Archive for date: January 17, 2008

UVM CricketSat Program

January 17, 2008 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a balloon launch, perhaps carrying a full GPS and radio transmitter payload, but I think it would behoove me to get some experience attempting to find payloads that cost only a few bucks before risking hundreds of dollars. This would appear to be the answer: the Cricketsat. […]

Maidenhead Gridsquares

January 17, 2008 | Amateur Radio, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

If you’ve listened to some of my satellite audio, you’ll notice that in addition to the callsigns, people are exchanging things that sound like “Delta Mike 41” or “Charlie Mike 87”. These are Maidenhead gridsquares: a system of rapidly transmitting your rough location. The kind most commonly heard are the ones that are 4 characters […]