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(Gizmodo)   1400 amateur radio buffs say "Hi" in Morse code to NASA's Juno spacecraft passing by on its way to Jupiter. Here's what it sounded like   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 60
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2013-12-11 04:19:00 PM
www.qsl.net
 
2013-12-11 04:19:13 PM
 
2013-12-11 04:23:24 PM
Well, now that I know that they heard us, I'll be expecting that friggin' QSL card.

/Probably being sent VIA BURO.
 
2013-12-11 04:35:12 PM
I'm surprised at how accurate Loony Toons and Tom & Jerry were at replicating the sounds of space.
 
2013-12-11 04:43:59 PM
I was expecting the beginning of Planet Claire.
 
db2
2013-12-11 04:49:38 PM
So basically, the first 10 minutes or so of this game?

i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-11 04:57:49 PM
HAM radio guys, making RPG players seem cool by comparison since 1974
 
2013-12-11 04:59:41 PM

NuttierThanEver: HAM radio guys, making RPG players seem cool by comparison since 1974


Wait:  Talking to an interplanetary spacecraft isn't cool?  I don't want to live in such a world where that's not thought of as cool.
 
2013-12-11 05:04:06 PM

dittybopper: NuttierThanEver: HAM radio guys, making RPG players seem cool by comparison since 1974

Wait:  Talking to an interplanetary spacecraft isn't cool?  I don't want to live in such a world where that's not thought of as cool.


If you had a choice in the matter of worlds, it probably wouldn't be very cool.
 
2013-12-11 05:11:10 PM
hi...hi...hello...howdy...welcome to fark...hi...hello...you'll get over it...hi...hi...
 
2013-12-11 05:19:38 PM

Confabulat: dittybopper: NuttierThanEver: HAM radio guys, making RPG players seem cool by comparison since 1974

Wait:  Talking to an interplanetary spacecraft isn't cool?  I don't want to live in such a world where that's not thought of as cool.

If you had a choice in the matter of worlds, it probably wouldn't be very cool.


You're right, it would be hot!
 
2013-12-11 05:44:42 PM
operationrainfall.com

Saori says Hi.
 
2013-12-11 05:47:46 PM
Ohai! X 1400?
 
2013-12-11 05:50:29 PM
Someone should orbit a Cubesat that spits out Morse code renditions of lines from 2010, Alien Nation, Independence Day, etc.
 
2013-12-11 05:51:46 PM

dittybopper: I was one of those amateurs:

http://www.fark.com/comments/7968362/Not-news-A-NASA-spacecraft-is-g oi ng-to-fly-by-Earth-today-News-NASA-wants-ham-radio-operators-to-transm it-to-it-FARK-In-Morse-code


LOL, I was just checking in to see if you, specifically, were a part of this. I remember you mentioning the signifigance of your handle 2-3 weeks ago.

Very cool...
 
2013-12-11 06:43:35 PM
I wonder if Joe Walsh was one? His hobby is amateur radio.

i88.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-11 07:06:06 PM
MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!
 
2013-12-11 07:18:35 PM
files.qrz.com
 
2013-12-11 07:27:58 PM

db2: So basically, the first 10 minutes or so of this game?

[i.imgur.com image 512x448]


Metroid, and to a lesser extent Contra, are what I miss most about the days of NES.
 
2013-12-11 07:30:54 PM

dittybopper: I was one of those amateurs:

http://www.fark.com/comments/7968362/Not-news-A-NASA-spacecraft-is-g oi ng-to-fly-by-Earth-today-News-NASA-wants-ham-radio-operators-to-transm it-to-it-FARK-In-Morse-code


Fast forward a couple of years:

www.unmuseum.org

"THANKS A LOT, DITTYBOPPER!"

/Seriously, though:  very cool
 
2013-12-11 07:45:31 PM

reddfrogg: [operationrainfall.com image 850x478]

Saori says Hi.


I keep associating that show with World of Tanks. Is that normal?
 
2013-12-11 08:25:29 PM

dittybopper: I was one of those amateurs:

http://www.fark.com/comments/7968362/Not-news-A-NASA-spacecraft-is-g oi ng-to-fly-by-Earth-today-News-NASA-wants-ham-radio-operators-to-transm it-to-it-FARK-In-Morse-cod


Good, your here already. Was going to have to page yo.u
 
2013-12-11 09:09:44 PM
I love amateur radio! How else would I know what medications Tom in Fresno is taking?
 
