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Science Alive! 2013 Flyer

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Download the flyer and print it off and pass around to friends, family, etc and hope to see you there.

Organisation involved
University of Adelaide
Dept for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources & Energy
Flinders University
University of South Australia
Forensic Science SA
BAE Systems Australia
Australasian Radiation Protection Society
The Curiosity Show
Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (SA)
Coastal Concepts
Engineers Australia
Goyder Institute for Water Research
SA Water
SARDI
The Australian Society for Medical Research
South Australian Neuroscience Institute (SANI)
Australian Science and Mathematics School
Novatech
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Reef Watch
bugs n slugs
Nature Education Centre
Arid Recovery
Animals Anonymous
Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club
Hackerspace
Giant Games
Vital Veggies
VACANT
Astronomical Society of SA
Voxiebox
Nutrition Society of Aust
Growing More Than Trees Project
Malacological Society of SA
Microscopes and More
The Young Scientists of Australia, Adelaide Chapter
CSIRO Education (Friday)/Double Helix (Sat & Sun)
Science Alive! Showbags (Saturday & Sunday only)
Institute of Backyard Studies
The Fly
Dan Burt the Pianola Man
SciWorld
Australian Dalek Builders Union
Imagine If
Physical Prints (3D printing)
Adelaide Electric Vehicle Association
Plaster Fun House
Adelaide Magic
ZigZag Circus
ANSTO
The Beer Show (Friday Night)
Jesse Deane-Freeman (Friday night)
Deane Hutton’s Magic Show (Friday night)
Rob Morrison’s Jazz Septet (Friday night)
SciWorld Stardomes
Robotics Workshops (Uni Adelaide & Flinders Uni)
YSA Buskers
Solar Panel Tours

Project Space Balloon Launch

Project Space Balloon has a balloon launch planned for this Saturday the 6th July 2013 from Bendigo Victoria.

Hi all,

FYI, our project team is planning to release a high altitude balloon from Bendigo this coming Saturday 6th July 2013 at 11am.

We will have an onboard camera sending images back via SSDV (http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:ssdv), which is basically broken up JPEG with some extra headers.

RTTY will be used for radio transmission.

We do not expect to recover the balloon, and will appreciate any assistance with getting data from the payload along the path, in Victoria, Southern NSW, ACT, and Tas. See attached expected path.

All you need is a radio capable of receiving SSB at 434.650MHz, and a Mac/Windows/Linux computer with sound card input and access to the internet. High gain antenna is highly desirable.

See instructions here: http://projectspaceballoon.net/ssd/

The other details are:

– Frequency 434.650Mhz (+-10Khz), USB

– RTTY with 460Hz shift, 300 baud, 8 bit ASCII, no parity, one stop bit.

– Hardware is a Rev A Raspberry Pi, with a 25mW UHF transmitter module.

– Antenna is a quarter-wave with radials.

– Expected “cruising” altitude is 20km.

You will be able to see the images on your computer if you can receive the RF signal directly.

If internet access is available the images can be uploaded to the internet for others to view.

Tracking (from distributed listeners like yourselves) will be available at http://spacenear.us/tracker Images will be available at http://ssdv.habhub.org

The call sign for tracking and SSDV is PSBPI.

We plan to have someone in #highaltitude chatroom on irc.freenode.net on the day to co-ordinate.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Regards.

Andy VK3YT

Reference:
Project Horus

VK5RLZ 70cm Repeater

As of yesterday the 3 of July 2013 the VK5RLZ 70cm repeater now requires a 91.5Hz CTCSS tone for access it. There is no CTCSS tone on the output only the input, but this may change in the future.

