Archive for date: December 24, 2009

My first attempt at the FM transponder on HO-68

December 24, 2009 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

The new Chinese amateur radio satellite, formerly XW-1, now designated HOPE-1 or HO-68, made a pass with its FM transponder active around 10:00AM local time here. I was unable to get a signal through, no doubt in small part to some incompetence on my part, but also judging by the amount of doubling and piling […]

Gutenberg Gem: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

December 24, 2009 | Gutenberg Gems | By: Mark VandeWettering

Yes, Christmas is upon us again, and this year we are treated to a movie release about a character near and dear to my own heart: Sherlock Holmes. While I am rather fond of Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and even Rachel McAdams, I can’t help but think that this reinterpretation of the classic stories […]