FUNcube-1 is presently at Yasny and is being prepared for launch.
All the latest news can be seen at www.funcube.org.uk and the latest post includes a link to the launch blog from our launch service providers.
We are still on track for a launch late next month and we are planning to release the FUNcube Dashboard software around November 7th. This should give everyone time to set it up and test its functionality in their systems. The Dashboard is capable of uploading received telemetry to a central warehouse over the internet. This can then be “viewed” live by everyone else.
The present iteration of the Dashboard software is designed for all Windows machines (XP or later)
Well done, Hector and Peter! I know this is hard to do, because Hector and I tried it twice recently (once from a hiltop near Portsmouth, IO90) without success. It sounds like Peter really brought out the big guns for the effort, as I tried it with an Arrow and an FT-51R :-)
Hello to all
I am pleased to report that yesterday I had my first contact on satellites
Peter, G4DOL (IO80so) and I (EL92sd) completed a contact successfully on
FO-29. It is the result of a long history which began six months ago.
We tried several times but Peter never could hear below a degree toward my
location. I have the same problem in my home station and I usually go to
specific spots to try these kinds of contacts. So, I suggested him assemble
a portable station to operate from a better spot. He did so and his first
smoke test was on October 15th, we almost completed a contact but Peter
could not hear my report; I couldn't reach a good spot due to the rain.
Yesterday, I went to a very tall building, I got access to the building `s
top and operated from there. Actually, it is a very good spot, it allowed me
a great horizon visibility toward Europe; I was able to work FO-29 until
We had a very narrow window but there was enough time to exchange reports,
grids and greetings. Our maximum elevation was 1.1 degrees. I believe it is
the first contact between UK and Cuba on FO-29! It is a 7286 km contact, a
new grid and new country for us!
Please, note that our success was on the 2301z pass, it was very late in the
night for Peter. He had to load his car with antennas, radio, a battery and
drive five miles from his home looking for a good spot in the windy and dark
coast. He was running 50W into a 10 elements yagi and was using 19 elements
yagi for the downlink; He mounted both antennas on a big tripod and had to
manage with a "heavy weigh". Needless to say that Peter did the difficult
part and a very good job!
I was running a FT-817nd, a 50W homebrew power amplifier and ELK antenna.
Everything was supplied by a 12V 7A Gel battery. I was operating Half-Duplex
but we ran the frequency calculations based on the great feature implemented
on SatPC32 V12.8b. So, it was very easy to find each other in the pass band.
It was my 8th transatlantic contact with Europe on FO-29!
Right Now, FO-29 has a big footprint. Please, if you are into the footprint
and want to try a long distance contact, just drop me an email. I will try
until complete a contact with you. Unfortunately, Cubans cannot operate on
AO-7B; FO-29 is our only chance for DX contacts.
Thanks very much to Peter for this exciting contact!
Update on the Yaesu G-5400B rotor. It turned out that only the rotor
controller and cable was available. It appears that the rotor itself may
have gone with the tower whenever it was disassembled during removal.
It's from an estate sale, so hard to be sure.
Any value to the rotor controller? Or perhaps someone has the rotor but
is in search of a new box?
Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
6M VUCC #1712
Grid Bandits #222
Southeastern VHF Society
Central States VHF Society Life Member
Six Club #2484
Active on 6 Meters thru 1296, 10GHz & Light
I am planning on doing one pass of SO-50 on Friday 10/18 @ ~ 22:35 UTC...
I will be working from a gridline EM38ax/EM39aa -93.9547, 39.0000 in Odessa MO.. I have worked from that location a few times before...
Hope to hear you....
73's Gail - KB0RZD
Surface area counts ten for lightning protection. Down conductor braid ,
copper pipe or strap 2-3" wide has the most conductivity. Coiling Coax in a
3" diameter at the base of the tower and placing a separate ground strap on
the coax before the coil to strip off the lightning currents will off some
degree of protection.
For ideas and knowledge visit http://www.protectiongroup.com/Home
From: amsat-bb-bounces(a)amsat.org [mailto:[email protected]] On
Behalf Of K5OE
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:45 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Lightning protection
> Sorry, but NFPA NEC (National Electrical Code) definitely requires that
> grounding electrodes MUST be connected together! There are VERY good
> for doing this...
Yeah, this is a requirement that has vexed designers of complex electrical
systems for years.
One solution, generally meeting this requirement, is to go ahead an utilize
separate ground rods
and tie the rods together with a (large) grounding cable--usually pvc
insulated cable for corrosion
protection. In industrial installations these connections are often made so
they can be
disconnected in the event of differential currents flowing and causing
Much like K8BL's recommendations, I too have used #10 AWG for the ground
from the rotor/mast
to the ground rod, and hoped and prayed the lightning liked it (if ever
needed). This is especially important
for a non-earthed installation like a tripod on a roof. I have been
fortunate to never having to find out...
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