Blog transfer.


I’m in the process of consolidating some of my news and technology blogs. Effective Saturday, 29 November 2014, this blog (KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog–http://kh6jrm.com) will be transferred to my Amateur Radio Antenna Topics blog (KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Antenna Topics–http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com).

The new address is: http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com.  That blog will contain all of the news features of this present blog.  Thanks for your understanding.  I’m looking forward to meeting you again on my antenna site.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

A century of memories : News : UpperMichigansSource.com


A century of memories

by Nick Brennan

Posted: 11.25.2014 at 4:52 PM

Nick Brennan

Weekend Anchor/Reporter

 

MARQUETTE — As of Tuesday, Brookridge Heights Senior Living in Marquette has two centenarians.

Marquette native John Akkala, class of ’34 at Marquette Senior High School, turned 100 years old, and his family and friends threw a party to remember for him at Brookridge Heights. Akkala said he had many happy memories he had accumulated in a century, but one of his fondest was his very long career in amateur radio.

“Amateur radio; I’ve been an amateur for 83 years, starting when I was in grade school,” said Akkala.

Akkala was also an organ player, and had donated his own organ to Brookridge Heights years ago. As a tribute to him, his guests played his organ and sang a few songs for him.

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Nice, positive article about the Amateur Radio experiences of John Akkala, who celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.  John has been an active ham for 83 years–he must have some good stories to tell.  Happy belated birthday!

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

NASA coverage of fifth SpaceX resupply mission to space station


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NASA coverage of fifth SpaceX resupply mission to space station

The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m. EST.

The company’s Falcon 9 rocket will lift off at 2:31 p.m., carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft. It is loaded with more than 3,700 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and supplies, including critical materials to support 256 science and research investigations that will take place on the space station during ISS Expeditions 42 and 43.

In addition to launch coverage, NASA also will host a series of prelaunch news conferences Monday, Dec. 15 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All briefings, which are subject to a change in time, will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

The mission, designated SpaceX CRS-5, is the fifth of 12 SpaceX flights NASA contracted with the company to resupply the space station. It will be the sixth trip by a Dragon spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory.

Seen here is SpaceX’s uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft docked to the International Space Station with a load of supplies and equipment for the station crew. Image Credit: NASA

The science research aboard the Dragon includes the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), which will characterize and measure the worldwide distribution of clouds and aerosols — the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants and smoke; model organism research using fruit flies to study the biological effects of spaceflight; and, a new study using flatworms to better understand wound healing in space.

During panel discussions Monday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., scientists and researchers will discuss the onboard science and research studies, including CATS and supplies for research on the risks of in-flight infections in astronauts, as well as research on degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The series of briefings Monday will conclude with a prelaunch news conference at 2 p.m. A post-launch briefing will be held approximately 90 minutes after liftoff Tuesday.

NASA TV also will provide live coverage of the arrival of the Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station Thursday, Dec. 18. Grapple and berthing coverage will begin at about 4:30 a.m. with grapple at approximately 6 a.m. Berthing coverage begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Dragon spacecraft will remain attached to the space station’s Harmony module for more than four weeks and then splash down in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Baja California, bringing with it almost two tons of experiment samples and equipment from the station.

For NASA TV schedule and video streaming information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The launch of the SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station will be covered live on NASA tv and on the agency’s website.  Broadcast coverage will begin on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 at 1:15 p.m. EST, with liftoff set for 2:31 p.m. EST.  NASA will also provide tv coverage of pre-launch news conferences on Monday, 15 December 2014.  For details, visit http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

HamCollege.TV – a podcast for new hams or those interested in the hobby


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HamCollege.TV – a podcast for new hams or those interested in the hobby

Ham College is a show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio. But us old guys should find it a good review and probably learn some things we missed (or forgot) the first time around.

We’ll help you study for your Amateur license exam and cover topics to get you up to speed and having fun.

If the pilot turns out good and draws enough interest, this show will be coming in 2015.

While the show covers FCC licensing, much of the content should be applicable in other areas of the world.

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I downloaded the program preview and found the video  to be interesting.  This basic guide to getting your Amateur Radio License can also serve as a review for those of us who have been in the hobby for a long time.  For details, visit http://www.hamcollege.tv.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Ham radio deep space launch postponed


This page is brought toyou in association with AMSAT-UK and The Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Page last updated on: Friday, November 28, 2014. Ham radio deep space launch postponed. The amateur radio spacecraft Shin’en2 and ARTSAT2:DESPATCH will not now launch until December 1 at the earliest The launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 H-IIA F26 which also carries the asteroid explorer “Hayabusa2” has been rescheduled due to a freezing layer in the clouds that exceeds weather restrictions for launch. The new launch day and time will be announced as soon as it is determined after carefully examining the weather conditions.Weather restriction graphic showing clouds with freezing layerhttp://global.jaxa.jp/press/2014/11/20141128_h2af26.htmlARTSAT2:DESPATCH http://amsat-uk.org/2014/11/19/ham-radio-launches-to-deep-space/Shin’en2http://amsat-uk.org/2014/09/01/japanese-asteroid-mission-to-carry-amateur-radio/Thanks to Hideo JH3XCU/1 for this information.

