Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Beat the Heat! -- from KF7UHK /Pricilla (June 29, 2015)

(Liner Notes from the irrepressible Jessica [KF7UHK])
 And Soft, long-haired Priscilla is Single, Currently. 
Is yours?
Pricilla is Black and White, 
so that would make an interesting time at the Dress shop.
But She is not Very friendly,
(Which Drives me Nuts)

    Song:

  “ I went to a garden Party,
         Every one was there,
   there was Pricilla the Kitty....
        She Has Black and white Hair,.....
 
        But it’s... alright Now...

           I Learned My Lesson well...
        Ya See ya Can’t Please Everyone,
           so you , Have to Please yourself...."
ALA: Ricky Nelson

she is also good at Garden Camouflage
In a British Accent:
      ......
      “this Ms Pricilla Q Kitty,.......
           and she is trying Hard Not to Be Seen....”

ALA: Monty Python

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/30/2015 10:45:00 AM


PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 -- Photo Index

PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 -- Photo Index

PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 Setup (June 26, 2015)

PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 is Running 100% on Solar Power (June 26, 2015)
 

PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 (June 27 + 28, 2015)

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/26/2015 03:45:00 PM 
Updated by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/30/2015 10:00:00


PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 (June 27 + 28, 2015)

-- Pictures by Elaine [KG7CME] --
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Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/30/2015 09:00:00 PM


Monday, June 29, 2015

PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 Setup (June 26, 2015)

-- Pictures by Bill [N6NBN] --
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Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/26/2015 02:57:00 PM


PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 is Running 100% on Solar Power (June 26, 2015)

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Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/26/2015 02:57:00 PM


Sunday, June 28, 2015

El Niño Advisory (June 22, 2015) -- 90+% chance FALL 2015 | 85% chance 2015-16 WINTER

ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory
ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory
El Niño conditions are present.*
Positive equatorial sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies continue across most of the Pacific Ocean.
There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño 

will continue through Northern Hemisphere fall 2015,
 and around an 85% chance it will last through the 2015-16 winter.*
[LINK]




THIS WEEK [2015-27] June 28 - July 04 2015

 
THIS WEEK [2015-27]
June 28 - July 04 2015

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Sat, July 04, 2015

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Fri, July 03, 2015

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Thu, July 02, 2015
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Wed, July 01, 2015

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Tue, June 30, 2015
[_] PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 -- Photo Index [UPDATED!]
[_] How to Beat the Heat! -- from KF7UHK /Pricilla (June 29, 2015)

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Mon, June 29, 2015
[_] Be sure to Check In -- PSRG Weekly Net @ Monday at 7:30PM!
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 Sun, June 28, 2015
[_]
PSRG / Seattle ACS Field Day 2015 -- Photo Index
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THIS WEEK [2015-27]
June 28 - July 04 2015
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Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/30/2015 10:45:00 AM




Ron [NR7O] Snaps an Iridium Flare (June 25, 2015)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-K3UqtVk8xdE/VY1KfGOoAxI/AAAAAAAACjI/QfcXax0w6lg/s1600/NR7O_Iridium_Flares_2015-06-25_Big%2BDipper.JPG
The BIG DIPPER
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IRIDIUM FLARE (
Iridium 30)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kgejFVHIKjs/VY1Ke1I9rwI/AAAAAAAACjE/5I8nqkNPHrg/s1600/NR7O_Iridium_Flares_2015-06-25_Iridium%2Bflare.JPG
Time Brightness Altitude Azimuth Satellite Brightness Sun altitude
Jun 25, 23:11:58-4.433°259° (WSW)Iridium 30-7.3-14° 



Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 Field Day -- Prep Report 02 (June 22, 2015) -- Weather + Safety Gear


Subject: Field Day Weather Forecast + Safety Gear
Date:     Mon, 22 Jun 2015

From:     Doug [KD7DK]

Here's some really useful information from Bob Heilling (K9PQ) on the weather for Field Day* this year.  Its going to be warm.  There is little shade on the site, so we need to prepare appropriately.


Lets make a point of reminding folks to bring:
  Water or other appropriate cold drinks (this is a no alcohol event)
  A hat for the sun
  Sunscreen


If folks are planning to help with setup or teardown, we would encourage that they bring safety gear:
  A hard hat if they have one (even a bike helmet is better than nothing)
  Gloves (your hands will thank you)
  Safety glasses
  Full cover shoes
  Safety vest


So lets get the word out.
Thanks,
  -Doug-


Effective:    05:19 PDT on 06-27-2015
Expires:    05:00 PDT on 06-28-2015
Event:    Special Weather Statement
Alert:    ...HOT TEMPERATURES AND THE POTENTIAL FOR DRY LIGHTNING WILL INCREASE THE FIRE DANGER THIS WEEKEND...

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Alert:    ...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM PDT SUNDAY...

* TIMING...THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATIONS...THE GREATER PUGET SOUND REGION FROM SNOHOMISH
COUNTY SOUTHWARD AND THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR. THIS INCLUDES
EVERETT... SEATTLE...BELLEVUE...BREMERTON...TACOMA...
PUYALLUP... ENUMCLAW...OLYMPIA...AND CHEHALIS.

