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VK waits for full return of 6 metres - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

VK waits for full return of 6 metres Southgate Amateur Radio Club With only digital television being available in Australia from 10 December, and the loss of the last TV transmitter Channel 0, it does not automatically mean the unfettered return of...
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Amateur radio operators in Eastern Australia may have to wait a bit longer for the return of 50-52 MHz to the amateur radio service.  Although the transition of analog television to digital television is well underway, any release of these 6 meter frequencies must be approved by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.  The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is working with the Australian Government to "harmonize" these frequencies with other services, in the hopes of retuning the 50-52 MHz band  back to amateur radio use.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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McKean County Amateur Radio Club starts licensing class - Bradford Era

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McKean County Amateur Radio Club starts licensing class
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The McKean County Amateur Radio Club, an affiliated club with the American Radio Relay League, will conduct a technician licensing class next month.
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One of the best ways to get your first Amateur Radio License is to attend a special class taught by your local amateur radio club.  If you live in the Bradford, Pennsylvania area, a Technician Class License Course is coming soon.  The McKean Amateur Radio Club will conduct a two-day Technician License Course from 06 to 07 September 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the McKean County Emergency Management Agency Office in Smethport.  The class is open to everyone, regardless of age or electronics background.  For details, go here--n3llr@arrl.net.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Bonus Episode: Huntsville Hamfest 2014 - Ham Radio

George and Wayne make their annual pilgrimage to Huntsville Hamfest. We met with a few of our ham radio friends to find out what they've been up to and got s...
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A nicely produced, down-to-earth video record of the Huntsville Hamfest 2014.  The program is 1:11:48 and contains a lot of interesting information for those of us who were unable to attend the Hamfest this year.  I enjoyed the show.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL: - eHam.net

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:
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US State Department employee Jim Bullington, K4LSD, saw that ham radio would be ideal for the task and proposed the idea to the ARRL Board of Directors (which happened to be in session at the time).
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Another segment of Al Brogdon's (W1AB) popular series "A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL."  This time, Al focuses on the 1970's.  Included in the article are notes about the expansion of the QST format, the beginning of "Operation Vietnamese Refugees", the growth of CB radio, preparation for the World Administrative Radio Conference 1979 (WARC-79), and the growing popularity of radio transmitter hunts ("Fox Hunts").  A very good read.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather in Shelby For Annual Event - TWC News

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Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather in Shelby For Annual Event
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Ham enthusiast Bill Minikiewicz of South Carolina said he has been into ham since the late 1960s.
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Hamfests are alway a curious blend of the old and new, with amateur radio operators checking out the latest equipment or searching for that one-of-a-kind classic rig.  This weekend's Shelby Hamfest at the Cleveland County Fair grounds was no exception.  Thousands of amateur radio operators bought and sold equipment, freshened up their code sending skills, and became immersed in the latest communications technology.  The Hamfest was also an opportunity to reunite with friends and connect with those interested in pursuing the electronic "hobby" that lasts a lifetime.  Great show....Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource

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Information and resources for the broadcast engineer and manager.

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Thanks to reporter David Hall for this update.  While much of the material presented in this week's report applies to broadcast engineers, there is plenty of valuable material for amateur radio operators, including Antenna Mounting, Better Field Intensity Measurements, FCC Questions Answered, and Testing Solid State Devices, part 2.  Good, basic stuff.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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US-to-VK Transpacific Reception On 630 Meters Reported: - eHam.net

US-to-VK Transpacific Reception On 630 Meters Reported:
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A radio amateur and medium-frequency (MF) experimenter in Australia has received a 630 meter (475.62 kHz) transmission from a radio amateur and Part 5 Experimental operator in Texas.
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Here's the latest update on that 630 meter (475.62 kHz) reception report from an Australian ham who picked up a radio amateur operator in Texas running a part 5 (experimental) station.  This band has much potential even at the low power imposed by communications officials.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Yaesu FT-270R 2meter Handheld Amateur Radio Transceiver, Speaker Mic, Antennas

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in Consumer Electronics, Radio Communication, Ham, Amateur Radio (Yaesu FT-270R 2meter Handheld Amateur Radio Transceiver, Speaker Mic, Antennas - Full read by eBay: Price 77.99...
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Actually, the item offered for sale is a New Yaesu-Vertex VX-150 VHF Amateur Radio Handheld Transceiver.  This little rig has garnered good reviews and is quite sturdy.  The price of $199.95 seems reasonable.  As with any internet purchase, check out the item and the seller before you buy.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Antenna Topics: Simple Ham Radio Antennas: Antenna Basics. Post #291