Green drawing pin denotes the location of the repeater at the Elizabeth Water Tower

Science Alive! 2013

About:
Australia’s largest science expo event with spectacular science, animal and magic shows and a huge range of hands-on fun for all ages. Archaeology and antiquity, Human body and movement, Energy and transport, Environment and nature, Health and medical, Space and astronomy, Innovation and technology

Where:
Goyder Pavilion Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville, SA, 5034

When:
Friday 9th August – 9am-3pm Careers Day for high school students and their teachers
Friday 9th August – 5pm-7pm National Science Week Launch, Goyder Pavilion
Friday 9th August – 7pm-11pm Science Alive! Cabaret, Goyder Pavilion
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August – 10am-4pm Science Alive! public event

for more info refer to:
http://www.scienceweek.net.au/science-alive/

As part of a booth organiser for the Amateur Radio & Electronics booth this year we are planning to be more hands on and are going to have a remote station that we’ll have access to in country Victoria we can us to access and transmit on the 40m band via the internet, which we’ll allow the public to make contact with other stations to get a first hand fell to what one aspect of amateur radio is about.

Also hoping to have some IRLP action going to via the VK5RAD 70cm repeater.

Update: Project Horus Launch 15/06/2013

This some screen shots put into a video showing PicoHorus-3 flight that was launched approx 1000 ACST the 15th June. This is from my point of view as a listening ground station based on the north side of the Adelaide CBD.

At approx 0800 ACST the 16th June PicoHorus-3 ran out of battery power and stopped broadcasting telemetry and now categories as unknown and lost, but if you happen to find its playload please contact the great people at Project Horus

Quick video showing the reception of Horus from my QTH

Project Horus Launch 15/06/2013

Email that came across letting know that there be a Balloon launch this weekend. Check Spacenear.Us in the morning (15/06/2013 1000hrs ACST) to get the frequency if you like to help with tracking.

Update 14/06/2013 18:44
Confirmed freq is 434.150MHz

Hi all,

This Saturday Mark is going to have another shot at a pico floater launch, though instead of a foil party balloon, he’ll be using a 100g latex balloon.

Launch will be at approx 10am local time.

Mark’s aiming for a <1m/s ascent rate, which should float it at 20km altitude. The float prediction has it floating to the south of Mildura, before continuing along the border towards Wagga Wagga, then on to Sydney. Much like Horus 16, but at about half the altitude.

We’re looking for listeners in both Mildura and Wagga Wagga – if anybody has contacts in these areas, please pass the message on.

The frequency and baud rate of the launch haven’t been decided yet, but the information will be on the http://spacenear.us/tracker/ page at the time of launch.

All the best,

Mark & the Project Horus team.

Project Horus

Adelaide Mini Maker Faire

WHAT IS A MINI MAKER FAIRE?
A Maker Faire is where makers of all kinds get together and show what they can do. Adelaide Mini Maker Faire will have all kinds of demonstrations from 3D printing to blacksmithing and knitting to digital fabrication and everything in between.

Maker Faires feature innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

Maker Faire is part of a growing DIY local and global movement of people who look at things a little differently and who just might spark the next generation of scientists, engineers and makers.

Date: Saturday 6 April 2013
Venue: Adelaide College of Arts 39 Light Square, Adelaide
Time: 10.00am to 6.00pm

Official website: http://www.makerfaireadelaide.com

Air-Stream hosted Foundation Licence Course

Following the many expressions of interest from our members, we have now arranged the weekend 23rd and 24th of March for another Foundation Licence training and examination course. Thanks again go to Paul Hoffman VK5PH for taking the time to organise and host this event.

Location: Parkside Primary School
Date: 23rd & 24th of March 2013
Time: 0900-1700 hrs

For further details and making a booking

Softrock RX Ensemble II HF Receiver build and Quisk Config

Yesterday my Softrock RX Ensemble II HF Receiver arrived from Five Dash Inc. in the US within ten days and was very well packed. Any way like most grown men with a new toy I descided to take the day out and build it, the took me about 15 hours in total. The guide by WB5RVZ is comprehensive and easy enough to follow in a half dozen so steps. I also have a nice box for the Ensemble II RX coming from the KM5H store and it will make it to be a nice looking package.

Here are some pics from the build


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