Skynet 8-28-21 “Origami in Space!” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Origami in Space!”

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Thrill Seekers” (1999)

Join us for another time travel wonder “Thrill Seekers” (1999), tonight at 10:30PM.

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

“Origami in Space!”

Solar Power, Origami-Style

https://www.nasa.gov/jpl/news/origami-style-solar-power-20140814

Origami Solves Space Travel Challenge

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/748739

Origami in Space Engineering

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/learning/origami-in-space-engineering-rediscovering-the-meaning-of-discovery.amp.html

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Astronaut Birthdays

  • August 22, 1932: Gerald Carr (Skylab 4)
  • August 23, 1956: David Wolf (STS-58, STS-86/STS-89 – Mir 24, STS-112, STS-127)
  • August 23, 1967: Dominic Antonelli (STS-119, STS-132)
  • August 24, 1944: Gregory Jarvis (STS-51-L Challenger)
  • August 24, 1946: Richard Richards (STS-28, STS-41, STS-50, STS-64)
  • August 24, 1949: Anna Lee Fisher (STS-51-A) – first mother in space
  • August 24, 1960: Steve Lindsey (STS-87, STS-95, STS-104, STS-121, STS-133)
  • August 24, 1962: Mary Ellen Weber (STS-70, STS-101) – MBA from SMU
  • August 25, 1960: Lee Archambault (STS-117, STS-119)
  • August 25, 1965: Andrew Feustel (STS-125, STS-134, Exp 55/56)
  • August 26, 1932: Joe Engle (3 X-15 flights, STS-2, STS-51-I)
  • August 26, 1942: John Blaha (STS-29, STS-33, STS-43, STS-58, STS-79/STS-81 – Mir 22)
  • August 26, 1959: Kathryn Hire (STS-90, STS-130)
  • August 28, 1960: Leroy Chiao (STS-65, STS-72, STS-92, Exp 10)
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week
Chaz will let us know.
Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

NET Aug. 28/29

Rocket 3.3 • STP-27AD1

Launch window: 2100-0030 GMT on 28th/29th (5:00-8:30 p.m. EDT; 1:00-4:30 p.m. AKDT on 28th)

Launch site: Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska

A commercial small satellite launch vehicle developed by Astra will launch a non-deployable test payload for the U.S. Space Force and the Space Test Program. Scrubbed on Aug. 27. [Aug. 27]

Aug. 29

Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 23

Launch time: 0714 GMT (3:14 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on its third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The flight is the 23rd mission by SpaceX conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Aug. 18. Scrubbed on Aug. 27 by bad weather. [Aug. 27]

Late August

Electron • BlackSky 10 & 11

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Launch Complex 1A, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch two small satellites for BlackSky’s commercial fleet of Earth observation spacecraft. Rocket Lab has nicknamed this mission “Love At First Insight.” [Aug. 23]

September

Falcon 9 • Starlink 2-1

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch on the first dedicated mission with Starlink internet satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base. This mission will deploy an unspecified number of Starlink satellites into a high-inclination orbit. Delayed from July and Aug. 10. [Aug. 15]

Sept. 14

Soyuz • OneWeb 10

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 34 satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. The Soyuz-2.1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Aug. 26. [Aug. 27]

Sept. 15

Falcon 9 • Inspiration4

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the first all-private, all-civilian orbital mission, known as Inspiration4. The mission is organized to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission is commanded by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who will be joined by scientist and educator Sian Proctor, medical officer Hayley Arceneaux, and mission specialist Christopher Sembroski. [March 31]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Unveiling a Century-old Mystery: Where the Milky Way’s Cosmic Rays Come From

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210823085632.htm

Milky Way Cosmic Rays (Artist’s Conception)

https://www.techexplorist.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/grb.jpg

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.

Tiangong

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=48274&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

Sept. 5

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=48274&mjd=59463.093924966&type=V

Sept. 6

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=48274&mjd=59464.117124379&type=V

X-37B

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=45606&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

Aug. 31

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=45606&mjd=59458.0872163671&type=V

Sept. 2

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=45606&mjd=59460.0732520673&type=V

Hubble Space Telescope

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=20580&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

Aug. 29

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=20580&mjd=59455.4337068597&type=V

Aug. 30

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=20580&mjd=59456.426482811&type=V

Envisat

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=27386&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

Aug. 31

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=27386&mjd=59457.4710995885&type=V

Sept. 5

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=27386&mjd=59462.4807172437&type=V

Skynet 8-21-21 “What is Wormhole Theory?” & Constellation “Lyra the Harp” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “What is Wormhole Theory?” & Constellation “Lyra the Harp” 

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Timestalkers” (1987)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

DARC Lecture and Lab August 2021

These are the easy-to-build cores of the 1:1 balun and 1:49 transformer you’ll be assembling.

Join the DARC for Lecture and Lab August 28th, 2021 from 11am until 2 pm Central Time virtually via Google Meet. (The virtual meeting ID/Link is always on the W5FC event calendar) You will get to build two easy kits: a 1:1 choke balun and a 49:1 impedance transformer. Both will be enclosed in waterproof PVC enclosures and neither kit will require precision soldering. The balun will be constructed to hang below the center of your dipole, and the transformer will be set up for use at one end of an end-fed half-wave antenna. To pick up your kit, you will need to come to the front parking lot of the Dallas Medical Center on August 21st, 2021 from 10:30 – 11:30 to pick up your kit from the Dallas Medical Center parking lot from Tony, NT5TM.

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Skynet 8-14-21 “Enterprise Has Wings” & “Constellation Sagittarius” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Enterprise Has Wings” & “Constellation Sagittarius the Centaur” 

Net Control: Tom KE5ICX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:  “Stargate Continuum” (2008) 

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

DARC In-Person Club and Board Meetings Postponed

notice

The DARC Board has been monitoring the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the DFW Metroplex and the surrounding areas.  Given the resurgence and the demographics of our organization, your health and safety remain our utmost concern.  After an emergency meeting of the Board on Thursday Aug 12, 2021 at 7pm it was decided that all in-person Club and Board meetings will be virtual until the Jan 4, 2022 meeting.   The DARC will continue on with virtual Board and Club meetings using Google Meet until that date.  Details of the virtual meetings and links to join those meetings will continue to be posted on the club calendar. If there are any questions or comments please let us know at: https://w5fc.org/contact/

Skynet 7-31-21 “Chaz Tells All!” & Constellation Ophiuchus” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Chaz Tells All!” & “Ophiuchus, the Snake Handler” 

Net Control: Chaz KF5JHA

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “The 27th Day” (1957) 

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Skynet 7-24-21 “NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program” & Constellation “Serpens, the Snake 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program” & “Constellation Serpens, the Snake” 

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Name of the Game: L.A. 2017”

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

Skynet 7-17-21 “The Sky is Falling: Space Debris” & Constellation “Hercules: The Strong Man” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Sky is Falling: Space Debris” & Constellation “Hercules: The Strong Man” 

Net Control:  Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Blood on the Brazos” (2006) & Special Topic: Are SF Movies Just Space Westerns”

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

“The Sky is Falling!: Space Debris”

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/Debris-GEO 1280.jpg

The “New Carolina Windom”

Simplified diagram of a New Carolina Windom AntennaN. T. “Len” Carlson, K4IWL was a long-time DARC member before he retired to Florida, and his article about his favorite multi-band antenna was a popular page on our old website. I’ve looked in the club archives and found his paper for your reading—and on-air—pleasure.

Multi-band antennas can be very tricky to build and tune, but if you put in the effort required to adjust them, you can have a lot of fun.

Have a look at his article here.