Friday, October 30, 2009

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 8 October 2009

CEO photography can be studied at this "Gateway" website: (as of 9/1/08, this database contained 770,668 views of the Earth from space, with 324,812 from the ISS alone).

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 8:26am EDT [= epoch])
Mean altitude -- 345.5 km
Apogee height – 351.0 km
Perigee height -- 340.0 km
Period -- 91.45 min.
Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.64 deg
Eccentricity -- 0.0008146
Solar Beta Angle -- -49.1 deg (magnitude increasing)
Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.75
Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours -- 69 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) -- 62380

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time, some changes possible!):
10/10/09 -- Soyuz TMA-14/18S undock (9:05pm)
10/11/09 -- Soyuz TMA-14/18S land (~00:30am; Kazakhstan: ~10:30am)
10/14/09 -- Progress M-03/35P launch (9:17pm)
10/17/09 -- Progress M-03/35P docking (DC-1, ~9:43pm)
10/27/09 -- Ares I-X Flight Test
10/29/09 -- HTV1 hatch closing
10/30/09 -- HTV1 unberthing
11/04/09 -- HTV1 reentry (destructive)
11/10/09 -- 5R/MRM-2 (Russian Mini Research Module 2) on Soyuz-U
11/12/09 -- 5R/MRM-2 docking (SM zenith)
11/12/09 -- STS-129/Atlantis/ULF3 launch (ELC1, ELC2)
12/01/09 – Soyuz TMA-15/19S undock
12/21/09 -- Soyuz TMA-17/21S launch --
O. Kotov/S. Noguchi/T.J. Creamer
12/23/09 -- Soyuz TMA-17/21S (FGB nadir)
01/??/10 -- Soyuz 20S relocation (from SM aft to MRM-2)
02/03/10 -- Progress M-04/36P launch
02/04/10 -- STS-130/Endeavour/20A – Node-3 + Cupola
02/05/10 -- Progress M-04/36P docking
03/18/10 -- STS-131/Discovery/19A – MPLM(P), LMC
04/02/10 -- Soyuz TMA-18/22S launch
04/28/10 -- Progress 37P launch
05/14/10 -- STS-132/Atlantis/ULF4 – ICC-VLD, MRM-1
05/30/10 -- Soyuz TMA-19/23S launch
06/30/10 -- Progress 38P launch
07/27/10 -- Progress 39P launch
07/29/10 -- STS-133/Endeavour (ULF5 – ELC4, MPLM) or STS-134/Discovery (ULF6 – ELC3, AMS)
08/31/10 -- Progress 40P launch
09/16/10 -- STS-133/Endeavour (ULF5 – ELC4, MPLM) or STS-134/Discovery (ULF6 – ELC3, AMS)
09/30/10 -- Soyuz TMA-20/24S launch
10/27/10 -- Progress 41P launch
11/30/10 -- Soyuz TMA-21/25S launch
12/21/10 -- ATV2 – Ariane 5 (ESA)
02/09/11 -- Progress 42P launch
03/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-22/26S launch
xx/xx/11 -- Progress 43P launch
05/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-23/27S launch
12/??/11 -- 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA – on Proton

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Malaysian Spectrum Allocations Chart From MCMC

This chart is based on the current ITU Radio Regulation 2008.Download it and print, put it on your base station for reference

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ham Radio Operators Supports Disaster Relief

A severe tropical storm in The Philippines and earthquakes in Indonesia have seen radio amateurs providing emergency communications and other relief and recovery assistance.

Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) President, Dr Joey Panganiban DU1BP reports that a tropical storm named "Ondoy" hit the Philippines five days ago creating a tragic calamity with hams swinging into action to help.

Joey DU1BP said, "We have mobilized our amateur radio clubs for the relief operations. The frequencies of 7.045 MHz have been used for general announcements while 2-metres FM is for our community operations."

The disaster has affected more than two million people and the death toll is headed for around 300.

Joey DU1BP said, "All amateur and civic radio clubs are now on operation in Metro Manila under the guidance of the National Telecommunications Commission and PARA." He said the PARA Secretariat has been designated to receive donations and soliciting donations both in kind and cash for the victims.

Joe DU1BP said, "What the evacuees need is food that are ready to eat (those without much preparation) such as canned goods, noodles, rice, bread, coffee, milk, sugar, salt and water."

"They also need medical attention and medications needed for cough, colds, fever, diarrhea and vitamins. These items will be repacked and given direct to the recipients, using community officials as contact points."

Meantime a powerful earthquake rocked western Indonesia on Wednesday, trapping thousands under collapsed buildings and triggering landslides. At least 75 people were killed on Sumatra island after the 7.6 on the Richter scale earthquake strike.

