Sunday, September 28, 2014

STEAM WEEKEND - BLUE MOUNTAINS

Hello and welcome back.... Living in the Blue Mountains has its advantages, Excellent for radio receiving given the height advantage (most of the time) and every now and then a special occasion happens.
This weekend see's the Valley Heights Steam Museum run 2 steam engines (5917 & 3237) and a 4906 Locomotive at the rear to help in steep times.
This event is celebrating 100 years of steam in the Mountains

Communications were monitored on State Rail traffic channel 450.050Mhz and occasional Springwood Station on 418.475Mhz

Photos By Michael Bailey NSW
















































































Even the Indian Pacific paid a visit



LINKS

http://infobluemountains.net.au/locodepot/

http://infobluemountains.net.au/locodepot/tram/index.shtml

http://infobluemountains.net.au/rail/

#ValleyHights
#Springwood
#Rail
#BlueMountains









Sunday, September 14, 2014

CESSNA SKYLANE - 19000FT

Hello and welcome back.... Ever wanted to see what its like to fly a Cessna but were afraid of heights... Wonder no more

Make sure you enable HD and full screen :)

   Thanks to Guido Warnecke for the video


FULL RIDE ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE

Hello and welcome back.... Ever wanted to know what its like to ride in the Space Shuttle as it takes off?
Well, now you can....
Make sure you put the video in HD full screen and turn it up :)
You will ride on the boosters

  Thanks to NASA for the video


ALSO behind the scenes of liftoff also from NASA   (stunning)

Friday, September 12, 2014

HUGE SOLAR FLARE TO HIT EARTH

Hello and welcome back.... An X-Class solar flare, the most dangerous kind, erupted from the sun toward Earth Wednesday.

What does that mean to us as radio enthusiasts? 

Well, there could be impacts on high-frequency (HF- Shortwave) radio communications. Most of the time its radio noise, static noise that makes signals diminish in strength.

It could also impact GPS devices, Satellite TV and cause blackouts. or it could just miss us altogether... Guess we will just have to wait and see.

You can watch the flare LIVE on Slooh.com - CLICK HERE

So if your scanner or shortwave receiver is not picking up as well as it should, don't blame the radio... it could be the sun.


Blame the sun, that bright flash screws up your radios amongst other things..

SOMETHING TO NOTE.... Keep an eye on the tables on the right hand side of this site, (called - Solar Data ,and HF Propagation) there updated daily and will keep you informed.

LATEST NEWS

2014-09-12 01:15 UTC  The First CME Has Arrived
 
The first of the two CMEs predicted to arrive today made its appearance right on time. G1 ((Minor) geomagnetic storming is expected to begin within the next few hours with a maximum projected level of G2 (Moderate) storms for September 12th. A G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Watch is still in effect for September 13th due to the combined influence of this CME and the one projected to arrive late on the 12th. G1 (Minor) storming is likely to continue into September 14th. In addition, the S1 (Minor) solar radiation storm that is in progress as a result of the eruption on September 10th is expected to persist for the next few days with a possible slight increase with the arrival of the CMEs. Keep in mind that the forecast periods listed are in Universal Time so aurora watchers in the northern U.S. should be looking for possible activity tonight through Saturday night. Stay tuned for updates.

Thanks to  www.swpc.noaa.gov for the info

LINKS

http://spaceweather.com/

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

http://www.space.com/27110-sun-unleashes-big-solar-flare.html

http://www.solarham.net/

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/significant-flare-surges-off-the-sun/#.VBJvvWONPbQ






Saturday, August 30, 2014

YAESU FRG-7 HF SHORTWAVE RADIO (video)

Hello and welcome back..... I thought I would do a video on the Japanese made "Yaesu FRG-7 HF Shortwave Radio"
Its kinda like an instructional video.

For an antenna, nothing beats a "Long Wire" antenna but failing that, I use a "Mobile One SCATX" antenna, works excellent on shortwave (Link Below)

YAESU FRG-7 HF SHORTWAVE RADIO



LINKS

http://www.mobileone.com.au/antennas/4d_scanner.html  (The SCATX Antenna is item 5 )


EARLY MODEL - Note no finetune



LATER MODEL