Stupid cannot always be fixed.....
WEDNESDAY EDITION: I just noticed the Hancock Camping site in NH is shut down due to "active bear" activity. Joe-JEK .mentioned he was camping there last week with no trouble. I have been there and heard bear activity at night near the rubbish bins but never any trouble.....just don't leave food out, keep it locked up in your camper or car.
A Japanese news
report says the asteroid mission Hayabusa 2, planned to
launch in December 2014 on a H-IIA rocket, will also
carry the amateurradio satellite Abyss 2 (Shin’en 2)
Shin’en 2 is a polyhedron measuring 490×490×475 mm and weighing 17 kg. It was built by students at Kyushu Institute of Technology and carries a Mode J linear transponder for amateur radio communications along with CW and WSJT beacons.
Shin’en 2 will have an elliptic orbit around the Sun and travel to a deep space orbit between Venus and Mars. Its inclination will be almost zero, which means Shin-En2 will stay in the Earth’s equatorial plane. The distance from the Sun will be between 0.7 and 1.3 AU. An Astronomical Unit (AU) is 149,597,871 km.
Shin’en 2 IARU coordinated frequencies:
• 437.505 MHz CW beacon
• 437.385 MHz WSJT telemetry
• Inverting SSB/CW transponder
– 145.940-145.960 MHz uplink LSB
– 435.280-435.260 MHz downlink USB
Another amateur radio satellite ARTSAT2:DESPATCH is also on the same launch.
EDITION: I am very sorry to report Mack- W1PNR of
Jackson, NH has passed away. Mack was a regular on 75
meters SSB with the 3864 group and had still managed to
get on the air even after the past several years of ill
William (Mack) D. Beal, Jr. – Mack lives in Jackson, NH. He has four grown sons. Mack attended the Brooks School and earned a B.S. from Harvard University in 1946. He attended graduate school at the University of New Hampshire. Mack has succeeded at a number of varied careers. He served as a submarine officer during World War II, as a conservation officer for the state and federal governments, and as a manager in a manufacturing facility. He has been instrumental in a number of north country businesses, including his role as a founder of Wildcat Ski area and the White Mountain National Bank. Since 1970, Mack has worked as an artistic blacksmith, sculpting metal and stone artwork on a commission basis. Mack was introduced to the Observatory as an old hutman, truck driver, and mule driver who worked under the tutelage of Joe Dodge. pics of Mac further down the page....
HAM HAPPENINGS: HAM BALLOON CIRCUMNAVIGATRES EARTH British radio amateur Leo Bodnar, M0XER, recently launched several solar powered balloons that have managed to circumnavigate the globe. The most interesting of these appears to be B 64 as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD: -- B-64 carrying an 11 gram transmitter payload, was launched from Silverstone in the UK on July 12th and it's still flying. It completed its first circumnavigation of the Northern Hemisphere on July 31 and its second complete trip on or about August 21st. When last reported it was on is third round the world trip over northern Russia heading towed the Arctic Circle at an altitude of about 40,000 feet above mean sea level. B-64 transmits 10 milliwatt signal on 434.500 MHz signing M- zero-X-E-R dash 4 and using the data modes Contestia 64/1000 and APRS. In designing the balloons payload, Bodnar has utilized some clever techniques including the storage of up to 5 days of positions when the balloon is out of radio contact. It later transmits a log file of its previous locations in the comments field of the APRS packet when ground acquisition is re-established. This enables a fairly complete path to be built up. Like all od Bodnar's floaters, B-64 is a plastic foil party balloon that flies between 25,000 and 45,000 feet as carried by winds aloft. When looked at on an APRS tracking map if you see only a straight line on the track it means that it is currently out of radio contact. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heather Embee, KB3TZD. -- Bodnars' other balloons still aloft are designated as B-63 and B-66. The paths of all of them in flight over the past 6 weeks can be seen at spacenear.us/tracker/flyb.php (Southgate, others) **
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: IARU - R1 TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE LOSS OF 23 CM BAND A dire prediction the imminent loss by amateur radio of the 23 centimeter band has been issued by an official International Amateur Radio Union Region One. The warning along with suggested action was authored by Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU, who is the Chair of the IARU Region One VHF UHF and Microwave Committee. In his paper, OE1MCU writes that the latest reports he has received make it seem to him that radio amateurs will lose the 23 centimeter band in the near future. He does not offer any specific date for this to happen but he does note that the current amateur 23 centimeter allocation includes a key Amateur Satellite Service uplink band at 1260 to 1270 MHz which is now being shared as a downlink for the new European Galileo Global Positioning System. OE1MCU goes on to note that in his opinion, if the loss of 23 centimeters happens that a proposal for a new amateur radio allocation such as 1300 to 1310 MHz should be added to the agenda of the 2018 World Radio Conference. This so that amateurs still have spectrum to utilize near the current 23 centimeter allocation in which to operate. A short excerpt from his paper to be presented at the upcoming International Amateur Radio Union Region One conference slated for September 21st to the 27th in can be found at amsat-uk.org/tag/iaru. (IARU-R1, AMSAT-UK) **
SPACE: ANOMALIES DETECTED IN ORBITS OF 2 GALILEO
SATELLITES LAUNCHED THIS WEEK Meantime what might be at
least a minor setback for the European Galileo G-P-S
system has been reported by European Space Agency. This
after two of the satellites recently launched for the
system have shown an anomaly in their orbits the
implications of which for the overall mission have yet
to be determined. Arianespace which was responsible for
launch and the orbital injection of the satellites
acknowledged that complementary observations gathered
after the separation of the two birds from the Soyuz
launch vehicle have highlighted a discrepancy between
targeted and actual orbital height for the Galileo
satellites. An Arianespace spokesperson later said that
the satellites are in an orbit lower than was planned.
