Tag Archives: space

Listening to Jupiter ?

I think that this is the JOVE antenna array at PARI.
I hope to know more soon.

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Shortwave radio antenna array at PARI.

/;^)

HI Juno

This looks like a good time about to happen http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/hijuno/
The activity will begin at 18:00 UTC on October 9, 2013
and continue until 20:40 UTC using 28.2 MHz +/-_x_ (see their web site)
/;^)

HI Juno

This should be fun.

Digital Satellite Ops reference

It has not been recently that I have posted anything particularly relevant to ham radio. I don’t find as much time lately to play with the radios either.
I do however, try to follow several special-interest groups that have internet email distribution lists. Overnight I received an email item from VE6MVP, referencing a research project I have not heard of : Shadow-beacon. In particular, Tony was looking for additional reference on digital operations via satellite. The Shadow-beacon project intends to utilize the APRS infrastructure that is already in place and operational on the International Space Station (as well all over the planet surface via the Internet).

With this in mind I thought I would create a simple page, that provides linkage to several resources that I use on a regular basis. There are surely lots of additional pages that are just as relevant, perhaps you will post some of your favorites in the comment section below. Aside from having equipment setup to operate APRS digital, we need to know what satellites are available, and when and where to listen. Hopefully these links will help answer some questions you may have.
H_coaxAMSAT-NA logoAMSAT
http://amsat.org
(Radio Amateur Satellite NA home)

H_coax

Heavens-Above logoHeavens-Above
http://www.heavens-above.com/
(live satellite/astronomy positions)H_coax

APRS from FindU

ARISS / PCsat
http://ariss.net/ (APRS via ISS : real-time) http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/ariss/index.cgi  (basically same as the one above)
http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/pcsat.cgi
(APRS via Pcsat : real-time)H_coax

www.ISSfanclubISSfanclub
http://issfanclub.com
(ARISS status)H_coax
Orbitron - stoff.plOrbitron
http://www.stoff.pl/
(tracking software)H_coax

UISS - ON6MUUISS
http://users.belgacom.net/hamradio/sat-info.htm
(UISS software)H_coax

DK3WNDK3WN
http://www.dk3wn.info/p/ (Sat Blog) http://www.dk3wn.info/satellites.shtml
(Satellite info)H_coax

KD5QGR statusKD5QGR
http://oscar.dcarr.org/index.php
(multi-satellite status)

H_coax

shadow-beacon homeShadow-beacon
http://knts.tsniimash.ru/shadow/en/Default.aspx
(space plasma shadow’ experiment)H_coaxEnjoy  – -|||   |||- -
/;^)

P.S. Please submit additional relevant links via the comment section below….

PARI

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Hidden Treasure

When I first heard of this place, I thought Mike (N4OFA) had been in a closed room with his paint fumes for too long… An old spy-satellite station up in the mountains ? Huge radio telescope dishes ? And they let him pull cables and work on stuff ? Had to be the paint fumes. Over the years tho, I have come to learn more of the history of the old Rosman Tracking Station.
And more importantly, some of what is going on up there these days.
Visit PARI.EDU on-line to find more detail….

So – I introduced myself to PARI and some of the folks there, and have been to visit a few times. On this most recent trip I became an official volunteer, and will be helping to establish more functionality into their Information System Infrastructure management activites, and to further document the networks and the systems that support the PARI mission & operations.

Recently PARI has installed the upgraded feedboxes for both of the 26m dish antennas, and expect to be testing, calibrating, and all that other magic stuff to integrate this into a world-class interferometer. These are certainly exciting times up on the hilltop in Western North Carolina. Hidden Treasure indeed.

I’ll be back to this blog from time to time, with more pictures and stories to tell.
Thanks  /;^)