Celestron NexStar hamlib driver for Satellite Tracking

From Eric Grumling WE7U

This is a demonstration of the Celestron NexStar hamlib driver. A few years ago I put in a feature request to the Hamlib project asking if they would develop a rotctl driver for a telescope mount. This week I found out that it had been put out for testing and Stephane, F8CFE had been trying to reach me to have me try it. I’m happy to report that it seems to be working quite well. Unfortunately the weather has not been cooperative so I had to test indoors. I made this video to get the word out so maybe others can test out this easy, inexpensive way to add some automation to their shack.

Build the hamlib driver using the source code here: http://sourceforge.net/p/hamlib/featu… (scroll down about 1/2 way down the page for links and instructions). Will work with any telescope mount that supports NexStar protocol.

Big Solar Storm & Aurora for New Years Eve

From Dr. Tamitha Skov

The Sun is ushering in the New Year with some big flare activity and an Earthward directed solar storm that should hit Earth by New Years Eve! This means we have a great chance for aurora to heighten our New Year celebration! See details of this coming solar storm in this rebroadcast of a LIVE Periscope video, learn how the storm is affecting GPS, amateur radio, and airline flights over this holiday season, and see what else the Sun has in store!

Software Defined Radio

An Introduction to Software Defined Radio
General Meeting, Thursday, January 7, 2016
7:30 PM

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Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School
1350 Headon Road
Burlington, Ontario
L7M 1V8

A presentation that will clarify what is and isn’t software defined radio, what it is capable of doing, why it presents improvements to existing technology and some tips on how to get started. Presented by Robin Haighton VE3FRH and Nathan Dykstra VE3NDQ

Guests welcome! Whether you are a ham, interested in becoming one, or just interested, please join us for what will be an interesting meeting.

Here is just one example. The Icom IC-7300 (coming soon to Canada).