary. The drawback of the Eneloop to regular NiMH is a slightly lower specific energy."

The manufacturers of Eneloop also state their cells can be charged up to "2,000+" times - which is a little 
contrary to existing literature on the NiMH chemistry. The Eneloop "Pro" only "500" charges.

Clint

QSL Card for ISS Reception

Clint Bradford
 

Did you know you can receive (pun intended) a QSL card for merely receiving signals from the ISS?

You do not need to complete a voice contact with an astronaut ... If you simply receive signals, or receive 
SSTV or packet - you can acquire a QSL card!

Per the ARISS.org Web site - 

Please send your QSL report by mail  to the address of the office listed below for your region. Include in your QSL report: date, time in UTC, frequency and mode (voice, packet or sstv). If you wish to receive a card, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with proper postage or with sufficient International Reply Coupons (at least 2 IRCs). 

Email addresses listed below are provided for inquiries only-- you must apply for QSL cards by mail.

Send your QSL cards or reports to one of the following addresses: 

USA:
Bruce Hunter, W6WW
ARISS USA QSL Manager
13436 Lakota Road
Apple Valley CA 92308
Email

Canada and the Americas, except USA:
Radio Amateurs of Canada
ARISS QSL
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
Ottawa Ontario
K1G 0Z5

Europe, Africa and the Middle East:

Christophe Candébat , F1MOJ
ARISS Europe QSL Manager
19 Chemin des Escoumeilles
66820 Vernet les Bains
France
Email


Japan, Asia, Pacific and Australia:
ARISS Japan QSL
JARL International Section
Otsuka HT Bldg.
3-43-1 Minamiotsuka
Toshima-ku
Tokyo 170-8073
JAPAN

Russia:
Alexander Davydov, RN3DK
Novo - Mytishchinsky prospekt 52 - 111
Mytishchi 18, Moskovskaya obl.
141018, RUSSIA
Email


/end/

Re: Vandenberg Launch

Clint Bradford
 

LAUNCH UPDATE: The ULA Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission launch date is under review. A new launch date and time will be provided pending the results of additional testing.
 
“We continue to remedy the technical issues that caused the last scrub of the Delta IV Heavy, and are working with our partners, the National Reconnaissance Office and the U.S. Air Force, to ensure that we fly when it is safe to do so,” said Gary Wentz, vice president of Government and Commercial programs, “we understand that this is a high-priority mission for the nation’s warfighters and we take our commitment to safety and mission assurance seriously.”

AO-92 Hiccup ...

Clint Bradford
 
Edited

If you watch AMSAT-NA's Twitter feed to see when the control team 
switches AO-92 to 1.2GHz UPlink mode, you "saw" them do that 
for Saturday. But ...

AO-92 "reset" itself during that mode ... and reset itself a second time and 
reverted to 440 UP / 2M DOWN. The resets occurred at ...

January 6 - 03:21 UTC
January 7 - 02:32 UTC

BOTTOM LINE: Watch their Twitter feed!

Clint

Re: AO-92 Hiccup ...

Jer W
 

Clint,
I do not use twitter so where would I be able to get that info?

Jerry

On Monday, January 7, 2019, 4:01:06 PM EST, Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford@...> wrote:


If you watch AMSAT-NA's Twitter feed to see when the control team 
switches AO-92 to 1.2GHz UPlink mode, you "saw" them do that 
for Saturday. But ...

AO-92 "reset" itself during that mode ... and reset itself a second time and 
reverted to 440 UP / 2M DOWN. The resets occurred at ...

January 6 - 03:21 UTC
January 7 - 02:32 UTC

BOTTOM LINE: Watch their Twitter feed!

Clint

SO ... Just be ready 

Re: AO-92 Hiccup ...

Clint Bradford
 
Edited

The '92 Control Team Status Page -

http://www.amsat.org/tlm/health.php?id=4&port=

If the entry "LBand Uplink Enabled = TRUE" - then it's in L/v mode.

If it is "= False" - then its U/v.
 
Clint

On Jan 7, 2019, at 1:41 PM, Jer W <jplanner@...> wrote:
 
Clint,
I do not use twitter so where would I be able to get that info?
 
Jerry
 
On Monday, January 7, 2019, 4:01:06 PM EST, Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford@...> wrote:
 
 
If you watch AMSAT-NA's Twitter feed to see when the control team 
switches AO-92 to 1.2GHz UPlink mode, you "saw" them do that 
for Saturday. But ...

AO-92 "reset" itself during that mode ... and reset itself a second time and 
reverted to 440 UP / 2M DOWN. The resets occurred at ...

January 6 - 03:21 UTC
January 7 - 02:32 UTC

BOTTOM LINE: Watch their Twitter feed!

Clint

SO ... Just be ready 

NROL-71 Update

Clint Bradford
 

The following is a media update from the United Launch Alliance:

ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Set to Launch Jan. 19, 2019

(Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Jan. 15, 2019) – The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 11:05 a.m. PST.

