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Re: Space Station SSTV event today!

Greg D
 

Last good pass of the day coming in 1 hour 24 minutes...

Received the attached a few minutes ago.

Greg  KO6TH


Greg D wrote:

Hi folks,

After a slow start - they were on the wrong frequency on Saturday, then off - the ISS is doing their Slow Scan TV event.  I copied several images overnight, and there are two more passes today.  One report has the event ending tonight, but that's not confirmed after the initial mixup.

Next passes:  today 10/29
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11:12am to 11:21am, from the north west, across the north, setting in the east.  Max elevation 23 degrees
12:48pm to 12:59pm, from the north west, across the south west, setting in the south east.  Max elevation 43 degrees

Tune your radio to 145.800 and connect the audio to your computer.  Or, hold the radio speaker near the computer's microphone.  That works too.  If you can't get it all hooked up in time, just record the pass, and play it back later.

On the computer run the "MMSSTV" application (http://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php).  On Linux you can run the application in Wine, or run QSSTV instead.  Not sure about the Mac, and I haven't found anything for smartphones, unfortunately.

Attached image was from this morning's 8am pass.

Good luck!

Greg  KO6TH







Re: Space Station SSTV event today!

Dennis - WU6X
 
Edited

Wooho! I caught this as it came up over the horizon on the 1821z pass holding the mic to the speaker, and off the vertical VHF antenna on the top of the tower. Awesome!! Thanks, Greg.

Dennis, WU6X


From: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io <sfarc@w6ek.groups.io> on behalf of Greg D <ko6th.greg@...>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2018 10:34 AM
To: SFARC
Subject: [W6EK Groups.io] Space Station SSTV event today!
 
Hi folks,

After a slow start - they were on the wrong frequency on Saturday, then off - the ISS is doing their Slow Scan TV event.  I copied several images overnight, and there are two more passes today.  One report has the event ending tonight, but that's not confirmed after the initial mixup.

Next passes:  today 10/29
------------------
11:12am to 11:21am, from the north west, across the north, setting in the east.  Max elevation 23 degrees
12:48pm to 12:59pm, from the north west, across the south west, setting in the south east.  Max elevation 43 degrees

Tune your radio to 145.800 and connect the audio to your computer.  Or, hold the radio speaker near the computer's microphone.  That works too.  If you can't get it all hooked up in time, just record the pass, and play it back later.

On the computer run the "MMSSTV" application (http://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php).  On Linux you can run the application in Wine, or run QSSTV instead.  Not sure about the Mac, and I haven't found anything for smartphones, unfortunately.

Attached image was from this morning's 8am pass.

Good luck!

Greg  KO6TH






--
Dennis - WU6X


Space Station SSTV event today!

Greg D
 

Hi folks,

After a slow start - they were on the wrong frequency on Saturday, then off - the ISS is doing their Slow Scan TV event.  I copied several images overnight, and there are two more passes today.  One report has the event ending tonight, but that's not confirmed after the initial mixup.

Next passes:  today 10/29
------------------
11:12am to 11:21am, from the north west, across the north, setting in the east.  Max elevation 23 degrees
12:48pm to 12:59pm, from the north west, across the south west, setting in the south east.  Max elevation 43 degrees

Tune your radio to 145.800 and connect the audio to your computer.  Or, hold the radio speaker near the computer's microphone.  That works too.  If you can't get it all hooked up in time, just record the pass, and play it back later.

On the computer run the "MMSSTV" application (http://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php).  On Linux you can run the application in Wine, or run QSSTV instead.  Not sure about the Mac, and I haven't found anything for smartphones, unfortunately.

Attached image was from this morning's 8am pass.

Good luck!

Greg  KO6TH






MRHS Bulletin - After Action Report 20 - 21 October 2018 GMT

Carl Schultz <caschultzca@...>
 

FYI  de WF6J

Begin forwarded message:


After Action Report
MARITIME RADIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
26 October 2018

BULLETIN


After Action Report
Volume I, No. 18

20 - 21 October 2018 GMT

The workbench in the shop at BOLINAS RADIO.

  • "On Watch" -- "ONLY" a FIVE Ship Day!
  • Video of the Week: RMS OLYMPIC
  • QTC: Dispatches from the Field
  • PX: News from Around the MRHS
  • Ask KPH: How Does All This Work? A Day at KPH, Part 2
CODH NR 18 CK NC SAN FRANCISCO RADIO/KPH 2330 GMT OCT 26 --

TO ALL TRUE BELIEVERS AFLOAT AND ASHORE --

"On Watch" -- "ONLY" a FIVE Ship Day!
Last week's tally of SIX ships worked by KPH/KFS/K6KPH would be a tough act to follow, and a tough record to beat. But thanks to the dedication of the radio officers of our "customer" ships, and the diligence of the Operations Department of MRHS SAN FRANCISCO RADIO/KPH/KFS/K6KPH, that lofty target was almost achieved once again!

