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December 13, 2014

2014 Geminids Meteor Shower

December 12, 2014

This is what it is like to shoot from inside the International Space Station

November 30, 2014

My preferred camera for night imaging
Read this person's review of the new Canon 7D MKII

April 17, 2014

COSMOS ODYSSEY - The Journeys of an Astrophotographer - a time lapse project for 5 years

April 14, 2014

Starting this evening, the net will be moved to 1 hour later due to Summertime Propagation

Amateur Radio-Developed Software Assisting in Search for Missing Airliner

US Navy personnel helping to look for missing Malaysia Air Flight MH370 have used the signal-processing and analysis package Spectrum Laboratory by Wolf Buescher, DL4YHF, to analyze recently detected 37.5 kHz "pings" that may be from the missing plane's "black box." Some Spectrum Laboratory screen shots as seen aboard the Australian defense vessel Ocean Shield were shown on TV in Australia and in the UK. The US Navy personnel are guests aboard the Australian ship. VLF experimenter Warren Ziegler, K2ORS, said the software is the same package Amateur Radio experimenters used recently to detect transatlantic signals on 29 kHz. "Wolf's package is first-rate software, and I know that there have been other professional uses, but this was quite an interesting one!" Ziegler said. The software began as a simple DOS-based FFT program, but it is now a specialized audio analyzer, filter, frequency converter, hum filter, data logger, and more. It's available for download from DL4YHF's Amateur Radio Software site. Buescher said he was skeptical about the initial "ping" detection by a Chinese search vessel, but later called the spectrogram taken by the US team aboard Ocean Shield "convincing." He said a screenshot from Australian TV clearly shows the "bip-bip-bip" ultrasonic bursts or pings, "just as they should look," he said, rather than a "just a wobbly carrier that comes and goes." "In slow-CW terms, it would be an 'outstanding signal.'" Buescher said. "Now keeping fingers crossed that the ["black box"] batteries last a bit longer than specified. The experts say the pinger's battery usually degrades slowly, instead of going QRT abruptly." At mid-week, searchers had detected additional, more promising pings that appeared to conform to the pattern of those expected from an aircraft black box. TV video of an analyst looking at "pings" using Spectrum Laboratory, as seen on Australian TV. A Spectrum Laboratory screen shot from British television

September 25, 2013

2013 WestLcht Camera Auction to Include Heavily-Modified Nikon NASA Camera
(Click on camera for the link)

September 13, 2013

How Triggertrap Met NASA.

September 7, 2013

We will be moving the net time back to it's regular 7PM CT, 8PM ET
beginning September 17th. (00:00Z) .

August 20, 2013

Astronauts Astounding ISS Mission Photos.

July 30, 2013

Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour.

June 20, 2013

Here's what's left of Rich's Trailer after it was rear-ended by a Cadillac Escalade
(The Cady was doing 85 miles an hour in the 'breakdown" lane!).

June 12, 2013

I thought you'd like to join this lass in the ISS.

February 23, 2013

I found this pic of Nikon Cameras hanging out in the ISS and thought you guys would like it, Ken. Sorry it runs over to the right but I didn't want to make it any smaller.

February 20, 2013

Desert Moon Observatory

December 29, 2012

Allied Radio Catalogs

Radio Shack Catalogs

October 31, 2012

FA18 extended view of Space Shuttle Endeavour's flyover Southern California

October 28, 2012

Cowboys of the Sky

August 26, 2012

Inspirational Photos by Neil Armstrong

August 25, 2012

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

August 21, 2012

Detail of Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover with tread pattern...

August 13, 2012

Life Magazine August 4, 1952

March 21, 2012

A Debt We Need to Remember
I think all of the Arufon Gang would enjoy these photos. Look up in the top right hand area of that website for the menu for even more work.

August 21, 2011

Colleagues and Abductees Give Thanks and Pay Tribute to **Budd Hopkins*

I'd like to thank Budd on behalf of all the people in the ARUFON Net (the Amateur Radio UFO Net). Over the years Budd's name has been synonymous with abduction research as one of the original people who approached this complex and sometimes frustrating subject with honesty, dignity and without any preconceived notions. His tireless efforts will be appreciated worldwide by ufologists for decades to come. No matter what the future holds for ufology, Budd Hopkins' name will always be remembered as one of the very first pioneers who treated the subject of abduction with respect and objectivity.

Please know you will always be missed Budd...Thank you again.

*-- Rich Vitello - W1RV on behalf of the Amateur Radio UFO Net*

Dennis, K9VMY, gets around. Here he is with Ron N8NIX at the Chicago FM Club (CFMC) Hamfest in Belvidere. IL, Sept 10, 2011

Dennis, K9VMY, met Rich, W1RV at Dayton Hamvention.
He shares the photos below
Dennis and Rich, then Rich and Chip Marjelli, K7JA

Join us on USTREAM when the bands are dead!

May 30, 2011 | By: Ken, KB9I

Join us Tuesdays & Saturdays at 0100 Zulu on 3.9777 Mhz LSB.

7 PM Central

When HF is dead, connect with us here on USTREAM

Within a minute or so you should start to see the video and hear audio from the ARUFON net live being broadcast from my rig (W1RV)

The video (at least for now) is a picture of the S meter on the Yaesu FT1000D it's frequency display, the time (EST), the date, day of the week, indoor and outdoor temperature (both Celsius and Fahrenheit) an ARUFON sign as well as my call sign and name. Oh, and there's a picture of my assistant operator too.

I try to provide the best possible audio and video. First reproduction is largely based on atmospheric propagation and QRM (Interference from other ham stations) that the Yaesu FT1000D is actually hearing.
Secondly I can only monitor the Internet broadcast either locally or what is going out via the USTREAM server. What you see and hear at your end will be based on many factors.
Perhaps the most important is the type of connection you have locally to the Internet. Those with high speed Internet connections are most likely going to get much better results than those with dial up etc.

There is also a text based live keyboard to keyboard conference board. You can log into it using your call sign and/or name. This allows using without the ability to broadcast on the air to at least talk with one another.

Anyway, enjoy and hope to hear you on the ARUFON Net.

Note: Here's an audio link to News Radio 08/30/10. Astronomers at the University of Iowa are learning that the sun is more unique that we used to believe. The key tool in their research is a massive radio telescope. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen visited the observatory in this Radio Field Trip to eastern Iowa.

Official report of the Belgian Air Force sightings that took place in 1989

Here's an exerpt from Kean’s book, “UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record”

NICAP has the abbreviated version of Shag Harbour. It's Chapter 5 in my book, Maritime UFO Files. The book about the Shag Harbour sighting is called Dark Object authored by myself and Chris Styles. It's still out.
The Shag Harbour Incident began about 11:20pm on the evening of Wednesday, October 4, 1967 with the search action going on until officially discontinued at 8:00pm local on Sunday, October 9.
My site is www.donledger.com and you can make your way through to some of the docs from the cover page.
I also webmaster the sites www.shagharbourufo.com or www.shagharborufo.com (for those who don't like the "U" in Shag Harbour) and these are limited to advertizing the seminar in Shag Harbour this year on Aug. 6 and 7.

Don Ledger

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