Re: NROL-71 Update

Jer W
 

Clint,
I heard the other day that another 7 cube SATS have been released into orbit. Were any of these for ham radio?

Jerry...W8RQM

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 4:02:45 PM EST, Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford@...> wrote:


The following is a media update from the United Launch Alliance:

ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Set to Launch Jan. 19, 2019

(Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Jan. 15, 2019) – The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 11:05 a.m. PST.

Re: NROL-71 Update

Andy
 

re: "I heard the other day that another 7 cube SATS have been released into orbit."

I don't want to sound like I'm doubting you -- but I heard that another 7 Iridium satellites (not cube sats) were launched into orbit.  I wonder if one or the other of our stories got them mixed up.  It seems many press stories get passed around so many times, these days, they might get the details wrong.

Andy


Re: NROL-71 Update

Clint Bradford
 

The following is an L-2 media update from the United Launch Alliance:

Everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy launch carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Saturday, Jan. 19 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 11:05 a.m. PST.


Launch Forecast Summary:

Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 30%

Primary concerns: Ground Winds

Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 60%

Primary concern: Ground Winds


Launch Broadcast

Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 10:45 a.m. PST on Jan.19.

Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com

*Note: Satellite frequencies changed from previous attempts

ALL TIMES PACIFIC

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

BARS + TONE – 10:14 A.M.

PROGRAM START – 10:45 A.M.

LAUNCH – 11:05 A.M

DIGITAL SATELLITE C-BAND DOWNLINK
HD FORMAT
SATELLITE — G3
TRANSPONDER — 2
BAND — C-BAND DIGITAL
ORBITAL POSITION — 95°W
HD BANDWIDTH — 18 MHz (HALF TRANSPONDER)
UPLINK — 5,974.000 MHz (Horizontal)
DOWNLINK — 3,749.000 MHz (Vertical)
SYMBOL RATE — 13
FEC — ¾
DATA RATE — 17.9705
DVBS – QPSK
MPEG 2
AUDIO EMBEDDED

Webcast available at www.ulalaunch.com and www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance 
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Re: NROL-71 Update

Clint Bradford
 

This morning's (January 19) launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Vandenberg AFB appears to be on schedule. The vehicle is slated to leave south base at 11:05 a.m. PST. There is a 70% probability of acceptable weather.

Although the Delta IV Heavy is a massive rocket, I do not expect the launch to be very visible beyond 50 miles. The most visible part of the launch for observers in outlying areas will probably be a short white contrail created when the Delta passes through altitudes of about 30,000 to 35,000 feet.

For countdown status and launch coverage, go to:

https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/01/19/live-coverage-delta-4-heavy-readied-for-launch-from-vandenberg-air-force-base/

www.ulalaunch.com

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Re: NROL-71 Update

Jer W
 

Clint,
Will there be any ham SATS on that launch rocket this morning? 
Jerry


On Sat, Jan 19, 2019 at 9:58 AM, Clint Bradford via Groups.Io
<clintbradford@...> wrote:
This morning's (January 19) launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Vandenberg AFB appears to be on schedule. The vehicle is slated to leave south base at 11:05 a.m. PST. There is a 70% probability of acceptable weather.

Although the Delta IV Heavy is a massive rocket, I do not expect the launch to be very visible beyond 50 miles. The most visible part of the launch for observers in outlying areas will probably be a short white contrail created when the Delta passes through altitudes of about 30,000 to 35,000 feet.

For countdown status and launch coverage, go to:

https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/01/19/live-coverage-delta-4-heavy-readied-for-launch-from-vandenberg-air-force-base/

www.ulalaunch.com

www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance
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Re: NROL-71 Update

Clint Bradford
 

No amateur birds ... Initially, this was of great interest to the West Coast due to its nighttime visibility - but that, obviously, has changed ...

Tonight’s Lunar Event

Clint Bradford
 

In case you forgot, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight. The times of key eclipse events are:

   7:33 pm   Moon enters the Earth’s inner shadow

   8:40 pm   Totality begins

   9:12 pm   Mid-eclipse

   9:43 pm   Totality ends

  10:51 pm   Moon exits the earth's inner shadow

Eclipse viewing events have been announced for the following locations:

Griffith Observatory
http://www.griffithobservatory.org/events/Lunar_Eclipse_January_2019.html

Moorpark College Observatory
https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2019/01/15/moorpark-observatory-hosts-lunar-eclipse-event-sunday-night/2582985002/

Chabot Space & Science Center
https://chabotspace.org/calendar/total-lunar-eclipse-viewing/

-----

The ULA has posted highlights of Saturday's Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg AFB. Go to:

Video: https://youtu.be/QlBhV0HgqYA

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/albums/72157701863555121
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Re: Tonight’s Lunar Event

Jer W
 

Great time to be active in EME one would think. I seen the large very bright full moon this morning in my
Grid EN82. Wish I had some equipment for EME.

