Reasons why you should always carry a roll when heading into space, and how useful it truly is. Great read.
I have always been interested in the shuttle missions. There is, I guess a natural curiosity about anything to do with space. I’ve observed a few launches that passed through the sky’s over Ireland. I saw STS-127 on the launchpad, and then streaking across the sky over Ireland. What I hadn’t done (before yesterday) is listen to voice communications from the Orbiter directly. I’ve tried a few times, but not really persisted.
Yesterday at approximately 09:30 I snagged the following Audio Clip on 259.7MHz AM. Suffice it to say, it made my day. Many thanks to the Hearsat folks for putting up with my dumb questions. Also I must agree with Hugh, it was probably the prettiest launch I’ve ever seen.
Interesting report from Bruce Hepburn, ZR6BDH, who has just returned from Haiti as part of the South African Rescue Team. He outlines the teams role, their own communications, what range he had with his HF Radio and simple antenna set up.