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Cassini: The Final Chapter The flagship-class unmanned robotic spacecraft named Cassini is planned to descend into the atmosphere of the planet Saturn; the date scheduled is Sep. 15, 2017. This is Cassini’s Grand Finale. It has run out of fuel. “The spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997, aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur and entered orbit […]

Is The TYT-9800 Getting Popular?

Is the TYT-9800 getting popular? I’m hearing more of these radios every day and there’s a reason why. What is it? Without a doubt it’s the price. The “other guys” sold a VHF/UHF transceiver of excellent quality, all equipped with four bands, but the price was kind of hefty. This is a point in time […]

Although software-defined radio is nothing new, the technological aspects keep expanding and exciting breakthroughs are advancing. What do have when you mix Kiwi with Beagle? Here’s a new one for you: KiwiSDR Kit Software Defined Radio with BeagleBone Green by Seeedstudio. SDR that covers 10 kHz to 30 MHz. The KiwiSDR Kit is plug and […]

Any outside event that is planned has a chance of being stifled. You plan, hope, and then wait. Hopefully mother nature will cooperate. The clouds are always a threat. On August 21, 2017, all things agreed for most of us in America. Did you see the eclipse? Honestly, some solar glasses were bought previously, but […]

LIVE STREAMING The Great American Eclipse. 1. NASA Live Coverage: Eclipse2017 Coverage Duration: 12pm – 4pm EDT 2. NASA TV: NASA TV 3. Timeanddate: LIVE Stream Coming up: Great American Eclipse LIVE ……………………………………………………………………………. Interactive Map Find out how long it will last in your neighborhood: Map ……………………………………………………………………………. Total Eclipse Visible Across 14 States [Wikipedia] — […]

Cheaper Wire For Ham Antenna Projects

In certain situations less is more! Especially for listening to the lower bands in this crazy unpredictable solar cycle, I’m accustomed to building my own antennas. Thicker copper wire is usually the standard, but over the years I’ve learned that thinner gauge wire will hold out sufficiently. It’s all in the packaging. Here are a […]

The Wireless FM Transmitter is a new genre for me but there is hope! I recently bought the Music Gear F2516 Wireless FM Transmitter and here’s my take on it. Digital music in the car for little dinero. You just gotta love it! I grabbed this unit on the cheap and was skeptical from the […]

Big Data Is Becoming The Norm

Satellites and GPS technology are tools that have reached big industry. Take railroad for example. One piece of technology will replace 500 employees when indicating a hot box detector. Bad for employees good for stockholders. Is this beneficial for society? Only time will tell. A new farming trend is precision farming. Goodbye to conventional farming? […]

Waterproof products are very useful, but we sometimes forget the list that’s available. Water repellency is what we’re after, on the car, in the back yard, camping gear, marine, electronics, amateur radio gear, etc. Let’s finish the project with style. Top Waterproof Products 1. Scotch Electrical Tape Super 33+ Vinyl — The tape’s pressure-sensitive, rubber-resin […]

The Uniden Bearcat BC-560XLT 16 channel scanner is a classic. I recently had the chance to program one of these gems and I really liked the feel of it. Uniden of course makes excellent police scanners, as anyone might surmise. Programming is a breeze even without the manual. It seems like the BC-560XLT was manufactured […]

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