RadFxSat – Fox-1B Launched

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE SPECIAL BULLETIN

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RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched, Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91)

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 322.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE November 18, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-322.01

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched, Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91)

The Delta II rocket carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launched at 09:47:36 UTC on November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Following a picture-perfect launch, RadFxSat was deployed at 11:09 UTC. Then the wait began. At 12:12 UTC, the AMSAT Engineering team, watching ZR6AIC’s WebSDR waterfall, saw the characteristic “Fox Tail”
of the Fox-1 series FM transmitter, confirming that the satellite was alive and transmitting over South Africa. Shortly after 12:34 UTC, the first telemetry was received and uploaded to AMSAT servers by Maurizio Balducci, IV3RYQ, in Cervignano del Friuli, Italy. Initial telemetry confirmed that the satellite was healthy.

After confirmation of signal reception, OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, sent an email to the AMSAT Board of Directors designating the satellite AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91). Bill’s email stated:

“RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was launched successfully at 09:47 UTC today November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and has been received by several amateur stations.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B), a 1U CubeSat, is a joint mission of AMSAT and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University.
The Vanderbilt package is intended to measure the effects of radiation on electronic components, including demonstration of an on-orbit platform for space qualification of components as well as to validate and improve computer models for predicting radiation tolerance of semiconductors.

AMSAT constructed the remainder of the satellite including the spaceframe, on-board computer and power system. The amateur radio package is similar to that currently on orbit on AO-85 with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz.
Experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using the FoxTelem software.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was sent aloft as a secondary payload on the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission. RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is one of four CubeSats making up this NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites
(ELaNa) XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the JPSS-1 mission.

Since RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has met all of the qualifications necessary to receive an OSCAR number, I, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT President, do hereby confer on this satellite the designation AMSAT-OSCAR 91 or AO-91. I join amateur radio operators in the U.S.
and around the world in wishing AO-91 a long and successful life in both its amateur and scientific missions.

I, along with the rest of the amateur community, congratulate all of the volunteers who worked so diligently to construct, test and prepare for launch the newest amateur radio satellite.

William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator”

AMSAT Engineering reminds stations that the satellite will not be available for general use until the on-orbit checkouts are complete.
Please continue to submit telemetry to assist the Engineering team in completing the commissioning process.

[ANS thanks Paul, N8HM, for the above information]

/EX

Happy Halloween 2017

I am 77 years of age.  Wanting a return to the “good old days”, I suspect, is code for wanting a time when America was white and colored knew their place.
There was a time when  Halloween was a great holiday.  I suspect that it was as great for colored but I do not know for sure.  I did grow up in black and white neighborhoods. I do not remember any differences to problems.
Happy Halloween 2017

I am not sure when Halloween went to hell.  I think when news reports of drugs and razor blades and stuff like that in the candy was reported.  If it did happen it was rare and I am not even sure there was a case of it happening.
Then hospitals that charge hundreds of dollars to do an x-ray on a person started to scan candy for free.  People would come in with their candy to have it scanned.
I worked at hospitals when that took place.  It was stupid and never did any hospital ever find anything.  I think that was the end of the real fun Halloween for kids. Now kids do not go door to door.

I am not sure when the born-again Christians, you know the same people that elected Donald Trump, decided to make war on Halloween.   I learned not to ask someone what their kids were doing for Halloween.
I guess when I was a kid I missed out on all the pagans and witches having sex and doing “ritualistic cannibalism” on children.
Well, as soon as Halloween is over I can start my war on Christmas.

 

AO-85 QRG

AO-85: Need to know by n6jsx

Message

AO-85: Need to know

Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:58 am (PDT) . Posted by:

n6jsx

Just gleamed off AMSAT BBS/Blog;

AO-85 uplink;

435.180 MHz was the planned frequency. Due to unexpected differences

in temperature, the actual frequency is estimated to be around 435.172

MHz. If you’re using an FM only radio, you should use 435.170 MHz as

your center uplink frequency. Paul, N8HM

de, Kuby, N6JSX/8

FOX1B – soon

FOX1B – soon to fly

Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:11 am (PDT) . Posted by:

n6jsx

FOX1B is expected to fly on November 10, 2017 from Vandenburg AFB.
HAMdom might just get a nice Christmas present this year – with the bird fully open for use.
All FOX’s are expected to live in orbit +10yrs.

https://www.amsat.org/countdown-to-launch-radfxsat-fox-1b/ https://www.amsat.org/countdown-to-launch-radfxsat-fox-1b/

FM U/v repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0Hz PL) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz.

