Weekly Reader

Lunar Landing. A private lander touched down on the moon Thursday but managed just a weak signal back, as flight controllers scrambled to gain better contact with the first U.S. spacecraft to reach the lunar surface in more than 50 years. AMSAT-DL receiving telemetry from moon lander...

Passing It Through

Passing the various feed lines and rotor cables into the shack presents an interesting engineering challenge. Easy is usually cheesy and in this case, I don’t even know how many cables will eventually be required. The last thing I want to do is start cutting holes in the side of...

SaxaVord UK Spaceport

AMSAT-UK recently announced two additional amateur radio satellites that will be launched from the SaxaVord UK Spaceport later this year. Those are in addition to three others that had been previously identified. The announcement includes specific details on the individual satellites and their payloads. According to Wikipedia: SaxaVord...

Hardware Reset

One of the first orders of business has been getting the IC-9700 back on the air. The transceiver has been on the shelf since last summer when we moved. It anchors my satellite station which includes the M2 LEO-Pack antennas, a G-5500 azimuth and elevation rotor, and an...

Season 65, Episode 1

Today is my 65th birthday. It’s a major milestone given that not everyone makes it this far in the journey of life. I’m grateful to still be kicking of course, and will celebrate the occasion quietly, with family. No ticker-tape parade or tearful inebriated sessions wondering “where did my life...