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