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ARLS004 Three Hams Scheduled to Head to ISS This Weekend
NASA will televise the launch and docking of the next mission to the
International Space Station (ISS), scheduled for 8:40 PM (CDT)
Saturday, July 14 (0140 UTC, Sunday, July 15). NASA Flight Engineer
Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, along with Russian cosmonaut Yuri
Malenchenko, RK3DUP, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, are completing preparations as
they undergo their final Soyuz spacecraft fit. Live NASA TV coverage
of the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
in Kazakhstan begins at 8:30 PM CDT on Saturday, July 14 (0130 UTC
The trio will arrive at the station on July 16, joining NASA Flight
Engineer Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, and two Russian cosmonauts: Expedition
32 Commander Gennady Padalka, RN3DT, and Flight Engineer Sergei
Revin, RN3BS. Acaba, Padalka and Revin have been aboard the ISS
since mid-May. Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide -- who also will be
part of the Expedition 33 crew starting in September -- will return
to Earth in mid-November.
A link with NASA TV's scheduled coverage is available at,
Friday, July 13, 2012
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I got the book today from Amazon “Listening on the Short Waves, 145 to TODAY.” It is written by Jerome S. Berg.
I have not read the book yet. There is a LOT of information in the book. A lot of details and even small details.
I did look for my name in the book real fast and it looks like I am in the book three times.
I do not think I get any credit for the idea for something that I called for in an editorial and I was blasted by other clubs for the idea. Then the other clubs went ahead and took my idea and ran with it. I think I have told you all many times “I get no respect.”
Anyway Jerome S. Berg has done a great job and a great service by giving the history of the hobby of shortwave listening and saving all of that for all time.
It is going to bring back memories for me.
Shortwave listening was my hobby from the time I was 13 years old until I got married at age 26. I attempted to do shortwave listening after age 26 but my wife (Darlene) objected to the “noise” and she also objected to me paying any attention to anything. She wanted all my attention because she “loved” me so much!
After being married for 12 year Darlene told me that she never loved me and wanted to find someone she did love and told me to hit the road.
So I was free – free at last. I did some shortwave listening and became a amateur radio operator ( NØUWY ).
But those 13 years from the time I was 13 until I was 26 shortwave listening was my entire life.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I just ordered a book! A book printed on paper! Not a digital book.
I can not believe I ordered a book.
“The discovery and development of shortwave technology during the 1920s and 1930s permitted radio stations worldwide to transmit their programs over long distances for the first time, and the thrill of hearing faraway broadcasts produced a dedicated American audience. Developments in shortwave radio from its inception through the war years were covered in the author's On the Short Waves, 1923-1945: Broadcast Listening in the Pioneer Days of Radio (McFarland, 1999; paperback 2007). This book picks up the story in 1945, with the postwar resumption of organized shortwave listening. The companion volume, Broadcasting on the Short Waves, 1945 to Today (McFarland, 2008), focuses on the world's shortwave stations. All three volumes are richly illustrated and indexed, and feature extensive notes.”
Some of you may remember that I was in a documentary “BBS: The Documentary.” In fact some of you may have watched me live on a webcam being interviewed for three hours for the documentary.
I was interviewed in Carrollton (TX) for the documentary. Later when I lived in Miami I went out to CA for the premiere of the movie. I was interviewed for three hours but I am only in the movie for a minute or two. I did get the biggest laugh in the movie however.
I was also interviewed for the book “Listening on the Short Waves, 1945 to Today.”
So did I make the edit of the book. Am I in the book? If I am in the book do I come out good or bad? I guess it is time for me to read the book.
Now if I am in the book the question then is what is left for me? After you have been in a movie and a book what is next? Do I go on Broadway or become a male stripper?
I will get the book on Friday. I love Amazon and I their Prime service. I hate that I have to pay sales tax now.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I have decided I will monitor K5AMM-R repeater. It is in Fort Worth and I am in Fort Worth. I can work it with my HT.
The repeater is in ZIP code area 76101 near the Fort Worth Convention Center. I am in ZIP code area 76116 in the west of Fort Worth.
My call sign is NØUWY and the name is Jim.
Echolink station in NW Fort Worth (K5AMM-R, Node #463758, 441.675+5 Repeater).