Basic Antenna Rules. (Simple Ham Radio Antennas: Antenna Basics. Post #291 http://t.co/yxgxQDca3T #basicantennarules #dipoleantenna)
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This post stemmed from an antenna discussion I had with Dean Manley (KH6B) this past Thursday over breakfast at a Hilo fast food restaurant.  Dean gave me an article from James R. Duffey (KK6MC/5) about "Some Rules of Thumb for Beginners" who want to design and construct their own antennas.  I found the article informative, often humorous, and extremely helpful in resolving some nagging antenna issues.  Aloha de Russ (KIH6JRM).

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Spark in the Park, Amateur Radio Expo

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West Michigan Amateur Radio Expo is this Saturday 5-9PM. Satellite demo, look for me on FO-29. http://t.co/9ULyJmPvbJ
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Four Michigan Amateur Radio Clubs are joining forces to bring you the "West Michigan Amateur Radio Expo on Saturday, 30 August 2014, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Douglas-Walker Prk in Byron Center, Michigan.  Free admission.  According to expo officials, the event is not a field day.  "It's kinda like a science fair for amateur radio, showing the many facets of amateur radio from portable satellite operations to VHF/UHF vehicle roving and from Arduino projects to Amateur Television.  For details, contact Tom:  k8tb@bosscher.org.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Fontana elementary school makes 'contact' with International Space Station - San Bernardino County Sun

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Fontana elementary school makes 'contact' with International Space Station
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The exact date and time was not known until last week.
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It's not everyday that you can discuss space flight with an astronaut living aboard the International Space Station ISS).  But, on Wednesday, a group of seven students from the Dorothy Grant Elementary School in Fontana, California did just that.  During the brief 10 minute pass of the ISS, the students asked various questions about life aboard an orbiting space station with German astronaut and geophysicist Alexander Geist.  The event was carried to every classroom in the school.  The event was organized by 4th grade teacher Beverly Matheson, who helped organize the school's amateur radio club.  The club uses the call sign K6DGE and has 45 members, with 23 students holding amateur radio licenses.  Aloha, de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Sable Island DXpedition - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Sable Island DXpedition
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Parks Canada, Maritime Air and the CY0C team will continue to assess the weather and landing conditions on the island leading up to September 8th. Meanwhile, preparations continue on schedule.
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Here's the updated information on the planned Sable Island (CY0C) mini-DXpedition on 08 September 2014.  Parks Canada will allow only daytime operation on this day, so get set up early to snag this contact.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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September DX Challenge.

DX and IOTA highlights from around the world.

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Source:  "QST", September 2014, p.92.

Author:  Bernie McClenny (W3UR) (w3ur@arrl.org)

 

September 2014 promises some interesting DX for those willing to be patient. Here are some of the best choices:

 

5V (Togo).  Czech DXpedition team members OK6DJJ, OK1FPS, and OK1FCJ will be on-air from Togo for about 12 days at the end of September using call signs 5V7DB, 5V7PS, and 5V7ST.  The team will be using Elecraft KX3 transceivers with two amplifiers.  The team will be using two Spider Beams that will include 12, 17, and 30 meters, and one vertical for 40 meters.

 

FK (New Caledonia).  Bob (KD1CT) and Cezar (VE3LYC) will be the IOTA (Islands On The Air) team operating from Matthew Island (OC-218) as TX4A for 4 days in the 01-09 September time frame.  For details, visit http://tx4a.yolasite.com.

 

P2 (Papua New Guinea).  Derek (G3KHZ) is planning a multi-island IOTA DXpedition through Papua New Guinea in September.  He will be joined by Hans (SM6CVX) and Eddy (K5WQG).  For details, visit http://p29ni.weebly.com.

 

VK9X (Christmas Island).  Rob (N7QT) will be going to Christmas Island where he will be on-air as VK9X/N7QT from 03-13 September 2014.  He will be using CW, SSB, and digital modes on 3.5 to 28 MHz.  

 

Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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dB or not dB? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Decibels But Were Afraid to Ask Abstract | TechOnline

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TechOnline is a leading source for reliable tech papers. View the dB or not dB? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Decibels But Were Afraid to Ask abstract for details on the dB or not dB? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Decibels But Were Afraid to Ask tech paper.