* TEMPERATURES...HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON WILL REACH THE
MID 80S TO MID 90S...AND THEN WILL NOT DROP BELOW 80 IN MANY
AREAS UNTIL AFTER 9 PM TONIGHT. TODAY IS EXPECTED TO BE THE
HOTTEST DAY IN THIS STRETCH OF WARM WEATHER. MID AND HIGH LEVEL
CLOUDS WILL MOVE OVER THE AREA LATER TODAY WHICH WOULD SLOW THE
RATE OF COOLING TONIGHT. TEMPERATURES IN SOME AREAS MAY NOT
DROP BELOW 70 UNTIL NEARLY 3 AM SUNDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...
DURING HOT WEATHER IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY HYDRATED
BY DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER. IF YOU ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO
THE HEAT...STAY INSIDE IN AIR CONDITIONED AREAS. AVOID LEAVING
CHILDREN AND PETS UNATTENDED IN CARS...AS TEMPERATURES INSIDE
PARKED CARS CAN RISE VERY QUICKLY TO DEADLY LEVELS. REMEMBER
TO APPLY SUNSCREEN IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS.
 +++++++++
Effective:    03:45 PDT on 06-26-2015
Expires:    05:00 PDT on 06-28-2015
Event:    Excessive Heat Warning
Alert:    

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 5 AM PDT
SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING FOR THE GREATER PUGET SOUND REGION AND THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR...WHICH IS
IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 5 AM PDT SUNDAY.

* TIMING...THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATIONS...THE GREATER PUGET SOUND REGION FROM SNOHOMISH COUNTY SOUTHWARD AND THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR. THIS INCLUDES EVERETT...
SEATTLE...BELLEVUE...BREMERTON...TACOMA...PUYALLUP...
ENUMCLAW...OLYMPIA...AND CHEHALIS.

* TEMPERATURES...HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON WILL REACH THE MID 80S TO LOWER 90S...AND THEN WILL NOT DROP BELOW 80 IN MANY AREAS UNTIL AFTER 9 PM TONIGHT. TEMPERATURES WILL FINALLY FALL INTO THE 60S AFTER MIDNIGHT. SATURDAY IS EXPECTED TO BE THE HOTTEST DAY WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHING THE UPPER 80S TO MID
90S IN THE AFTERNOON. MID AND HIGH LEVEL CLOUDS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE OVER THE AREA ON SATURDAY WHICH WOULD SLOW THE RATE OF COOLING SATURDAY NIGHT. TEMPERATURES IN SOME AREAS MAY NOT DROP BELOW 70 UNTIL NEARLY 3 AM SUNDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...DURING HOT WEATHER IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY HYDRATED BY DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER. IF YOU ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE HEAT...STAY INSIDE IN AIR CONDITIONED AREAS. AVOID LEAVING CHILDREN AND PETS UNATTENDED IN CARS...AS TEMPERATURES INSIDE PARKED CARS CAN RISE VERY QUICKLY TO DEADLY LEVELS. REMEMBER TO APPLY SUNSCREEN IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS.

Instructions:    AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTION IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY. CALL 9 1 1.
Target Area:    
Bellevue and Vicinity
Bremerton and Vicinity
East Puget Sound Lowlands
Everett and Vicinity
Seattle and Vicinity
Southwest Interior
Tacoma Area
*2015 Field Day -- Prep Report 01 (June 22, 2015) -- Weather
PSRG and ACS
ARRL Field Day 2015
fd
ARRL Field Day is
June 27-28, 2015

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/23/2015 09:20:00 AM


2015 Field Day -- Prep Report 01 (June 22, 2015) -- Weather


Date: Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 12:54 PM
Subject: Field Day Weather Forecast 
From:    Bob [K9PQ]
I hadn't taken a good look at the forecast for Field Day until now.  According to NWS it will be sunny and hot this weekend.  I don't think it will be the hottest I've experienced out there but might get close.  Still better than cold and drizzle.

I will get some more Nuun hydration tablets.  I know I will need them and I want to have plenty of extra on hand for anyone else that does.  As I mentioned before, they are like Gatorade but more convenient large tablet form that you drop in water to make the drink.  I get them at QFC if anyone is interested.

According to NWS point forecast for South Seattle College
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 86.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 61.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 86.

Link to forecast is here:
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.35135&lat=47.54602

For what it's worth, KIRO Meteorolgist and ham (K5TVT) Morgan Palmer is predicting 90 degrees for Saturday.

Bob / K9PQ


PSRG and ACS ARRL Field Day 2015fd
ARRL Field Day is
June 27-28, 2015

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/23/2015 09:20:00 AM


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

[Space WX] Strong Geomagnetic storming and Aurora Forecasts

(SAMPLE FORECAST)
Geomagnetic storming reaches G4 (Severe) levels
 
Geomagnetic storming reaches G4 (Severe) levels
published: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 06:13 UTC
[LINK
The geomagnetic storm that began on 22 June has reached G4 (Severe) levels
once again as of 0513 UTC (0113 EDT) on 23 June.
Solar wind conditions remain highly favorable for continued Strong Geomagnetic storming, with both fast solar wind and strong magnetic fields.  Aurora watchers in North America, especially northern tier states of the US, should stay alert. 