With Transmitter Supervisor Steve Hawes/SH and Bob Venditti/VI on duty at Bolinas, it was another relatively quiet day at the transmitter site. Following the morning gathering at Bolinas, the Operations Department made the forty-five minute trip from Bolinas (BL) to the receive site (RS) on Point Reyes in plenty of time to prepare the station for operations. The watch was resumed at 1900 GMT, just as the Free Press (PX) broadcast was coming to an end, and keying control of the station was past to RS. 

Usually, the first (and sometimes the only) ship of the day to call are our friends at SS AMERICAN VICTORY/KKUI, but their arrival on the ether was delayed (see below). But the operator at KPH/KFS, Mike Payne/MP, did not have to wait long for a ship call. At 1913 GMT KPH was raised by SS MATSONIA/KHRC, our very own Roy Henrichs/RH at the key. 

SS MATSONIA/KHRC, loaded and ready to sail.

MP had to hit the ground running this week as KHRC was QTC 5 ("I have 5 radiograms for you.")! This contact was completed on the 8 mc KPH channel. Fortunately, KHRC had (once again) an excellent signal, and the traffic was passed in short order. The last four of these radiograms were addressed to other KPH customers, hence MP had to not only receive those radiograms, but also prepare them for later relay to their ultimate destinations.

Our friends at SS AMERICAN VICTORY/KKUI were not to disappoint. They called KPH at 2012 GMT, and the radiogram that originated on the SS MATSONIA/KHRC, underway on the Pacific Ocean, was successfully relayed to KKUI on Tampa Bay, by the Gulf of Mexico -- from the Pacific to the Gulf in less than an hour! While for most people today that would be incredibly slow, in the world of the True Believer that is excellent service!

SS AMERICAN VICTORY/KKUI.

The KPH traffic list went out on the published at 2100 GMT on 426 kc and all KPH HF channels. At 2123 GMT the Transmitter Department requested to take the KPH 22 mc set out of service, in order to install a means of (more) easily switching the 22 mc antenna between the normal Henry 22 mc set and the vintage RCA H Set transmitter. The Pacific High Seas Weather (WX) broadcast was sent at 2130 GMT.

During the WX broadcast, KPH was hailed by SV CRITERION/WDI9889, currently in the yard in the Bay Area, on the 4 mc channel. Three radiograms for WDI9889 were "on the hook" at KPH (Including two relays from SS MATSONIA), and were easily cleared. WDI9889 also sent two radiograms to KPH, one destined for SS MATSONIA.

The fourth, and final, ship of the day at KPH/KFS was heard on the 12 mc calling channel at 2307 GMT: MV POMPLUN CIRCUMSTANCE/WDI4501 -- "The Queen of Butterworth Pond." One radiogram (another of the relays from SS MATSONIA) was sent to master and RO Don Pomplun.

Near the end of the "radio day," SS MATONIA/KHRC made another contact with KPH, once again on the 8 mc channel. This time, two radiograms were sent from KPH (including the relay from SV CRITERION). KHRC also had two more to send to KPH, including an AMVER message!  


 AMVER (the Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue System) was begun 60 years ago by the United States Coast Guard as a ship reporting system, initially only on the North Atlantic, but  eventually extended to all sea areas. The basic premise of AMVER is that ships voluntarily send position reports and voyage plans to the AMVER center, which tracks these countless maritime interests. Hence, if a vessel is in distress the AMVER database can be queried to identify ships that are in the vicinity of the stricken vessel. 

On this day, SS MATSONIA sent an AMVER position report message, which was filed via email to the AMVER center. Next week we will look more closely at AMVER, and the message filed by SS MATSONIA/KHRC. 

Saturday was a banner day for radiogram traffic at KPH/KFS. During the course of six hours of operations 19 radiograms were sent or received at "The Wireless Giant of the Pacific." As legendary KPH station manager Frank Geisel would have said: " Revenue for the company!"

This day saw another great congregation of guests at RS. Our "neighbor" Jim Finch/KE6ORO came out to Point Reyes for a visit -- its always a pleasure to see Jim! We were happy to welcome a grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter from Germany, who enjoyed a lengthy visit to the station, with lots of great questions. We also welcomed two lovely young couples, who also spent the better part of their afternoon in the park with us.

Here they are enjoying a tour of the fabled MRHS "Treasure Room."

RS often hosts four-legged visitors. In fact, it is a rare Saturday where we are not joined by at least one "Radio Dog."  But perhaps the most unusual visitor came to see us on this Saturday ...


You might need to look carefully ... Yes, that is, indeed, a lizard -- more specifically, a bearded dragon, who sails under the flag of "Mister."  You really just never know ...

We were also joined for the day by the truest of True Believers, Robert Gibler of Atlanta, GA. Robert flew out to the Bay Area on Friday evening just to spend the day at KPH!  He received the famous "Shock & Awe" tour of Bolinas, then joined us for the afternoon at RS. The highlight of his visit was the rare opportunity to "sit the circuit" at KPH, getting his license endorsed showing "satisfactory" (that was the only positive rating one could get!) service, and having the privilege of sending the days's Special Message on all seven KPH MF/HF transmitters as the new radio day began (i.e., at 0000 GMT). 