2013-12-11 09:53:26 PM
I have a ham license..  I got it when I was a teenager.  I had some fun with it.

Then the internet happened...  Suddenly, talking to people all over the world just didn't seem interesting anymore.
 
2013-12-11 10:11:36 PM

dittybopper: NuttierThanEver: HAM radio guys, making RPG players seem cool by comparison since 1974

Wait:  Talking to an interplanetary spacecraft isn't cool?  I don't want to live in such a world where that's not thought of as cool.


Next up......women
 
2013-12-11 10:17:37 PM
Well it didn't sound like guys losing their virginity I can tell you that.
 
2013-12-11 10:21:13 PM

Nightjars: I have a ham license..  I got it when I was a teenager.  I had some fun with it.

Then the internet happened...  Suddenly, talking to people all over the world just didn't seem interesting anymore.


And yet, here you are on Fark.
 
2013-12-11 10:25:19 PM

dittybopper: I was one of those amateurs:


I wanted to, but had to work and lacked a mobile rig.
 
2013-12-11 11:40:15 PM
hi?
.... ..

/bunch o' dits
/WY5V
 
2013-12-11 11:45:27 PM
... --- ...
 
2013-12-12 02:57:49 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Well it didn't sound like guys losing their virginity I can tell you that.


I'll probably be still chuckling about this tomorrow.  Low hanging fruit I guess, but it really struck me.
 
2013-12-12 07:16:45 AM

knbwhite: Quantum Apostrophe: Well it didn't sound like guys losing their virginity I can tell you that.

I'll probably be still chuckling about this tomorrow.  Low hanging fruit I guess, but it really struck me.


Here's a data point for you:  Didn't have much luck with the ladies when I was a younger lad.  Got my ham radio license in 1990.  Met my future wife in 1992.  Moved in together in 1993.  Got married in 1995.  Still married, 18 years later, and still together after 21 years, with no sign of that ever changing.

While the distaffbopper will probably deny it, I think she likes it when I pound out "CQ" in Morse, if you get my drift.
 
2013-12-12 07:34:58 AM

dittybopper: Nightjars: I have a ham license..  I got it when I was a teenager.  I had some fun with it.

Then the internet happened...  Suddenly, talking to people all over the world just didn't seem interesting anymore.

And yet, here you are on Fark.


Let me just expand upon this a bit.

First, think about the billions of dollars worth of installed infrastructure that it takes to talk to someone on the other side of the World over the internet.

Now imagine two stations with nothing between them but the ionosphere.

Bit different, isn't it?

Besides which, if I were you, I'd look into getting back into ham radio just for the technical challenges.  It definitely isn't the same as it was back when you were in high school.  Sure, you *CAN* do the old fashioned stuff if you want.  I still do, because I enjoy it, similar to how I enjoy shooting a flintlock when I could more conveniently use a modern rifle to hunt and target shoot.

But ham radio and computers have a very symbiotic relationship, and always have.  Hams were doing wireless networking back in the 1980's, long before WiFi was invented.

Today, you can do some pretty amazing things with ham radio.  For instance, just by installing some software on my laptop at home, and building a dirt simple cable to go between the sound card of that laptop and my 40 year old ham radio, I have access to e-mail and (text only) web browsing from pretty much anywhere on the surface of the Earth.

For example, I could be in the middle of the Pacific ocean on a boat, and as long as I had electrical power to run the computer and the radio, you could send an e-mail to me at [my callsign]@winlink.org, and I would get it.  And I could send you e-mails back.  Even if you don't have a ham radio license.

How cool is that?

There is a *BUNCH* of stuff that's exciting out there.

Another example:  Several of the standard 802.11 WiFi channels are in the 9 Centimeter ham band.  This has led to hams experimenting with high-power, long range WiFi:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinternet

Then there is stuff like software defined radios, where the RF parts are controlled by software which define what the radio does.

VOIP is another thing that hams are doing:  Connecting repeaters or their individual VHF/UHF stations with ones on the other side of the country, or World, via the internet.

In short, it's definitely not your father's ham radio anymore.
 
2013-12-12 07:45:12 AM

linuxpyro: dittybopper: I was one of those amateurs:

I wanted to, but had to work and lacked a mobile rig.


