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Dirtiest Item in Your House/Shack?

Clint Bradford
 

Clean your mouse and keyboards! Although Mac-centric, this article applicable to all ...

Macworld: https://www.macworld.com/article/3318301/how-to-clean-your-macs-keyboard-display-and-more.html


Yaesu FT-60R versus FT-65R

Clint Bradford
 

I just talked to a fellow ham who was considering the Yaesu FT-65 HT. 
A radio labelled "65" must be better than a "60," right?
 
Not necessarily.
 
The FT-60R has 1,000 memories. The '65 - about 800 fewer.
 
The FT-60R receives - essentially - 108-to-a-gig. INCLUDING AM aircraft 
receiving. The '65 receives 136-174 and 400-480.
 
The included battery pack with the FT-60R - properly maintained - will 
provide about 1,000 discharge-charge cycles. The pack with the '65? 
About 300.
 
In reading the two manuals for the FT-65, they describe unusual splits 
within the same band - but not the capability to program 2M / 440 split 
in a single memory (like the FT-60R will) for working the voice FM satellites.
 
The FT-60R has the optional FBA-25 AA alkaline case. Populate it with AA 
alkalines or AA NiMH cells, and you have full TX power available (if really 
needed). No such accessory s available from Yaesu for the FT-65.
 
BUT - The FT-65 has an LED flashlight! It will blink out "S O S" for you, too! 
And the '65 receives the commercial FM broadcast band …
 
Clint Bradford K6LCS


What's the BEST HT? - General Inquiries

Clint Bradford
 

I am receiving a bunch of emails and messages and telephone calls - and a lot of
Facebook inquiries - wanting to know what the BEST HT is ...

Of course, there is no universally proper answer. MY "first" HTs were a pair of 
Standard C-288a units. Yes - 220-only radios. BUT - they did exactly what I 
needed from them at that time (American Red Cross work, and accessing 
several other 220 repeaters in my region). 

SO ... I smile when I see ANYONE try to answer, "What's the BEST?" - when 
they haven't asked, "What is popular in YOUR region?" And if the questioner 
doesn't know what is going on, they need to be referred to a local club's 
Web site for LOCAL info. One of the best resources for club info is the "Club 
Search" link at http://www.arrl.org - plug in your Zip Code and find quality 
clubs nearby. MOST have links to Web sites - especially important now that 
many clubs are not conducting "regular" meetings.

WITH ALL THAT SAID, if one determines they want a solid, proven 2M/440 
FM HT, the Yaesu FT-60R is one whose feature set remains un-matched in 
the amateur radio industry. Here's my "canned" reply ...

=============================================

The Yaesu FT-60R is a GREAT value for anyone looking for a solid 2M/440 handheld. The FT-60R debuted at Dayton in 2004. It was a great bargain then - and remains so today. Among its features ...

-1,000 memories

-receives (essentially) 108mHz to a gig (even AM air)

-large, legible display

-easy to manually program (one-page cheat sheet at k6lcs dot com)

-bulletproof case design*

-strongest belt clip of any ham HT chassis on the market

-great receive audio

... as well as a unique battery setup: You can use the optional FBA-25 AA case with either NiMH cells or alkalines, and have full TX power available! NOTHING from Baofeng comes close to the ease of use and quality and construction. 
 
- Clint Bradford K6LCS 
 
*- OK, the FT-60R isn’t truly “bulletproof.” But several of my audiences have seen me toss one across the stage - literally - during my presentations to show that they stand up to a little abuse ... Do not try that at home, though. Send email or call (909) 999-SATS with any questions!

/end/



ISS Crew - CoronaVirus

Clint Bradford
 

COVID-19 Affects Space Station Crew Transition
03/30/2020

International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 62 crew is readying its Soyuz MS-15 vehicle for an April 17 departure back to Earth. Expedition 62 members are NASA Flight Engineer Jessica Meir; Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan, KI5AAA, and Commander Oleg Skripochka, RA0LDJ. The Expedition 63 crew members who are to replace them are nearing an April 9 launch aboard the Soyuz MS-16 vehicle.

 

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, and Ivan Vagner arrived this week at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final training. The Expedition 63 trio is scheduled to live aboard the station for a little longer than 6 months, with Cassidy as commander. Because of travel limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cassidy’s family will watch from home when he blasts off on April 9. Launch day at Baikonur is usually a festive affair. 

 

“But it’ll be completely quiet,” Cassidy said in a Spaceflight Now satellite interview from Star City, Russia. “There won’t be anybody there.” A NASA protocol has long been in place to prevent astronauts from carrying disease microbes into space. All astronauts going to orbit must go through a 2-week “health stabilization” quarantine period. This way, NASA can make sure the crew is not incubating any illnesses before launch. NASA said it “will continue to evaluate and augment this plan, in coordination with its international and commercial partners,” if needed. 