True Believer Rob Gibler and Chief Operator Dillman/RD.

The Special Message was as follows:

CQ CQ CQ DE KPH KPH KPH - SPECIAL MESSAGE -
 
TO ALL STATIONS AFLOAT AND ASHORE -
 
ON THIS DATE IN 1910 RMS OLYMPIC OF THE WHITE STAR LINE WAS LAUNCHED AT THE HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPYARD IN BELFAST STOP RMS OLYMPIC WAS THE SISTER SHIP OF THE ILL FATED RMS TITANIC/MGY STOP RMS OLYMPIC SERVED AS A TROOP SHIP IN WORLD WAR ONE STOP IN 1934 RMS OLYMPIC STRUCK AND SANK THE NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP STOP SHE WAS WITHDRAWN FROM SERVICE IN 1935 AND SCRAPPED STOP FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS -
 
AR DE KPH SK EE

See the "Video of the Week" (below) for more details about this interesting moment of maritime history.

So far, we have noted that KPH/KFS had worked four ships ... what about that fifth one?  Well, once again, Wally Pugh/WP sat the circuit at K6KPH and filled another log sheet with thirty-one contacts in the amateur radio bands. Quite the haul!  The log included, and is highlighted by, a contact once again this week with MV CALYPSO VOYAGER/W2HW/MM. Readers might remember that last week we were worked by W2HW/MM near Marathon Key, FL. Last week, in this space, we hailed the RO of MV CALYPSO VOYAGER, and we were delighted to receive an email from the master and RO of this 46' trawler, Chet Blaszak/W2HW!  You might remember that MV CALYPSO VOYAGER holds the FCC-issued callsign WDE2609. In an email exchange, we passed along to Chet the details for how he can work KPH/KFS on the maritime radio bands. We are looking forward to a contact next Saturday with WDE2609, our newest customer!  Chet, there is already one radiogram on the hook for you!  BV OM!

The K6KPH log was also highlighted with mention of a radiogram sent by K5KV, and a contact with our old friend, and former RCA coast station operator Ed Trump/AL7N.


Video of the Week: RMS OLYMPIC/MKC

RMS OLYMPIC/MKC.

As we saw in the "SPECIAL MESSAGE" of the day, the sister-ship of RMS TITANIC/MGY, the RMS OLYMPIC/MKC, of the White Star Line, was launched 108 years ago in Belfast, Northern Ireland. RMS OLYMPIC went into service the following year, and remained in service until 1935. She served as a troop ship in World War One, having the unusual distinction of having sunk a German U-Boat. An impressive feat for a luxury liner!

RMS OLYMPIC ramming the NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP (LV-117)

Perhaps the darkest chapter of the history of RMS OLYMPIC occurred in her last full year of service, when on 15 May 1934 she rammed the Nantucket Lightship, sending it to the bottom. Ocean liners were infamous for passing too close to the Nantucket Lightship, which at that time carried a radio beacon that the liners used to navigate through the often foggy waters on the New York approaches. Seven members of the eleven man crew of the lightship lost their lives. One of the survivors was the radio officer. For some raw newsreel footage taken of the Olympic, and the survivors of this tragedy, watch this "Video of the Week."

RMS Olympic Nantucket Collision 1934 (HD/audio)
RMS Olympic Nantucket Collision 1934 (HD/audio)


QTC: Dispatches from the Field

*** RO Don Berger of SS AMERICAN VICTORY/KKUI sends this report:

"Some difficulty getting things set up but found KFS with a huge signal and gave several calls... KFS answered but could only give me a rather weak signal report.    KFS said he had one message for KKUI and offered to send each word twice but I gave him the go-ahead and he gave me the following message:

   NR2  PDH CK NC SS MATSONIA/KHRC  20 OCT 2018  1900Z
  
  RADIO DEPT  SS AMERICAN VICTORY/KKUI TAMPA

GREETINGS FROM SS MATSONIA/ENROUTE HONOLULU
FROM OAKLAND  STOP  POSITION  35-34N 129-35W STOP 
GOOD SEA STATE AND FULL LOAD OF CARGO STOP FAIR
WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS
BRGDS

RH   MREO  SS MATSONIA

*** Our good friend, Tom Stough, who recently donated the US Army Signal Corps "mill" typewriter to the MRHS, sent best regards, and passed along that the "mill" came to him from Norm Campbell/AB6ET. Thanks for being willing to part with it, Norm!

