2014-05-13


I feel a Construction project coming on .....need to build an adapter for my Yeasu 736R so I can have my Digimodes box and the Main PC to CAT connceted 24/7......and just swap USB connectors at the PC/Laptop end.........

2014-05-10

 Installing Starry Nights Pro Plus 6 onto the PC ...... and filtering Dads Chardonney into a Barrel, then Photoshop CS 2 now installed - Thanks Dave :)
followed by the ARRL Exam Review - General Licence....then ESA/ESO/NASA FITS Liberator 3.0.1, Astrometrica, MaxIm DL.Astro Tortillia, Backyard EOS,G8PUT,RegiStax 6.x which Just leaves Skytools 3,Aladin, TinyTrack3 ,Tweetdeck,FoCas, VMA and 9 more Amateur Radio Programs to do!

2014-05-04

Well the last of my monthly Astro Journals are now coming by mail since my normal supplier has decided to not carry it anymore, It joins Radcom, QST, Oscar News (AmsatUK) ,Six Meter News,Sky & Telescope, Sky At Night magazine, Trail magazine, Footprints (The Wainwright Soc)and The British Astronomical Journal arriving though the letterbox each month .......

2014-05-01

Getting back into Good practices by updating various pieces of Amateur Radio and Astronomical Software on a daily basis  again....... and bloging here  Grins, Already updated my software for digital modes, SatPC 32, G8PUT and Starry Nights Pro Plus  6
Interesting Neil deGrasse Tyson links the Pleiades with the Celtic Samhain (or to most Americans Halloween, He even pronounces it right too!) and other beliefs including Native American Lore in Part 8 of Cosmos 2.0, chuckles I'm sure Fox will getting complaints from the moral minority over that lol. Keep up the good work Neil deGrasse Tyson

2014-04-30

The Obsie Radio Shack today :)
The FT-736R  V/UHF Transceiver is here and now installed :)
Looking forward to Slooh Chile coming back on line soon as well

2013-09-17

Well by the end of the month I'll be dipping my toes into Digital modes , I have the software instslled for JT65, JT9 and WSPR already installed on my laptop and my folks are getting me a DigiMaster USB MiniPro Data Interface for my birthday which initally I'll be using with my Yeasu 857D and then the Icom 718 once the 40m mod is  done on it! 

DigiMaster USB MiniPRO DATA Interface

JT65
JT9
WSPR 

2013-04-22

Weather XI halts play on Teide and at home


No observing done last night as it was cloudy/mizzling when I went to lock up the Ham shack and  Slooh was down (due to the afteraffects  of a dust storm) and only the one new station yesterday in the logbook ... GU1000RSGB on 40m's but then with the necessary evil of cutting the front lawn and attending a live observing session (Saturn) at the W. M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea, Hawai'i . Which was then followed the successful launch of the Orbital Sciences Antares One Rocket from NASA Wallops. The rocket was carrying 5 payloads a Dummy Payload Module, Dove 1 and 3 other sats which can be tracked by Hams on 437.425 MHz, each transmits at intervals so all three should be receivable during a pass.
The callsign will be KJ6KRW all three satellites will transmit using AFSK (1200 bps) modulation, AX.25 packet coding. The two PhoneSat 1.0 satellites, Graham and Bell, transmit with a periodicity of respectively 28 seconds and 30 seconds. The PhoneSat 2.0 beta satellite, Alexandre, transmits with a periodicity of 25 seconds.
A quote about W(Will) T Hay (yes the Comedian who was also a Top Notch Amateur Astronomer and BAA Member) from the  Daily Mail on the 9th of August 1933,
 He believes astronomers to be the finest brotherhood on earth, the
   only men who see life in its true proportion. 'If we were all
   astronomers there'd be no more war' he says. He has the broad, calm
   philosophy of a man who thinks habitually in terms of universes.
   All astronomers are philosophers, he will tell you.

You know I think he could be  right.........( I can hear Patrick Moore saying that with a smile  on his face)
 I  want to thank Martin Mobberley for writing  a great article on such a great  man  http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu//full/2009JBAA..119...67M/0000067.000.html