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"
AO-91 is an FM repeater  satellite with a strong 2 meter downlink (receivable with a rubber duck) and an incredibly sensitive receive system on the 70 cm uplink. There are reports of people getting into the bird using a handheld inside a house. That is incredible. If there are no issues, this will likely […]Read more "Just Launched AO-91 Will be a Great Bird"
If you want to get an ARISS SSTV award for receiving the SSTV images from the ISS in July of this year you need to apply very very soon. Even though the original announcement said the window extended until the end of the year, the administrator of the program […]Read more "24 Hours Left for ISS SSTV Award"
Dave Jordan, AA4KN, is the public relations manager for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). I delivered this to him at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex while I was in Florida for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) launch as a part of the NASA Social program.  TDRS receives funds from the Space Communications and […]Read more "First T-Shirt Delivered to Patron!"
This is pretty cool. Way back in April 2015 when a curious police officer showed up after I received my “First Perfect ISS SSTV Image,” which later became my most popular video (17k views currently) – he just showed up again! Right after I received another perfect image last night. Life is really funny sometimes. […]Read more "This is Pretty Cool"
I got accepted to the NASA Social! I’ll get media-like-access to see the TDRS-M communications satellite launched from NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida! Woohoo! Special thanks to my friend Kevin, N8VNR, without whom I wouldn’t have even known about this to begin with. He has been to NASA socials in the past and encouraged […]Read more "I got accepted to the NASA Social!"
EDIT: It is now tentatively scheduled to start Thursday, July 20th around 21:25 UTC . Exciting! It’s not often we get an ISS SSTV announcement this far out in advance. An ISS Slow Scan TV event commemorating the 20th anniversary of ARISS is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of July 15th, and potentially will run […]Read more "ISS SSTV Event Tentative July 15th!"