I happened to be working from home that day, so I was right next to the rig.   I do have a 10 meter rig in the car, and I regularly contact people in Morse with it while I'm driving, but I wouldn't have been able to do it from the car, because you had to key down and up on a precise schedule.

In fact, I didn't even *KNOW* about it until that day.  I was "reading the mail" on 20 Meter PSK when one of the hams mentioned they were going to be doing that later on.
 
2013-12-12 08:15:13 AM
 
2013-12-12 10:00:20 AM

dittybopper: knbwhite: Quantum Apostrophe: Well it didn't sound like guys losing their virginity I can tell you that.

I'll probably be still chuckling about this tomorrow.  Low hanging fruit I guess, but it really struck me.

Here's a data point for you:  Didn't have much luck with the ladies when I was a younger lad.  Got my ham radio license in 1990.  Met my future wife in 1992.  Moved in together in 1993.  Got married in 1995.  Still married, 18 years later, and still together after 21 years, with no sign of that ever changing.

While the distaffbopper will probably deny it, I think she likes it when I pound out "CQ" in Morse, if you get my drift.


Ham radio - helping nerds develop social skills since 1912. I just got licensed in 2012, and I've been loving it. I've already gotten 140 confirmed countries, and the triple-play WAS award. There are still less than 1000 of those awarded. I think it's because of the rare combination of someone old-fashioned enough to do CW, and newfangled enough to do digital in the same person. To me, DXing (trying to contact as many of the 340 current "dx entities"- roughly, countries, as you can) is the world's most interesting video (audio?) game. A select few have "collected them all", a lifetime accomplishment.

You wrote a good defense of modern ham radio above, but I'll add that many of the technological advances in the last 100 years, up to this very day, are made by hams, including Wozniak with personal computers, to cite a pertinent example, one of many. The thing is, you can talk to these nerds every day, without an introduction. It amazed me how many things are still being done by hams. I'm sure most cell phone RF geeks are hams, and of course the TV and Radio broadcast guys all were, wifi, etc., etc. The interesting thing is that hams have all this technology (mobile phones were just a logical adaptation of repeaters and handheld radios, which have been around forever) years before anyone else. I counted the other day, and realized that while I have a mobile ham radio in my car, which counts as one, I already had 25 other radios in the car, including the three cell phones that were there at the time carried by myself and passengers, each of which has bluetooth, wifi, cellular, and GPS. And that's counting cellular as one, where it's probably two or three with the different bands.
 
2013-12-12 10:00:49 AM

dittybopper: Well, now that I know that they heard us, I'll be expecting that friggin' QSL card.

/Probably being sent VIA BURO.


i was a 3 land sorter - i'm sorry.
 
2013-12-12 10:19:44 AM

W C Feels: It amazed me how many things are still being done by hams. I'm sure most cell phone RF geeks are hams, and of course the TV and Radio broadcast guys all were, wifi, etc., etc. The interesting thing is that hams have all this technology (mobile phones were just a logical adaptation of repeaters and handheld radios, which have been around forever) years before anyone else.


I've always said that if you want to see the future of communications, look at the bleeding edge of ham radio now, and make it smaller, faster, and more user friendly, and that's what everyone else will be doing in 15 or 20 years.
 
2013-12-12 10:20:21 AM

asciibaron: dittybopper: Well, now that I know that they heard us, I'll be expecting that friggin' QSL card.

/Probably being sent VIA BURO.

i was a 3 land sorter - i'm sorry.


Heh.  I was joking, of course.
 
2013-12-12 10:58:31 AM

dittybopper: knbwhite: Quantum Apostrophe: Well it didn't sound like guys losing their virginity I can tell you that.

I'll probably be still chuckling about this tomorrow.  Low hanging fruit I guess, but it really struck me.

Here's a data point for you:  Didn't have much luck with the ladies when I was a younger lad.  Got my ham radio license in 1990.  Met my future wife in 1992.  Moved in together in 1993.  Got married in 1995.  Still married, 18 years later, and still together after 21 years, with no sign of that ever changing.

While the distaffbopper will probably deny it, I think she likes it when I pound out "CQ" in Morse, if you get my drift.


hihi, I never thought to do that.

73
 
2013-12-12 11:01:25 AM

dittybopper: linuxpyro: dittybopper: I was one of those amateurs:

I wanted to, but had to work and lacked a mobile rig.