 

Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos has shut down all media activity surrounding the Soyuz launch, barring journalists from covering the mission in person. Russia will still live-stream the launch; NASA typically carries all of its crewed launches online via its NASA TV channel. The mid-April return of the Expedition 62 crew would typically involve a large number of recovery personnel. 

 

SpaceX will be ready to send its first crew of NASA astronauts to the ISS aboard its Crew Dragon capsule sometime in May. NASA has not said what might happen if those operations should change in light of the pandemic. 


— Thanks to 
AMSAT News Service


Re: Best Sats to work Question

Clint Bradford
 

It is on a schedule ... follow the team on Twitter at #Diwata2PH


Re: Best Sats to work Question

Tim L
 

Hi Brad I am confused, i thought PO-101 was VHF/UHF

this is what i thought it used

Name Receive Frequency Transmit Frequency Offset Frequency Offset Direction Operating Mode Show Name Tone Mode CTCSS DCS Step Skip Attenuator IPO Comment
 PO101-1 145.89000 437.49000 Split FM 1 Tone 141.3 Hz 023 12.5 kHz 0 0 0
PO101-2 145.89500 437.49500 Split FM 1 Tone 141.3 Hz 023 12.5 kHz 0 0 0
PO101-3 145.90000 437.50000 Split FM 1 Tone 141.3 Hz 023 12.5 kHz 0 0 0
PO101-4 145.90500 437.50500 Split FM 1 Tone 141.3 Hz 023 12.5 kHz 0 0 0
PO101-5 145.91000 437.51000 Split FM 1 Tone 141.3 Hz 023 12.5 kHz 0 0 0
 


Re: Best Sats to work Question

David Spoelstra
 

ISS Detector does the same thing. I use a rubber band to strap my phone to the boom of my Arrow antenna and then all I do is make sure the dot is inside the circle and it's pointing exactly at the satellite. I have the Heavens Above too, but it just seemed harder to use. My advice, they both have free versions. Download both and see which one works best for you and then buy the one you like since they are both inexpensive:

ISS Detector Pro is 4.6 stars with 2,712 raters and costs $3.
Heavens-Above Pro is 4.5 stars with 485 raters and costs $5.

-David, N9KT

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 12:05 PM Loren Lang <penguin359@...> wrote:
For Android, ISS Detector is nice, but I prefer Heavens Above when doing radio contacts as it uses the accelerometer to help point your phone to exactly where the satellite should be. Also, for new satellites whose TLEs haven't propagated to Heavens Above yet, I use AmsatDroid. For Mac/Linux, I prefer Gpredict.

- Loren
K7IW


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 8:26 AM Edward Maikranz <maikranze@...> wrote:
On my Iphone I use ISS Detector, it is excellent.
At home on my Windows 10 machine I use Gpredict and like it very much as well.
Ed
KG5UN


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 7:52 AM Paul Ecker <eckerpw@...> wrote:
What are the best Android and iOS Apps these days for Sat prediction information ? And for that matter, Windows apps ?

thanks
Paul
w2eck


Re: Best Sats to work Question

Clint Bradford
 

... iPod touch ...

GoSatWatch - for iOS 9.3-forward. Link on the TRACKING page at ...

Http://www.work-sat.com


Re: Best Sats to work Question

AF7ZA
 

Yes, I use Gpredict on the Mac, but was wondering about something for the ipod touch.

On Mar 23, 2020, at 9:05 30AM, Loren Lang <penguin359@...> wrote:

For Android, ISS Detector is nice, but I prefer Heavens Above when doing radio contacts as it uses the accelerometer to help point your phone to exactly where the satellite should be. Also, for new satellites whose TLEs haven't propagated to Heavens Above yet, I use AmsatDroid. For Mac/Linux, I prefer Gpredict.

- Loren
K7IW


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 8:26 AM Edward Maikranz <maikranze@...> wrote:
On my Iphone I use ISS Detector, it is excellent.
At home on my Windows 10 machine I use Gpredict and like it very much as well.
Ed
KG5UN


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 7:52 AM Paul Ecker <eckerpw@...> wrote:
What are the best Android and iOS Apps these days for Sat prediction information ? And for that matter, Windows apps ?

thanks
Paul
w2eck






Re: Best Sats to work Question

 

For Android, ISS Detector is nice, but I prefer Heavens Above when doing radio contacts as it uses the accelerometer to help point your phone to exactly where the satellite should be. Also, for new satellites whose TLEs haven't propagated to Heavens Above yet, I use AmsatDroid. For Mac/Linux, I prefer Gpredict.