*** True Believer Richard Grebeta/RG writes to let us know that he has had some initial discussions with the Board of Directors of the SS LANE VICTORY/ex-KECW concerning re-activating the radio room. He reports that he was warmly welcomed and that the board is interested in the project. The first step in the process will be to seek to reinstate the ship's radio license, which has expired and been cancelled. Fellow Southern California True Believer Rob Harris/RB is also interested in getting involved in this noble project. The MRHS has committed to assisting RG in his efforts to renew the radio license.  We look forward to hearing the classic RCA radio console on KECW back in service!  We will keep you informed of their progress! RG sends along the following photographs from the ship's original, restored radio room.


This document was attached to the HF transmitter.
Clearly, the ship was a faithful customer of MOBILE RADIO/WLO, but also notice the reference to KPH ... on the same 12 mc channel that we use today!

*** We also received an email from Marcin Wichary, who had visited RS a few weeks ago. Marcin is writing a book about "keyboards."  Needless to say, he found much of interest at KPH!  Marcin composed a fascinating blog entry about his visit, including some excellent photography. To read Marcin's blog, click here.


PX: News from Around the MRHS

*** Maintenance Supervisor Bill Ruck/RK was "out standing in the field" at KMI again this week, and sends along this report and photographs:

"I have been concentrating on maintenance of the KMI TCI 540 antenna because (1) it needs it and (2) the weather permits outdoor work.  Good weather is not going to last until next spring.

First, I spotted TWO broken elements on the east side of the 540 yesterday!  The middle element has been broken for a while but now one of the short elements has a broken insulator and is hanging down.  I strongly recommend that funding be found to bring out a bucket truck and fix those two elements before more break. We will need to obtain the necessary hardware to do this.  I believe that the shackle bolts are aluminum and that kind of hardware is not available at the typical Ace Hardware store.  Believe that we have plenty of the porcelain bar insulators in stock but need to check to see if we have exactly the right size.

The goal for yesterday was to continue rust mediation on the guy anchors and secure the guy ground wires.  I had seen rust breaking through the cold galvanize paint on a couple of the anchors last trip that we applied just a few months ago.

Here you can see rust bleeding through the recently painted guy anchors mentioned in the text.


The problem with the ground wires is they are copper and it is wise to keep them isolated from the aluminum (Alumaweld) guy wires to avoid galvanic corrosion.  In the past they've just "floated in the breeze" and many have been broken off or at least mangled likely due to Foxtrot Charlies (ed., MRHS-ese for cattle ... you figure it out!) in the field.  My plan was to use 1/2" non metallic flexible conduit known in the trade as "NMLT" to house the copper ground wire and then tie the conduit to the guy wire with stainless steel ties.  That provides a secure mechanical connection and avoids all potential galvanic issues.  Stainless steel ties will last a whole lot longer in sunlight than even the best black Nylon zip ties.

RH had previously purchased a quantity of the appropriate aluminum clamps that serve as a sacrificial connection between the guy wire and the copper ground wire.  Turns out that these already had a bead of anti-corrosion grease in them.

After running the gasoline powered goat through the grass it is now a whole lot easier to access the anchor points.  Thanks to AW for doing that!  We should plan on doing that on a yearly basis at all three of our TCI antennas.

So I gathered materials and went out to KMI.  A couple of the guy anchors got wire brushing (wire brush wheel in a battery drill) down to base metal and a liberal coat of new cold galvanize paint.

The same guy anchor after wire brushing and a liberal coating of new paint.


For a few of the ground wires the old connector was in place and I easily sheared the aluminum bolt to get it off.  A couple connectors were stuck in place on the Alumaweld guy wire with corrosion but I could work around them.

Stuffed approximately 6 feet of NMLT on the ground wire and tied the NMLT to the guy.  Then added more anti-corrosion grease (NOALOX) to the connector sides and bolted that to the guy and the ground wires.  From experience and advice the grease slowly gets washed out but at least for a while the grease keeps oxygen out of the joint.



I was able to do work on 5 of the 12 grounded guy wires.  I found that two anchor points are missing the ground wire.  Those will need shovel work to find a stub of ground wire to splice on more.

Every anchor I passed got more cold galvanize paint.  Emptied two spray cans of paint.  No such thing as too much paint!

Weather permitting will return next trip to do more of the same.

VR

RK"

Many thanks to RK for doing that lonely, necessary work out in the KMI antenna field. This is an excellent example of your donation dollars at work to secure the structural integrity of (literally) a million dollar antenna. Without your support, this work could not be done.

"Ask KPH" -- How Does All This Work? A Day at KPH, Part 2

We conclude this long treatise on how KPH "works" by considering a typical day of operations today.  We began this exploration into KPH operations by looking at a typical log sheet from the last month of operations of KPH at Point Reyes/Bolinas in 1997. To refresh your memory, here is that log sheet from a typical late-KPH "mid-watch."



Let us now turn to a typical, recent Saturday.  Again, let's look at the log from that day: 25-26 August 2018 (GMT).



For higher definition PDF files of the logs, click here and here.

Like the 1997 log, the operator in 2018 begins the log (at 1848 GMT) with "On Watch" and a signature.