AO-## designation will occur when FOX1B is securely in orbit.

The sky this morning

  I have been watching the sky since I was a kid.  I started a bulletin board system in 1982.  Not long after that, the local astronomy club asked if they could post their stuff on Howard’s Notebook. Then later they started their own BBS.

Back in the old days, you had to look up information in a magazine and later on a bulletin board system.
Then later the Palm devices came along. That was great.  I was one of the first people to use the Palm devices. So I had one in my pocket.
I worked a lot of night shifts so I was up all night.  I could look up and see the moon and planets in the sky.

Now with computers, you can see the moon, planets, stars and other objects on your computer.  There are great apps for cell phones now.  You see something in the sky and just point your cell phone and it shows you what the object is.
I have an Android cell phone and I use Star Chart.  I also have Heaven-Above on my cell phone.

moon 1.JPG

This photo was taken this morning Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  I was walking over to get the mail.  Photo was taken with my Panasonic LX7.  The moon above and I did not check my cell phone for the planet below.  I am going to guess Venus or Jupiter.

moon 2.JPG

The photo above is after I zoomed in a little bit with the Panasonic LX7.  

Nude swimming in the United States

  The following is a reprint of a blog post I made in July of 2010.  It was posted on my TypePad blog.  Some of the links below may not work.  They are seven years old.

I posted in ShowMeBlog back sometime ago about nude swimming at the YMCA.  That blog post gets a lot of traffic each day.  It has had a lot of comments.  Many of the people comment that it never took place.
It was normal and standard for boys swimming at the YMCA to swim nude.  It was also normal at many schools all across the United States.
Many people today just can not believe that such a thing took place.
It just shows how crazy things have come now in the United States with sex, nudity, sin and religion.

I just notice that Wikipedia now has an article “Nude swimming.”
If you want see the post from ShowMeBlog :  Swimming Nude in America and that was from April 23 of 2008.

The following from the Wikipedia article:

“…Before the YMCA began to admit females in the early 1960s, swimming trunks were not even allowed in the pools,[6] and high school swimming classes for boys sometimes had similar policies, citing the impracticality of providing and maintaining sanitary swimming gear and clogging swimming pools’ filtration systems with lint fibers from the swimsuits. These practices were common because of the perception that there was nothing wrong or sexual about seeing members of the same gender in the nude, especially in these indoor contexts among equals in ‘birthday suit uniform’.

In some English schools, Manchester Grammar School for example, nude swimming was compulsory until the 1970s.[7] This was also the case for some U.S. junior high schools.[8] A 2006 Roper poll showed that 25% of all American adults had been skinny dipping at least once, and that 74% believed nude swimming should be tolerated at accepted locations.[9]…”

I never did nude swimming when I was young.  Hell, I do not know how to swim.  Plus I am not sure I was ever at a YMCA.  I had a cousin that was a year younger and he did swim nude at the YMCA near his home.  I knew it at the time but they were poor and until a few years ago I was thinking that the YMCA just did it there because poor kids could not afford swimming suits.  Then a few years ago I read on the web about nude swimming back in the “old days.”  Smile

That would be an interesting poll for a TV station.  Go out on the street and ask people if kids every did nude swimming at the YMCA and at schools years ago in the United States.  I would be interested in the results.

Man accidentally shot himself

DallasFW Newshub:

Breaking from Dallas-Fort Worth Newshub

NBC DFW reports that police said a man accidentally shot himself in the leg during an attempted burglary at a Fort Worth home Friday morning. Fort Worth police said three men broke into a pickup truck in a driveway in the 5300 block of Westhaven Drive at about 2:30 a.m. The homeowner came outside and startled the men, who ran from the scene, according to police. One of the men was armed with a handgun that discharged a round into his thigh. Police said they caught the three men shortly after. Officers applied a tourniquet to the wounded man, who was transported to a hospital in stable condition. No further details have been released.

No Internet service from Spectrum

Not a good start for October.  Spectrum had an “outage” affecting the Southeastern states, Texas and California.  I am in Fort Worth (TX) and I think it was off for over eight hours for us.
Hulu had a weekend special and it was free HBO from Friday night to Monday morning.  Darlene, started watching Game of Thrones.  She wanted to watch all of the episodes on HBO.  I did not think she could make it before we lost Internet.  Now, I am sure she will not see all of them.
I am not sure who she will blame.  She may blame President Trump or me.  I will try and get her to blame Spectrum.

Darlene will not be the only one blaming Spectrum.
The outage area is below.

Spectrum Outage.jpg