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Jun 24, 2007
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Field Day at the Space and Rocket Center
Field Day 2007 - Huntsville
Yes, it is summer - and this update is long overdue.

I will update my website . . .
I will update my website . . .
I will update my website . . .

2007 is nearly half gone, better get busy !

Well, 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.

Having 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.
model antenna in a bottle

Mix 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.

the famed OSCARlocator
We've come a long way I reckon.
Somehow, I feel better now.    Thanks Tim...   73

When All Else FailsHuntsville-Madison County EMA
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.
Huntsville Hamfest - ARRL Expo
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.
digital radio messaging
Recent discoveries, rants and raves, and experiments :
APRS = Still exploring the UI-View web server and gateway, WB5RMG/aprs ... (experimental)
+ QSOnet = WoW!  You really should try this. Read my review on SomeNet.
+ OSCAA = Submitted for and received an AMSAT award = don't know why - just never looked into it, till recently (design previews coming soon)
+ CWOP = My weather instruments are moving again (check my conditions via FindU).

Previous pages from the archives :
2007 . . .
2006 . . .
+ 2005 . . .
Additional organizations, projects and web sites that I continue to support and promote :

location of ISS
This generated image shows the current orbital position of the International Space Station . . .

Thanks to for excellent tracking and visual observation schedules.

I really enjoy stepping outside to watch this beautiful machine fly over. Thanks to Chris Peat's excellent web site, we can know exactly when and where to watch for this and many other satellites.

pc-rf lab
originally licensed as WB5RMG in 1976
pile of ham radios
Home is where the ham shack is...

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