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Japan will delay the launch of these two amateur radio-equipped satellites until 01 December at the earliest, because of “a freezing layer in the clouds that exceeds weather restrictions for launch.”

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM),

International Programme for Handicapped Radio Amateurs


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International Programme for Handicapped Radio Amateurs

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which will be celebrated in several countries by special amateur radio call signs

The Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS) will be using a special call sign 9K2WDD and the Liberia Radio Amateur Association (LRAA) will be using a special call sign 6Z2RL.

The Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society for Development (ERASD) will be using a special call sign SU0ERA. ERASD are planning a workshop with the Egyptian Scouts.

The Asocijacija Radioamatera Bosne I Hercegovine (ARABIH) will be using a special call sign E71AVW and they will be active on 14 MHz SSB from 12:00 until 20:00 UTC. The activity will be organised with a group of blind members of the Radio Club Tuzla. A special QSL card will be sent to all who establish a contact. The Media and many officials from local government will attend the event.

The Vereniging voor Experimenteel Radio Onderzoek in Nederland (VERON) will be using a special call sign PI4CGR (Commission Handicapped Amateur radio).

It is hoped that many radio amateurs will join this event.

Rizkallah Azrak OD5RI

IARU Region 1 IPHA Coordinator

IARU Region 1

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Amateur Radio operators will observe 03 December 2014 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities with special event stations in these nations:

9K2WDD (Kuwait); 6Z2RL (Liberia); SU0ERD (Egypt); E71AVW (Bosnia and Hercegovine); and PI4CGR (Netherlands). Please make an effort to contact these stations, many of which will be staffed by disabled amateur radio operators.  These operators will enjoy talking with you.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

History This Week


Page last updated on: Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Source:  The Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

 

 

History This Week

A look back at events that made history this week –

compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Monday, 24 November, 2014

1621 Galileo perfects the telescope.

1666 Robert Hooke invented the spirit level.

1783 Charles & M N Roberts ascend 2,000 ft in a hydrogen balloon. Paris.

1834 The electric motor was invented by Thomas Davenport.

1874 The first U.S. patent for barbed wire was issued to JF. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois

1877 First sound recording made by Thomas Edison.

1877 Thomas Edison demonstrates the gramophone, the next day.

1886 First commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo.

1895 America’s first auto race starts; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averages 7 MPH

• Read last week’s ‘History This Week’

• Visit the Summerland Amateur Radio Club’s website

Our thanks to John Alcorn, VK2JWA of the Summerland Amateur Radio Club for this weekly feature.

Visit John’s website

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I always enjoy this look back at our shared radio and technological history.  The list reminds me of just how far we have come since the dawn of the Industrial Age.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Ofcom discuss Pocket Spacecraft


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Ofcom discuss Pocket Spacecraft

On Wednesday, November 26, Michael Johnson M0MJJ discussed the licensing of thousands of Pocket Spacecraft with the UK communications regulator Ofcom.

The plan is that a 3U CubeSat will carry Pocket Spacecraft known as ‘Scouts’ to the Moon. A ‘Scout’ is a disk with flexible electronics, smaller than a CD, containing a transceiver, antenna and solar cells. The CubeSat should first release a batch of the wafer thin Scout satellites into Earth orbit and then deploy another batch of the Scout satellites into Lunar orbit.

It is understood the mission plans to use the 435 MHz and 2400 MHz bands.