Meantime, the European Space Agency said that both
satellites are safely in orbit and are being controlled
from its operations center in Germany. Also that further
information on their status will be made available after
the preliminary analysis of the situation is completed.
Since it was approved back in 1998, the European
Commission has invested the equivalent of some $17
billion United States dollars in the Galileo program.
Since then it has suffered years of delays due to
political and industrial disagreements. (Published News
THE VK6IRO TRANS INDIAN OCEAN BEACON PROJECT A trans-Indian Ocean 2 meter Chirp modulated beacon is now in its planning stage. Chirp is a spread spectrum technique that uses its entire allocated bandwidth to broadcast a signal making it robust to band noise. The VK6RIO beacon transmitter will be located in Perth, Australia with the receive site in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Its purpose will be to detect possible openings on 144 MHz via Troposphereic Ducting across the Indian Ocean, which has never been accomplished before. The use of Chirp means that the receive site will be able to detect a signal at up to minus 50 decibels below the actual band noise floor. Right now, the Australia to South Africa path is considered the greatest terrestrial challenge for VHF radio amateurs, and is even more difficult than such a contact using moon bounce techniques. (SARL) **
DX UP FRONT: K5LBU ANNOUNCES CGANGE OF PLANS In DX up front, Charles Frost, K5LBU, has announced that the planned trip to Mozambique with WB6OJB has been canceled. This, due to medical problems with the latter. Instead, K5LBU will be going to Botswana in early September and is looking for additional operators for a 4 to 7 day trip. If you are interested, contact him ASAP via E-mail at 3da0cf (at) gmail (dot) com. (OPDX)
THE VK6IRO TRANS INDIAN OCEAN BEACON PROJECT A trans-Indian Ocean 2 meter Chirp modulated beacon is now in its planning stage. Chirp is a spread spectrum technique that uses its entire allocated bandwidth to broadcast a signal making it robust to band noise. The VK6RIO beacon transmitter will be located in Perth, Australia with the receive site in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Its purpose will be to detect possible openings on 144 MHz via Troposphereic Ducting across the Indian Ocean, which has never been accomplished before. The use of Chirp means that the receive site will be able to detect a signal at up to minus 50 decibels below the actual band noise floor. Right now, the Australia to South Africa path is considered the greatest terrestrial challenge for VHF radio amateurs, and is even more difficult than such a contact using moon bounce techniques. (SARL) ** DX UP FRONT: K5LBU ANNOUNCES CGANGE OF PLANS In DX up front, Charles Frost, K5LBU, has announced that the planned trip to Mozambique with WB6OJB has been canceled. This, due to medical problems with the latter. Instead, K5LBU will be going to Botswana in early September and is looking for additional operators for a 4 to 7 day trip. If you are interested, contact him ASAP via E-mail at 3da0cf (at) gmail (dot) com. (OPDX)
MASSACHUSETTS RIDE TO DEFEAT ALS Still with public service events in Massachusetts, we have all seen the video's of people around the world taking the ice bucket challenge to increase awareness and raise funds for research into finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis better known by the acronym ALS. But this is not the only way that awareness of this killer disease is being brought to the attention of the public. Ham radio is also doing its part and one of the groups involved is the Worcester Emergency Communications Team. It is in the process of soliciting radio amateurs to help with communications for the Annual Ride to Defeat ALS that will be held in the city of Wayland, Massachusetts on Sunday September 28th. If you wish to volunteer or have any questions please contact Rob Capizzio via e-mail at rob (at) kc2ema (dot) net. More information about the event is available at tinyurl.com/als-bike-ride. (KG1H) **
NEW GEAR: ICOM PREVIEW 50TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION IC- 7850 Icom has displayed a pre-release version of what is calling a very special High Frequency and 6 meter radio in celebration of the company's 50th anniversary. Designated as the IC-7850, the radio is based on Icom's IC-7800 but incorporates several circuitry improvements as well as special styling. Icom says that the IC-7850 will be produced early in 2015 but in very limited numbers. You can download a brochure on this 50th anniversary Icom radio in PDF format at tinyurl.com/new-ic-7850. A short video of the IC-7850 recorded at the Tokyo Hamfaire is on line at tinyurl.com/icom-anniversary-radio (Southgate, others) **
NEW GEAR: YAESU FT-991 KW/50/144/430 MHz TRANSCEIVER Yaesu has announced the introduction of a new High Frequency, VHF and UHF base station transceiver dubbed the model FT-991. This new transceiver is capable of operating SSB, CW, AM, FM, Packet as well as the company's exclusive System Fusion C4FM Digital Voice mode. The FT-991 is not yet listed on the Yaesu English language website nor has any pricing been announced. However specifications are available at several independent sites on the World Wide Web including nicktoday.com. You can see a short video of this new transceiver on YouTube at tinyurl.com/n462ksn. (Southgate, others)
