Monthly Archives: April 2015

30-Meter WAS Completed — 33 Years Ago!

I’ve been parked at 6BWAS for several months, after completing the 5BWAS award and the 17-Meter band endorsement.  Since then I’ve gone from 8 states needed on 12-Meters, down to 2 (DE & WV), and also reduced my 30-Meter requirement … Continue reading

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5BDXCC Plaque #8,178 Arrives

The 5BDXCC Plaque, No. 8,178, arrived today (it was awarded on March 6, 2015).  Unfortunately, while the plaque arrived, the 30-Meter endorsement was “out of stock” and will be delivered at a later date.  Since the plaque was supplied as … Continue reading

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Centennial QSO Party Certificate Arrives

So my certificate for the Centennial QSO Party came in late last week.  Almost all of my QSOs were associated with working the W1AW/portable stations, so I only obtained the second tier (out of four).

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Open Source SGP4 Python Package

SGP4 is a Simplified General Perturbations mathematical model, which is used to calculate the position of satellites relative to the Earth.  The most frequently used model is SGP4, which is used with Two-Line Element (TLE) sets provided by NORAD and … Continue reading

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Setting the RPi System Clock via GPS

I am still learning and experimenting with the Adafruit Ultimate GPS HAT and the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B.  While I have the GPS tied into the system now, it doesn’t appear that the Raspbian NTP service is handling the … Continue reading

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