Tunbridge Wells radio man over the moon at decoding space message

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A PICTURE from space has been decoded by an over-the-moon radio amateur from Tunbridge Wells.

Colin Bowman, 61, of Albany Hill has been trying to capture images from the International Space Station for about a year.

The signals were sent from the space station on Sunday as part of the commemoration of Russia and the Soviet Union’s space history.

Sun Spits Monster X-Class Solar Flare, Triggers Radio Blackout

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The sun has spewed its first X-class solar flare for the year, and the intense eruption was aimed directly at our planet.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed that the sun unleashed the powerful solar flare on Wednesday, March 11, and the image of the solar event, which peaked at 12:22 p.m. EDT, was captured by the space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which constantly monitors the sun.

Terry Pratchett, Popular Fantasy Author, Dead At 66

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Terry Pratchett, the author of the beloved Discworld fantasy series, died on Thursday at age 66, after battling Alzheimer’s disease for many years.

Pratchett was born April 28, 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire to David and Eileen Pratchett. An only child and self-described indifferent student, Pratchett has credited Beaconsfield Public Library with the bulk of his education. In addition to wide-ranging and sometimes unusual reading habits (Pratchett has stated that he read the entire dictionary as a child), he nurtured offbeat interests such as amateur radio and astronomy.

Ham radio hobby helps in emergencies

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In the event of a storm or other emergency, it’s good to know there?s someone out there watching your back, describing situations on the ground where things are happening.

How cops are finding “grow ops” with AM radios

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One of my colleagues, Kit Haskins, alerted me to the following article: ‘How cops are catching grow ops with AM radios’. As a long-time EMI engineer, the headline certainly caught my eye. The article was posted by Keith Graves on his blog (PoliceOne.com) in February, 2014. Graves is a police sergeant in the San Francisco area and he described how police were starting to use AM radios in their vehicles to locate illegal indoor marijuana farms.

Icom Announces New Digital Land Mobile Radios at IWCE 2015

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Icom America is showcasing new land mobile radio equipment at the 2015 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE). The company will be displaying new products promoting digital and IP radio technology. The IWCE conference will be held at Nevada’s Las Vegas Convention March 16-20. Icom will be exhibiting at Booth 621 during exhibit hall hours on March 18-19. Icom associates will also be participating on weekday panels highlighting P25, NXDN, next-gen communications, and systems deployed in Latin America.

Fox-1A Ready for Launch, Fox-1D to Carry Radiation-Mapping Experiment

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Following successful vibration and thermal/vacuum testing, AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1A CubeSat now sits in a clean environment awaiting launch. AMSAT Vice-President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, said that NASA, the launch provider, now is reviewing several required reports. Fox-1A completed its Mission Readiness Review at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, on February 24 before a review board of Cal Poly and NASA representatives, he said, adding that Fox-1A delivery and integration has been set for March 25.

Commissioners say new radio system will improve safety (Georgia)

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Members of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners said Monday night a proposed $12 million digital radio system that would be funded by a proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will significantly improve communications for county first responders.

Tired of drones? Build a satellite

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An amateur-radio satellite called $50SAT/MO-76 marked its 15-month earth-orbiting anniversary last month.

Now, you might not think that’s a particularly big deal. Satellites stay up longer than that (or don’t) all the time.

Well, the big deal about $50SAT is that it’s a self-built kit. And it’s still up there-although possibly only just. Unfortunately, it is now experiencing some premature battery deteriorating caused orbit decay, says Michael Kirkart, a member of the team that built the bird.

New at DX Engineering: Alinco Radios

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For decades, Alinco has been making radios that are packed with features and performance at budget-friendly prices. Now, Ham Radio enthusiasts can get Alinco radios for their stations through DX Engineering.

Alinco offers a comprehensive range of handheld, base, and mobile radios that cover the entire Amateur Radio spectrum. These are excellent choices for Hams of any age and skill level, providing the perfect blend of performance, ease of use, and value.

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