In a brief message just hours after that disaster from the Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia (ORARI), received by IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee Chairman, Jim Linton VK3PC, it has been confirmed that hams are involved there too. Wisnu Widjaja W1SNU/YB0AZ reports "We are active on the field now to support the emergency Communications in West & South Sumatera, Indonesia. Now, we are using 2-meters and 40-meter band."

More information can be expected in coming days. However no reports so far of amateur radio emergency communications in the Pacific as a tsunami hit Samoa leaving trail of death and destruction.

Jamboree on the air

Thousands of scouts from all over the world met via the airwaves and the Internet on 17 and 18 October, seeing a participation of over half a million scouts, in the World Scout Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI), an international scout meeting on the Internet which takes place every year on the third weekend of October.

During the weekend, scouts from all over the world meet and communicate with each other over the Internet, using any technologies locally available, from web browsers to e-mail, chat programmes, microphones, scanners and digital cameras.

Scout groups also combined this event with the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), an event where they communicated with each other over radio amateur frequencies with the valued assistance of the Malta Amateur Radio League (MARL).

Scout groups from the San Anton School, Hamrun, Mellieha, Gzira, Mosta, Rabat, Zebbug, Msida, Sta Venera, Birkirkara, Zurrieq, Zabbar, Fgura, Cospicua, Naxxar, Birzebbugia, Xghajra, Sliema, St Michael’s College, St Augustine College, together with the Gozitan Xaghra scout group flew the Malta Scout Standard, while promoting their scout group, association and country, throughout the weekend.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Four Radio Amateurs Killed in Plane Crash While En Route to CQWW Phone Contest

Four Radio Amateurs Killed in Plane Crash While En Route to CQWW Phone Contest (Oct 21, 2009 [REVISED Oct 22, 2009 11:05 ET]) — Just after take-off — around 6:30 AM on Wednesday, October 21 — a twin-engine plane carrying four Amateur Radio operators crashed into the woods, only 250 yards off the end of the runway in Jedburg, South Carolina, about 20 miles northwest of Charleston. The plane — piloted and owned by Peter Radding, W2GJ — carried Ed Steeble, K3IXD, Dallas Carter, W3PP, and Randy Hargenrader, K4QO. The four men were on their way to the Bahamas to operate in this weekend’s CQ World Wide Phone Contest as C6APR, competing in the Multi/2 category.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Listen To Ham Radio Online Live

Have you tried to find links to listen to ham radio online lately? How many promising links have you found to be "dead links"? Too many, huh!

This page only contains "live" links!

The links below will actually take you to sites where you can listen to amateur radio communicating with each other around the world.

The "live" links will let you hear ham radio operators using every imaginable mode of communication... SSB, FM and AM voice, RTTY, SSTV. The list of modes is nearly endless because new ones are experimented with regularly.

The "dead" links have been left in their inactive state to let you know that they might be reactivated by their respective owner. When that becomes the case, I will reactivate the links and you will have access to these reactivated resources.

If you know of a "dead" link that has become available again, please let me know here. I will reactivate it.

Listen To Ham Radio Online
With WebSDR

WebSDR (Web Software Defined Radio Systems) let many userssimultaneously tune the SDR to different frequencies to listen to.

  • EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) 3cm signals using a 25 m dish in Dwingeloo, Drenthe, Netherlands.
  • PA3WEG in Delft, NL - VLF and 70 cm bands.
  • K7UEB (KL7NA op.) -20m band signals from a WebSDR located in Walla Walla University, in College Place, Washington, USA
  • PI4THT - 80m, 40m, 20m band signals from Amateur Radio Club of University Of Twente, Enschede, NL.
  • W4MQ Internet Remote Base - lets you tune and listen to ham radio signals anywhere from the 160m band right up to the 70 cm band! It is located in Reston, Virginia on the East Coast of the USA.

Classic Receivers

Classic receivers can only be tuned to one listening frequency at any given time. When you land on the page, you will be listening to the frequency that was chosen by the last visitor/user.

Most sites let you tune the radio to a different frequency and listen for a few minutes.

RETURN to Ham Radio Online
FROM Listen To Ham Radio Online

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009



R1,R2,R3 = 51 ohm 2 watt non inductive.
R4 = 1K ohm 2 watt.
RV1 = 10K ohm linear control or pre-set control.
D1 = OA91 type diode.
C1 = 0.001 uF ceramic disc.
C2 = 0.01 uF ceramic disc.
S1 = 4-pole 3-way switch ( Maplins)
Meter = 1Ma or less.
2 SO239 antenna sockets.
Suitable metal box or case.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Best of the Best shortwave media programs

Shortwave Central features The Best of the Best shortwave media programs. Programs offer frequency news, the latest on propagation, satellite services, amateur radio, internet news, pirate radio, and the latest from the shortwave broadcasting scene.