Jerry

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, 4:14:26 PM EST, Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford@...> wrote:


In case you forgot, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight. The times of key eclipse events are:

   7:33 pm   Moon enters the Earth’s inner shadow

   8:40 pm   Totality begins

   9:12 pm   Mid-eclipse

   9:43 pm   Totality ends

  10:51 pm   Moon exits the earth's inner shadow

Eclipse viewing events have been announced for the following locations:

Griffith Observatory
http://www.griffithobservatory.org/events/Lunar_Eclipse_January_2019.html

Moorpark College Observatory
https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2019/01/15/moorpark-observatory-hosts-lunar-eclipse-event-sunday-night/2582985002/

Chabot Space & Science Center
https://chabotspace.org/calendar/total-lunar-eclipse-viewing/

-----

The ULA has posted highlights of Saturday's Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg AFB. Go to:

Video: https://youtu.be/QlBhV0HgqYA

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/albums/72157701863555121
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Re: Tonight’s Lunar Event

Jer W
 

Its 7:45 EST and a couple of guys around here are ready to work EME. At this moment the moon is extremely bright in the east sky and about 60 degree elevation with a possible wind chill factor later of -15 to 25.

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, 5:01:24 PM EST, Jer W <jplanner@...> wrote:


Great time to be active in EME one would think. I seen the large very bright full moon this morning in my
Grid EN82. Wish I had some equipment for EME.

Jerry

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, 4:14:26 PM EST, Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford@...> wrote:


In case you forgot, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight. The times of key eclipse events are:

   7:33 pm   Moon enters the Earth’s inner shadow

   8:40 pm   Totality begins

   9:12 pm   Mid-eclipse

   9:43 pm   Totality ends

  10:51 pm   Moon exits the earth's inner shadow

Eclipse viewing events have been announced for the following locations:

Griffith Observatory
http://www.griffithobservatory.org/events/Lunar_Eclipse_January_2019.html

Moorpark College Observatory
https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2019/01/15/moorpark-observatory-hosts-lunar-eclipse-event-sunday-night/2582985002/

Chabot Space & Science Center
https://chabotspace.org/calendar/total-lunar-eclipse-viewing/

-----

The ULA has posted highlights of Saturday's Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg AFB. Go to:

Video: https://youtu.be/QlBhV0HgqYA

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/albums/72157701863555121
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Re: Tonight’s Lunar Event

Jer W
 

My area starts from 10:30 to 11:30P.M. tonight


On Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:49:43 PM EST, Jer W <jplanner@...> wrote:


Its 7:45 EST and a couple of guys around here are ready to work EME. At this moment the moon is extremely bright in the east sky and about 60 degree elevation with a possible wind chill factor later of -15 to 25.

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, 5:01:24 PM EST, Jer W <jplanner@...> wrote:


Great time to be active in EME one would think. I seen the large very bright full moon this morning in my
Grid EN82. Wish I had some equipment for EME.

Jerry

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, 4:14:26 PM EST, Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford@...> wrote:


In case you forgot, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight. The times of key eclipse events are:

   7:33 pm   Moon enters the Earth’s inner shadow

   8:40 pm   Totality begins

   9:12 pm   Mid-eclipse

   9:43 pm   Totality ends

  10:51 pm   Moon exits the earth's inner shadow

Eclipse viewing events have been announced for the following locations:

Griffith Observatory
http://www.griffithobservatory.org/events/Lunar_Eclipse_January_2019.html

Moorpark College Observatory
https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2019/01/15/moorpark-observatory-hosts-lunar-eclipse-event-sunday-night/2582985002/

Chabot Space & Science Center
https://chabotspace.org/calendar/total-lunar-eclipse-viewing/

-----

The ULA has posted highlights of Saturday's Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg AFB. Go to:

Video: https://youtu.be/QlBhV0HgqYA

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/albums/72157701863555121
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ISS SSTV Projects?

Clint Bradford
 

ISS Ham @RF2Space Tweeted: 

Hearing that a couple of #SSTV activations from #ISS may be occurring in the upcoming weeks. #hamradio. Watch for announcements.

Info for how to easily “work” it - 

http://www.work-sat.com/SSTV.html


Re: ISS SSTV Projects?

Clint Bradford
 

Inter-MAI activation scheduled for Jan 30 - Feb 1
 
Received information that the Moscow Aviation Institute will be conducting their SSTV experiment from January 30 - February 1. It appears from the scheduling that the experiment will only be active during a couple of orbits that overfly Moscow instead of a continuous operation. Rough time periods of activation appear to fall between the hours of 13:00 - 19:00 UTC. Activity should occur on the traditional 145.800 MHz downlink.

-ARISS Blogspot site

Yaesu FT 530 and the birds

John Derbabian
 

I am looking for someone who has excellent knowledge of this HT. I have been using one now for several months hooked to an Arrow and have not been able to make any contacts. I have gone through what I believe to be all the settings, but don't seem to be keying up the birds. I would like to review the settings with someone that knows this HT. Email dialogue may work best.


John
KE8JBR@...