Talk on Amateur Radio Satellites

On October 28, 2019, I was invited by the UP Resilience Institute-NOAH to deliver a talk about amateur radio satellites.

Amateur radio satellites are orbiting relay stations that enable long distance communications using only a two-way radio and a home-brewed antenna. Unlike other communications systems like the cellular service and the Internet, satellites do not rely on ground-based communications infrastructure. If a locality is hit with a major disaster, damage to infrastructure will render the cellular phones and the Internet unusable, but satellites in space will continue to function. In this talk, I’ve discussed how to access these amateur radio satellites, and explained how to setup a home-brewed satellite phone for reliable communication in times of disaster.  

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Related link:
4th UP RI-NOAH Talk on Disaster Resiliency

Night Sky in Focus
Astronomy and Amateur Radio
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Receiving SSTV Transmissions from the ISS

Here’s a short demo on how I used a two-way radio and a smart phone to receive Slow Scan Tele-Vision (SSTV) images from the International Space Station (SSTV) as it orbits the Earth at a height of about 400 km. The transmission was received on February 9, at around 8 am local time, from Bacoor City, Cavite.

Equipment: Yaesu FT60
Decoder app: Robot 36
ISS locator app: ISS Detector
Frequency: 145.8 MHz

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Related link: Receiving Transmissions from Space

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DZUP Interview for NAW 2019

Every third week of February, Philippines celebrate the National Astronomy Week (NAW). Yesterday, I was invited to a radio interview with fellow amateur astronomers from UP Astronomical Society to discuss about the NAW 2019, and explain how to get started with amateur astronomy.

From left: Anthony Karl Alipit, Kenneth Bailador, Anthony Urbano

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Astronomy Convention this November

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For more information, please send an email to upastrosociety@gmail.com.

The University of the Philippines Astronomical Society will be holding an astronomy convention on November 7-9, 2015, with the theme Exploring the Wonders of the Cosmos. Lectures and workshops on various astronomy-related topics, as well as an actual stargazing experience and use of astronomical equipment (such as telescopes) will be covered in the 3-day event. The event is open to high school teachers and students.

For more details regarding the event, please send an email to upastrosociety@gmail.com or proceed directly the event’s webpage.

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DZUP Radio Interview on Rosetta Mission

Radio interview at DZUP during the Go Teacher Go’s September 3, 2015 episode entitled Landing on a Comet: The Rosetta Mission. Thanks to the UP Astronomical Society especially to Ms. Aya Galaroza, Ms. Trizzia Michelle Tiwaquen, and Ms. Rheanne Odessa Jimeno for serving as the program’s resource speaker. Go Teacher Go is the recipient of the 22nd KBP Golden Dove Awards Best Science and Technology Program.

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Upcoming Lunar Eclipse discussed in Go Teacher Go

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Upcoming October 8, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse discussed in Go Teacher Go

With a total eclipse of the moon set to occur on October 8, Go Teacher Go episode aired on October 2, 2014 covered the topic Lunar Eclipse. In the K to 12 Science curriculum, both solar and lunar eclipses are discussed as part of the Grade 7 Earth and Space Science topics. Students at this level learn about the reasons for the occurrence of eclipses and investigate local beliefs and practices associated with them. This week’s event presents a wonderful opportunity for both teachers and students to observe an actual lunar eclipse.

Go Teacher Go is a teacher-on-the-air program of the UP NISMED intended for math and science teachers, aired through the official radio station of the University of the Philippines, DZUP 1602 kHz in the AM band. Ms. Malu Agad of the UP NISMED Audiovisual Group hosted the episode.

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Interview with GMA 7 ‘AHA!’

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TV interview on astrophotography aired on March 2, 2014

I had an interview with GMA 7 on imaging planets, galaxies, and nebula using a telescope, as part of a feature on various types of photography. The segment was aired last March 2, 2014, at AHA!, a science and technology program hosted by Drew Arellano.

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