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Thanks to reporter David Hall for this excellent tutorial on decibels, or "Everything you wanted to know about decibels but were afraid to ask.  This technical paper covers decibels in more detail than I thought possible.  This abstract is worth keeping for your reference library or when someone needs to interpret what 59+20 dB over 9 really means.  Good, technical paper.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Special Event Station PA7ØOMG - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

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Special Event Station PA7ØOMG
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During 10 days we will activate the callsign PA7ØOMG and try to work as many amateur radio operators across the world.
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Here's the latest update on Special Event Station PA70OMG, which will be on-air from 12-21 September 2014 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of "Operation Market Garden" in World War II.  Allied paratroopers landed in the Nijmegen region on 17 September 1944 to help liberate the area after four years of German occupation.  Equipment, antenna sites, and funding are progressing well.  For details, visit http://www.pa2p.nl/pa70omg/. ; Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).  

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Graphene as the Next Great Miracle Material for Space | The Commercial Space Blog

Graphene as the Next Great Miracle Material for Space | The Commercial Space Blog | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it

On August 20th, Ottawa-based Grafoid Inc, a company involved in the research, development and production of graphene, opened a 225,000 square foot production facility in Kingston, Ontario. The move has Canada positioned to become a world leader in the production of the much-hyped super-material, with effects on many industries, not the least of which is aerospace.


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This Ottawa-based company has just opened a 225,000 square-foot graphene facility, which could make Grafoid, Inc. a major player in the production of this material.  Graphene will have a tremendous impact on the aerospace and communications industries.  Graphene will also affect the type of amateur radio equipment we buy in the future.  According to Grafoid, Inc. graphene will replace silicon in microcircuits and computer chips.  The graphene chips will be smaller, use less power, and could be used in sensor displays and solar batteries.  Our equipment is about to get smaller and lighter.  Interesting development.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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FT4TA, Tromelin 2014 DXpedition - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

FT4TA, Tromelin 2014 DXpedition
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
2014 marks the 60th birthday of the first amateur radio activity from Tromelin. Prepared in collaboration with the philatelic service of ...
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The DXpedition to Tromelin Island (FT4TA) is proceeding according to plan.  Almost all of the station equipment has been collected and sent to Reunion Island.  Much of that equipment has since been flown by helicopter to Tromelin Island.  Contributions are still being received to cover operational expenses.  The DXpedition will be honored with a special postage stamp, which will be available at the Autumn Philatelic Exhibition in Paris (06-09 November 2014).  Special Event Station F6KOP will be on-air during that time to launch the stamp sale.  The DXpedition is less than 100 days away, and progress appears good.  For updates, visit http://www.tromelin2014.com.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham Radio Featured at Dave Ramsey Studios: - eHam.net

Ham Radio Featured at Dave Ramsey Studios:
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The Dave Ramsey show is heard on over 500 radio stations across the US and is the largest independent syndicated radio show in existence.
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Excellent exposure of amateur radio on the popular syndicated program, "The Dave Ramsey Show."  That program is heard on over 500 radio stations across the United States and "is the largest independent syndicated radio show in existence."  Ham radio was featured recently, highlighting the career of chief engineer Matt Aaron (KG4WXX).  Matt is the son of Ted Randall (WB8PUM), the host of the "QSO Radio Show" that airs over shortwave station WTWW.  For mor information on this interview, visit http://youtu.be/ENws2eLYCx8. ; Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Race to Build NASA Space Taxi Down to the Wire | DNews

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A three-way race to build a commercially operated spaceship to shuttle astronauts -- and other paying customers -- to and from low-Earth orbit is close the finish line, with NASA aiming to award development and flight service contracts as early as next week.

 

So far, two companies favoring capsule designs -- Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX -- have won the lion’s share of NASA’s Commercial Crew program funds. The effort, which began in 2010, is intended to provide a U.S. alternative for flying crews to the International Space Station, which orbits about 260 miles above Earth.