I happened to be working from home that day, so I was right next to the rig.   I do have a 10 meter rig in the car, and I regularly contact people in Morse with it while I'm driving, but I wouldn't have been able to do it from the car, because you had to key down and up on a precise schedule.

In fact, I didn't even *KNOW* about it until that day.  I was "reading the mail" on 20 Meter PSK when one of the hams mentioned they were going to be doing that later on.


Do you do a lot of 20m PSK work?  I wonder if you're in my log...
 
2013-12-12 11:37:48 AM

Smoky Dragon Dish: dittybopper: linuxpyro: dittybopper: I was one of those amateurs:

I wanted to, but had to work and lacked a mobile rig.

I happened to be working from home that day, so I was right next to the rig.   I do have a 10 meter rig in the car, and I regularly contact people in Morse with it while I'm driving, but I wouldn't have been able to do it from the car, because you had to key down and up on a precise schedule.

In fact, I didn't even *KNOW* about it until that day.  I was "reading the mail" on 20 Meter PSK when one of the hams mentioned they were going to be doing that later on.

Do you do a lot of 20m PSK work?  I wonder if you're in my log...


Not a lot, at least not until recently, because prior to my getting off my ass and actually building a transmit cable to go from the line out of my sound card to the microphone socket of my TS-520, I rarely did any digital stuff because it required a quiet house for me to transmit with the computer speakers held up against the microphone.

So finally, couple months ago, I broke down and bought the $13 in parts from Radio Shack and soldered one up, and it's worked great so far.

Mostly if I'm on, I'm on a mode *OTHER* than PSK31.  If I'm working from home, it's probably JT65 or JT9 because as you know, you can do that while concentrating on other stuff.

If you want to try it, though, let me know a freq and time and I'll call "CQ FARK" or something.  If we end up having propagation like the last Fark QSO party, though, Olivia might be a better mode.
 
2013-12-12 11:40:16 AM
BTW, I still do a lot of CW work.  Still my favorite mode, but even so, I like some of the digital stuff.  Not much into phone on HF though.

I've often said that I have a face made for radio, and a voice made for CW.
 
2013-12-12 12:28:55 PM

dittybopper: Smoky Dragon Dish: dittybopper: linuxpyro: dittybopper: I was one of those amateurs:

I wanted to, but had to work and lacked a mobile rig.

I happened to be working from home that day, so I was right next to the rig.   I do have a 10 meter rig in the car, and I regularly contact people in Morse with it while I'm driving, but I wouldn't have been able to do it from the car, because you had to key down and up on a precise schedule.

In fact, I didn't even *KNOW* about it until that day.  I was "reading the mail" on 20 Meter PSK when one of the hams mentioned they were going to be doing that later on.

Do you do a lot of 20m PSK work?  I wonder if you're in my log...

Not a lot, at least not until recently, because prior to my getting off my ass and actually building a transmit cable to go from the line out of my sound card to the microphone socket of my TS-520, I rarely did any digital stuff because it required a quiet house for me to transmit with the computer speakers held up against the microphone.

So finally, couple months ago, I broke down and bought the $13 in parts from Radio Shack and soldered one up, and it's worked great so far.

Mostly if I'm on, I'm on a mode *OTHER* than PSK31.  If I'm working from home, it's probably JT65 or JT9 because as you know, you can do that while concentrating on other stuff.

If you want to try it, though, let me know a freq and time and I'll call "CQ FARK" or something.  If we end up having propagation like the last Fark QSO party, though, Olivia might be a better mode.


Are you in Vermont?
 
2013-12-12 12:38:45 PM

Smoky Dragon Dish: Are you in Vermont?


Northern NY.   A better bet might be 40 meters.
 
2013-12-12 12:39:36 PM

dittybopper: Smoky Dragon Dish: Are you in Vermont?

Northern NY.   A better bet might be 40 meters.


Also, I'm not home right now, and won't be for hours.

I'm working from home tomorrow, though.
 
2013-12-12 12:53:08 PM

dittybopper: dittybopper: Smoky Dragon Dish: Are you in Vermont?

Northern NY.   A better bet might be 40 meters.

Also, I'm not home right now, and won't be for hours.

I'm working from home tomorrow, though.


OK.  I'll be home tomorrow, but may have QRM issues with my second harmonic, who will be home with me.  I'll let you know.
 
