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Re: SO-50, SO-50, Where Art Thou SO-50 ...

Paul R. Stoetzer
 

Mike,

You need to transmit a 74.4 Hz tone for 2 seconds to activate SO-50. Then it’s active for 10 minutes and can be accessed using the 67.0 Hz tone.

If you’re in an RF noisy environment, SO-50 is going to be tough to hear with a whip. I did work SO-50 from horizon to horizon with that same antenna out on a beach overlooking Lake Michigan once, but ideally you’d use a directional antenna. Here in the center of Washington, DC, I cannot hear SO-50 at all with any sort of whip antenna.

73,

Paul, N8HM 


On Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 19:40 Mike Jensen (ZL4IA) <mikejensencomputing@...> wrote:
Tips please on how to reliably work SO-50. I have not heard it here in ZL, is there a beacon?

I understand the bird has to be armed before use, how does one do this?

I am using an Icom ID-51A Plus2 with 5W and a Diamond SRH770S antenna.

Please bear with me. I had such good results with AO-91 here in ZL and could work it reliably with a 5W HT and it's stock duckie antenna.
Since it's demise I have tried PO-101 (can hear it's CW beacon) and SO-50 (silent). I miss AO-91, such a great beacon with the female voice.

Thanks
Mike
ZL4IA


Re: SO-50, SO-50, Where Art Thou SO-50 ...

John St. John
 

I worked SO-50 for the first time following the tips and settings for my radio in the TH-D72A folder http://dropbox.wd9ewk.net/ 
On Feb 18, 2021, 4:40 PM -0800, Mike Jensen (ZL4IA) <mikejensencomputing@...>, wrote:

Tips please on how to reliably work SO-50. I have not heard it here in ZL, is there a beacon?

I understand the bird has to be armed before use, how does one do this?

I am using an Icom ID-51A Plus2 with 5W and a Diamond SRH770S antenna.

Please bear with me. I had such good results with AO-91 here in ZL and could work it reliably with a 5W HT and it's stock duckie antenna.
Since it's demise I have tried PO-101 (can hear it's CW beacon) and SO-50 (silent). I miss AO-91, such a great beacon with the female voice.

Thanks
Mike
ZL4IA


SO-50, SO-50, Where Art Thou SO-50 ...

Mike Jensen (ZL4IA)
 

Tips please on how to reliably work SO-50. I have not heard it here in ZL, is there a beacon?

I understand the bird has to be armed before use, how does one do this?

I am using an Icom ID-51A Plus2 with 5W and a Diamond SRH770S antenna.

Please bear with me. I had such good results with AO-91 here in ZL and could work it reliably with a 5W HT and it's stock duckie antenna.
Since it's demise I have tried PO-101 (can hear it's CW beacon) and SO-50 (silent). I miss AO-91, such a great beacon with the female voice.

Thanks
Mike
ZL4IA


Re: Just in Case ...

AF7ZA
 

Take heart my friend. Even Lex Luthor didn’t like (hated) Superman for the good he did. You are not alone.

Thank you for your efforts in the groups and maintaining your website. Many new,and old, hams are excited about communicating with space objects.

Bill

On Feb 17, 2021, at 5:34 57PM, Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford@...> wrote:

There’s a very unstable personality out there who simply doesn’t like the fact that I am alive and promoting an aspect of amateur radio.

If anyone has any questions whatsoever regarding my personal and professional background, please call, write, or send an email message.

Thanks for all your support.

Clint Bradford
5085 Trail Canyon Dr
Jurupa Valley CA. 91752
951-533-4984 - personal cell
clintbradford@...


Just in Case ...

Clint Bradford
 
Edited

There’s a very unstable personality out there who simply doesn’t like the fact that I am alive and promoting an aspect of amateur radio.

If anyone has any questions whatsoever regarding my personal and/or professional background, please call, write, or send an email message.

Thanks for all your support.

Clint Bradford
5085 Trail Canyon Dr
Jurupa Valley CA. 91752
951-533-4984 - personal cell
clintbradford@...


NASA Fun - and Education!

Clint Bradford
 

Nasaselfies_icon NASA Selfies

Create your own selfies from outer space! NASA Selfies lets you put your photo in a virtual spacesuit in front of some of NASA's most captivating space images. Share these space selfies on social media, and learn about the science behind the pictures.

This app was developed by the IPAC Communications & Educationgroup and has been released in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope mission and features a collection of images that showcase its infrared data. In the future, images from more missions will be added.

http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/spitzer15/nasa-selfies


QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo - March 12, 2021, and Beyond!

Clint Bradford
 



Coming to your desktop, laptop, and tablet: 
​ March 12th, 2021 1800 PST for 48 Hours
and "on-demand" until April 12, 2021

https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/


Re: Our Future!

AF7ZA
 

Thanks Clint. I didn’t see the video yesterday, but just now watched it.

