While the space station was brightly lit and high overhead Durham, North Carolina last night, I did an ISS ham demo for my friends’ kid who is really into space now. He is on the autism spectrum and has memorized the gravitational forces of most of the planets in our solar system. It’s really amazing. […]Read more "ISS ham demo for a young space fan"
Here is part 2 of my two new videos on the new ISS crossband voice repeater! 73, John Brier KG4AKVRead more "Video: My first pass on the new ISS crossband voice repeater!"
Here is part 1 of 2 new videos on the new ISS crossband voice repeater. 73, John Brier KG4AKVRead more "Video: The ISS crossband voice repeater is back!"
I have been going up and down my roof and in my attic for a while planning how I was going to bolt this tripod antenna mount to my roof. Well, I finally did it, and installed a temporary antenna. Check out the pics below to see the results. And check the words below the […]Read more "I finally bolted my tripod to the roof"
AMSAT leadership has some behavior and conduct issues that must not continue. People that have volunteered and supported AMSAT in the past have left, stopped, or dramatically curtailed their support due to these issues. We don’t have a lot of money to throw around. We depend on volunteers and goodwill and that is why leadership […]Read more "AMSAT Board of Directors changes"
Unbelievable. I just had lunch with a French QO-100 satellite operator. His name is Alexendre. He is in my area for work for the weekend. I was driving to Waffle House for some food when I heard him identify as W4/F5USF on the 146.64 RARS repeater. Intrigued by a French station over here, I responded […]Read more "I just met a French QO-100 operator!"
The first one: And the second: The very first one from a few weeks ago:Read more "Two new livestreams about my satellite ground station build"
I am building a Yaesu G-5500, M2 LEO pack, Icom IC-910H based ground station. Nothing exotic at all but I thought it would be cool to make simple videos/livestreams as I progress through the process. Above is the first video that gives background on this process that started one year ago. I’ll be adding all […]Read more "Satellite ground station build video 1 – Background"
People ask me for tips on making their first QSO regularly so I made a page to consolidate my answers and information related to this question. https://spacecomms.wordpress.com/your-first-satellite-contact-tips/Read more "New page on tips to make your first sat QSO"
Someone is going to reconstruct my FM rig and they asked me for measurements and more pictures. I took pics and even filmed a video showing its construction. I already had a webpage with minimal information on this rig so I updated it with all the stuff the guy asked me for. Here is the […]Read more "Updated webpage on my FM mobile radio sat setup"