2013-12-12 01:02:17 PM

dittybopper: .

Another example:  Several of the standard 802.11 WiFi channels are in the 9 Centimeter ham band.  This has led to hams experimenting with high-power, long ran ...


dittybopper: dittybopper: Smoky Dragon Dish: Are you in Vermont?

Northern NY.   A better bet might be 40 meters.

Also, I'm not home right now, and won't be for hours.

I'm working from home tomorrow, though.


Huh. A Farker ham? It's more likely, etc.

I'm installing a lowly ICOM M-802 SSB on my Toronto-based steel sailboat next spring when the mast goes up. I'll have a Pactor III USB modem to do SailMail and whatnot. The SSB certs for Canada are simple compared to a full amateur radio ticket. When I get set up, I should try to boom across the lake to contact you.

73.
 
2013-12-12 01:27:24 PM

Valiente: Huh. A Farker ham? It's more likely, etc.


Actually, it is.  Counting me, there are 123 that I know about.  Here is the list of ham Farkers that I have so far:

6M
Andromeda[TotalFark]
AnyPieLeft[TotalFark]
asciibaron
awalkingecho
b0rscht[TotalFark]
bamph[recentlyexpiredTotalFark]
bandy
Barbigazi[TotalFark]
BathroomSamurai
Bio-nic
blavoAlpha
bmwericus
BobDown
BongHitsForMohammed
BoonlertBoonpan
CenturionWind[TotalFark]
ChiliBoots
Chucklz[TotalFark]
cmunic8r99[TotalFark]
CultureVulture
DarkDeepMoon
DarthBart
dbrunker
Decados[TotalFark]
DeceasedClockmaker
Deja_VooDoo
demonwolf04
DetroitDave
devine[TotalFark]
dforkus
Djembe
dmegin[TotalFark]
Doppleganger871
Dr.Goldshnoz
FarkInTheDuck[TotalFark]
Fjornir[TotalFark]
FlagDayGamer[TotalFark]
FuLinHyu[TotalFark]
GaidinBDJ[recentlyexpiredTotalFark]
gja[TotalFark]
Gramma
grampy[TotalFark]
GreatPornDragon
greyw1980
Grumpyoldgeek
HeadbangerSmurf[TotalFark]
hsv_farker
InternetSecurityGuard
jdbob
JohnBEsq
just_intonation
jwbathe
KaiserBill'sBatman
KarmicDisaster[TotalFark]
KatieH24
kd8our
kf4lar
kg4qxk
Krikkitbot[TotalFark]
ku4a
laulaja[TotalFark]
linuxpyro
LoadShark
MadTheologian
MarshallWillenholly
MBrady
micah1701
modulatemymetric
MountainClimber
NedrubWerd
neilbradley
NEPAman
NJ_WOP
nnvpears
Nogrhi[TotalFark]
nw_inferno
Nyarpy
p51d007
paygun
pedrop357
Pick
plumbicon
ProfessorScience
ProjectXBOX
qlenfg
quantum_jellyroll[TotalFark]
RatOmeter
ravenlore
RedPhoenix122[TotalFark]
Redwing[TotalFark]
rico567
rvcrazy
schief2[TotalFark]
serjohn
Shadyman
skillett
smells_like_meat[TotalFark]
SmokyDragonDish[TotalFark]
spickus
Stavr0
strathcona
Strobeguy
sum_yung_guy
Summacumloudly
SunGod
sunlion
Thisisridiculous
torch[TotalFark]
TreeHugger
TWX
ucster
unfknreal
voodoomedic[TotalFark]
WCFeels
wambu
weiserfireman
willbartlett
Xanlexian[TotalFark]
xenophon10k[TotalFark]
ZureaL
 
2013-12-12 01:30:19 PM

Smoky Dragon Dish: dittybopper: dittybopper: Smoky Dragon Dish: Are you in Vermont?

Northern NY.   A better bet might be 40 meters.

Also, I'm not home right now, and won't be for hours.

I'm working from home tomorrow, though.

OK.  I'll be home tomorrow, but may have QRM issues with my second harmonic, who will be home with me.  I'll let you know.


I'll keep an eye on this thread.  Hopefully it'll remain open.  Otherwise, just call "CQ [your call] FARK" on JT65 between 7076 and 7079, and I'll see it.
 
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