[amsat-bb] Re: K5UTD Is On The Air
ke5gdb at gmail.com
Thu Apr 17 19:18:54 PDT 2014
While technically not in Dallas, I will argue that it is partially in
Dallas County. See the image linked below. Our antennas are <100 feet from
Dallas County, according to Google Earth.
The only thing left of TAGER is the TAGER tower, and from what I hear, they
want to take it down. It's sad, as the tower is hosting 1 repeater, and
might be hosting a second in the near future.
Feel free to drop by on our repeater 145.43- 110.9. It's typically used by
K5UTD club members and a few TI guys.
On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM, Glen Zook <gzook at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I just hope their signals are clean! :>) Just joking!
> UTD, actually UTDIRICC (University of Texas, at Dallas, in Richardson, in
> Collin County) is located about 1-mile, straight west, of my house.
> UTD is NOT located in Dallas! It is in Richardson, Texas, former home of
> the "new" corporate headquarters of the Collins Radio Company. UTD
> started as the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies / TAGER (The
> Association for Graduate Engineering Research) and when that facility
> became associated with the University of Texas System, J. Erik Jonsson, the
> top official of TAGER , was the CEO of Texas Instruments and was also a
> former mayor of the City of Dallas. Jonsson insisted that the new
> university be called the University of Texas at Dallas and not, like with
> other University of Texas campuses, be associated with the city in which
> the university is actually located. As such, the university is not the
> University of Texas at Richardson.
> The main university complex is not even in Dallas County! It is in Collin
> Glen, K9STH
> Website: http://k9sth.com
> On Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:16 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner <
> glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:
> In the not so distant past, in a galaxy not so far away, we had college
> satellite night the first Thursday of the month.
> 73, Drew KO4MA
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Apr 17, 2014, at 5:52 PM, Andrew Koenig <ke5gdb at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Nick and Bryce,
> > In another email, Bruce (KK5DO) mentioned trying to get all of the
> > stations on the air for a few passes. Let me know if you'd be
> interested. I
> > suggest we time it somewhere around School Club Roundup.
> >> On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM, Bryce Salmi <bstguitarist at gmail.com>
> >> Hey Andrew!
> >> If your college club is active definitely check out K2GXT (Rochester
> >> Institute of Technology) http://www.rit.edu/sg/amateurradioclub/ as
> >> are very active. Theres a semi-functional satellite station there,
> >> time to finish it was the hardest part. Give them an email! Congrats on
> >> station!
> >> Bryce
> >> KB1LQC
> >>> On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM, Andrew Koenig <ke5gdb at gmail.com>
> >>> Hello Group!
> >>> After about 6 months of work, I'm proud to say that the K5UTD Amateur
> >>> Radio
> >>> Club (University of Texas at Dallas) has finished setting up our
> >>> station. Typically it should take a weekend and a case of beer to get
> >>> job done, but this required a little more planning and involvement as
> >>> had to collect the parts from various people and build several
> >>> on our own; not to mention the fact that we get side-tracked like no
> >>> club. For example, an effort to get the rotor controller resulted in
> >>> moving
> >>> about four truckloads worth of gear.
> >>> We're using an FT-847 for our primary radio, and a Kenpro G-5400 for
> >>> rotor system. We've interfaced the G-5400 to the computer using an
> >>> Arduino.
> >>> It works rather well with GPredict. The final bug in the system has to
> >>> with GPredict talking to the '847, but that should be easily fixed
> with an
> >>> update.
> >>> The antennas are on the roof of our Engineering and Computer Science
> >>> building, about 20 feet off the roof, 70 feet above ground. Out of
> >>> we
> >>> had a GlenMartin RT-936 and the associated non-penetrating mount just
> >>> hanging out in our closet. Carrying the 50 cinder blocks up to the roof
> >>> for
> >>> that mount was not fun though. Coax wise, we have about 20 feet of
> >>> Bury-flex for our initial run, which then feeds some very nice ARR
> >>> preamps.
> >>> The final 200 foot run of coax to the shack is 1/2" Heliax. There are a
> >>> few
> >>> jumpers here in the shack too.
> >>> I was able to make a few contacts through SO-50 today, and plan to be
> >>> active. With the help of DK3WN's SatBlog, I've had no trouble picking
> >>> some cubesats and listening to the beacons and telemetry. Telemetry
> >>> collection is one of the primary goals for this station. Our other
> >>> for this station, aside from having fun on the air, are to get club
> >>> recognition on campus and to work with the William B. Hanson Center for
> >>> Space Sciences on upper atmospheric projects.
> >>> Station photos: http://imgur.com/a/6TGOJ
> >>> Also, if you know a member of the former TI club, give them a hug (or
> >>> handshake) on our behalf. None of the current K5UTD projects could have
> >>> been possible without them.
> >>> 73!
> >>> Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB
> >>> Vice President, K5UTD
> >>> Research Assistant, Center for Space Sciences
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