(SAMPLE FORECAST)
Another storm forecast for Wednesday night/Thursday
published: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 03:27 UTC
[LINK]
The coronal mass ejection that erupted June 22 in conjunction with the R2 solar flare has been modeled and arrival is expected June 24 at 2300 UT  (7 pm EDT).  This timing bodes well for aurora watchers in North America.  As for the expected intensity, SWPC is continuing to analyze the event and will update the forecast when this analysis is complete.  Stay tuned here for updates


 (the following is from EarthSky.ORG   Release Date: Jun 23, 2015)

Geomagnetic storm strikes. Awesome auroras!

Storms on the sun send giant plasma clouds across space, which interact with Earth’s magnetic field. See photos of auroras in U.S. and similar latitudes Monday night!
Jennifer Khordi wrote:
Jennifer Khordi wrote on June 22: “Tonight’s amazing aurora display in the Catskills of New York. Was amazing to see the aurora this far south.”
A geomagnetic storm classified G4 – a very strong storm – took place last night (June 22-23, 2015), sparking displays of auroras, or northern lights. The reports we saw had them as far south as the U.S. state of Virginia and similar latitudes, but we might hear of even more southerly sightings today. The last on this scale happened in March, when auroras were seen as far south as New Mexico. The display might last into the night of June 23-24. Your best chance to catch auroras is to find a country location, far from city lights.
Read about the storms on the sun that caused this auroral display
Eileen Claffey caught the June 22 auroras, too.  She wrote:
Eileen Claffey caught the June 22 auroras, too. She wrote: “Even here in Central Mass. Yippie!”
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Setting moon and northern lights over Rockport, Massachusetts, captured by John Gravell.  He wrote:
Setting moon and northern lights over Rockport, Massachusetts on June 22, captured by John Gravell. He wrote: “Took this a few hours ago … The sky was lighting up like I have never seen before! Such an amazing experience!”
Jeff Berkes Photography wrote:
Jeff Berkes Photography wrote on June 22: “The Northern Lights were EPIC tonight here in Pennsylvania! The moon was setting off to the west and the northern lights were dancing across the sky in stunning fashion. I’m so lucky I had a chance to view this and the weather was clear. I watched them for a good 2 hours … “
Josh Blash wrote on June 22, 2015:
Josh Blash wrote on June 22: “I headed out around 10 p.m. and drove over to the ocean to see if I could spot some auroras. I was not disappointed!! I’m left speechless every time I see these amazing displays of beauty that nature provides.”
Although there’s not much nighttime at far-northern latitudes now (being so close to the solstice, or time of the midnight sun above the Arctic Circle), some at very northerly latitudes reported beautiful displays of auroras last night as well.
Art by T. Richardsen wrote:
Art by T. Richardsen wrote on June 22: “The poetry of light. Aurora dancing over a still lake as the first hint of daylight is shining. Image captured in Sørkjosen, Troms, northern Norway.”
Astronaut Scott Kelly caught the display from the International Space Station.
We got most of our reports of auroras from Northern Hemisphere locations. But last night’s auroral display was seen in the Southern Hemisphere, too.
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"Bothell" Bill [W7VAS]'s Giant Pumpkin Report (June 23, 2015)

"Bothell" Bill [W7VAS]'s Giant Pumpkin Report (June 23, 2015)

Here is a picture of the giant pumpkin plants.
Might be interesting on the fun blog...
Two seeds from Ken, W7KKX, have grown into this in 3 months.
Picture taken June 21st and that is a 22oz water bottle for size comparison.
I'll send another picture in a couple of months.

Bill [W7VAS]

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/23/2015 08:52:00 AM


Monday, June 22, 2015

Be sure to Check In -- PSRG Weekly Net @ Monday at 7:30PM!

-- 146.960 -(600kHz) PL=103.5 (Wide) -

have a message for YOU:
"Remember to Check In on the PSRG Weekly Net each Monday at 7:30PM!"
K7LWA /BBKs
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Originally posted -- before there was Morris the Cat Code (CatW)!
Replaces: ARCHIVED: Be sure to Check In -- PSRG Weekly Net @ Monday at 7:30PM!


RESULTS! HAM Classes: TUKWILA, WA -- June 20+21, 2015

RESULTS!
Tukwila Technician Training
June 20+21, 2015
Tukwila Fire Station 51
444 Andover Park East
Tukwila, WA 98188
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RESULTS:
8 New HAMS:
7 Technicians
3 Generals
(incl. 1 Tech/Gen)
1 Extras
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Thank you to the all of
the VEs who helped!
Daniel Stevens KL7WM
Training Coordinator

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 6/22/2015 10:00:00 AM


Sunday, June 21, 2015