WHERE THE ‘SPACE TRIP’ BEGAN ……

10 YEARS IN SPACE … on Ham Radio

The New Zealand sky was inviting local Hams to get into space …. all was quiet on the nominated VHF band … let”s ‘lift off” too !
Had a ball ! … Put in some odd hours linking with different spacecraft after manually calculating orbit pass times over Auckland. RESULT; Obtained good ‘one on one’ contacts with US ,Russian etc crew members. Logged / Taped 36 notable astro / cosmonauts on US shuttles plus Mir & ISS… not including many filed packet messages.

Thanks for the opportunity and experience … Ham Radio … didn’t expect it in my lifetime ….ZL1AKJ

COME ON SPACEX / Dragon .. we”re waiting for your first !

HISTORICAL 1ST PRIVATE SPACE LINK TO ISS ?

In the next few days we may see the first link-up of the private SPACEX / Dragon unmanned craft with the orbiting International Space Station.

The Auckland University of Technology with its tracking facility at Warkworth, has been engaged to monitor this event.

SPIRM ( South Pacific Internet Reporting Media ) … will keep i on IT … and report.

GOOD LUCK SPACEX ! … on your first try.

ADDITIONAL FREQUENCY OPTION ON ‘HAMSPHERE’

THIS 2ND OPTION FREQUENCY IS ON TH 10M QUIET BAND AT 28.425 MHZ.

THE 1ST OPTION ( 6M ON 50.140 MHZ  ) TENDS TO BE A POPULAR  MEETING PLACE FOR OTHER STATIONS & ‘PILE-UPS’ DO OCCUR.

HOPE TO MEET YOU SOON ON THE 10M BAND …  DEREK  ZL1AKJ IN AUCKLAND NZ.  … 73.

TORNADOS … MADE IN NEW ZEALAND … an Auckland experience

THIS TIME LAST YEAR, TWO SMALLISH TORNADOS HIT AUCKLAND IN THE SUBURB OF ALBANY ON THE NORTH SHORE OF THE MAIN HARBOUR.

ONE PERSON WAS KILLED IN DAMAGE TO A COMMERCIAL MARKET.

THIS WAS THE WRITER’S PERSONAL EXPERIENCE ON THAT DAY … 3 MAY 2011.

MY POSSIBLE ‘EARLY WARNING’ ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HARBOUR  ( 7-8 MILES AWAY )… OF WHAT LATER EVENTUATED, IS RECORDED HERE TO CONFIRM IF ANY OTHER PERSON HAS HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE … EG … IN  USA,  WITH ITS GREATER LAND MASS.

TORNADOS ARE NOT THAT COMMON IN NZ. THEY GENERALLY START AS ‘WATER-SPOUTS’ AT SEA  …  OFF  OUR NARROW , SMALLER ISLAND LAND MASS.

” ABOUT  8:30 AM, AFTER A COMFORTABLE NIGHTS SLEEP, I WENT ABOUT DRAWING THE WINDOW DRAPES ON THE INSIDE OF MY NORTH FACING LOUNGE ‘RANCH-SIDER’ DOOR / WINDOWS. THERE WAS A VIEW-OBSCURING COATING OF CONDENSATION ON THE GLASS.

SURPRISE ! … NOT THE NORMAL … THE CONDENSATION WAS ON THE ‘OUTSIDE’ OF WINDOWS ETC.

THIS WAS DIFFERENT !  … I HAD NOT SEEN THIS PREVIOUSLY … IN MY LIFETIME …

AS IT SO HAPPENED …AT THE SAME TIME…  A NURSE FROM A LOCAL BLOOD-TESTING CLINIC, WAS DRIVING HER SMALL CAR TO MY HOME TO COLLECT A SAMPLE.  ON ARRIVAL, I TOLD HER OF  THE ‘REVERSE’ CONDENSATION ON THE WINDOWS.

TO MY SURPRISE … SHE STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING TO MY PLACE ( ABOUT 3 MILES AWAY ) , SHE HAD TO START HER  WIND-SCREEN WIPERS TO ALLOW HER TO SEE THE ROAD AHEAD. AGAIN … CONDENSATION ON THE ‘OUTSIDE ’…OF A MOBILE CAR

LATER IN THE DAY … AT 3PM IN THE AFTERNOON, RADIO REPORTS WERE COMING IN THAT TWIN TORNADOS HAD TRACKED UP THE HARBOUR DOING DAMAGE TO A SHOPPING MALL & RELATED RENOVATION WORK.  A BUILDING CONSTRUCTION WORKER HAD BEEN KILLED

SOMETIME LATER I PHONED A LOCAL WEATHER FORECASTER TO GET HIS OPINION ON THE WEATHER AT THE TIME. HE CONFIRMED, THAT THERE HAD BEEN MULTI FLUCTUATIONS TO BAROMETRIC PRESSURE OVER THE CITY. THIS HAD COINCIDED WITH A SOUTHERLY COLD WIND MEETING UP WITH A WARMER BREEZE FROM THE TROPICAL NORTH PACIFIC.  TORNADOS … THE RESULT.

IN SPEAKING TO OTHER HAM RADIO OPERATORS IN NZ & WITHIN THE PACIFIC  ’RING OF FIRE’ , THE US PLUS OTHER COUNTRIES … I HAVE NOT AS YET HAD ANY PERSON ,CONFIRM A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE OF EXTERIOR SURFACE CONDENSATION ON WINDOWS … AS A PRECURSOR.. ‘EARLY WARNING’ OF TORNADOS IN THE VICINITY.

                                            HAVE  YOU ? “

C UL… DEREK  ZL1AKJ

 

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW ? .. ‘ SPIRM ‘ (c) .. keeps i on ‘IT’ ! ‘

RAPID REPORTING OF TSUNAMIS BY GPS ON WAY !

GOOD NEWS FOR THE WORLD’S CITIZENS LIVING NEAR OUR LARGEST OCEANS. TWO OF THE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC  ORGANISATIONS ARE LOOKING VERY HARD AT GPS TO SPEED-UP WARNING ALERTS FOR INCOMING LARGE DESTRUCTIVE  TSUNAMIS.

 NASA & GERMANY’S RESEARCH CENTRE FOR GEOSCIENCES ARE AWARE OF ALREADY SITED GPS STATIONS THAT CAN, VERY QUICKLY, PICK-UP EARTH CRUST MOVEMENT WHEN QUAKES OCCUR.  WITH COMPUTER MONITORS IN HIGH RISK LOCATIONS, THE CURRENT DELAY IN ALERTING A POPULATION,
CAN BE CUT BY APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN MINUTES. THIS COULD ALLOW A LARGER NUMBER OF CITIZENS TO REACH  HIGHER GROUND. HOPEFULLY, THIS MORE PROMPT ALERT WILL SAVE LIVES.

A DEFINITION: WHAT DOES ‘SPIRM’ STAND (UP) FOR ?

… A VERB : ‘TO SPIRM’ = TO GENERATE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET RE ‘NATURAL HAZARDS’ ( QUAKES, TSUNAMI ETC ) PER HAM RADIO COMMUNICATION.
… DEDICATED TO THE HEROIC HAM ‘COAST WATCHERS’ OF WORLD WAR II … REPORTING ON HOSTILE AIRCRAFT & SHIPPING.