Dave Johnson VE7VR, President of the Orca DX and Contest Club, showed a video titled VE7VR Hi Rise Remote during a recent Zoom call.
It details how he set up a HF station in his 14th floor condo and on the roof.
Are you familiar with Suitsat and its connection to amateur radio? It was a space suit with a radio transmitter broadcasting on a radio amateur frequency. Unfortunately, the radio battery only lasted for two orbits. I wonder whether any QSL cards were sent.
This is what Wikipedia says:
SuitSat was a retired Russian Orlan spacesuit with a radio transmitter mounted on its helmet. SuitSat-1 was deployed in an ephemeral orbit around the Earth on February 3, 2006.
And here’s a link to a great short sci-fi film titled Decommissioned with Suitsat in a starring role.
WARA is testing holding our Saturday Morning Coffee Breaks by using the Zoom platform. This will be very informal in place of the breakfasts that we can’t hold right now. The first Zoom meetup was very well received, and there was a sense that the group wanted it to continue.
Saturday Zoom meetings provide a chance to say “Hello”, meet and put faces to people we only hear on air, swap stories, and have a “Show and Tell” if you have a new piece of kit you want to brag about.
All members should have received an email with the login information. I hope to see you next Saturday morning, January 23rd at 10:00AM, PST
Brent Besse VA7BNB, WARA President
“In a new article published in Solar Physics, [a] research team predicts that Sunspot Cycle 25 will peak with a maximum sunspot number somewhere between approximately 210 and 260, which would put the new cycle in the company of the top few ever observed.” Laura Snider
Overlapping 22-year magnetic cycles will produce the ultra-strong 11-year magnetic cycle. 260 sunspots as a max! Amazing.
This is a very exciting article for HF radio operators. NCAR and UCAR news
Check out more info on sunspots at SpaceWeatherLive.com