- Loren
K7IW


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 8:26 AM Edward Maikranz <maikranze@...> wrote:
On my Iphone I use ISS Detector, it is excellent.
At home on my Windows 10 machine I use Gpredict and like it very much as well.
Ed
KG5UN


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 7:52 AM Paul Ecker <eckerpw@...> wrote:
What are the best Android and iOS Apps these days for Sat prediction information ? And for that matter, Windows apps ?

thanks
Paul
w2eck


Re: Best Sats to work Question

N0BML
 

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 05:52:50AM -0700, Paul Ecker wrote:

What are the best Android and iOS Apps these days for Sat prediction information ? And for that matter, Windows apps ?
I use SatSat on my iPhone Xr because I can quickly find future passes for
multiple satellites and it allows me to add them to my calendar.

On my iPad I use SatTrack because I like the display to help my try and
point my antenna during the pass.

B

--
73 de N0BML!


Re: Best Sats to work Question

Brad Smith
 

On my iPhone, I use the HamSat app. I really like it.

Brad KC9UQR


Re: Best Sats to work Question

Edward Maikranz
 

On my Iphone I use ISS Detector, it is excellent.
At home on my Windows 10 machine I use Gpredict and like it very much as well.
Ed
KG5UN


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 7:52 AM Paul Ecker <eckerpw@...> wrote:
What are the best Android and iOS Apps these days for Sat prediction information ? And for that matter, Windows apps ?

thanks
Paul
w2eck


Re: Best Sats to work Question

Clint Bradford
 

Check out the suggestions on the TRACKING page at ...
http://www.work-sat.com


Re: Best Sats to work Question

David Spoelstra
 

I guess it works on IOS now too!

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 9:27 AM David Spoelstra via Groups.Io <davids=mediamachine.com@groups.io> wrote:
For Android, the very best is ISS Detector. It's really incredible.

-David, N9KT


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 8:52 AM Paul Ecker <eckerpw@...> wrote:
What are the best Android and iOS Apps these days for Sat prediction information ? And for that matter, Windows apps ?

thanks
Paul
w2eck


Re: Best Sats to work Question

David Spoelstra
 

For Android, the very best is ISS Detector. It's really incredible.

-David, N9KT


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 8:52 AM Paul Ecker <eckerpw@...> wrote:
What are the best Android and iOS Apps these days for Sat prediction information ? And for that matter, Windows apps ?

thanks
Paul
w2eck


Re: Best Sats to work Question

Paul Zynosky
 

Paul,

Hope you and Cathy are hanging in there!

I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but for the PC I use;


It runs on my iPad and PC. Never tried on my phone, screen's too small! 

It's "Donate ware", but gives me all the information I need.

de
Paul
W4PPZ


From: Work-Sat@groups.io <Work-Sat@groups.io> on behalf of Paul Ecker <eckerpw@...>
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 8:52 AM
To: Work-Sat@groups.io <Work-Sat@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Work-Sat] Best Sats to work Question
 
What are the best Android and iOS Apps these days for Sat prediction information ? And for that matter, Windows apps ?

thanks
Paul
w2eck


Re: Best Sats to work Question

Paul Ecker <eckerpw@...>
 

What are the best Android and iOS Apps these days for Sat prediction information ? And for that matter, Windows apps ?

thanks
Paul
w2eck


ISS Packet Back Up

Clint Bradford
 

ISS packet back up!


Re: Best Sats to work Question

Edward Maikranz
 

Make sure you use the correct tone, it is different from the others at 141.3

I havent worked it with a handheld set up but with the home station I find it very easy to access.

Good luck,
Ed
KG5UN
EM02

On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 8:58 AM Brad Smith via Groups.Io <corlissbs=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have not been able to get into PO-101. It also seems more difficult to receive than the other birds. 

Sent from Brad's iPod

On Mar 22, 2020, at 8:49 AM, Loren Lang <penguin359@...> wrote:


Also, I'd add to that, PO-101. It's one of the newest satellites out there, but it only operates according to a schedule. Generally, it's Friday and Sunday for the Americas.


Check here for more recommendations:


I have also found that all of SO-50, AO-91, and AO-92 can be worked easily with just a good, quality HT and a cheap whip antenna during the few minutes of the peak of the pass when there it little competition, like in the evening. I put a few audio recordings on SoundCloud demonstrating the quality if you are interested.

- Loren
K7IW

On Sun, Mar 22, 2020, 06:27 Paul Ecker <eckerpw@...> wrote:
Thank You all for the replies and updated information- will get to work on them.

73 Paul w2eck