Pocket Spacecraft

http://pocketspacecraft.com/

Follow Pocket Spacecraft on Twitter @mySpacecraft

UK radio ham’s Lunar CubeSat to go ahead

http://amsat-uk.org/2013/08/26/uk-radio-hams-lunar-cubesat-to-go-ahead/

BBC: ‘Pocket spacecrafts’ to become a reality

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/05/15/bbc-pocket-spacecrafts-to-become-a-reality/

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Fascinating concept to put miniature “Scout” satellites into a lunar orbit. The wafer thin pocket spacecraft will contain an antenna, transceiver, and solar cells.  The “Scouts” will use the 435 MHz and 2400 MHz amateur radio bands for communications.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Cocos Island


This page is brought to you in association with AMSAT-UK and the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Page last updated on: Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Cocos Island Operators Dom 3Z9DX, Jon K7CO and Jorge TI2HMJ will be active as TI9A from Cocos Island NA-012 between February 16-23rd 2015. It has been 6 years since the last TI9 operation, and it is ranked 26th on the most wanted list. Boat trip to the island will take place February 14th 2015, and it takes 30 hours from Costa Rica. Their Radio Permit is issued for 7 days only. That means they can operate for only about 6 days 24h/day operation. They are in possession of the second permit, which allows them to stay on the island overnight. The team will have 2 radios on the air operating on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.QSL via 3Z9DX, direct, by the Bureau, the OQRS on ClubLog or direct PayPal request no need to send a paper card. QSL requests with insufficient postage will be returned to the sender via Bureau. They are looking for funds. A survey/vote for bands/modes needs is available at the following Web page, as well as more details and updates, see:http://www.nielsen.net/ti9a

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Cocos Island is ranked 26th on the most needed list.  Operators Dom (3Z9DX), Jon (K7CO), and Jorge (TI2HMJ) will be active as TI9A, running SSB, CW, and RTTY from 80 to 10 meters.  DXpedition dates are 16-23 Februrary 2015.  Good luck to all!

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

NASA opens Cube Quest Challenge for largest-ever prize of $5 million


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NASA opens Cube Quest Challenge for largest-ever prize of $5 million

Registration is now open for NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse.

Competitors have a shot at a share of $5 million in prize money and an opportunity to participate in space exploration and technology development, to include a chance at flying their very own CubeSat to the moon and beyond as secondary payload on the first integrated flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

“NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge will engage teams in the development of the new technologies that will advance the state of the art of CubeSats and demonstrate their capabilities as viable deep space explorers,” said Michael Gazarik, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Prize competitions like this engage the general public and directly contribute to NASA’s goals while serving as a tool for open innovation.”

Challenge objectives include designing, building and delivering flight-qualified, small satellites capable of advanced operations near and beyond the moon. The challenge and prize purse are divided into three major areas:

Ground Tournaments :  $500,000 in the four qualifying ground tournaments to determine who will have the ability to fly on the first SLS flight;

Lunar Derby :  $1.5 million for demonstrating communication and CubeSat durability at a distance greater than almost 2.5 million miles (4,000,000 km), 10 times the distance from the Earth to the moon; and

Deep Space Derby :  $3 million for demonstrating the ability to place a CubeSat in a stable lunar orbit and demonstrate communication and durability near the moon.

The Cube Quest Challenge seeks to develop and test subsystems necessary to perform deep space exploration using small spacecraft. Advancements in small spacecraft capabilities will provide benefits to future missions and also may enable entirely new mission scenarios, including future investigations of near-Earth asteroids.

“Cube Quest is an important competition for the agency as well as the commercial space sector,” said Eric Eberly, deputy program manager for Centennial Challenges at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “If we can produce capabilities usually associated with larger spacecraft in the much smaller platform of CubeSats, a dramatic improvement in the affordability of space missions will result, greatly increasing science and research possibilities.”

All teams may compete in any one of the four ground tournaments. Teams that rate high on mission safety and probability of success will receive incremental awards. The ground tournaments will be held every four to six months and participation is required to earn a secondary payload spot on SLS.

The Lunar Derby focuses primarily on propulsion for small spacecraft and near-Earth communications, while the Deep Space Derby focuses on finding innovative solutions to deep space communications using small spacecraft. Together, these competitions will contribute to opening deep space exploration to non-government spacecraft.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges drive progress in aerospace technology — of significant value to the agency’s missions — and encourage broad-based participation in aerospace research and development. The challenges help find the most innovative solutions to technical challenges through competition and cooperation. There have been 24 Centennial Challenges events since 2005. NASA has awarded more than $6 million to 16 challenge-winning teams.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is responsible for innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use on future NASA missions. During the next 18 months, the directorate will make significant new investments to address several high-priority challenges for achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration. For more information about the directorate, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech

The Centennial Challenges Program is managed at Marshall and the Cube Quest Challenge is administered by the agency’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. For more information on the Cube Quest Challenge, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/cubequest

To learn more about NASA’s challenges and citizen science efforts, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/solve

 

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How would you like to win a share of $5 million?  You can if you join a team participating in NASA’s CubeQuest Challenge.  The purpose of the challenge is “to develop new technologies that will advance the state of the art of CubeSats and demonstrate their capabilities as viable deep space explorers.”  For details, visit:  http://www.nasa.gov/cubequest.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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