You've heard the rest .... now listen to the best

All times UTC

Effective to: 25 October 2009

0005 RCI “Maple Leaf Mailbag”: 11700ku
0010 R Japan "World Interactive": 5960sk 6145ca 13650 17810
0105 RCI “Maple Leaf Mailbag”: 9620em
0200 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre": 7385
0330 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre": 7315 7385
0430 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre" 7315 7385
0500 WWCR "Into Tomorrow": 3215 (until 0700)
0730 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks): 6170
1130 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks): 9655
1145 WWCR "Australian DX Report" (Bob Padula): 15825
1245 WWCR Nashville "Ask WWCR": 15825 (5th & 1st Monday)
1330 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks): 6170
1630 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks): 7285
1905 Amateur R Mirror (South Africa): 3215me
1935v REE Madrid "Radio Corner": 9665 11620 (irreg)

0025v REE Madrid "Radio Corner": 6055
0330 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks): 15720
0430 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre" 7315 7385
2100v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 11760 17660
2330v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 13760

0130v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6140
0330v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6140
0430 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre" 7315 7385
0530v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6010 6060 6140 11760
1230 BBC R4 "The Media Show": 198LW MW FM DAB online
1725 Polish R “Multimedia”: 9790fr (7265we-DRM) WRN-Eu
1835 RAE Buenos Aires “DXers Special”: 9690 15345

0100 WRMI Miami "Happy Station": 9955
0235 RAE Buenos Aires "DXers Special": 11710
0430 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre" 7315 7385
1031 R Australia “Future Tense”(technology): 9475 9580 9590 11945 12080 15415
1225 Polish R “Multimedia”: 7330nn 9525we SAT
1500 WRMI Miami "Happy Station": 9955
1530 Radio Australia “Future Tense”(technology): 5995 6080 7240 9475 9590 11660

0030 WBCQ/Area 51 "International Radio Report": 5110usb (irreg)
0430 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre" 7315 7385
1230 BBC R4 ”Feedback”: 198LW, MW, FM DAB online
1245 HCJB Australia "DX PartyLine": 15400
1835v RAE Buenos Aires "DXers Supplement": 15345 9690
2035 R New Zealand Int "Mailbox": 11725(to2050) 15720(from 2051)
2130 R Bulgaria “Calling DXers”: 5900 7400
2330 R Bulgaria “Calling DXers”: 9700 11700

0230 R Bulgaria “Calling DXers”: 9700 11700
0235v RAE Buenos Aires “DXers Supplement”: 11710
0605 WWCR "Into Tomorrow": 5070
0800 HCJB Australia "DX PartyLine: 11750
0810 KBS World R, Seoul “Worldwide Friendship”: 9570
0830 IRRS/IPAR "DX PartyLine": 9510ri
1200 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre": 9410
1210 KBS World R “Worldwide Friendship”: 9650ca
1245 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks): 15450 15520
1310 KBS World R, Seoul “Worldwide Friendship”: 9570 9770
1445 HCJB Australia "DX PartyLine": 15425
1610 KBS World R, Seoul “Worldwide Friendship”: 9515
1810 KBS World R, Seoul “Worldwide Friendship”: 7275
1830 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre": 11785
1845 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks): 9785
1945 IRRS/IPAR "DX PartyLine": 7290ri
2045 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks): 7205
2100v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 11760 17660
2110 KBS World R, Seoul “Worldwide Friendship”: 3955uk
2115v REE Madrid “Radio Corner”: 9650
2215 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks): 9830
2330v R Havana Cuba “DXers Unlimited”: 13790

