Tag: NOAA

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1085

This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1085 Release Date: December 14, 2019 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Paul Kolacki, K2FX, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Will Rogers, […]

Space Weather Update: Welcome GOES-16!

Sharp eyes might have noticed a very abrupt drop on the solar X-rays graph today. What happened to the Sun? It went into cardiac arrest? Nope. Today, December 9, the NOAA SWPC has switched to GOES-16 as the primary satellite for geostationary space weather observations. GOES-16 was launched on 19 November 2016 and is the […]

Space Weather Update: Official Solar Cycle 25 Forecast Update

The NOAA/NASA Solar Cycle prediction panel has issued an official statement yesterday with news about the upcoming Solar Cycle 25. The most notable bit of information is that we likely haven’t passed solar minimum yet. The panel predicts solar minimum to occur in April, 2020 with an uncertainty range of +/- 6 months. The panel […]

via the ARRL: National Hurricane Center’s WX4NHC will be On the Air for Annual Station Test

WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, will be on the air for the annual station test on Saturday, May 26, 1300 until 2100 UTC. This will be the station’s 38th year of public service at the NHC. The purpose of the annual event is to test Amateur Radio […]

via the ARRL: Kenneth Graham, WX4KEG, Tapped as Next National Hurricane Center Director

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has named Kenneth Graham, WX4KEG, to head the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Preparations at the NHC continue ahead of the 2018 hurricane season, which begins on June 1. Graham will pick up the reins from Deputy/Acting Director Ed Rappaport on April 1. “It’s an honor and […]

via the ARRL: NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings

NOAA is once again considering ending North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine storm warning announcements at minutes 8, 9, and 10 of each hour on WWV, and minutes 48, 49, 50, and 51 of WWVH. Submit questions, comments, or concerns about this proposed change with “NIST MARINE WARNING” in the subject line no later than February 23, […]

via the ARRL: SKYWARN Recognition Day Webinar Set for November 27

A free webinar, “What is SKYWARN™ Recognition Day and how can you participate?” will take place on November 27 at 8 PM EST (0100 UTC on November 28). Register online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar SRD this year takes place on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening […]

via the ARRL: RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Scrubbed Again, but More Foxes are on the Way!

The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff. “The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 […]

via the ARRL: SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2

A heads up: SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio […]

Space Weather Prediction Center Upgrades Geomagnetic Storm Watch to G3 (Strong)

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has upgraded its geomagnetic storm watch for today and tomorrow (September 6 and 7) to G3 (Strong). “The G3 Watch is in anticipation of the expected arrival of a coronal mass ejection (CME) that took place in association with an M5 flare,” the SWPC said. The Center said its […]

via the ARRL: Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued for August 4

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for August 4, and a G1 (minor) watch for August 5. “A coronal hole high-speed stream, originating from a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole…is likely to cause geomagnetic storming at the G2 level on 4 August 2017, and at the G1 […]

via HACKADAY: Old Rabbit Ears Optimized for Weather Satellite Downlink

Communicating with a satellite seems like something that should take a lot of equipment. A fancy antenna and racks full of receivers, filters, and amplifiers would seem to be the entry-level suite of gear. But listening to a weather satellite with an old pair of rabbit ears and an SDR dongle? That’s a thing too. […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #949

This Week in Amateur Radio #949 Week of May 6, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR949 Running Time: 1:05:08 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #948 with a release and air date of Saturday, April 29, 2017. This weeks program was produced and edited by George […]

NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings

NOAA is considering ending the North Atlantic and North Pacific marine storm warning announcements at minutes 8, 9, and 10 for WWV, and at minutes 48, 49, 50, and 51 for WWVH. Termination would be on October 1, 2017. NOAA wants to hear from as many interested parties as possible. Comments need to be received […]

Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Take Part in 2017 Caribbean Tsunami Exercise

As they have done in past years, radio amateurs in Puerto Rico took part in the Caribe Wave tsunami exercise on March 21. Tsunami Preparedness Week was March 19-25 for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Caribe Wave is the annual tsunami exercise of the UNESCO Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the […]

Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm In Progress, G2 Warning Extended

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports a moderate (G2) level geomagnetic storm is in progress. The G2 threshold was reached on March 27 at 1948 UTC. SWPC forecasters have extended the G2 Geomagnetic Storm Warning until March 28 at 0300 UTC, as coronal hole high-speed stream effects continue to influence Earth. A large, Earth-facing […]

via HACKADAY: Junkyard Dish Mount Tracks Weather Satellites

There’s a magnificent constellation of spacecraft in orbit around Earth right now, many sending useful data back down to the surface in the clear, ready to be exploited. Trouble is, it often takes specialized equipment that can be a real budget buster. But with a well-stocked scrap bin, a few strategic eBay purchases, and a […]