The first order of business is to ensure that the station clock is accurate. This is necessary for accurate record keeping, beginning scheduled broadcasts on time, and to observe the "Silent Period" on the Distress and Calling channel (500 kc) twice each hour, from 15 to 18 and 45 to 48 minutes after each hour. So the operator "observes the (time) tick" by listening to WWV/WWVH on 15 mc, and then resets and winds the station clock.


As we learned in earlier parts of this treatment on how KPH "works," the transmitters can be remotely controlled from RS. So, at 1854 GMT the operator turns on the transmitters that are not already in service (i.e., the K6KPH sets) and then transfers the audio keying tones onto the telephone line, allowing the operators at RS to key the transmitters at BL. This action also connects the Teletype Order Wire at RS to the Teletype machine at BL -- allowing the operator at RS and the Transmitter Dept. at BL to communicate. 

The Free Press (PX) broadcast, which originated at BL, ended, per the timetable, at 1900 GMT, and the operator on watch took control of the station. With that, the "marker" signal ("the wheel") was initiated on all KPH and KFS HF channels.

This day was very typical, in that SS AMERICAN VICTORY/KKUI called KFS on 12 mc at 1914 GMT. KFS sent radiograms #1, #2, and #3 to KKUI, and KKUI sent radiograms #1, #2, and #3 to KFS -- an excellent start for the day!

While clearing traffic with KKUI, the operator also observed the first "Silent Period" of the day, at 1915 GMT. Note that the log shows that the "Silent Period" was observed ("SPO") and that "NO SIGNALS" were observed.

The next entry in the log is an interesting one. At certain times in the history of maritime radio the operator on watch was required to make a log entry at least once every 15 minutes. The entry at 1930 GMT reflects this requirement. There was also a requirement for the operator to log everything that was heard on the Distress and Calling channel (500 kc). Hence, it was common practice to observe both of these requirements at the same time by indicating at the top and bottom of the hour that nothing was heard on 500 kc (of course, unless there was something heard, and then that would be recorded -- Today, there was no traffic on 500 kc.).

At 2055 GMT the operator demonstrated the use of the semiautomatic key by sending a short test transmutation on 500 kc, as the log reflects ("VVV" being sent by KPH).

Per the published schedule, the KPH traffic list was sent at 2100 GMT ("LIST OUT").  This broadcast lasts 13 minutes, hence the log reflects the return of "the wheel" at 2113 GMT.

The Pacific High Seas Weather (WX) was sent out ("WX OUT") by KPH on 426 kc and all HF channels at 2130 GMT.

At 2137 GMT the Transmitter Department needed to take the 17 mc KPH set out of service in order to attend to some antenna work. 

Then, during the WX broadcast, KPH was hailed by SV CRITERION/WDI9889 on 4 mc at 2139 GMT. KPH received the first radiogram of the day from SV CRITERION (R 1).

At 2156 GMT the Transmitter Department advised via the Teletype Order Wire that their work on the 17 mc antenna was completed, and that they were releasing that set back into revenue service.

After one hour and 16 minutes, the WX broadcast on KPH was complete (at 2246 GMT), so "the wheel" marker signal was restored to the KPH HF channels.

At 2316 GMT KFS was called by MV POMPLUN CIRCUMSTANCE/WDI4501 on 12 mc. KFS was holding one radiogram for WDI4501, so that was sent (S 1) to them.

The "Special Message" broadcast was sent on all KPH channels at 2330 GMT.

 The new "radio day" began at 0000 GMT.

Shortly after the beginning of the new radio day, KPH was hailed once again by SV CRITERION/WDI9889 on 4 mc at 0005 GMT. KPH had one radiogram on the hook for WDI9889 and sent that radiogram (S 1). 

The operational day ended at 0100 GMT, with the Closing Message" sent on all KPH/KFS channels.

The Teletype Order Wire was secured at 0016 GMT, and the KPH/KFS/K6KPH transmitters were powered down remotely at 0123 GMT. With that, the operator went "off watch," once again signing the log, at 0124 GMT. Another day ends ...

As we conclude this multi-part explication on how KPH "works" we hope you have a better understanding and appreciation for the history of maritime radio, and all that it entailed, for the entirety of the 20th century, and now preserved in the 21st century by MRHS SAN FRANCISCO RADIO/KPH/KFS/K6KPH.

So, now what would you like to know?  Send your "Ask KPH" questions to us by simply replying to this email. We will hopefully answer your questions in future editions of this weekly report!



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"Closing Message"
When a True Believer like Rob Gibler takes the "red eye" to the West Coast, and back again less than 48 hours later, just to visit and operate KPH it is a reminder to us here what this means to not only us "radio squirrels" at KPH, but to countless other True Believers around the world. Many of you have emailed us wishing that you could make the trip like Rob did, but are unable to at this time. We hope these weekly reports help you to feel a bit closer to what is going on each week, and to feel like you are a part of the "team." Your support and encouragement makes it possible for us to do what we do ... we hope our humble efforts are a gift in return to you.