0015v REE Madrid “Radio Corner”: 6055
0130v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6140
0130 WHRA "DXing With Cumbre": 7315 7385
0145 WWCR Nashville “Ask WWCR”: 5070
0200 WWCR “Australian DX Report" (Bob Padula): 5070
0210 KBS World R, Seoul “Worldwide Friendship”: 9580
0215 WWCR “DX PartyLine”: 5070
0315 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks): 5975 6165 7325ca
0330v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6140
0500 WWCR Nashville “Into Tomorrow”: 5070
0510 R Japan "World Interactive": 5975ra 6110ca 11970fr 15325ya 17810ya
0530v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6010 6060 6140 11760
0600 WWCR "Into Tomorrow": 5070
0635 R Bulgaria “Calling DXers”: 9600 11600
0800 Amateur Radio Mirror (South Africa): 7205me 17570me
0910 R Japan "World Interactive": 9625 9825 11815 15590
0945 WWCR Nashville "Ask WWCR": 5070
1000 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre": 7385
1135 R Bulgaria “Calling DXers” 11700 15700
1200 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 15435we
1200 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre": 9410
1210 R Japan "World Interactive": 6120ca 9625 9695 9790we
1320 R Japan "World Interactive": 11985
1330 DXing With Cumbre: WRN-Eu
1410 R Japan "World Interactive": 11705ca 11985ya 13630ra 21560fr
1430 WHRI "DXing With Cumbre": 11785
1500 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 11720gm
1505 RCI “Maple Leaf Mailbag”: 11675ku 17720ur
1505 RCI "Maple Leaf Mailbag": 9515ca 9800ca-drm
1530 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 15335we
1600 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 11720gm 11805gm
1605 RCI “Maple Leaf Mailbag”: 9515ca 9800ca-drm
1630 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 6190gm
1805 RCI “Maple Leaf Mailbag”: 9530ks 11765sk 17735ca 17810sk
1902 BBCR4 ”Feedback”: 198LW MW FM DAB online
2005 RCI "Maple Leaf Mailbag": 15235ca 17735ca
2105 RCI “Maple Leaf Mailbag”: 9800ca-drm
2130 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 11850gm
2200 R Japan "World Interactive": 13640
2230 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 15320gm
2310 RCI “Maple Leaf Mailbag”: 6100ca

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

West Sumatra Earthquake?

It is understood that a number of Amateur Radio stations are assisting in the aftermath of the earthquake in West Sumatra.

YB5ZA is located in the Governor's office of West Sumatra province, and supports the disaster management command post. They are operating on 7.0650 MHz, 145.500 MHz and VHF repeater RX 146.260 / TX 146.860 MHz.

YB5ZDD is on the air using 7.065 MHz SSB from the Minangkabau international airport, Padang city, West Sumatra.

Bambang Sambadi YB1TY has established an iQSO gateway via



Friday, October 2, 2009

Ham radio an important tool in potential emergencies .


Hard as it may be to believe, sometimes a few good things can come from a disaster. Take Hurricane Katrina, for example, which brought several amateur ham radio users and emergency personnel together in Sussex County to prepare for the unspeakable.

“It’s not really a question of if it is going to happen,” Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Emergency Coordinator Bill Duveneck said. “It’s when.”

With September being National Preparedness Month, ARES, along with the Sussex County Civil Air Patrol and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) staged a simulation of a hurricane that hit Delmarva.

If the power goes out, ham radio could be local residents’ savior, as its broadcasts can be sent and received from as far away as Virginia Beach, Va.

“We have high frequency radios, used to communicate from long distances,” Duveneck said. “We can communicate with Virginia, Pennsylvania, even Europe if we had to.

“Also, we have three short-range radios that communicate with the Sussex County [Emergency Operations Center].”

While not in the ham radio business, the Civil Air Patrol certainly has its part to play in the event of an emergency.

Major Warren Knowles, along with Lt. Carl Schirtzinger, showed visitors several different devices that have been built to aid residents in case the unfortunate does occur.

“Our job is to get medical supplies and aid to residents who don’t have any other option,” Knowles explained. “We compliment [amateur radio users] in the event of an emergency.”

Some of the Civil Air Patrol inventions on display show just how far we have come in the few years since Katrina.

Even an Advanced Automated Rescue Craft (AARC), which is a short-duration solar charged marine robot, is an option.

The AARC is used in inland and coastal environments and can be used for search and rescue, swimmer safety and personal survival.

Knowles, however, stressed that while emergency personnel are there to protect everybody, residents should be prepared to fend for themselves as well.

DEMA representative Rosanne Pack agreed with Knowles. Her organization, which consists of around 40 members, is high on resident’s self-preservation.

“If you are prepared for an emergency, that is less people we have to help,” Pack said. “Plus, you can help others as well. The goal is to help as many people as possible,” she continued, “and if people are prepared in advance, it helps us do our jobs.”

Pack suggested several ways for residents to be prepared for an emergency like a hurricane, including having their own survival kit.

Each kit, she said, should have the basic staples of survival – water, non-perishable foods, flashlight and the lot – residents need to remember their pets as well.

“You should be prepared to handle 72 hours during an emergency,” pack said of residents. “That way, we can help the sick and elderly first before moving onto those who are able to take care of themselves.”

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