Sunday, March 28, 2010

K3 problems. Any ideas ?

This morning local time (Saturday 21:00 gmt) we started our journey to Caroline island. Estimate 5 days sailing. Almost 9,000 Qs in our logs from the 3 days on Malvern. Derek's beloved Elecraft K3 has a problem! On 40m only, the instant the rig is keyed, even at min power, it switches off as if the supply plug is disconnected. After an indeterminate delay power is restored and the rig can be used on other bands. Any ideas, please contact Maury, IZ1CRR (iz1crr @ 73 Derek

T32 news ->

Thursday, March 18, 2010

T32: an IOTA operation

We have had many requests for operation on 6m moon bounce, RTTY, PSK, low band SSB, 160m etc, etc. Please be advised that since this is primarily an IOTA operation we will be concentrating on providing a contact with as many different stations as possible irrespective of band or mode. We will therefore be operating the bands 80m through 10m SSB and CW whichever is providing the best propagation conditions at the time.

Check the website for the latest news

NASA App for iPhone

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Update from T32

Hi Maury,

Arrived Christmas Island 01:00 gmt Thursday. Taking opportunity to check all equipment we have with us. T32AJ is active. The first QSO was Wednesday 07:14 gmt on 20m. M/V Kwai is already at Fanning Island and will be here Friday 01:00 gmt. We expect to leave for the Southern Line Islands Saturday 02:00 gmt

73 the Southern Line Islands team


Friday, March 12, 2010

GoSat & GoSky for iPhone

GoSkyWatch Planetarium
Astronomy on the iPhone/iPod touch. Never have to wonder again what is in the night sky. GoSkyWatch easily locates and identifies planets, stars and constellations. Navigate the sky with a touch or by just pointing to the sky for quick identification. Go outside and explore the night sky.

Advanced satellite tracking on the iPhone/iPod touch. Find out when and where satellites can be seen including the international space station or space shuttle. Track a space shuttle mission to the international space station. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see the space shuttle in orbit before the shuttle is retired in 2010.


PSK31 for iPhone

I-Psk31 is a modem application for HF ham radio, using Bpsk31 coding/decoding.
You can connect your I-Pod Touch by using an hearphone and mic directly to transceiver, or by a digital mode interface.

USB shortwave / AM / FM Radio


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Solar stormwatch

Solar scientists need you!
Help them spot explosions on the Sun and track them across space to Earth. Your work will give astronauts an early warning if dangerous solar radiation is headed their way. And you could make a new scientific discovery.


Crowdsourcing from Royal Observatory Greenwich on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Countdown begins

Eight high school students come together for the ultimate science project: to launch a rocket by harnessing the computing power of todays Sony VAIO notebook.
The Rocket Project

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

T32: Nils withdrawal

It is with great regret that we have to announce that Nils, SM6CAS has had to withdraw from the dxpedition. This is due to his wife’s health. Aila has been ill since 12th January with a severe lung problem which has still not been diagnosed.

Nils is very keen for this dxpedition to go ahead even though he cannot join us. He has been planning this for several years and he is the major financier of the project. We owe Nils a deep debt of gratitude for supporting this trip under the circumstances.

Nils will be the QSL manager for all 4 islands. Please be generous with your green stamps etc to help him recover some of this major financial outlay.

Mike-K9AJ, Steve-G4EDG, Steve-9M6DXX & Derek-G3KHZ

T32 website

High Altitude Balloon going NEAR Space

This is from a high altitude balloon. The balloon reached 90,000 ft which is a near space altitude.

It was tracked using ham radio (APRS), gps and a tinytrak3+.
The video was taken using a kodak zi6. .

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

STS-130 Shuttle Mission Imagery

ISS022-E-062672 (9 Feb. 2010)--- Though astronauts and cosmonauts often encounter striking scenes of Earth's limb, this very unique image, part of a series over Earth's colorful horizon, has the added feature of a silhouette of the space shuttle Endeavour. The image was photographed by an Expedition 22 crew member prior to STS-130 rendezvous and docking operations with the International Space Station. Docking occurred at 11:06 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 9, 2010. The orbital outpost was at 46.9 south latitude and 80.5 west longitude, over the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern Chile with an altitude of 183 nautical miles when the image was recorded. The orange layer is the troposphere, where all of the weather and clouds which we typically watch and experience are generated and contained. This orange layer gives way to the whitish Stratosphere and then into the Mesosphere. In some frames the black color is part of a window frame rather than the blackness of space.

Solar System Simulator

These images show SIMULATED views from the Cassini spacecraft, from several useful points of view which will vary depending on what's happening in the mission. Click on an image to see a full-screen view. These images are updated as circumstances warrant, at least once a day.