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AMSAT’s Fox-1D Satellite Scheduled For Launch!

Source: AMSAT’s Fox-1D Launch Scheduled for 03:58 UTC January 12, 2018 | QRZ Forums

Fox-1D Satellite - a new Amateur Radio FM EasySat

AMSAT’s next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1D, is scheduled for launch on January 12, 2018 at 03:58 UTC (Thursday, January 11th at 10:58 PM EST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. Fox-1D will launch as part of the PSLV-C40 mission on board a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle with Cartosat-2F, an imaging satellite for the Indian government, and 29 other payloads.

In addition to the Fox-1 U/v FM transponder, Fox-1D contains a number of exciting experiments, including a camera built by students at Virginia Tech, the University of Iowa’s HERCI (High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument), and AMSAT’s L-Band Downshifter which will give amateur radio operators an opportunity to experiment with a different uplink band. Stay tuned for more information about the launch and early operations of the satellite.

Another Amateur Radio Satellite will be on the air soon! Fox-1D carries an FM U/V transponder – another FM EasySat. It’s a great time to get involved in Amateur Radio sSatellites! There is lots of information here on our website about how to build a satellite ground station, operate using satellites, and about what is up. See the following link for our satellite articles. Our Members can view the our Tech Night presentation on building a satellite station in our video archives.

Fred, AB1OC

2018 Tech Night Survey Results

The results are in for the Tech Night program survey. We had 18 respondents and several volunteers to help with presentations.

In order to produce a meaningful ranking, a weight was given to votes for High, Medium, and Low. High was assigned a value of 10. Medium was assigned a value of 3. Low was assigned a value of zero. The score for each idea was then tallied, and the table sorted by score. Anything with a score below 95 was considered uninteresting at this time. Note that future surveys may have these very same ideas, and new members (or even old members) may rate the ideas higher later. Just because an idea didn’t get scheduled this year doesn’t mean it is off the table for next year.

I’m happy to say that five of the ideas that ranked highest have already been scheduled. We are also doing an Antenna Modeling program two nights, and a two-night kit build event in January and February to round out the package. As for the other popular ideas, we’ll be seeking out presenters for these in the coming weeks and months.

Here is a list of the ideas that made the cut:

Here are the remaining issues ranked, and a few more that were suggested during the survey.

Our hope is to bring interesting speakers and ideas to Tech Night. If you have ideas for program topics, or if you’d like to present at a Tech Night, please contact me.

Scott, NE1RD

Mastering Morse Code Hearing

As the beginner gets more proficient at copying Morse Code, a point is reached wherein you can only push a pencil so fast, say 15-18 WPM. The brain automatically learns to recognize characters a whole words and you no longer need to write it down.

However increasing brain copying ability reaches a point where cleanly sent intercepted signals at a sufficient speed to increase your brain-copying ability are hard to find. Plus you have to contend with QRM, fading and receiver noise.

The best tool to send you pure cw at different speeds and word lengths has arrived! Check out Morse Camp.

You can easily set the speed, tone frequency, and word lengths. It starts set for 30 WPM which is comfortable for me.

Have Fun and 73 LAYNE AE1N

2018 Tech Night Programs (First Half Of The Year)

Tech Night

Here are the plans for Tech Night for the first half of 2018. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the 2018 Tech Night Survey to provide your input on your choices for future Tech Night activities.

January 9Kit building skillsSteve Elliott, K1EL
February 13Kit build night
March 13Antenna Modeling IB. Scott Andersen, NE1RD and Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
April 10Antenna Modeling IIB. Scott Andersen, NE1RD and Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
May 8Antenna Analyzers Advanced TopicsB. Scott Andersen, NE1RD
June 12Field Day Skill Builder