The Internet Is UNDER ATTACK, Net Neutrality is Dying

Net Neutrality @ Wikipedia 

“Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating most of the Internet must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.[1] For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content…”

Getting near the end of November and the year

  November is almost over and the year will soon come to an end.  I am ready for it.
I am ready for 2017 to be over and I hope 2018 is a better year.

This has not been a good year.  “President” Trump and the other news is just too much for me.
Plus there are personal issues.. My son not taking his medication and other problems here in the apartment..
My health sucks and is not getting any better.

Some good news.  Charles Manson is dead at 83 years of age.  Well we know now that the good do not die young.  I am not for the death penalty but if anyone should get the death penalty it was Charles Manson.

I am tried of all these harassment claims. Women should not be treated the way they are and the problems should have been taken care of years ago.  Hell, we need 50% of Congress to be female.  We would have a better Congress, better nation and better world.
We would have a lot less war and death in the world if half of the government was made up of women.

I was never in the military.  I wanted to serve and attemped two times to get into the service.  I have worked with a lot of ex-military people and I think we all know that drinking in the military is a big problem.  See:  Fatal Okinawa Crash

 

 

RadFxSat – Fox-1B Launched

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE SPECIAL BULLETIN

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-322.01
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.