Well, another Australia Day has been & gone. Just after mid night on the 26th I turned the radio on and worked a huge pile up short path to Europe, the UK, the Middle East, & Africa, on 20m. Conditions were terrific with some very strong signals. Conditions not so good later that day on the long path on 20m. However I did end up working 228 stations, with quite a few new countries under the AX prefix. It was a lot of fun. Looking f
The map above shows the rainfall in Quensland for the week ending 28th January 2013. The highest amounts are above 400 mm (about 16 inches). The rain was unleashed by the former Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which angled southeastward over eastern Queensland following landfall on the Cape York Peninsula. (image credit: Bureau of Meteorology website)
Over the weekend of 26th & 27th January 2013 a selected amateur radio team is given the opportunity to use the former Radio Nederland Wereldomroep antenna park in Zeewolde for short wave QSO’s.
During this weekend the station is NOT open to the public and only via radio contacts can be made.
Sound artist Caroline Devine sends Between the Ears into orbit in this celebration of amateur radio and space exploration
Since the dawn of the Space Age, amateur "ham" radio has eavesdropped on our exploration of the cosmos. From Sputnik to the International Space Station, radio enthusiasts with homemade kit have been able tune into the distant sounds of space and talk to those exploring it. Caroline Devine, found space-sound artist, creates a composition from the ethereal sounds of space and the space hams and sends Between the Ears into orbit.
Owen K. Garriott reveals why he was the first astronaut to take amateur radio into space, opening up, for the very first time, the channels of communication with ordinary people back on Earth, a tradition still maintained on the International Space Station to this day.
And we hear newly released archive of US radio ham Roy Welch, who immediately after Sputnik's launch rigged up a makeshift station, looking up to the night sky as the satellite's eerie beat found voice in his ramshackle equipment.
Radio brought us Neil Armstrong's first transmission from the Moon and afforded ham operator, Larry Baysinger, the chance to intercept the radio transmissions between the astronauts. His recordings include the moment President Nixon transmitted his message of congratulations to them.
Interwoven with these are Caroline Devine's artful reworking of other cosmic sounds picked up by ham receivers from across the world to create an ethereal and magical journey, a momentary re-ignition of the childlike wonder of space.
To listen go to:-
Producer: Rose de Larrabeiti
Space Ham is a Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 3.
Officially, Friday 18th January, 2013, was the hottest ever day on record in Sydney.
Sydney's Observatory Hill observed a temeperature of 45.8 degree C at 2.55 p.m.
In Penrith, the temperature there reached 46.5 degree C at 2.16 p.m.The previous hottest temperature recorded at Sydney Observatory Hill was 45.3C in January 1939.
I recently ordered a product via the Internet from the ATRC in Sydney.
After 2 weeks of not having any response from them or receiving the product, I have since found out that they have apparently closed.
This is despite the fact their website is still active, and they are clearly accepting money via Paypal. Fair Trading NSW & PayPal have been advised.
Australia's heatwave continues in certain parts of the country, as do some very devastating bushfires which have destroyed a large number of homes.
The map above shows Australia's hottest days on record and this map is soon to be revised to show the temperatures around Australia during this summer.
it January has already seen a number of heat extremes with Australia recording its highest ever temperature in 15 years when the mercury reached 49.6 deg C at Moomba in the far north of South Australia on Saturday.
Australia’s record heatwave continues to spread across the land. It is sparking hundreds of bush fires across Australia and has forced the country’s meteorologists to redraw their national temperature scales – upwards.
In an unprecedented move, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (ABM) has extended the temperature range on its charts from the previous cap of 50 degrees Centigrade (122 degrees Fahrenheit), to 54 degrees C (more than 129 degrees Fahrenheit).
At the same time, the ABM has added two entirely new colours to its interactive Australian weather/temperature charts: deep purple and pink. These new colours are to show the new extreme range of temperature. A patch of purple, indicating 50+, is now visible on one of the temperature charts for next week.
This is thought to be the first time that any country in the world has actually redrawn its charts to take account of temperatures which are thought likely to go off the scale which had been previously applied, and climate scientists indicated it was a warning for the future.
Australia (particularly southern Australia) is in the grip of a heatwave. Today was the first time in the past 2 weeks, that my QTH was expecting a day cooler than 30 deg C(today 29 deg C).
This map shows the temperatures around Australia on 4th January, 2013.
Some areas had temperatures above 50 degrees C.
Last night (morning) conditions into Africa on the short path on 20m were terrific.
I was working SP Europe, but then ZS6GMH called me with a magnificent strong signal,and he was followed by numerous other African stations (from South Africa, Swaziland, & Namibia).
Many were just running 100 watts or less and dipoles.
It was worth staying up late. Lots of fun and always great to work the mysterious country of Africa.
Stations worked were:- George ZS6GMH; Vessy ZS1VV; Tom ZS2EC; Lyle ZS1UOK; Rendall ZS4RC; Nico 3DA0NJ; Kevin ZS6KVN; Glen ZS6CX; Lukas ZS6LH; Russell V51RJ; Nigel ZR6NGB; John ZS5GB; Jaques ZS6JV; & Roger ZS6
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