Thursday, February 23, 2017

DONT GO RUNNING ACROSS A RUNWAY IN A STORM

Wicked photo


WYONG FIELD DAY THIS SUNDAY

Hello and welcome back... Just a quick reminder that the annual Wyong field day is on this Sunday (26th February)... Gates open 8.30am

Wyong Feld Day is all things radio...Mostly Amateur radio, Scanners (car boot sales?), Antenna's and More


Sadly, i can't make it.. Traveling for me is a painful experience :(

LINKS

http://fieldday.org.au/

#WyongFieldDay
#Wyong

BLACKHAWKS BUZZING SYDNEY AND SURROUNDS

Hello and welcome back... If you hear a fleet of choppers flying around your house, don't worry.. its just the Army doing training exercises.

From the 23-28th Feb 2017, 5 Blackhawk helicopters will be flying low in and around Sydney suburbs, usually in the afternoon and night till around 11.30pm...

Hope they fly over my house :)


Friday, February 17, 2017

RAIL PAGE UPDATED

Hello and welcome back... Just a quick post to let you know that that the Rail Page has been updated..

CLICK HERE TO VIEW


SYDNEY HYDROFOIL TO RETURN

Hello and welcome back... I loved the Sydney Hydrofoils, would catch one to Manly (from Central) as often as i could.
I would sit up front (lean over the side) and watch when it would gather enough speed to launch itself out of the water. Nothing like it...
Turns out a guy is fixing up one of the fleet in Europe and will bring it back to Sydney Harbour for a limited time..

HEADLINE
A hydrofoil which hasn't been seen in Sydney for decades is being restored in Europe before hitting the water within a year.

Watch the video HERE

Photo taken by myself around 1988 using 35mm film
#hydrofoil

Thursday, February 9, 2017

ACMA REVERSES DECISION ON CB RADIO

Hello and welcome back... The ACMA has reversed a decision to make old 40ch UHF CB radios Illegal.

By June 2017, 40ch UHF CB radios were set to become illegal but that has been changed.

The change was to implemented because of a change to 12.5mhz spacing but it turns out that 40ch runs ok with 80ch units so no change necessary.

Read More Here = http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-03/acma-reverses-decision-ruling-millions-of-uhf-radios-illegal/8235502

  

LIGHTNING JUST DOESNT HIT THE HIGHEST TARGET

Hello and welcome back... I always thought that lightning only struck the highest thing in the striking vicinity..

This photo proves otherwise..


Thanks to Severe Weather Italy for the photo

Friday, February 3, 2017

BUILD YOUR OWN SATCOM ANTENNA

Hello and welcome back... Building your own antenna is both satisfying and interesting and this is an excellent project..

This antenna is a Military Satcom antenna (200-400mhz) that you can build yourself with basic items you may have already in your junk box

Let me know how you go in the comments section..

Top View

Finished Product

I believe it works very well...

INSTRUCTIONS / PARTS  (downloadable 2x pdf files)

PART 1 DOWNLOAD HERE

PART 2 DOWNLOAD HERE

Just save the 2 PDF files to your computer...

Thanks to Radio Reference site for the info...

LINKS

http://forums.radioreference.com/satcom-space-satellite-monitoring-forum/181378-mt-magazine-uhf-satcom-antenna-project.html  (Discussion page)

forums.radioreference.com/attachments/satcom-space-satellite-monitoring-forum/30081d1288492847-mt-magazine-uhf-satcom-antenna-project-satcom-part-1.pdf  (Part 1)

forums.radioreference.com/attachments/satcom-space-satellite-monitoring-forum/30082d1288492863-mt-magazine-uhf-satcom-antenna-project-satcom-part-2.pdf  (Part 2)

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***UPDATE***

Currently an operation in the U.S called 'Operation Red Flag' is underway with Australian armed forces involved.
Your new antenna would be perfect for this...

