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Now we have 2012

Time to start another year .!.

Sometimes it seems like we didn’t do much as a club, but just look back on this last year in the blog, and you will find NanoSail-D, VHF contests, Field Day, the Final Shuttle Launch Special Event, and points in between. We have come a long way in bringing the MARC back to life, and can be proud of that. We logged over 250 HF contacts during the STS-135 commemorative, and have sent certificates to all stations who sent us a SASE. The eQSL logs for this last year’s events will be uploaded before long, so please be patient.  /;^)

Sure we have a ways to go – but we already have plans in place to replace the HF beam rotor, and get our satellite tracking hardware back into operation. We need to focus our attention and get our Continue reading



One of our club members, Stan – N4PMF has logged his first ARISS contacts.
He also extended Holiday Greetings to the world by way of the ISS relay.

Stan's APRS greeting

Stan's Holiday Message

This may look trivial, and it really is not that difficult – this short text string was encoded into a 1200 baud packet burst on 145.825 MHz with only 5 watts. The beacon packet was heard and retransmitted by the ham radio payload onboard the International Space Station, as it passed overhead at some 17,500 miles per hour, a mere 200 miles above Stan’s house. A ground-based station (K8YSE-3 in this case) heard the packet as relayed by the ISS, and passed it over the internet to the APRS-IS database, and we can see Stan’s location on the map because the beacon also had his Latitude & Longitude embedded. Hams do this all the time, you can see other stations as well.

Stanz on da map !

N4PMF gets on 'The Map'

You can click on the map to go to http://ariss.net, for a current view.
Also shown here is a copy of some of the additional traffic seen during that pass.

raw packets

some additional packets

There are stations around the world that enjoy making brief contacts this way.
If you have an old TNC, or have tried the newer soundcard modems, try this !
The program that Stan and I use is called UISS, and can be found on the creator’s website http://users.belgacom.net/hamradio/uiss.htm . This makes it really easy – Thanks to Guy – ON6MU for a fun and functional program.

ChristmasCard for ISS crew

We just sent a Christmas Card to the ISS crew on orbit…. Pretty cool .!.
You can too : http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/postcard/

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Holiday Greetings for the ISS crew


Huntsville Hamfest 2010

Hamfest Followup Report – 2010 0823

I thoroughly enjoyed the Huntsville Hamfest this year, and was especially gratified by the welcoming responses I received as I spread the word that
our MARC was alive again. I wanted to make certain that the word was out.

In addition to everyone that I already knew, I made sure to Continue reading