I live in Eastern NC and have a ground station to receive GOES-16 East. No need to skew or tilt the disk.
However, I wanted to get GOES-17 West which requires some skew of the antenna to properly receive the signal.
First you need your stats. Go to dishpointer.com and type in your address and the satellite you wish to track.
Awesome. Scroll to the bottom of the page that gets returned from the search and it will indicate Azimuth, Elevation, and required Skew.
Oh boy, the age old question for people who carry a Swiss Army Knife………Which one is best? However the question should be……..Which one is best for me for the conditions I’m going to encounter?
I have LOTS of Swiss Army Knives. LOTS. And I try very hard to carry and use them all so I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my money. But invariably you wonder if you could only have one, which one would it be? I’m going to just get to the point and name the knife I’ve chosen. Many may cringe. Some will agree.
Do you love Swiss Army Knives? I love Swiss Army Knives. I’ve been carrying multi-tools for years. I’m kind of a fan of the Medium sized knives however they tend to run upwards of $30 or so and some of them way more than that. Even though they are worth every penny there is a way so essentially get a “new” knife for just less than $20, even cheaper if you can find an inexpensive source for “Scales”.
Scales are the plastic colored outer housing pieces on your Swiss Army Knife. They are pretty easily changed as well.
I have kind of figured out that the going rate for an “old” Swiss Army Knife (91mm), unless it is something collectible is about $5. Go to the antique store. $5. All manner of eBay auctions can be won for $5
Thanks to TV reporters pretending the storm was a lot worse than it was the entirety of the free world thinks that all of New Bern is destroyed and is now just like the Lost Colony of Roanoke. I’m not trying to minimize the damage to New Bern as it was substantial but New Bern is a Semi-Large Small Town and everyone doesn’t own a home or business on the River.
Basically the Hurricane created HARD days all of Thursday and Friday with some wind and rain on Saturday but no so bad that you couldn’t perform your recovery actions.
As Barry Manilow said……….”Looks like we made it”. The hurricane is over but the aftermath lingers on. This is me at 2AM. What a fella won’t do for coffee. When times are hard having your favorite beverage helps tremendously. I can’t stress enough what a morale booster it is.
Day 3 of no power begins. I have a full generator tank and 10 gallons of gas left. I also have 1 inverter generator with about half a tank and THREE more waiting that says I can keep the fridge on a few more days.
Today is the day we find out if I’m as prepared as I think I am. While it no longer seems to be a direct hit it does seem like we are JUST outside the hurricane force wind zone and will be in the Northeast Quadrant of the storm where the heavy rains are. Some forecasts show 20-40 inches of rain in this area which will cause massive flooding. I fully anticipate our neighborhood will get cut off.
I’m an RTL-SDR geek and in a pinch that means when the NOAA satellites fly by I can download the Automatic Picture Transmission signal (APT) directly from the satellite and receive real time telemetry. That’s pretty cool I think. Here’s one from Sep 12th in the late afternoon.