FREQ TO TRY
234.325 AM
357.100 AM
225.4500 -- R-4806 Range 65
231.1000 -- Red Flag JICO
234.2500 -- R-4806 Range 62 'Orange 17'
234.3250 -- Coyote MOA
234.9000 -- Red Flag Ops
236.0000 -- 66RQS SAR-B
238.8000 -- R-4806 Alamo
243.0000 -- Guard
246.2000 -- Unknown Range
251.2000 -- 549CTS Green Flag West Ops
251.9000 -- 66RQS SAR-A
252.1000 -- 64AGRS F-16
255.9500 -- Northern Ranges Spare
257.9500 -- Tonopah Tower
259.0000 -- 66RQS Base Ops
259.9500 -- Nellis ALCE AMC
262.7500 -- 64AGRS F-16
268.0000 -- R4806 Range 64
268.2000 -- Elgin MOA
274.8750 -- R-4806 Range 63
281.0250 -- Elgin MOA
282.8000 -- CSAR
283.8000 -- 64AGRS F-16
284.5500 -- 64AGRS F-16
288.2250 -- NTTR Range 71-76
288.8000 -- R-4806 Range 64
289.3000 -- Caliente MOA
291.9000 -- AR625L Primary
293.5000 -- ROULETTE (ECW Ranges)
294.9000 -- Caliente MOA
295.8000 -- AR625H Primary
319.5000 -- AR625 Secondary
319.8000 -- AR625 Exit
320.0000 -- Nellis ACC CP
323.8500 -- 322WPS Base Ops
326.1250 -- 422TES F-35
328.5000 -- Adversary Support
340.2000 -- Nellis AF Ops
341.9250 -- R-4806 Range 61
355.1000 -- 26WPS MQ-1 MQ-9
357.1000 -- Northern Ranges Spare
365.1000 -- Weapons School Duty Desk
361.6000 -- R-4806 Range 63
363.9000 -- R-4807 Range 75
366.1500 -- 549CTS Green Flag
370.8250 -- Coyote MOA
372.2000 -- Pilot-to-Dispatch
375.8000 -- Unknown Range
377.8000 -- BLACKJACK (NTTR Check-In)
379.6000 -- 422TES Base Ops
379.6500 -- ROULETTE (ECW Ranges)
381.3000 -- Nellis Command Post
373.5500 -- 422tes f-16
289.300 -- BANG 91
259.950
266.6000 422TES F-22A
305.6500 422TES F-22A

Thanks to radioreference.com for the info.





Thursday, February 2, 2017

ABC SHORTWAVE TURNED OFF

Hello and welcome back... The start of Feb 2017 saw ABC Shortwave transmissions turned off.

With thanks from our Government and ABC boffins, they came to the conclusion that the shortwave service was outdated and 'Cost too Much'

Their solution was to shut off transmissions and direct customers to AM & FM broadcasts, Satellite services (what person living in the outback can afford that?) and online services (again, internet in this country is a joke)

The sad thing is its not just people living in the outback that relies on Shortwave services but those living in the Pacific inc Papua.

The thing that upsets me is that no-one thought to ask the people who rely on this service, not the Government or The ABC.

In the latest news, Senator Nick Xenophon was rallying to introduce legislation to force the ABC to turn on the transmitters and for the government to give the ABC more money..
Read Full Story Here

Another thing that bugs me about this... The crap on ABC... Honestly, how many channels / programs aimed towards kids / teenagers do you need...Its ridiculous, cut back on this stuff.
I have 4 kids who now and then watch the ABC but the thing is, they watch online not on the TV. Surely, its cheaper to put programs online than to transmit, cost savings right there.

Ive had my whinge, I'll go now...

LINKS

http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/shortwave-radio/

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/feb/02/workers-upset-by-abcs-ditching-of-shortwave-radio-told-to-complain-to-senate-inquiry

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/fears-as-abc-plans-to-turn-off-shortwave-radio-in-the-outback/news-story/38d43e7bf110785381a1e9e978042d42