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***
On this Saturday the watch was suspended at 0105 GMT. The days are getting shorter, and the evening fog was joined by twilight and chill. Once the time changes we will be ending the day in darkness. With that we hope True Believers at a distance will attempt to listen for KPH on 426 kc,, and send along a signal report via radiogram or email. 

Just as the twilight is followed by the dawn, the watch will resume again on Saturday at 1700 GMT, with the Free Press (PX) broadcast from Bolinas. We hope you can join us then. Until then, "fair winds and following seas" from your friends at KPH!

  
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Successful Ham Radio Contact between Students and Space Station Excites and Inspires (From The ARRL Letter for October 25, 2018)

Alan - W6WN
 

"My best day as a teacher!" was educator Kathryn Craven's exuberant reaction following a successful October 22 ham radio contact between International Space Station (ISS) crew member Serena Auñón-Chancellor, KG5TMT, and youngsters at Ashford School in Ashford, Connecticut. ARRL Headquarters provided equipment for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)-sponsored event, and several ARRL Headquarters staffers were among those assisting in setting up the station, working with teachers, students, and the media, shooting photos, and offering other support.

ECARA's Bernard Dubb, KD1DGY, holds the microphone as Amena Perry asks astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, KG5TMT, her question. [Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, photo]

The entire student body of the kindergarten-through-eighth grade school in northeastern Connecticut sat in rapt attention during the event, as a dozen of their classmates spoke directly to Auñón-Chancellor, who was at the helm of NA1SS on the ISS. Using ARRL's equipment, members of the Eastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Association (ECARA) set up the Earth station (KZ1M), with technical and hands-on help from W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, who also assisted in summoning NA1SS for the approximately 10-minute pass.

One reporter asked Carcia what was being displayed on the large screen. "I explained that the program we were using -- SatPC32 -- allowed us to see where the ISS is located and controlled the rotators with respect to our location," he said.

Some Ashford School students have been studying microgravity and are working on a research project that they hope will eventually be selected to be conducted on the ISS. Auñón-Chancellor, the Mission 56/57 flight surgeon, answered 16 student questions that ranged from "Do you wear sunscreen into space?" to "What is the hardest thing about having zero gravity?" and "How many flips can you do?"

Others attending on behalf of ARRL were ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC; Lifelong Learning and Knowledge Department Administrator Ally Riedel, KM3ALF; ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and ARRL Communications Manager David Isgur, N1RSN.

W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, sets up Earth-station gear in advance of the ARISS event at Connecticut's Ashford School. [Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, photo]

"It was great!" Patnode said afterward. "The space station responded right away, and everyone instantly got so excited."

Crews from four local television stations and print publication reporters joined an audience of more than 400.

"We are so incredibly grateful to ARISS, ECARA, and ARRL for making this possible for the entire Ashford School community," a statement on the school's website said.

"Our students were literally bursting with excitement at the end of the contact. Look out universe -- here comes the Mars generation!"












--
Best Regards,

Alan Thompson - W6LAN
VSAT Field Engineer
El Dorado Networks


Re: Back From PacifiCon 2018 #volunteer

Alan - W6WN
 

Hi Gary,

You and I share the same challenge, balancing our hobby against our home and work obligations. I can understand why so many of us got into this hobby when we were kids and then got out of it for years while we launched careers and raised families. A comprehensive, 360° program is going to take a group effort to be effective. Especially any program that involves school presentations would most likely need to be scheduled during school hours. 

I'm still some years away from retirement, but I'm willing to at least help start the process now and see where it leads. I've already started a list of tasks that don't involve a lot of face time. Much of this involves expanding what the Club and its Members are already doing:

  1. Identify local school contacts and resources
  2. Learn what they're already doing with science and technology
  3. Develop a mailing list
  4. Develop a brochure specifically for schools, highlighting local resources they can share with their students
  5. Develop a short, general presentation about radio, and the role local clubs play.
  6. Develop and promote hands-on license application training programs
  7. Expand our existing programs to recruit Exam Applicants,
  8. Develop a follow up program to encourage newly-licensed Hams
--

Best Regards,

Alan Thompson - W6LAN
S
enior Technician
El Dorado Networks


Re: 3-500Z tube 4 sale

Bob <wotbob01@...>
 

Spoken for. 73, Bob  WE6C

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 1:06:59 PM PDT, Bob via Groups.Io <wotbob01@...> wrote:


Hi all, I have an Eimac 3-500Z tube for sale. It has it's original box. The tube is not usable, it has a broken pin and probably a leak due to a small piece of glass chipped where the boken pig goes into the tube. It also has not been powered up for 20 years so very likely it's "gassy" The tube is for display only.
$25 for tube and it's box.
I may be able to make breakfast this Sat so I can possibly bring it.

73, Bob  WE6C

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Re: Back From PacifiCon 2018 #volunteer

Gary - KC3PO
 

I'd be willing to pitch in on the Ham Class Instructor route as long as I could work it into my schedule. I don't have any realistic room for the rest of this year, but there will be some things falling off my current burden beyond that. I've taught electronics and test equipment topics before, so no big deal there.

