This is crazy! I can’t believe no one told me the rocket I saw launch one year ago this month launched from one of the same pads astronauts will be launching from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011! Not only that, but the tower they built for astronauts to climb up to the […]Read more "Human spaceflight from the United States and me"
In 2017 ISS SSTV switched from transmitting images in PD180 to PD120. This is from the “What to expect during a pass” section of my ISS SSTV Reception Hints page. I wanted to save it somewhere in case they go back to using it at some point. For now I am updating the Reception Hints […]Read more "PD180 ISS SSTV"
Occasionally people ask me a question about ham radio that could be summarized as “why?” Why ham radio? Why are you standing in a parking lot with a bunch of electronic gear hung over your body and a big antenna in your hand aimed to space just to talk to someone a few states over? […]Read more "Why ham radio?"
A school in Sweden is talking to the International Space Station through a telebridge station in Maryland at 11:12:55 UTC on Thursday March 15th. That’s 7:12am EDT so many people might be able to hear it on their morning commute. They will be using the Kenwood TM-D710E which puts out 50 watts, much more than […]Read more "ARISS reception opportunity over US east coast Thursday morning"
I made a new page (not a blog) on the audio cable I use for my Kenwood TH-D2 https://spacecomms.wordpress.com/audio-cable-for-kenwood-th-d72/Read more "New page on audio cable for Kenwood HT"
How I got involved with a helping a school talk to an astronaut on the ISS. Please subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/SpaceComms1?sub_confirmation=1 Custom PCs from Nordic PC: https://nordicpc.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/johnbrier The contact has officially been scheduled: Moore Square AIG/GT Magnet School, Raleigh, NC, direct via KG4AKV The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS (***) The scheduled […]Read more "New Video! Our ARISS Contact Part 1"
On AMSAT-BB, sometimes people ask for someone to call them on the phone and walk them through things. And people actually do it. On Linux and other open source mailing lists, when people ask basic questions they’re told to “read the f*cking manual, noob.”  My first experiences in a technical field were in the […]Read more "AMSAT-BB versus every Linux mailing list"