 


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The so-called "Space Taxi" is an effort to cut reliance on Russian launch vehicles to supply the International Space Station orbiting about 260 miles above Earth.  So far, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Boeing have garnered most of the NASA contracts to develop a commercial crew program.  It's about time we developed our own support system and became more self-sufficient in launch and resupply vehicles.  If the cost of launches can be reduced, the U.S. could attract more space customers from the world of business, education, and even amateur radio (i.e. AMSAT).  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham radio equipment for base and mobile operation

Tom Fuszard's Business Builder (Ham radio equipment for base and mobile operation http://t.co/CJoIDApH6j)
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Don't let the lack of a tower or an expensive transceiver stop you from enjoying amateur radio.  Even a simple rig and a basic antenna can do wonders for your station if they'r e installed carefully. In Tom Fuzzard's essay, he describes the very simple station  he has assembled:  a Kenwood 820 HF transceiver, basic power supply, a power/swr meter, a telegraph key, and a Butternut 6V vertical connected to about 80 radials.  His 2 meter mobile activity is conducted through a Radio Shack HTX-252 transceiver connected to a 5/8 wavelength mag mount antenna.  With this arrangement, Tom says he works " a number of HF bands without expending a lot of money or disrupting the natural beauty around our cabin."  Keep it simple and have a lot of fun for very little money.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ford Explorer Ham Radio/Scanner Installation

I wanted to design a clean center console mount to hold two ham rigs, a scanner, a ScanGuage, and a speaker. The 2003 Explorer has a lot of center space but ...
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Excellent radio installation video.  Although the author owns a 2003 Ford Explorer, most of the wiring and position techniques are applicable to any vehicle.  The important thing is to take your time, be sure your power leads are fused, and to position your equipment where it won't distract your driving.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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TV commercials will be quieter under new FCC rules

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The days of television commercials being startlingly louder than the shows people are watching could soon be coming to an end.

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Thanks to reporter David Hall for this interesting article.  Noise limitations on television commercials is long overdue.  Effective 04 June 2015, "TV commercials will be noticeably quieter"  under new rules established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  In a statement to the "Federal Register," the FCC said "it is our hope that these changes will result in a modest decrease in the perceived loudness of certain commercials."  The new rules will apply to digital broadcasts, digital cable operators, and satellite providers.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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US-to-VK Transpacific Reception on 630 Meters Reported - ARRL

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US-to-VK Transpacific Reception on 630 Meters Reported
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A radio amateur and medium-frequency (MF) experimenter in Australia has received a 630 meter (475.62 kHz) transmission from a radio amateur and Part 5 Experimental operator in Texas.
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The 630 meter band is providing lots of excitement these days.  Take the case of an Australian ham who received the weak 630 meter signal from a Texas amateur radio operator.  John Langridge (KD5NJD), who holds a part 5 Experimental License (WG2XIQ) said the reception of his WSPR signal by Australian ham Davide Isele (VK2DDI) was a "huge surprise."  While the 8,710 mile distance between the two stations is not a record, "It does represent the sorts of accomplishments that the amateur radio community in the U.S. could enjoy if a band at 472-479 kHz ever becomes a reality."  Isele's antenna is fairly modest:  "a 30 meter thin, galvanized iron vertical wire, strung between a ground rod and a high tree branch for receiving on 630 meters...it has no radials and no antenna tuner." This slice of the rf spectrum just below the standard AM broadcast band has some intriguing possibilities.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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All About Amateur (Ham) Radio (Condensed Version) HD

An introduction to Amateur Radio and the many possibilities it offers for learning, safety and security, and helping others throughout our world. This conden...
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Thanks to NW7US for this excellent, well-produced video showing the many facets of Amateur radio as a life-long pursuit of "learning, safety, and security."  The video also stresses the importance of spreading understanding and good will through amateur radio activities. The video is fairly short (19:45) and would be suitable for a technician license class.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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N3ATS.com -- Antennas for Amateur Radio

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N3ATS - Wire antennas for HF amateur radio and SWL.
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Steve Weiss (N3ATS) has opened a new web store specializing in "all coax-fed antennas."  On this post, Steve features a 4-band antenna, "which is only 42 feet (12.80 meters) long, yet is resonant on 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters if hung at 30 feet (9.14 meters).  For more information, visit http://n3ats.com.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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SpaceX Puts AsiaSat 6 Launch on Hold for 'Triple-Check' | NBC News

SpaceX Puts AsiaSat 6 Launch on Hold for 'Triple-Check' | NBC News | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it

SpaceX postponed its launch of the AsiaSat 6 telecommunication satellite on Tuesday, just hours before its Falcon 9 rocket was due to lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In a statement, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said "we are not aware of any issue ... but have decided to review all potential failure modes and contingencies again." He expected the process to be completed within two weeks.


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SpaceX has delayed the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 6 telecommunications satellite.  In a prepared press release, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he "was not aware of any issue, but...decided to review all potential failure modes and contingencies again."  The "triple check" process should be completed within two weeks.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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