As Above…

traditional morse code goodbye is “73”.

that is –… …–  or dah-dah-di-di-dit di-di-dit-dah-dah.

say it fast.

nobody really knows the meaning, but the usage and rhythm i always think:

“As Above So Below”.

As Above,

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So Below

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maybe rain?

signs pointing to some rain in the next days, fingers crossed, bellows squeezed….

NOAA 19 northbound 78E at 11 Oct 2016 22:21:26 GMT on 137.10MHz, HVC-precip enhancement, Normal projection, Channel A: 2 (near infrared), Channel B: 4 (thermal infrared)

NOAA 19 northbound 78E at 11 Oct 2016 22:21:26 GMT on 137.10MHz, HVC-precip enhancement, Normal projection, Channel A: 2 (near infrared), Channel B: 4 (thermal infrared)

ISS SSTV catch

on the wrong antenna, i can still get decent pics from the International Space Station SSTV transmissions.  i guess this is a short-time-trial thing, rumor is they will be sending live pics in the future?

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best catch, Yuri G !!!

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my dream woman, astronaut, playing with ham radio in orbit <swoon>.

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this would have been a great catch, but was near direct overhead pass, and vertical antenna is deaf straight up :(

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fading pass, serious doppler shift makes the frame drag to the right.

 

ADS-B receiver, contrail tracking

i’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, get some data on contrails/chemtrails.  using dump1090 running on debian on an old laptop, and mono to run VirtualRadar, now have visual tracking of ADS-B pinging airplanes.  next step, point the outside webcam to look at the sky, use motion to motion track, and log sky pics ref by the dump1090 tracking.  there is real science behind contrails, it’s a pressure/temp/humidity thing, and i can cull that data online (winds aloft and radiosondes example).

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do you believe in “chemtrails”?

what do you think they are spraying?

what do you think they are doing it for?

do you have any evidence for or against?

 

 

RTL-SDR, dump1090, VirtualRadar, and Sofia

having a lot of fun watching the air traffic.  i loaded dump1090 onto a debian machine, plugged in an RTL-SDR usb dongle, a hacked coax 1/4 wave vertical, and bam, we got all sorts of fun info about the planes flying over.  here’s the raw dump from dump1090

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then, using mono to run VirtualRadar, can see from other machines browser live updating with tracks, and net lookups of the tail numbers.  i can only “see” about 10-30 miles out, so very lucky to be looking at it just the right time…..

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…..and then along comes SOFIA, the NASA flying telescope.  Yes, they open a door on the side, the back section is de-pressurized, so to have a clear view of the heavens.  the Ultimate Convertible, no?

and a double check against the pro’s,

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so, who read all the way down here, and want’s to hear about the CHP Ghost C-130 flying circles over Folsom Lake?

 

 

Summer Block is Back

soaring record temps across the western US, guess what kids, the Rex Block is Back.  2 incoming systems have bounced already, and looks like the next will have a hard time getting over the high pressure too.

NOAA 19 northbound 79E at 08 Feb 2016 21:59:51 GMT on 137.10MHz, MSA enhancement, Normal projection, Channel A: 2 (near infrared), Channel B: 4 (thermal infrared)

NOAA 19 northbound 79E at 08 Feb 2016 21:59:51 GMT on 137.10MHz, MSA enhancement, Normal projection, Channel A: 2 (near infrared), Channel B: 4 (thermal infrared)

the wrap around results in some serious vortex activity on the east coast, here can see the curve over washington state over B.C., dives back down into the midwest, and spills out over the atlantic, creating an intense low pressure spiral.  That should have been rain for us, but the human heat is already summer levels.

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even the big ships don’t scale well https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/02/08/4000-passenger-cruise-ship-inexplicably-sails-into-atlantic-mega-storm/

 

Clear Signal, Cold Tops

my satellite reception is plagued by noisy power lines nearby.  but every so often, the pass times when the grow-lights up the road are not on, and the cloud tops are cold enough, that the color enhancement mode works.  expect tornadoes when this upper level cold trough makes it over the ridges.

notice how the signal was clear enough only for 20-45 latitude.   also of note, the system cloud line extends from well south into Baja, all the way north to Alaska.

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