What is the future of this app Sean KN6NGN has invented, and of course will there be documentation on how to build this ?

Bill AF7ZA

On Feb 8, 2021, at 11:42 47AM, Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford@...> wrote:



Re: RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E Update

Clint Bradford
 

Thanks to JoAnne K9JKM - 

N0JY gave a video presentation on Sunday, February 7 about the status of RadFxSat-2. 

Playback is still available at: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/905270501 (bear with the audio difficulty at the beginning - it clears up)

Additional engineering department videos are on his home page on twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/n0jy


Re: Our Future!

Clint Bradford
 


Re: Our Future!

AF7ZA
 

Thanks Clint
Strange there is no information on Sean’s QRZ nor Congressman DeSaulnier’s web page regarding the newly developed app other than what you describe.
Can’t find anything on Google Play nor Apple App store.

What is the large, unwieldy equipment referred to  ?

Looking for more information
Bill

On Feb 8, 2021, at 8:35 06AM, Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford@...> wrote:

Radio Ham wins Congressional App Challenge

High-school student Sean Donelan KM6NGN won the 2020 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for California's 11th District for his NetHam App

Patch reports:

The CAC is a public initiative to encourage young people to learn how to code in an effort to inspire creativity and encourage interest in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — education.

The winner of the challenge was Sean Donelan, who lives in Concord and attends Northgate High School. Donelan designed and created, "NetHam: The Public Service Event Coordinator's Third Hand."

Donelan's winning software application replaces amateur radio operators' large, unwieldy equipment and automates their more basic tasks. The app is meant to allow operators to more easily serve as long-range communicators for public events.

"I congratulate Sean on the design of a creative and useful app that would benefit the amateur radio community and look forward to seeing 'NetHam' represent the many talents of Contra Costa County's students when on display in the United States Capitol," said Congressman DeSaulnier, who hosted the competition for the sixth time.

Thank you, CVARC, for the post!

Read the full story at
https://patch.com/california/concord-ca/concord-student-wins-congressional-app-challenge



Our Future!

Clint Bradford
 

Radio Ham wins Congressional App Challenge

High-school student Sean Donelan KM6NGN won the 2020 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for California's 11th District for his NetHam App

Patch reports:

The CAC is a public initiative to encourage young people to learn how to code in an effort to inspire creativity and encourage interest in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — education.

The winner of the challenge was Sean Donelan, who lives in Concord and attends Northgate High School. Donelan designed and created, "NetHam: The Public Service Event Coordinator's Third Hand."

Donelan's winning software application replaces amateur radio operators' large, unwieldy equipment and automates their more basic tasks. The app is meant to allow operators to more easily serve as long-range communicators for public events.

"I congratulate Sean on the design of a creative and useful app that would benefit the amateur radio community and look forward to seeing 'NetHam' represent the many talents of Contra Costa County's students when on display in the United States Capitol," said Congressman DeSaulnier, who hosted the competition for the sixth time.

Thank you, CVARC, for the post!

Read the full story at
https://patch.com/california/concord-ca/concord-student-wins-congressional-app-challenge


We're all Volunteers ...

Clint Bradford
 

Geeze ... I have nine satellite presentations scheduled in the next six weeks: 
 
Texas, So CA (3), New Jersey, Utah, Indiana, Florida, and Maine. 
 
Want to share your knowledge and love of satellites? Consider the AMSAT Ambassador program! 
 
http://amsat.org/ambassador/
 
 


Re: ARISS School Contact Still a go?

Clint Bradford
 

ARISS ct. w/ Ottawa Carleton Virtual Online School, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The ct. is on Feb 5 at 17:41 UTC. Ct. is multipoint telebridge w/AB1OC in New Hampshire. Watch for live stream at youtu.be/Ery1JYmk72o. See our FB at Amateur Radio On The ISS (ARISS) for more details.


ARISS School Contact Still a go?

Steve R
 


ARISS will let the world know in next 24 hours.

Clint






Is this event still schedules as a go with the recent issues with the equipment and cabling at the ISS?

Upcoming ARISS Contact: Friday, February 5


https://www.rac.ca/ariss-contact-with-ottawa-carleton-virtual-online-school-friday-february-5/

Ottawa, Ontario

As part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, will connect with students from the Ottawa Carleton Virtual Online School in Ottawa, Ontario  and answer their questions (see below), live from the International Space Station (ISS).

The ISS call sign is scheduled to be NA1SS and the event will take place on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 17:41:04 UTC 40 deg via AB1OC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and AB10C which is located in New Hampshire:

Ground Station Coordinates: AB1OC New Hampshire Latitude 42.712N; Longitude 71.590W; Elevation 110m

The contact should be audible over the USA and Canada (Eastern regions) and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

ARISS invites the public to view the livestream of the upcoming ARISS contact at: https://youtu.be/Ery1JYmk72o

Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD, ARISS Central and Northern Canada representative, is the Mentor for the event and Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, ARISS Western Canada Mentor, is the Moderator.

