Monthly Archives: July 2012

WX Sonde Chasing

I happen to be in the bay area and so decided to take advantage of a sonde launch from the Oakland airport. The goal was to track and retrieve the sonde. I regularly receive and track these sondes from home, … Continue reading

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Updated Station Layout

Here is the new console for USA-Satcom. This new layout gives quick access to all key equipment from one operating position. Things are still being updated but this is a good start.

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SATCOM Logs 14-July-2012

CONUS 261.575: Jolly 91 Flight calling Holly Ops. [audio:]

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Active Region 1520

I decided to take a look at AR1520 to see the source of the recent X Class Flare. Quite the view I must say, although I still have not seen any Aurora activity here in California.

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Sonde Tracking Setup

I have been having fun tracking WX Sondes lately. Here is a screenshot of my setup. Telemetry is received from WX Sonde on L-Band and is decoded real time. The telemetry contains GPS information which is then used to automatically … Continue reading

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SATCOM Logs 8-July-2012

CONUS 258.650: Trojan 16 calling Trojan 30 for radio check.

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RSI Vertex X-Band Downconverter

This is an X-Band Downconverter project using some surplus RSI Vertex equipment currently on the used market. The downconverter will be used to receive signals from 7250-7750 MHz and down convert them to L-Band 950-1450 MHz. More information is available here.

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