Apollo 11 Special Event Stations

Special Event Stations to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

A number of Amateur Radio special event stations will be (or already are) on the air during July to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.The list includes:

N8A, until July 24, Midwest VHF/UHF Society, West Chester, Ohio;
WB4ICJ, July 14 – 20, Kennedy Space Center;
N1A, July 14 – 28, Milford (Ohio) Amateur Radio Club;
N4A, July 16 – 25, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club;
K2M, July 16 – 24, Great South By Amateur Radio Club (honoring those who built the LEM on Long Island);
K2CAM, July 16 – 24, Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club;
N5A, July 18 – 21, Razorback Contest Club,Springdale, Arkansas;
W3A, July 18 – 23, the National Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club (K3NEM);
W4A, July 19 – 21, Huntsville (Alabama) Amateur Radio Club;
K8QYL, July 20, Reservoir Amateur Radio Association;
K9MOT, July 20 – 21, Motorola Amateur Radio Club;
N0M, July 20 – 22, South East Metro Amateur Radio Club;
K1M, July 20 – 28, Stratford Amateur Radio Club;
GB5EHL, until July 28, Leicester Radio Society “Eagle Has Landed” commemoration,
PA11APOLLO, until August 2, in the Netherlands.

Search for additional Apollo 11 special event stations on the ARRL website.

NU3Q on TV

Bob NU3Q was  on the K5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable show on July 9th.  He gave his “Go Box” demonstration on the show, and  below is the link to the show.  If you missed the demo he put on at the club you can catch it here.  Steel City was mention during the presentation.

Click this link to see the whole show: https://youtu.be/BTZ0cb0PFmk

Or click on the video below to go directly to Bob’s segment.

Our very own Bob, NU3Q will be on the K5KUB.COM Amateur Radio Round Table Program with his Go Box.   So it should be interesting discussion about go boxes.  Watch him Tuesday Night at 9 PM after our 2m net.

AMSAT 50th Anniversary

AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards ProgramAMSAT

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (as AMSAT is officially known) was formed March 3, 1969 as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered in the District of Columbia.  Since its founding, AMSAT has designed, constructed, and, with the added assistance of international government and commercial agencies, successfully launched, 20 Amateur Radio satellites into Earth orbit.

To help celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, AMSAT is proud to announce the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.  Throughout 2019, your satellite and HF QSOs can help you achieve one of these special awards:

  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award
  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
  • AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award

Read more about the program at:
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/

Raspberry PI – 4

The folks at Raspberry pi have announced the new RPi 4 model B single board computer, still priced at $35 for the basic board with 1GB of RAM. Models with 2GB and 4GB of RAM are also available at higher price points.

Here’s the official announcement:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b/
And here are the specs:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b/specifications/RPI4B.png
The processor is now a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC, which has four 1.5GHz Cortex A72 CPU cores. That, along with the additional RAM and higher-level graphics support will make the board more suitable for full desktop and multimedia uses.

Historic Contact

A historic contact was made on Sunday the 16th June 2019 when the Atlantic was spanned for the first time on 144 MHz.

D41CV on Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa managed to work FG8OJ in Guadeloupe on 144.174 MHz using the FT8 digital mode. The distance was an incredible 3,867 kms.

To put that into context, the distance from the west coast of Ireland to Newfoundland is 3,000 kms.

To read the full story: https://ei7gl.blogspot.com

Arduino Microcontroller DIY Projects

Arduino Microcontroller

Projects You Can Build Today!The Arduino has become widely popular among hobbyists and ham radio operators. Hams are exploring these powerful, inexpensive microcontrollers, creating new projects and amateur station gear. With its Open Source model, the Arduino community freely shares software and hardware designs, making projects easier to build and modify.

Arduino for Ham Radio introduces you to the exciting world of microcontrollers and Open Source hardware and software. It starts by building a solid foundation through descriptions of various Arduino boards and add-on components, followed by a collection of ham radio-related practical projects. Beginning with simple designs and concepts and gradually increasing in complexity and functionality, there is something here for everyone. Projects can be built quickly and used as-is, or they can be expanded and enhanced with your own personal touches.

For more information and to order:
https://www.arrl.org/shop/Arduino-for-Ham-Radio

 

Summer Projects – Power

Looking for something to do this summer?  Building a go box or just want a power connection in your car dash mount?   Here are a couple nice power pole panel mounts that you can get.


$19.99

High output capacity of up to 45A on each Powerpole. Includes (4) 30A contacts. Fits 1-1/8″ dia. hole.  Dual outputs and the company offers many identical accessories to go with it. https://powerwerx.com


$4.00  or $14.00 for 4 units

Panel mount for a pair of Anderson Powerpole connectors, this fits the Anderson (And Clones) PP15-PP45 (15a-45a) #1327 housings. 3D printed has options for other colors. Single power pole connection.  Lower cost version of the above.  https://www.ebay.com or 4x units


USB B Round Panel Mount Extension Cable - 30cm

$4.95 – $9.95

this USB B Round Panel Mount Extension Cable is the easiest and fastest way to panel-ify your project. Use it for power or for data this will make for a nice looking project.

Full Size USB “B”

Micro “B” Size

USB “C” Size

SSTV High Altitude Balloon Event

About This ProjectI got started with amateur radio by listening to weather satellites with an SDR and “downloading” images from them (like the one on the home page from Meteor M2). Then I had heard about and participated in the International Space Station Slow Scan TV (SSTV) events! It was exciting to be able to “download” images from the space station as it passed overhead, however I always hoped they would be “live” images and not canned but recently they are canned. Thus this project was born. It is my hope to launch a high altitude balloon with a SSTV transmitter to broadcast “live” images of the Earth while in flight! I hope many people will be able to help out by listening for the signal and uploading any images to this website at the “Post SSTV Image (Click Here to visit)” page!

Preliminary Launch Date June 29, 2019 0930 EST

APRS: 144.39 MHz KD2PYB-7 (Click Here to Track)

SSTV: 145.600 MHz

An Echolink node may be set up also (KD2PYB-L)

More information: https://reachfornearspace.com/

Arduino-based rotator interface

This is an Arduino-based rotator interface that interfaces a computer to a rotator or rotator controller, emulating the Yaesu GS-232A/B and Easycom protocols which are supported by a myriad of logging, contest, and control programs.  It can be easily interfaced with commercial rotator control units.  With the addition of a proper capacity power supply and several interface components such as relays, this unit could also serve as a total replacement for a rotator control unit or serve as the basis for a 100% homebrew rotation system.  Several azimuth and elevation position sensors including potentiometers, rotary encoders, and I2C devices are supported.  The code is very flexible, modular, and easy to read allowing intermediate and advanced experimenters.

For more information: https://blog.radioartisan.com/yaesu-rotator-computer-serial-interface/