ILLW 2014 SETS SOME NEW RECORDS The just concluded 2014 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend saw 541 registrations from 56 countries making for some new records in the annual event. According to Jim Linton, VK3PC, some 20 per cent of all registrations were first-time activations. New countries for the event included Barbados and Kuwait. Linton says that it was an outstanding year for the United States which has with 91 activations. This, exceeded the previous an all time high of 80 it achieved back in 2011. Some first-time portable operations of former maritime navigation structures came from several countries that in all numbered more than 100. Linton says that already 30 registrations are listed for next years International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend that will be held on August 15 and 16 of 2015. More about this year's event is on the web at illw.net (VK3PC)
ASTRONAUT STEVE NAGEL N5RAW - SK The changing of the guard in Amateur Radio continues. This, with the sad news that NASA astronaut Steven Nagel, N5RAW, who flew four space shuttle missions, died Thursday August 21st. Nagel became a NASA astronaut in August 1979. He first flew as a mission specialist on STS-51G, which launched on June 17, 1985. In 1991 as Commander on flight STS-37 he was among the all ham radio crew where he was joined by astronauts Ken Cameron, KB5AWP; Linda Godwin, N5RAX, Jay Apt, N5QWL, and Jerry Ross the former N5SCW. During this mission, the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis deployed the Gamma Ray Observatory for the purpose of exploring gamma ray sources throughout the universe. They also conducted the first scheduled spacewalk in more than 5 and a half years as well the first unscheduled spacewalk to free a stuck antenna on Gamma Ray Observatory. Some of the crew members spent many of their free hours using the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment 2 meter ham radio station to talk with youngsters in schools around the world. That flight was chronicled in the joint ARRL and AMSAT video Ham Radio in Space. Nagel's last flight was as commander of STS-55 that carried the German D-2 Spacelab. With that mission's completion Nagel had logged a total of 723 hours in space. He then assumed a position with the Astronaut Office from which he retired in March of 1995 to become the of deputy director for the Operations Development, Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance Office. In September 1996, Nagel transferred to the Aircraft Operations Division where he performed duties as a research pilot, chief of aviation safety and deputy division chief. He retired from NASA on May 31, 2011. Nagel is survived by his wife, Linda, and his two daughters, Lauren and Whitney. At the time of his passing Nagel was age 67. (NASA, published news reports) **
TECHNOLOGY: ELECTRON'S QUANTUM BEHAVIOR RECORDED BY
LASERS Researchers say they've come up with a way to
record and control behavior of a single electron at the
quantum mechanical level which they say could bring
quantum computing and information processing one step
closer. Hal Rogers, K8CMD, reports: -- The team headed
by University of Chicago scientists focused on the
quantum mechanical property of electrons knows as spin.
They report using ultra fast pulses of laser light to
control the quantum state of electrons contained inside
nano scale defects located in a diamond. They then
observed changes in that electron over a period of time.
The researchers say that this all operates in a manner
similar to the way conventional computers hold bits of
data. Those being a binary 1 or 0 in an electron's
charge state. In a quantum-based computer spin states of
individual electrons would represent a quantum
representation of that same bit.
New England Hams you might run across on
3864 or 3910.........
K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat connoisseur,
NIEDU- Dave.... ex-Asst. manager at HRO's Salem store and for some unknown reason rides his cycle year round..
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
W1PNR-Mack....75 meter Regular...wealth of ham knowledge....
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the hamfests
WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
K1JEK-Joe.........Easy going, can be found at every ham flea market in New England ...Cobra Antenna builder..
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
KB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
N1XW.....Mike- claims to have been abducted by aliens......Temper!
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim- Retired Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
WB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test king....testing......
N1YSU- Bob, easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and owner of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Silent Key: K1GAR- John- Very colorful character!......claims to an appointed "hambassador" by Gordon West.....
Silent Key: N1GXW-Frank-Mellow Mainer..........
Silent Key:W1JSH-Mort- Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon session
Silent Key: K4WHO-Kerry-Mellow ham, professional musician, one of the nice guys on 20 meters..........