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Posted: 3/8/2014 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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I received my "Get on the Air with HF Digital" today. Lots of great info.

Posted: 1/2/2014 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Weather

For you weather nuts like myself.
Here's the NOAA GOES East satellite view of the major winter storm heading toward the Appalachians and New England.
Stay informed - http://www.weather.gov/

Posted: 8/11/2012 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

My wife has been severely ill over the last 7 weeks. She is home doing much better.

Now to get back into the swing of things~ 73

Posted: 1/15/2012 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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Hello,
My name is Mark and I have been a Stamp Collector since 1975.
I mostly collect United States Postage Stamps, Plate Blocks, unused and used. (General Issue, Air Mail, Special Delivery, Postage Due, Federal Duck, Official, Parcel Post and Revenue)
I got into collecting FDC Issues, cachet covers and post cards in the early 80’s
I also have an extreme World Collection of stamps.
I mostly enjoy stamps that are from the time period of 1847-1951

I mostly buy stamps; however I do sell & Trade.

I also have a Yahoo Group Page & Facebook page,  not very active but I hope that will change as others join.
 
Mark Strait de KD8BIG
 
W. Michigan's Leading Amateur Radio Blog
 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Michigan-Stamp-Collector/235273056533660
Posted: 11/11/2011 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died

in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and

because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the

councils of the nations."

Posted: 8/26/2011 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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This is a very cool group to join. 

Radio astronomy is far from being beyond the scope of amateurs astronomers, and this practical, self-contained guide for the newcomer to practical radio astronomey is an ideal introduction. This guide is a must for anyone who wants to join the growing ranks of 21st Century backyard radio astronomers. The first part of the book provides background material and explains (in a non-mathematical way) our present knowledge of the stronger radio sources – those observable by amateurs – including the Sun, Jupiter, Meteors, Galactic and extra-galactic sources. The second part of the book deals not only with observing, but – assuming no prior technical knowledge of electronics or radio theory – takes the reader step-by-step through the process of building and using a backyard radio telescope. There are complete, detailed plans and construction information for a number of amateur radio telescopes, the simplest of which can be put together and working – using only simple tools – in a weekend. For other instruments, there are full details of circuit-board layouts, components to use and (vitally important in radio astronomy) how to construct antennae for radio astronomy.

http://www.radio-astronomy.org/

Posted: 8/25/2011 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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"Good Amateur Practice" Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Posted: 8/24/2011 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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HOW TO READ PROPAGATION NUMBERS

The A index [ LOW is GOOD ]

  • 1 to 6 is BEST
  • 7 to 9 is OK
  • 11 or more is BAD

Represents the overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Ap" if averaged from the Kp-Index) (an average of the eight 3-hour K-Indices) ('A' referring to amplitude) over a given 24 hour period, ranging (linearly) typically from 1-100 but theoretically up to 400.

A lower A-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Ap-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

SFI index [ HIGH is GOOD ]

  • 70 NOT GOOD
  • 80 GOOD
  • 90 BETTER
  • 100+ BEST

The measure of total radio emissions from the sun at 10.7cm (2800 MHz), on a scale of 60 (no sunspots) to 300, generally corresponding to the sunspot level, but being too low in energy to cause ionization, not related to the ionization level of the Ionosphere.

Higher Solar Flux generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; Solar Flux rarely affects the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

K index [ LOW is GOOD ]

  • 0 or 1 is BEST
  • 2 is OK
  • 3 or more is BAD
  • 5 is VERY VERY BAD

The overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Kp" if averaged over the planet) over the past 3 hours, measured by 13 magnetometers between 46 & 63 degrees of latitude, and ranging quasi-logarithmically from 0-9. Designed to detect solar particle radiation by its magnetic effect. A higher K-index generally means worse HF conditions.

A lower K-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Kp-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

Posted: 8/24/2011 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships"

Posted: 8/24/2011 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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While at my neighbors this evening I noticed he had a small Insignia™ - 15" Class/ LED / 720p / 60Hz / HDTV  on his desk. I thought that would be a awesome thing to add to my shack. I all ready have a 40" flat screen that sits behing me but having a TV right next to the monitor would be a nice addition.

Now I have to convience the XYL to let me get it.....

Posted: 8/23/2011 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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It's not the "class of license" that an amateur holds..
It's the "class of the amateur" that holds the license.

Posted: 8/22/2011 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

(OT) Off Topic

I was intending to work some DX this afternoon, then  Cameron (son) and I cleaned out the 40 & 75 gallon Fish Aquariums. We also cleaned out Dudes (Turtle) 75 gallon terrarium, we installed a new water filter system and gave him new dry surface/ Rocks~ Maybe tomorrow we will work on the 30 gallon aquarium~

It wasn't Radio Related but it was enjoyable to do something with my son~ Now if I can just him interested in Amater Radio~

Posted: 8/19/2011 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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18 Special Event Stations and 12 Contest this weekend~

Good Luck, 73

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Posted: 8/12/2011 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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I'm hoping the bands are in great shape for the weekend.
Here is a list of this weekends contest and Special Event Stations.

This Weekends Contest & Special Event Stations: 8/12/11-8/15/11


Good luck, happy DXing~
73 de KD8BIG

Posted: 8/11/2011 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

Hello from Muskegon Michigan. Feel free to follow my Amateur Radio Updates. Click on my call and then click Like. 73

https://www.facebook.com/pages/KD8BIG/165613683505542 

de KD8BIG

Posted: 8/8/2011 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

This project is designed to walk you through the build process step by step. We welcome first-time builders. Let us help you be all that you can be. The project parts and your efforts will provide you with a compact linear amplifier for use with QRP SSB/CW transmitters on the amateur bands 160 through 10 meters and which can be powered from a 12 volt DC supply. The design is a good balance between output power, physical size and battery power consumption. The completed amplifier will reward the builder with a clean, more powerful output signal for a QRP rig when radio conditions become marginal.

The HF SuperPacker Pro 100W Amplifier Home Construction Project is available to order.

For more info; Click Here

73

Mark Strait

KD8BIG Blog

KD8BIG Twitter

KD8BIG Facebook

Posted: 8/4/2011 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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www.arissat1.com

The official ARISSAT-1 web site LATEST ARISSAT-1 NEWS ARISSAT-1 has been deployed!Stay tuned for real time tracking ARISSAT-1 WAS SUCESSFULLY DEPLOYED from the ISS at 0243 UTC today after a delay of a few hours from questions about the 70cm antenna.

 

Posted: 8/4/2011 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

M6-CLASS SOLAR FLARE: 

Sunspot 1261 unleashed another strong solar flare Wednesday morning -- an M6-class flash at 1348 UT. Like Tuesday's eruption from the same active region, this explosion propelled a CME in the general direction of Earth. Estimated time of arrival for both coronal mass ejections is Friday, August 5th. A listening station above the Arctic Circle in Norway reports ionospheric waves and VHF radio noise associated with Tuesday's M6-flare.That CME left the sun traveling 900 km/s and should reach Earth at 0300 UT plus or minus 7 hours. Another cloud produced by Wednesday's M-flare may be right behind it.. Mild to moderate geomagnetic storms are possible when these CMEs arrive. A solar wind stream flowing from a coronal hole should reach Earth on Aug. 7th or 8th
"The size and broiling movement of these sunspots just boggles the mind. You could fit every planet in the solar system with all of the known asteroids neatly inside the largest group...wow!" Caution: Even when the sun is dimmed by low-hanging clouds or haze, focused sunlight can still damage your eyes. Do not look at the sun through unfiltered optics of any kind.


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