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This is one of those late night blogs. So it might be one of those long ones. Don’t say I did not warn ya, lol
I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the weather recently, before the rain moved in. We never did have those thunderstorms. I was looking forward to those. Oh well, it is not like we won’t have thunderstorms in the future lol.
I been reorganizing my RS/Photography bag. I was able to fit more stuff in it. I also added a hidden tracker in it, in case it gets stolen. I went through it and found my motion/lightning trigger device. It did not work before, but I am going to try it out again this year, maybe it was operator error before. So wish me luck. I am hoping to get some bad azz lightning photos this year. We did not have many storms in 2017, I am hoping 2018 will be better.
I am making plans to go chasing in the Midwest this year. Nothing is set in stone yet. I am talking with a few chaser friends of mine and we are making plans. No dates are set, probably one the spur of the moment things. We decided it be cheaper to pool together and do a team thing. And use the broker to sell our footage to media outlets to help fund the chases. Like I said, nothing is set in stone yet, so I can not say too much right now, it is in the planning stages still.
Speaking of that topic, I went to our local ARES and SKYWARN meeting on Monday night. it is always a pleasure to attend those. I don’t want to say too much about the meetings, because I am not sure what I can and can not make public. But it was fun seeing everyone in person and I am looking forward to the ARES and SKYWARN in 2018.
If you want to become a part of ARES and/or Skywarn or just learn about ham radio in the Rockford area, CLICK HERE
I was able to get 2 DX stations recently. First one was in Canada, VA3SZ.
The other one was in Venezuela, YV5ENI.
The band conditions have been up and down the last few weeks. So I was excited to get these. They both were 5/9 + on the S levels. 🙂
I am listening to Coast to Coast AM as I type this. I am enjoying the topic tonight. The guest is talking about space! He made a good point that many do not realize. That is when you look up in the sky, almost every star you see has a planet around it. Yes, that is true! Our universe is vast, beyond any imagination. And we are learning more things everyday!
Speaking of space, there is a launch in a few hours! The Falcon 9 Full Thrust, PAZ & Microsat-2a, Microsat-2b is launching just after 8 am this morning. I plan on watching it. I am excited. Yes, I am a huge space geek. They are testing out the starlink, a space based internet service of 4000 satellites! Also a military earth observatory satellite.
SpaceX is targeting a Falcon 9 launch of the PAZ satellite to low-Earth orbit on Wednesday, February 21 from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The instantaneous launch opportunity is at 6:17 a.m. PST, or 14:17 UTC. (8:17 AM CDT) The satellite will be deployed approximately eleven minutes after launch.
Falcon 9’s first stage for the PAZ mission previously supported the FORMOSAT-5 mission from SLC-4E in August 2017. SpaceX will not attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage after launch.
If you are still reading this, thank you 🙂 I will close this out by saying a few things. I hope everyone has a safe and happy Wednesday. Also I highly encourage you to get involved in the ham radio hobby. And also watch the amazing Space-X Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket launch just after 8 am this morning!