I’m out at Plumbrook Station today with a SignalHound spectrum analyzer borrowed from the RF/comm lab. As part of my summer work at NASA Glenn Research Center, I’m helping some of the other interns test a communications system for a balloonsat we’re planning to launch in mid-July. The methods we developed for spectrum recording during last year’s eclipse are very useful here – as are the handheld transceivers we’re using to talk between the payload and ground station.
Slightly drizzly day at the Farm, but we’re all set with radios, antennas and snacks. We’ll be here through tomorrow at 5. Come and visit us!
Quite nearly ready for tomorrow! Four antennae and two operating positions strung and deployed. There’s a little left to be done tomorrow but not much, mostly installing the batteries, solar panels, and antenna tuner. Much thanks to alumnus Jim K8MR for his full day of help, expert advice, and loaning of antennas. Several of those wires were deployed at the farm for W8EDU Field Days 30 years ago.
Here’s a video of our portable station in action, thanks to the work of Nathaniel KB1QHX. Join us for Field Day this weekend, where we’ll be putting it to good use.
It’s that time again. We have a Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/events/2079361662093580/] for this year’s Field Day celebration out at CWRU’s Squire Valleevue Farm; spread the word! Please post here or on the Facebook page if you’re interested in joining us for the event.