ARISS is an international program aimed at inspiring students worldwide to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through Amateur Radio communications opportunities with the ISS crew.

For more information on ARISS please visit:

RAC ARISS page: https://www.rac.ca/ariss

ARISS website: http://www.ariss.org/ 

Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio

As mentioned above, members will ask their questions to Astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, via an adapted telebridge link which will use a multi-point system in which they are connected to the conference call centre from their own homes.

The concept requires three things:

  • the ARISS telebridge radio ground station – a satellite Amateur Radio station with special equipment that an ARISS team member uses for teleconferencing
  • the astronaut on the International Space Station using the ARISS Amateur Radio station
  • students at their homes here on Earth

The telebridge radio operator links to the astronaut at the ARISS radio mic, and each youth then connects from home via their telephones. Their families can listen along with school faculty and the public from home.

For more information about the upcoming ARISS contact please visit:

https://www.rac.ca/ariss-contact-with-ottawa-carleton-virtual-online-school-friday-february-5/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E Update

Clint Bradford
 

2 February 2021

Testing and characterization of RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E continues.  After user reports and additional verification that the linear transponder is at least partially functioning with a low level downlink signal, the Engineering and Operations teams worked to identify which satellite, or Object, orbited from the Virgin Orbit Launch Demo 2 is actually RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E.   Several objects have been suspected (D, C, and M), with Object C being suggested recently by Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA.  Recently, these satellites have sufficiently spread apart to allow testing to determine which object is RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E. 

During the 2 Feb 2021 0240 UTC passes, command station Mark Hammond, N8MH, compared Objects D, C, and M for the “best fit” for received signals with Doppler correction on both the uplink and downlink frequencies for each of the candidate objects.  Objects D and M were quickly eliminated from further consideration, due to poor frequency predictions of Doppler correction compared to observed signals. The clear best fit is Object C, which is known OBJECT C, INTELDES 2021-002C, and NORAD CAT ID 47311.   Therefore, AMSAT is happy to identify Object C/2021-002C/47311U as RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E.    Thank to Alan Biddle, WA4SCA, for support during the identification. 

It should be noted that 18 SPS has not yet approved the identification for cataloguing.  Final determination of the object assignment comes from the squadron.

The Engineering and Operations teams appreciate the community’s cooperation thus far and affirm the request that users do not attempt to use the transponder until further notice.  The proper identification will allow further characterization of the satellite’s condition through additional testing. 

On behalf of the Engineering and Operations Team,

 

-- 
Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]
AMSAT Director and Command Station                  
 


Congratulations to Josh!

Clint Bradford
 

The ARRL Board designated Josh B. Nass, KI6NAZ, as the winner of the 2020 Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award for Video Reporting. The Board cited Nass “for his outstanding YouTube channel, “Ham Radio Crash Course,” which has garnered almost 170,000 subscribers.” 


Re: While Cooped Up ...

David, N9KT
 

I have the students in my ham club make this one and it looks nice!
-David, N9KT

On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 12:09 PM Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Here's a cool page with some DIY satellite models to create ...

https://funcube.org.uk/overview/model/

(Thank you, Christy 'LTY!)


While Cooped Up ...

Clint Bradford
 

Here's a cool page with some DIY satellite models to create ...

https://funcube.org.uk/overview/model/

(Thank you, Christy 'LTY!)


Re: Is the ISS FM repeater now dead?

Stefan Wagener
 

Thanks Paul,

Unfortunately, the AMSAT satellite status page shows a different picture. Everything that is working is not an AMSAT-NA satellite and GOLF-TEE is at least 2 years away....

Anyway, you are correct, there are many other satellites to work, decode and enjoy.

73, Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 10:22 PM Stefan Wagener via groups.io <wageners=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks David,

Yes, as long as others put up satellites that we can use, it's a good situation. 

Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:35 PM David Spoelstra <davids@...> wrote:
Can you enlighten me as to why AMSAT-NA not having any operational satellites is "very concerning"? From my standpoint, as long as there are satellites I can use I'm happy. Also, isn't AO-7 an AMSAT-NA satellite? According to the current status page it's working.

I know AMSAT-NA has had some bad luck, but I believe things ebb and flow. For a while, the US had to depend on the Russians to get to the ISS. Now, SpaceX is turning into a regular bus!

I personally don't care who puts up some FM transponders, I just wish they would hurry! 😀

-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 10:17 PM Stefan Wagener <wageners@...> wrote:
What actually is very concerning, if I am not mistaken,  is that AMSAT-NA has now no operational satellite in orbit and any replacement is many, many years away!

Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:28 PM David Spoelstra <davids@...> wrote:
For us with just FM HTs, this is getting dire!
-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:08 PM Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Believe so. ARISS will try to use the Russian rig for ARISS contacts in the meantime.

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