Sunday, June 10, 2012
“Uploaded by NASAtelevision on Nov 23, 2010
Inside the International Space Station, Expedition 25 commander Doug Wheelock gave a tour of the Russian segment of the orbiting complex, including the Soyuz spacecraft docked there. Wheelock showed off the station's HAM radio, using the call sign "NA1SS," to talk with people on the ground as the station flies overhead at 17,500 miles per hour. Wheelock, and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchickin all will return home to Earth this Thursday, Nov. 25.”
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
“IDG News Service - The price bar for PCs keeps dropping, with chip maker Via on Tuesday announcing a $49 APC computer with a customized version of Google's Android operating system.
The PC is a mini-motherboard without a case, but has the components necessary to make it a functional PC. The APC PC will go on sale in July, according to the company's website. However, the keyboard, mouse and monitor need to bought separately.
Via is pitching the low-cost PC as a replacement to Windows desktops for basic Internet and productivity applications.
"Expensive, overpowered CPUs and bloated software are no longer relevant. With this awareness, we were able to drop power consumption to the point of making an energy-saving light-bulb jealous," the company said on its website.
Similar low-cost PCs with Linux such as Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone have also been used by hackers and do-it-yourselfers to write and test programs. The APC PC can also handle high-definition video and potentially be a low-cost home theater replacement in homes…”
I love it. Well the idea of it. I am living on a very limited budget. But hell I could buy the APC mother board one month and the next month pick up a case for it. I think I got everything else that I need for it here now.
Now what would I do with it I guess is the question?
I might just be better off getting a cheap tablet.
I am using a laptop as my computer right now. I got it hooked up and use it like a desktop. I would like to have a desktop with a little bit of power and one that I could have two monitors hooked up.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
“Private supply ship rockets toward space station
By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer – 4 minutes ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.
The SpaceX company made history as its Falcon 9 rocket rose from its seaside launch pad and pierced the pre-dawn sky, aiming for a rendezvous in a few days with the space station. The rocket carried into orbit a capsule named Dragon that is packed with 1,000 pounds of space station provisions.
It is the first time a private company has launched a vessel to the space station. Before, that was something only major governments had done…” Google News
Great news. My only concern is that it does not crash into the ISS. I am sure they have worked out everything.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
From: W5SJZ@yahoogroups.com [mailto:W5SJZ@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Keith Pugh Sent: Friday, November 18, 2011 10:45 AM To: W5SJZ@yahoogroups.com; W5SH; firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [W5SJZ] Jingle Bell Run - 2011 - Saturday, 3 December 2011 www.fwjinglebellrun.org It’s time to volunteer for communications for the Jingle Bell Run - 2011. This is a fun event held on Saturday morning, 3 December 2011, headquartering at Trinity Park and So7, 2300 West Seventh St. We have done communications for it for many years. This is the first time it has been a morning event. Our operations will go from 6:00 AM until about 11:00 AM. Not all jobs will last that long. Additional information is available from the URL above. Please let me know if you can work the event. I can be reached at: 817-292-5633 or email@example.com 73 – Keith, W5IU Communications Coordinator
Friday, May 11, 2012
From the ARRL reflector:
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ARLX003 Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Scheduled for May 12
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Special Bulletin 3 ARLX003
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 2, 2012
To all radio amateurs
SB SPCL ARL ARLX003
ARLX003 Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Scheduled for May 12
The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are
co-sponsoring the annual Military/Amateur Radio Crossband
Communications Test in celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Armed
Forces Day (AFD). Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated
on the third Saturday in May -- May 19 in 2012 -- the AFD
Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test will be conducted on
May 12 to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention, scheduled for
The annual celebration features traditional military-to-amateur
crossband communications SSB voice and Morse code tests. These tests
give Amateur Radio operators and short wave listeners an opportunity
to demonstrate their individual technical skills and to receive
recognition from the appropriate military radio station for their
proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to those stations
making contact with the military stations.
Military-to-amateur crossband operations will take place on the
dates and time in UTC on the frequencies listed for each station.
Voice contacts will include operations in single sideband voice
(SSB). Some stations, depending on propagation and staffing, may not
operate the entire period. Participating military stations will
transmit on selected military MARS frequencies and listen for
Amateur Radio stations in the amateur bands. The military station
operator will announce the specific amateur band frequency being
monitored. Duration of each voice contact should be limited to 1-2
The schedules and frequencies of participating military stations can
be found in PDF format on the web at,