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Field Day 2007 - Huntsville
Yes, it is summer - and this update is long overdue.
will update my website . . .
I will update my
website . . .
update my website .
| |2007 is nearly half gone, better get busy !
it has been a busy year so far. In January I started in my new position
providing network operations and engineering support for NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center, specifically for current and future
space-flight activities. Needless to say - I am pleased with this
recent 'upgrade'. I love the new environment, the challenges and these
opportunities - but my ham-radio hobby is taking the hit.
endured two interstate moves over the past three years, my accumulation
of ham-toys is fairly well diminished - and what is left is scattered
into numerous boxes. I shouldn't complain too much, as I probably had
way too much stuff anyway. Most of the remaining large meaningful
pieces are resolving into a functional unit again (see pics at the end
of this page), but it will likely take considerably more effort to sort
out the in-numerable pieces and parts, components and connectors, tools
and wires necessary to do any useful antennae construction, or circuit
soldering, or any of the other gadgetry-wizardry that keep us hams
healthy and happy.
these factors with the reality that most of what I do (DID) with ham
radio is in my past, and that currently the low point of the solar
cycle, the absence of any large robust DX satellites, and the
predominance of Internet communications modes leaves me wondering just
what it is that I'm trying to do with/about all this stuff...
"I can remember back when we used to have to ... ... ..."
Surely I'm not a 'has-been/used-to-be' already . . .
But fortunately along comes Field Day to save the day (again) !
Thankfully Tim (N8DEU) shows up with a portable "Arrow" dual-band antenna,
a Yaesu satellite capable radio, and current Keplerian data in a
laptop. We overcame the the last of the usual difficulties associated
with the re-activation of some station equipment that has been idle for
some time (long about midnight) - and managed to work a couple of
stations via satellite. This allows the club to add the 100 bonus
points to the total score.
This exercise has again lifted my
heart and convinced me that even old worn out satellites
like Oscar-7 still have some spunk and are making contacts. Check
this history of AO-7 ... There is also this site for logging AO-7 activity. I can remember trying to work this satellite over 30 years ago, in my college days. Somewhere I still have my OscarLocator.
We've come a long way I reckon.
Somehow, I feel better now. Thanks Tim... 73
The local ARES/RACES
organizations are consolidating some of the overhead associated with
registration and training of the membership. Join us on the 1st
Thursday evening of each month for a brief meeting at the HMC EMA EOC
(and learn more about this).
Remember, the severe weather season is upon us - we just haven't had much yet.
The Huntsville Hamfest is coming in August.
This year's hamfest is also hosting the ARRL National Convention.
The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Conference (GAREC`07)
will be held in Huntsville Thr and Fri prior to the Hamfest.
|Recent discoveries, rants and raves,
and experiments :|
= Still exploring the UI-View web server and gateway, WB5RMG/aprs
+ QSOnet = WoW! You
should try this. Read my
review on SomeNet.
= Submitted for and received an AMSAT award
= don't know why -
just never looked into it, till recently (design
previews coming soon)
= My weather instruments are moving again (check my conditions via FindU).
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