I think offering workshops is a very good idea - my first club in Colorado Springs gave classes for Tech and General and there was good participation.

I'm already a VE, but not very active... mainly due to compatibility with my current schedule.

STEM... well, I'm always interested in supporting STEM, but I'd have to see what that entails and it would be limited by my availability as well, so it just depends... but I have some interest in it.

- Gary  KC3PO


Back From PacifiCon 2018 #volunteer

Alan - W6WN
 

This was my first trip to PacifiCon, and I enjoyed it a lot. The Banquet keynote speaker, Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK, was very entertaining, and her anecdotes proved how far you can get with smarts, grit and moxie.
 
For me, the seminars have always been the best part of these Conventions, and they're the main reason I attend. Friday kicked off with an all-day series of seminars on antennas. Sunday was devoted to DMR workshops.  I especially liked the Ham Instructor Academy, presented by Gordon "Gordo" West, WA6BOA. Gordo brought many of the props he uses to demonstrate electronic principles to would-be Hams, even a mad-scientist device that sets fire to a pickle using Morse Code :)
 
There was something for everyone: Contesting, DX, Kit building, CW, EmComm, Digital, Satellites, Moon Bounce, Remote Ops, DMR, QRP, SOTA - so many different interests and they were all covered at PacifiCon. Yet, ever since I'd regained my license last year, I've been unable to pin down any one thing about Ham Radio that really revs my motor.
 
Then, Gordo's Academy, and a seminar on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school programs, by Darryl Paule, KI6MSP, gave me the answer I'd been searching for. I spoke to Gordo afterwards, and mentioned one my concerns about brand new Hams passing their exams only to be largely left to find their own way after that. My own experience was that I was literally "over the moon," right after I had passed my license exams. But nobody was there to help focus that enthusiasm. I realized that passing a license exam is not an end point. Instead, it's just one of many steps needed to develop the next crop of new Hams and scientists.
 
So, my biggest takeaway from PacifiCon 2018 was that it helped me discover where I'm going to put much of my focus, and it's squarely on helping to promote technology and science to the next generation through Ham Radio. My goals this next year are to get qualified as a STEM Workshop facilitator, a Ham Class Instructor, and as a VE. 
 
Ideas, advice and partners welcome :)
 
Best Regards,

Alan - W6LAN
VSAT Field Engineer
El Dorado Networks


FW: PC Division Cabinet Meeting

Orion, AI6JB
 
Edited

Good Afternoon Everybody,

Each year the ARRL Pacific Division hosts a meeting to share information about the happenings at ARRL Headquarters.  Each club may send two (2) representatives.  Last year Andrew, K6OP, and I attended.

This year, if someone else would like to go, please let me know so that I can forward the requested RSVP.

73

Orion Endres, AI6JB

President

Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club

1201 Wood Oak Court, Roseville, CA 95747-7383

(916) 788-8251 H \\ (916) 534-8251 C

 

What the heck does “73” mean?  73 is morse code short hand for “Best Regards” used by Ham radio operators.  It’s origin goes all the way back to the landline telegraph days.

 

From: Proctor, John, N1OSO <N1OSO@...>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2018 14:12
To: ojendres@...
Subject: PC Division Cabinet Meeting

 

ADVOCACY

MEMBERSHIP

PUBLIC SERVICE

EDUCATION

TECHNOLOGY

October 8, 2018

All Assistant Directors, Section Managers and

ARRL Affiliated Clubs

Re: ARRL Pacific Division Leadership Meeting

Greetings:

Your presence is cordially requested at the annual ARRL Pacific Division

Cabinet meeting on December 1, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., at the Livermore City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Ave., Livermore, California. Affiliated Clubs may send up to a total of two (2) representatives. Section Managers also may be accompanied by another member of their Cabinet. Breakfast rolls and coffee will be provided, and sandwiches ordered for lunch.

This year, whether you plan to attend or not, please provide me prior to the meeting, with a description of your current position and whether you are willing to continue to serve in that role.

The meeting will discuss matters of importance to the membership in the Division including:

a.     Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 555 & S. 1534;

b.     The ARES program enhancements and Emcomm;

c.     FCC update and the new VM program, and

d.     Other matters of significance to the membership

We look forward to your attendance at what we hope will be an informative and constructive meeting. 73,


3-500Z tube 4 sale

Bob <wotbob01@...>
 

Hi all, I have an Eimac 3-500Z tube for sale. It has it's original box. The tube is not usable, it has a broken pin and probably a leak due to a small piece of glass chipped where the boken pig goes into the tube. It also has not been powered up for 20 years so very likely it's "gassy" The tube is for display only.
$25 for tube and it's box.
I may be able to make breakfast this Sat so I can possibly bring it.

