Archive for month: April, 2009

Beacon Gremlins

April 4, 2009 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was having some difficulty spotting my beacon: both on WA0UWH’s grabber, and via WSPR spots. I figured that maybe my jury rigged antenna had fallen down, or I had some kind of similar hardware failure. Oddly though, my receiver seemed to be going strong. I went over to my setup, and found that the […]

Open Tracker+ ordered…

April 4, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

I have been trying to start a project to do a high altitude radio balloon launch. Toward that end, I ordered myself a Open Tracker Plus kit from Argent Data Systems today. It seems like a pretty trivial thing to tack together, and includes a nice little plastic case, so it should be good. For […]

3000th Post! And Gratzel Cells…

April 1, 2009 | Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

Wow…. this is the 3000th post that I’ve made to my blog since it’s inception. Huzzah. I really need to get a hobby. In any case, Bill Meara over at the Soldersmoke blog mentioned this video about constructing solar cells from donuts and tea. httpvh:// It sounds like a joke, but it’s not. It turns […]

Nice signals over to W1BW this evening…

April 1, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was getting some pretty good SNRs into the east coast this evening, so I set my MEPT beacon to SMT Hellschreiber mode. Here’s the clearest signal I’ve seen to date from W1BW: