December 2014 Issue 78
First of all I would like to wish everyone a merry Xmas and Happy New Year. The web site seems to be running well but if anyone experiences a problem please let us know. Don’t forget Ed’s “Poop from the Loup” immediately follows this article.
For those of you that are fans of the “Last Man Standing ” television show, Tim is now a licensed ham with call sign KK6OTD. You may have to work him on DStar or wait until he upgrades since he is currently only a technician. Check out this article on DXCOFFEE:
“Last Man Standing” – A Ham Radio First on US Prime-Time Television
Want to know the band conditions for net?
Check Band Conditions on the Web(ARnewsline 11/21/14) bandconditions.com is a newly created website that supplies real time band condition in-formation to operators wanting to get this up to the minute information. The data provided is based on what the de-velopers call a new Ionospheric Sounding method called"H F Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates verysimilarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.Reports are generated and uploaded to the web serverevery 30 seconds. Header information includes a Date,Time in GMT and a report number in sequential order. Aweb browser refresh command is also sent so the user doesnot have to hit the refresh button for the latest report. Theweb browser does it automatically for them.The display shows the Meter Band in red and theBand Quality Index as blue colored number at the bottomof the band scale. To sample it for yourself go to band-conditions.com and take a look.http://bandconditions.com/http://www.arnewsline.org/storage/scripts/nsln1945.txt
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Another interesting real time propagation map is at http://aprs.mountainlake.k12.mn.us. When large red areas light up, VHF and UHF is great. You can use this to get in repeaters 100+ miles away on UHF.
Gud luck dxn
73 AGØL -sl ————————————————————————————–
Poop from the Loup
December 3 2014.. Lets see what we come up with this time..We had company from Montanna last month.. Jason, KCØZLI ourgrandson, dropped in for a visit.. I was hoping he’d show up, we had a bigcottonwood tree that grew it’s heavy end out over the house roof and theway the wind was behaving, we wondered if some day we’d wake up, or not, with that tree in bed with us.. We finally managed to drop the rascal withminimal damage to anything.. Jason followed his dad, working for an auto parts company, but recently found employment with another concernspecializing in flooring.. It seemed to pay well, enough for him to afforda neat looking little car.. A thunder storm made an unusual dented finish to the little car, fortunately his insurance totaled the car and he’d beendriving his motorcycle to work all summer and fall.. He noticed peoplewere snickering when they saw him thundering to work on frosty morning’swearing mittens, a parka and all the sweaters he owned, so he took the insurance money and purchased a neat looking Mercury “blazer” typevehicle and wanted to see how it behaved on a trip to seeG’pa and G’ma in Nebraska..MERRY CHRISTMAS and 73 — Ed es LuEllen