[amsat-bb] Re: Transit of Venus event 5/6 June (DSTAR)

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Jun 5 04:55:48 PDT 2012

FOr the Transit of Venus Event:

Event stations may join on DSTAR use reflector 1 CHARLIE.  CHeck in and tell us how it is going.  SOmeone please keep a written log of contacts?


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon,  4 Jun 2012 19:10:51 -0400 (EDT)
>From: <bruninga at usna.edu>  
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Transit of Venus event 5/6 June  
>To: "Bob Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu>,amsat-bb at amsat.org
>Cc: "'TAPR APRS Mailing List'" <aprssig at tapr.org>
>Transit of Venus Special Event, 5/6 June 2012:
>For the 7th time in Human history and last time this century, Venus will pass in front of the sun on 6 June 2012.  We are encouraging hams to join up with astronomers and observers in public places to share in this event.  It is observable worldwide except the center of the Atlantic (eastern S.America and western Africa)  Everywhere else can see parts of it.  It lasts 5+ hours and is fully visible around the Pacific Rim. In the Usa it is late afternoon on the 5th towards sunset.
>All previous centuries were before the discovery of radio and so sailing ships were dispatched around the globe to time the event.  From these times, the size of the Solar System could be calculated.  It took months if not years to get the data back.  Now we can do it in 0.05 seconds with Ham radio.
>See if you can contact hams at other Transit of Venus sites from your public observing site.  Here are the suggested calling frequencies.  We don't want contest-style pileups nor home stations.  We just want a place where similar public setups can contact like minded other public viewing sites via ham radio and make their reports.
>See the web page:  http://aprs.org/VenusTransit2012.html
>We are suggesting these calling frequencies:
>40 Meters -  7180 KHz
>20 Meters - 14240 KHz
>17 Meters - 18140 KHz
>15 Meters - 21240 KHz
>12 Meters - 24940 KHz
>10 Meters - 28340 KHz
>VHF - Join the global APRS message reflector "CQ VENUS" to exchange live APRS messages with all other participants.  To do this, send APRS msg to CQSRVR with the first words of your message CQ VENUS ... and your text.  You can send up to one messae each 30 minutes.  For details, see the web page.
>Bob Bruninga, WB4APR (will be observing in Japan with a Japanese callsign JH1IBN-7 from Kyoto.

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