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


Having Fun with Homebrewing......

Well I have two of my Ham radio related wiring projects completed, The Morse Key is now wired up for Icom 718 and the Yaesu 857D and the AIO programming cable is done too , and a start has been made on the Co-ax for the 2m Slimjim. On the AIO  front it's having to go back as the SMA connector is faulty and being a 4  layer  board has to be factory replaced oh  Fun - not!


Worked today

I’ve managed to work the following stations so far this afternoon:
Started with GB4T Titanic Special Call then worked GB0MPA on 40m, This is a special callsign used by the Barry Amateur Radio Society to commemorate the role of the R.M.S. Carpathia in the rescue of the 703 survivors of the Steam Ship Titanic in 1912 after a break got GB2FLH The callsign for activation of Fleetwood Lighthouses, weekend of NARSA Radio Rally, 5th - 7th April 2013. Both Lighthouses were activated Fleetwood Esplanade Light Front aka "Beach" or Lower Light is Admiralty A4892 and Fleetwood Esplanade Light Rear aka "Pharos" or Upper Light,Admiralty A4892.1, then the GB1PER Special Event Callsign run by Worcester Radio Amateur Association. The Callsign is used for Airfields on the Air, and also for National Science Week, location Perdiswell Primary School, Worcester.The school is located on the grounds of the former airfield, taken over by the RAF in 1938 and the world's first municipal aerodrome. ( info from QRZ.com) just looking for GB75HMSB now to finish my evening!
Last night  saw me also active on Slooh and getting some  Nice Nebs and Comets  in the form of

M20 Diffuse Nebula in Sagittarius
Common Names: Trifid Nebula
NGC Number: 6514
Visual Magnitude: 9.0
Apr 6th, 2013 05:25:27 UTC
R.A. 18h 02m 23s Dec. -23° 01' 48"

M17 - Nebula & Cluster in Sagittarius
Common Names: Omega / Horseshoe / Swan / Lobster Nebula
NGC Number: 6618
Visual Magnitude: 7.0
Apr 6th, 2013 05:15:48 UTC
R.A. 18h 20m 26s Dec. -16° 10' 36"

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) 
Apr 5th, 2013 21:42:19 UTC
R.A. 6h 37m 11s Dec. +30° 23' 58"


and C/2011 L4 (Panstarrs)
Apr 6th, 2013 05:52:41 UTC
R.A. 0h 28m 53s Dec. +42° 57' 14" Not too shabby given its dawn where the scope is


Working 40 Meters and having fun!

Well been down the shack today and worked  a few  event stations , kicked off with G100RSGB currently  operated  by Riviera ARC then worked GB4STB ,RAF Stanbridge (RAFARS 4738) In Leighton Buzzard. Then after  a break  got GB2MC at the Muckleburgh Collection, a privately owned military museum at Weybourne,and  finally GB2CAV on board HMS  Cavalier!  Life can be  fun as  a  M6  and only  operating QRP


North Norfolk Amateur Radio Group at The Muckleburgh Military Collection

HMS Cavalier