Tuesday, 8 May 2018

CTARC Future Meeting - 26 May '18

Deon Coetzee ZR1DE with prototype space frame – Image Credit: SA AMSAT
Deon Coetzee / ZR1DE
with prototype space frame.
Image Credit SA AMSAT
The monthly CTARC meeting for May 2018 will be held at the clubhouse on Saturday 26 May 2018, starting at 14h00.

The speaker for this meeting will be Deon Coetzee / ZR1DE, with a talk on the SA AMSAT radio amateur satellite projects and the FunCube SDR.

Deon's enthusiastic involvement in this field over the years is well known and he is an established authority on the subject, and it promises to be a most interesting talk indeed.

Please note that this topic / speaker replaces previous notifications for the 26 May 2018 meeting. We apologise for any confusion caused.

Details of forthcoming meetings are usually announced on our Sunday morning CTARC bulletins on the 145.750 MHz repeater, in our newsletter "Ragchew" and on this blogspot.

Monday, 7 May 2018

CTARC Project Loon - 6 May '18

This is an experimental research and development project by formerly Google X. This project is to provide internet access to rural and remote areas. This project uses high-altitude balloons placed in the stratosphere at about 18 Km above sea level.

Two of these balloons have been spotted on an app called "FlightRadar24. (Google it ].

One is about to fly over Cape town in the next few day. As of writing (6 May 2018) at 11h00, balloon Registration N189LB is at an altitude of 57,300 Ft in position Latitude -33.475 and Longitude
13.5493. The track is 104 degrees slightly south of due east. If it continues on it's current track it will pass very close to Cape Town.

It might be possible to bounce VHF or UHF signals off the Mylar balloon material.

There is another balloon which is presently over southern Angola. It's registration is N183LB.

Check out Project Loon on Google and [here and here], and also FlightRadar24 [here].

Hope this is of interest.


Hans ZS1HA

CTARC Ragchew - May 2018

The May 2018 edition of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's bi-monthly newsletter "Ragchew" is now published.
Grateful thanks once again to our editor, Anne, for all her excellent work in putting together this month's edition, and to all those who contributed articles.
Remember please, Anne is always on the look-out for articles to publish in Ragchew!

Download the PDF file [here];

Ragchew is also on our Newsletters Page

Friday, 4 May 2018

CTARC More Photos of Morningstar Station - May '18

Here are some more photos of the Morningstar Remote Control Station.
Grateful thanks to Dennis / ZS1AU for providing these.

The station's location, sheltered by an aircraft hangar.

The station's mast, Optibeam HF antenna, 6m beam above that,
2x microwave dishes and 2m discone antenna

Fred / ZS1FZ, who concieved and built the Morningstar station

In te background is the Ham Spirit Trophy, which Fred won this year