73, Bob  WE6C

Virus-free. www.avg.com


SFARC Monthly Breakfast - Sat, 10/27/18 7:30am-9:00am #cal-reminder

sfarc@w6ek.groups.io Calendar <sfarc@...>
 

Reminder:
SFARC Monthly Breakfast

When:
Saturday, 27 October 2018
7:30am to 9:00am
(GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Mel's Diner, 1730 Grass Valley Highway (Hwy 49 at Luther Road)

Description:
We meet in the back room at Mel's. Everyone is invited to come out and attend the Breakfast! See http://w6ek.org/meetings.html. NOTE: The breakfast is held on the LAST SATURDAY of every month, although the calendar may not reflect this due to programming limitations.

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SFARC Net - Thu, 10/25/18 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

sfarc@w6ek.groups.io Calendar <sfarc@...>
 

Reminder:
SFARC Net

When:
Thursday, 25 October 2018
7:30pm to 8:30pm
(GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
W6EK Repeater - 145.430 -600, PL162.2

Description:
Check-in for Club updates from Officers and members, QSTs and more. Everyone is welcome!

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Re: Is Anyone Going to PacifiCon San Ramon This Week?

Alan - W6WN
 

BTW, my Email address was cut off, possibly a security feature in the Groups.io settings.

It is W6LAN (- at -) AlanThompson dot Com

--

Best Regards,

Alan Thompson - W6LAN
S
enior Technician
El Dorado Networks


Re: Is Anyone Going to PacifiCon San Ramon This Week?

Alan - W6WN
 

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the offer! As we talked about on the Elmer Net,  bring them to the next club meeting and I'll gladly take them off your hands,

--
Best Regards,

Alan Thompson - W6LAN
S
enior Technician
El Dorado Networks


Mt. Washington Repeater

Carl Schultz <caschultzca@...>
 

Nostalgia… when I get back East I am always happy to use this repeater.  Located on the highest mountain in the North East, Mt. Washington, you can "hit" this unit using your HT from almost any ware there. I could get into it full quieting with my 5 watt Kenwood HT from my parents home 130 miles away. (We did live on a hilltop).

This time of the year the northeast is crawling with "leafpeepers" tourists taking in the  fall colors.

Thought I'd share some info with you:


You can get into this unit via Echolink, IRLP and other modes.

73, WF6J

Mount Washington - W1NH

Gorham, NH

Repeater ID: 33-3403


Downlink:146.6550
Uplink:146.0550
Offset:-0.6 MHz
Uplink Tone:100.0
County:Coos
Call:W1NH
Use:OPEN
Op Status:ON-AIR On-Air
Features:Linked to Mt Washington (448.975).
Last update: 2014-07-08


Re: Is Anyone Going to PacifiCon San Ramon This Week?

Bob <wotbob01@...>
 

W6ALN, I think you bought the box of old security cameras and timers etc. I found a bunch of paperwork for them. Would you like me to keep them for you? If not, I'll chuckem.
73, Bob  WE6C



From: W6LAN <W6LAN@...>
To: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:40 AM
Subject: [W6EK Groups.io] Is Anyone Going to PacifiCon San Ramon This Week?

http://pacificon.org/

I'll be working/staying this week in the area from Thursday evening on through Sunday evening.

If you want to connect over coffee, a meal or a workshop, or just say, "Hi," feel free to call or send a text to 530 317 8430. My Email is W6LAN@....

I'll also have my DMR HT on me. Does the Club have a preferred simplex frequency? Otherwise, I'll monitor 146.520

Best Regards,

Alan Thompson - W6LAN
S
enior Technician
El Dorado Networks



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Is Anyone Going to PacifiCon San Ramon This Week?

Alan - W6WN
 

http://pacificon.org/

I'll be working/staying this week in the area from Thursday evening on through Sunday evening.

If you want to connect over coffee, a meal or a workshop, or just say, "Hi," feel free to call or send a text to 530 317 8430. My Email is W6LAN@....

I'll also have my DMR HT on me. Does the Club have a preferred simplex frequency? Otherwise, I'll monitor 146.520

Best Regards,

Alan Thompson - W6LAN
S
enior Technician
El Dorado Networks


Fluke meter

Bob <wotbob01@...>
 

Can the person that donated the Fluke meter to the white elephant sale please send me an e-mail to... we6cbob@...    I have a couple questions.
Thank you.
Bob  WE6C

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JOTA - Sat, 10/20/18 9:00am-6:00pm #cal-reminder

sfarc@w6ek.groups.io Calendar <sfarc@...>
 

Reminder:
JOTA

When:
Saturday, 20 October 2018
9:00am to 6:00pm
(GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Beale AFB

Description:

This year, Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), is the third weekend of October. JOTA is sponsored by the world organization of Scouting. JOTA will be part of the Scout Expo event happening at Beale Air Force Base between Marysville and Wheatland. The expected attendance is over 5,000 scouts for all over northern California! The plan is to setup several stations and operate from Beale from 09:00 to 18:00 on Saturday, Oct. 20th.

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