Monthly Archives: September 2012

Shuttle Endeavour Ferry Flight

The shuttle Endeavour made a historic ferry flight to Northern California today. Endeavour performed low level flyovers in the Bay Area and Sacramento before making it’s way to it’s final destination in Los Angeles. After the low pass over the … Continue reading

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X-Band System is Operational

After a few months of pulling together some key surplus X-Band equipment, USA-Satcom is happy to report successful first signals from both WGS-1 and DSCS-3 satellites. Here are a couple of screenshots of X-Band waveforms from WGS-1 and DSCS-3. Additional … Continue reading

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AT-197A/GR Military Air Discone

Installed this nice RAMI AT-197A/GR Military Discone today. It’s a great broad band omni-directional antenna optimized for 225-400 MHz. Along with the antenna I am using a custom Angle Linear LNA with a NF of 0.7 and a gain of … Continue reading

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Operation Deep Freeze

Operation Deep Freeze seems to be active again. These recordings are from end of August but I am just getting around to posting them. From the recordings it sounds like they are just getting Satcom setup and are doing some … Continue reading

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WX Sonde #3 Tracked and Recovered

This Sonde was supposed to be landing near Davis, CA, but that didn’t work out. Instead it traveled toward Sacramento and ultimately landed near the Sacramento International Airport (SMF). With just 50 minutes to landing (well after the balloon burst) … Continue reading

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