Tech Net News 08-03-2019

Artist’s impression of a super-hot Neptune, received over HF from the VOA.

Our next club meeting on August 6th, 2019, will feature a presentation on RTTY by our very own Club Secretary, Ken Hansen, N2VIP.

The contest calendar has got one notable event, the 10-10 International Summer QSO Party.

As we look forward to the heat breaking at the end of summer, there are a couple of public service events coming up. The DARC would love to have your help with the Lifewalk, and the Plano club would appreciate your participation at the Balloon Festival.

Remember, you don’t need advance permission to bring announcements, news from the world of ham radio, or news from the world of science to Tech Net—and the net needs your contributions!

In news from the world of ham radio:

Hams assisted with the response to a rare tornado event on Cape Cod.

SKYLAB astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, is currently being honored with special SSTV transmissions from the ISS. Listen in now–—this event will be ending mid-day tomorrow.

Be careful when working on towers! One ham is dead and another is seriously injured after climbing a tilt-over tower in New Hampshire.

N3FJP will be making special free software available for the 150th birthday celebration of Hiram Percy Maxim (you know, the famous race car driver) that starts at the end of the month.

In news from the world of science:

Remember, your news stories are welcome!  I don’t have as much time as I used to to write Tech Net announcements, and anything you can bring will be appreciated by everyone who listens to the net. My first news story is courtesy of the VOA Radiogram, a fun, digital shortwave program from the Voice of America that you’d probably enjoy listening to.

Astronomers have spotted a new kind of planet: a Neptune-sized world sitting scorchingly close to its star. It could be in the midst of transforming from a hot, puffy gas giant to a naked rocky core, astronomer James Jenkins reported July 29
at the TESS Science Conference at MIT.

Paleontologists carefully re-analyzing fossils that were found right here at the Big Bend National Park in Texas have found a new-species of duck-billed dinosaur. This new hadrosaurid, Aquilarhinus palimentus, is unusually old and should help us to understand more about how billed dinosaurs (but not ducks!) evolved.



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