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17 May 2023
Added support material for my next TCA (May-Jun 2023) column "Snap Circuits Part 1: Unleash Your Creativity!" (RM059)
plus supplement. See Radio Magic.
24 December 2022
Added support material for my next TCA (Jan-Feb 2023) column "Shortwave
Radiogram" (RM058) plus supplement. See Radio Magic.
24 November 2022
Finally got around to reediting, updating & posting
five of my past published TCA articles: "Antenna Tales" (RM051), "FM Voice & Data & the ISS" parts 1 &
2 (RM052 & RM053) & "Radio Science: VLF" parts 1 & 2 (RM054 & RM055). See Radio Magic.
The amazing NOAA satellite flight engineers have done it again! They have remotely fixed whatever was ailing the aging
NOAA-15 back in October & it's once again transmitting APT satellite weather images.
31 October 2022
Added support material
for my next TCA column "Telemetry-over-WSPR: Part
NOAA Official Notice: "The
NOAA-15 AVHRR scan motor current began showing signs of instability on Oct 18 at approximately 1800Z when the current began to gradually
rise from about 205 mA to about 250 mA where it remained until Oct 24. At about 0000Z on Oct 24, the current began rising again throughout
the day peaking at about 302mA on Oct 25. Scan motor temperature began rising about the same time & is currently steady at about
29 degress Celsius. The instrument is still producing data but it is highly degraded. This behavior may be a sign of an impending
scan motor stall but requires further investigation. Options for recovery are limited."
25 August 2022
Added support material
for my next TCA column "Telemetry-over-WSPR: Part 1 (RM056) & supplemental articles (see Radio Magic).
Really exciting news because the ISS finally has separate FM voice VHF/UHF & VHF data/APRS transceivers. Special
event SSTV VHF FM transmissions will still use 145.800 MHz (mode PD180).
From ARISS.org: August 12, 2022—"ARISS is pleased
to announce that starting yesterday, August 11, simultaneous operations of the ARISS Voice Repeater & digital APRS communications
on the International Space Station (ISS) is now a reality. Current ARISS operations include voice repeater transmissions with the
JVC Kenwood D710GA in the Columbus module & APRS packet operation from an identical radio in the Service Module (Zvezda). Packet
operations are on 145.825 MHz.
ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO states, “Simultaneous operation of APRS & the
voice repeater on ISS is transformative for ARISS and represents a key element of our ARISS 2.0 initiative, providing interactive
capabilities 24/7 that inspire, engage and educate youth & lifelong learners—especially life-long learning in ham radio operations.” Bauer
continues, “Our heartfelt thanks to Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, for making this crucial ARISS 2.0 initiative become a reality.”
Columbus Module radio uses the callsign NA1SS & the new Service Module radio uses RS0ISS. Aside from the callsigns, the radios
are identical & packet operations are the same as before. You can use RS0ISS, ARISS or APRSAT as the packet path. Also, both
radios are expected to be on full time, except during educational contacts, EVAs, & dockings or undockings."
12 August 2022
Replaced my old wired personal weather station (PWS) with the
awesome Tempest Weatherflow PWS with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Alexa & Weather Underground connectivity. It has a plethora of
sensors: lightning, solar UV and radiation besides the usual ones. All self-contained with no moving parts because of sonic wind
and haptic rain sensors. Only took a few minutes to get it running & displaying my site's weather on the provided personal
web page (shared with others or private), added to my Alexa's skills (also supports Google) & my Weather Underground profile.
It uses an AI (artificial intelligence) engine to combine your weather data along with others available in the same area to
improve the accuracy of its customized local forecasts.